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So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:11, KJV)
Family photo at Sandy River Beach, Jonesport, ME, for michalskisgreatadventure.wordpress.com.
Joe, Sydney, Asher, Spencer, and Genevieve

Welcome to Michalskis’ Great Adventure! We are a family of 5, living in Downeast Maine, seeking to follow God’s will for our lives day by day, honor Him with the work of our hands, and learn and grow together in Him every day. It is our intent, as much as possible, and more and more all the time, to devote every thought and word and action to His glory, to study His word, to follow His word, and to share His word with others! 

Blogging, for me, has always intertwined daily faith with daily life. So this blog is a mixture of a family-life-chronicle and a devotional-journal. We seek to live for the Lord in all things, and He becomes increasingly tangled up in every little thing that we do. We are happy to share every aspect of our business and personal life, to the glory of God. Because we live and walk in Him, we simply feel that we have nothing to hide! We hope you’ll share in our journey, here on this blog, or at any of our other online platforms – who knows, maybe someday you’ll even stop by the homestead and say hello in person!


You can also visit our family at the following locations:

Riven Joiner & The Homestead Store on Facebook
Riven Joiner & The Homestead Store on Instagram 
Riven Joiner & The Homestead Store on Twitter
Sydney on Facebook (all posts are public)
Through His Eyes – the Devotional on Facebook
Through His Eyes – the Devotional on Instagram


I have been chronicling our family’s walk with the Lord since 2013. We were living and working in suburban Kansas City at the time, and had been praying that the Lord would guide us on where to raise our family to best serve Him. In June of 2013, I left my job, we sold our house, packed everything we owned into a 5 x 8 trailer, and set out on a cross-country camping trip to Bellingham, Washington. Our journey, asking God to lead us each day, ultimately lasted for 40 Days and 40 Nights, which I couldn’t help but feel was significant! 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

(Proverbs 3:6, KJV)

We then entered into The Bellingham Years, which turned out to be two-and-a-half years of intense spiritual growth for our family, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

(1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, KJV)

Sooner than we expected, we found ourselves praying again for the Lord to lead us to the place where He would have us serve. And we packed up, once more, and traveled through several stops with friends and family, before ultimately settling in Downeast Maine in the autumn of 2016. The Lord led us to a little forested homestead property that had been abandoned for several years, and we have been working through preparing our fields and slowly finishing out our house ever since! 

Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

(Proverbs 24:27, KJV)

In 2019, we began a small family business, operating right out of the homestead, offering my husband’s hand-crafted woodworking, at RivenJoiner & The Homestead Store. We also offer a selection of hand-crafted items from the whole family, as well as original, self-published Christian books. We look forward to continuing to honor the Lord with the work of our hands, every day!

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

(Colossians 3:17, KJV)

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