Homesteading-Not just a dream!

 

031I recall a few years back when we were dreaming of living in the country and having a small farm on which we could grow and raise our own food.   We started to notice many of the bad habits and unhealthy lifestyle we were living.  We started thinking about the food we eat and what is in it and what is missing from it from processing among other things.  We realized nothing we ate was really that good for us at all…really.  I also remember thinking of how we wanted to change but didn’t know how to or where to begin.  Even growing up on a small hobby farm I didn’t really feel that I knew enough about farming or gardeing..The dream that we had, living on a farm in the country with a garden and animals making our own foods, seemed so overwhelming.  We had a large desire to go this direction but HOW?

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We prayed about it and left it in God’s hands.

We moved into the house that we currently rent almost 2 years ago and we have been able to start our “dream” one step at a time since then.

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We have really come a long ways in the last 2 years.  We still have a lot to learn and are far from eating only natural foods and being self-sufficient..  We are continuously looking at our situation and trying to improve and become more sufficient in what we are doing.  Our goal is to establish this lifestyle with a good balance in the areas of: health, efficiency, and affordability.  What I mean by that is we want to become healthier by improving what we eat and drink, while saving money, and trying to make it possible to do this by being efficient.  We are improving…one step at a time.  Of course all things by the will and grace of God.

 

It will be interesting to see where we will be in the years to come.

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Completion?

Do you ever feel like you are never going to complete the tasks at hand?  I never feel “caught up”, because I never am.  There is always more to do.  There is always more laundry, dishes, toys on the floor, dust building up, subjects to be learned/taught, people I need to call, bills to be paid, menus to be planned, food to prepare, house to clean, guests to prepare for and on and on the list goes.  Is that such a bad thing?  I say no, no, it is not! I need to remember that it is a GOOD thing that I still have more I need to do.  I believe there will be a day when I could get to a point that I could call “caught up”.  It can happen for me.  But that day is in the far future.  It is a day when my babies are grown.

So…This evening as everyone settled down and went to sleep, I sat on the love seat holding/nursing my baby in a dark living room.  I sat there thinking about the day gone by and all of the blessings it held.  Looking around at the toys on the floor, a child sleeping on the couch, a basket of unfolded laundry near my feet, a table with books and papers scattered, and I just thought….I’m going to take this all in, this is a day I don’t ever want to forget(tears), I love my life!!


Look for the positive.  And enjoy the incompletion you have!