About Us

Hi y’all!  Welcome to Texas!

Thanks for stopping by! It’s great to meet ya and I am looking forward to getting to know you better so come along on this journey as we simplify our lives and return to the garden state God intended for us.  Here are some fun factoids about me:

1. I (Susan) started Release Ministries in 2009 with the intent to change the culture one truth at a time.  Transformation can only be accomplished with generations of people working together in faith for a common goal.  It takes the boldness of the youth combined with the resources and wisdom of the older generations to make it happen. Currently it is our intent to provide spiritual encouragement, Biblical teaching and practical help for living a life of faith through a farm based ministry called the Grove.

cucumber patch early May

Part of original suburban backyard garden.

2. I’ve been a single mom for 16 years and I have a tendency to collect people!  I’ve  one biological, one step (I kept him after the divorce) and a slew of spiritual kids. I’m almost like the Old Woman in the Shoe who had so many children she didn’t know what to do except I do know what to do – you just pray for them,  love on ’em and try to be there when they need ya.

Factoid #3. I am a gardener with ever increasing plots. No, really, it’s true!  I started a backyard garden in a few containers and a plot,  and now I live on a farm with 4 other people and a 3000 square foot garden!  I believe gardens are a great place to commune with God, to listen and to learn. It was, after all, His original design!  I use it for teaching purposes as well, and frankly, some of my kids have learned a lot from compost bins, weeding and digging! Nothing like a little dirt and sweat to give you some perspective, just ask the prodigal son!

Autumn eyeing me through the fenceThe final #4. I spent years as a burb-steader (a wannabe homesteader stuck in the suburbs)  until 2014 when we moved to 40 acres in northeast Texas collecting animals.  I converted my daughter from shopping for cars to shopping for piglets and goats.  We drink raw milk from our Jersey cow, eggs from our chickens and raise a good bit of our meat.  We try to cook mostly from scratch with whole organic foods.  It’s a work in process, we’re always learning more and there is always more to learn; it keeps us humble and busy!

Pull up a chair, or plop down in the swing and we’ll have some porch time together getting back to the basics.

Oh yeah, don’t forget to bring your Bible and pass the sweet tea, will ya?

Susan

 

P.S. that’s my mooo friend Autumn, sometimes she has a bit of an attitude.

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