Welcome to Homestead on the Hill Blog!!

Welcome to our little corner of the world and web.  We hope to take you along on our journey of a pair of 30 somethings (oops, one of us is in their forties now but HE still looks like he’s in his 30′s) who had a dream to get back to our roots, back to the basics, and out to a place where we could teach our kids a lot of life skills, right outside our back door. Sunrises, sunsets, and #landformiles makes for the most beautiful backdrop to our oasis.  It’s like a little slice of heaven.


When we stepped foot on the hill we now call home, we KNEW that it was the place God wanted us to be and that it was the next step we were to take. So, with a lot of prayers, a little drama, and a HUGE, MONUMENTAL leap of faith and blessing on God’s behalf, we moved out to the country.

It wasn’t without its tests.  And it wasn’t an easy adjustment, either. But slowly, over time, we began to make this house our home, and this land is slowly becoming our homestead.  A homestead on a hill, with a beautiful view.  The rolling hills is what the Lord used to weave this land into my heart and mind.  It’s a little like an English countryside.  So peaceful… when our brood of four kids from 16 down to six are on their best behavior. lol

We hope to weave a little of our story, a story of pain, healing, and restoration through the main idea of our blog. The apostle Paul puts it more eloquently than we could ever attempt to, “I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being full and of going hungry, of having too much or too little.” NET Bible.  Sounds a little like those vows my husband and I took fifteen years ago in May.


It was every bit the fairytale romance story of a knight in shining armor riding in to rescue a damsel in distress.  

Little did we know when we were riding off into the storms on our wedding day that the Lord would allow us to go through years and years of trials and tests on MANY levels and to varying and even serious degrees, some that shook our very foundations to the core, some that threatened our vows.  To say we have cried a river of tears in each others arms and alone would be an understatement.

Some of you know the details of what all took place over many years, some of you do not. The readers digest version is on our “Our Story” page along with lots of pictures of us and our family.  We would love for you to take a peek.

It has been AMAZING to have such an awesome, miraculous testimony and to be able to offer hope of healing to others! I will NEVER be able to thank the Lord enough for what He did for me by healing me and sparing me from what would have been the need for a bone marrow transplant and more.  I felt this heat hit the top of my head and go down through the soles of my feet and I KNEW it was a supernatural healing!! I was worshipping in a nearby prayer room when it happened.

The next day..the oncologist ran my bloodwork at an already scheduled appointment at the Cancer Center.  IT WAS NORMAL! Completely normal!!! My white blood cells had been UNDETECTABLE and they were NORMAL! The Dr said there was no way the bone marrow could heal itself so quickly from when the blood work had been drawn a few weeks prior to then.  I was released that day from any further care!! My blood counts remain normal to this day!

So, we believe in a MIGHTY God who has the power to save!! I don’t think anyone who knows us has been left in the dark. To know us is to know what the Lord has done for us, and to know we LOVE HIM!!! We give HIM all the glory for all He has done!

He took a very sick Mommy, an exhausted and emotionally taxed Daddy, three children who were in their formative years, and struggling with fear of loss…one of which was very sick himself and HE gave us all a NEW CHAPTER through miraculous healings!! The icing on the cake? After six years of no babies, we were blessed with a fourth baby that has brought us all so much joy and cemented us together as a family!

This homestead on the hill is part of our newest chapter.  Come along with us as we endeaver to learn all we need to know to make our house a homestead and our home a “peaceful habitat”.  We invite you to share in our joy, our sorrow, our moments of “getting real”-however raw the Lord calls us to write it. We will appear rosy and like we have it all together otherwise, which is not our intent.  So, from time to time, we will get brutally honest on some issues.   We want to offer hope, help, and ideas for homesteading, homemaking, homeschooling/parenting, and home remedies/health.  All practical, all real, all the time..with faith and family at the forefront.

So, won’t you join us on the journey ? There will be lots of fun, pictures, hard work, and even some surprises along the way.  There always is with our family of six!


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Many blessings to you all!!



long shot us fall 2015


  • May 4, 2013 - 11:25 am

    kathy denson - Awesome!!  I love this, one more way to keep up with you!!  I am blessed.


  • May 4, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Lauren - Love you,Crystal! Can't wait to read more!  What a great way for us to keep in touch!!!

    • May 5, 2013 - 7:29 am

      Burchfield - Love you too!!! Thanks for checking the blog out!!


  • May 4, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Hayley - This is great Crystal. Don't be discouraged by a lack of blog comments. It doesn't mean people aren't reading. I rarely get blog comments from anyone other than family, but blogger tells me I have lots of readers!

    (Plus your little spammer block gadget is really small and people may not see it…I just missed it….it took me to an error page…then they might give up because they can't figure out why they can't comment.)

    • May 5, 2013 - 7:26 am

      Burchfield - Thanks Hayley for your encouragement and for the tip on the spammer thing. I will look into it so it is easier for people to leave a comment, if they want to.

      Your blog, holdingtheworldinapapercup.blogspot.com has been a source of inspiration to me for years now! I just wanted you to know that. And you know what, now that I am on the other end of this whole blog thing, I realize I myself barely take the time to comment.  I think I will make a change today and do better about that!! I have been known to email the author on occasion as that seemed easier than logging in to comment. hahaha.




  • May 6, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    Joan Shirley Thrift - Hello Burchfields,

    This is a great website.  Blessings to you all, you're very special people.

    Aunt Joanie

    • May 7, 2013 - 3:43 pm

      Burchfield - Thanks Aunt Joanie!! Love you!!! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you can keep up with us! :)



  • May 10, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Sarah - What an awesome testimony! God is so good. 

    • May 10, 2013 - 8:56 pm

      Burchfield - Yes, Sarah, He is!!! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


  • May 10, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Leslie - Loved this! Can't wait to learn about your adventures with the chickens. I have been begging for a chicken coop for a year now, and since we live in a neighborhood, my hubby says NO! Haha. 


    • May 10, 2013 - 8:54 pm

      Burchfield - Thanks Leslie! Aw, maybe you will be able to have your own chickens eventually! We will be posting about the chickens soon!!


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