Started from the bottom.
Now we're here. ;) My what a journey the past few years have been. Cole and I re-met in 2013. What is re-met you ask? Welp, we went to high school together but did not talk. Like, at all. Anyways... back to 2013, it didn't take long before he slid into the DMs and it didn't take long after that for us to be "Facebook Official." (Is that even a thing anymore these days?) I had long hoped for someone tall, dark, and handsome with a good family and a kind heart. God delivered. That is for sure. We fell hard and fast and here we are now. We might not have known it at the time, but He had a plan, and our lives are forever blessed by each other's company. Fast forward a couple years and we had Surber in 2017 and Forbes (surprise! baby!) in 2018.
We'd always prioritized our children's health and Cole was raised to have a green thumb, however, it wasn't until 'rona hit us in 2020 that we dove in deep. We were both at home quite a bit of the time and were able to really devote more time to our house and land. My brother-in-law was living with us at the time and I remember asking him to come help me fix up a garden one day while Cole was working. His response was something like "Um... okay?" So we fenced off a garden. :) Our first year, it was rather small - maybe 10x20? Then later on over the summer, came the big one. I can't recall the exact day of the week, but let's say Tuesday... Tuesday I came home and told Cole that I had bought 46 chickens and they needed a coop before the weekend when I had to go pick them up. FOURTY SIX CHICKENS. Talk about an impulse buy. My angel of a husband made it happen. A few days later, *BOOM* the chicken coop and run of my dreams. So at this point we are #chickenfarmers, right? I'll tell you what - raising chickens isn't for the faint of heart. It's messy and stinky and sometimes gruesome. There are predators and mites and diseases that can wipe out your whole flock in days. However, we love those little feather flockers and stuck it out through it all. We now have a very healthy flock of around 36 birds (I don't know exactly - I don't keep count anymore). As for the garden, it grew over twice the size the next year. Our yield was great and we even had plenty to share with family and friends. Not only was it large, but it was TASTY. There is nothing quite like a tomato fresh out of the garden.
That is the cliff notes version of how Hidden Creek Homestead came to be. After years of reading and learning and idolizing Rosemary Gladstar, we finally made it happen and we want to share it with others. Welcome to the journey! We are glad you're here with us.
Cole and Kayla Thompson