The Cultivating Jewels Podcast Episode 006 Show Notes


Saved by the Lord’s wondrous grace, Courtney Shevchenko is happily married to her Australian sweetheart, Daniel. Together, they run Our Urban Farmstead, a suburban-homesteading effort on their one acre neighborhood lot. She and Daniel have two children earth-side, Oliver and Esmeralda; who stay busy learning and growing by the day, with baby Beatrix due in February of 2022. In her free time, Courtney enjoys taking road trips with her husband and kiddos, teaching music lessons, singing with a local chorale group, pursuing photography, reading, and working on lots of different crafting endeavors. On a rainy day, you are most likely to find her curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. You can find her on instagram @our.urban.farmstead

What we chat about in today’s episode:

This episode is all about Courtney’s book project (to hopefully be released this coming Spring) Reflections of our Urban Homestead.

In Reflections from Our Urban Farmstead, Courtney shares 52 reflections on Christian life, family living, homesteading, homemaking, and lots of things in between!

Drawn from wisdom found in scripture and her own personal day-to-day experience walking with the Lord, it is her desire that this book be an encouragement to women no matter what season of life they are in. She will be sharing things she has learned through her single years, and then through her courtship, betrothal, and later marriage to her husband. She will also be writing about the tender mercies that have been taught through motherhood, and of the Lord’s faithfulness through pregnancy and miscarriage alike. In addition, Courtney wants to share some of the ways the Lord teaches us through His creation, drawing from observations of Biblical principles that have come to life through the farmsteading and gardening efforts of she and her husband. Featured throughout the pages will be original photography taken by Courtney herself around her family’s farmstead. May this book be a blessing and a source of light and encouragement to all who read it!

Resources mentioned:

Books –

Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Morgan Ferrer
Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Quotes from our Chat:

“We’re seeking to learn the most of our space here before we move onto bigger pastures.”

“The Lord through it all (marriage, motherhood, home buying) was showing me that He was faithful. Through the process He started revealing very specific things He was using to show His faithfulness to me.”

“The minute I surrendered and decided I was going to be obedient, He immediately started giving me the prompt ideas for each chapter. It was almost as if He was giving me the book content right then and there.”

“My prayer over this book is that it is an encouragement and reminder of the Lord’s faithfulness no matter what season of life you’re going through.”

“The idea of how we should be waiting (and eager) to be Christ’s bride…is my favorite reflection.”

“Absolutely everything He does is for our good and for His glory. I basically want them (the readers) to be able to say with conviction ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness Lord Unto Me’.”

“It’s been hard but it’s been a beautiful hard. There’s definitely been a lot more content that’s happened in the last two years.”

“Serving others in a mom’s life often looks like doing the same exact thing day in and day out as we care for our babies.”

“I literally pray over that honey. Lord, who needs this honey, who will this be a blessing to?”

Where to Find Courtney Online



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