About Colibri Homestead


Colibri Homestead is the place we live out our days, and because of that, it’s magical to us. We live in a small, just right for us, brick of a house that sits on nearly a quarter acre in the burbs, and we share our fence with five (FIVE!) neighbors, whom we’re learning to get to know more and more. In fact, some of them help Mel to get to her many doctor’s appointments and say “we’re more than friends and neighbors, we’re family.” (Oh how they teach us!) We grow as much of our food as we can in an ever expanding garden, and have fruit trees, two beehives for honey, and chickens for eggs and sometimes meat. We’ve tried raising turkeys and rabbits for meat in the past too. Lots of bugs, critters and birds make their home here, our favorite being the hummingbirds that live here year round. These hummingbirds (Colibri in Spanish) are our homestead’s namesake, and to make it official, Dan painted a giant one on the garden-side of our house as a birthday gift for me.


We are officially those strange neighbors, ya’ll! But strange and LOVED, and what a gift that is. Homesteading is our jam; it’s a big part of who we are and what we love, and we like to fill our lives with what brings us joy. Being connected with the growing season helps us feel even more connected with the Church calendar and the seasons of our faith.

We are a mom, dad and tween son. We are followers of Jesus, tinkerers, creators, dreamers, canners, gardeners, adoptive parents (through foster care), silly, serious and love the life adventure that we’re on together. We embrace our quirkiness, and write here about our daily going ons, from creative pursuits, to family life, to homesteading. I’m here a lot less because of heath, but also because we’re busy doing in real life community and our energy can only spread so much.

We invite you to pull up a chair and join us! We’d love to hear about you in the comments too! Welcome, friend. And if you have specific questions or things you’d like to hear me write about, drop a comment below and I’ll (Mel) be happy to oblige.

You can follow Mel on Instagram to see pictures of us and our every day life. {If you don’t use Instagram, you can still see pictures by clicking on the link.} You can also read more about my thoughts on politics and faith and life by finding me on Facebook as Melody Newburn. 

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