Homesteading. We never would have been picked for this growing up, let me tell you! Somehow, when my husband and I reached our twenties, we radically changed. We started seeing everything around us differently. Wondering where it all came from, and questioning whether it would last. How long could we go on the way we were, responsible for nothing we were set on consuming in our lives? We came to realize that we could not only grow our own food for less than what we paid for it, but that it would also be GMO and chemical free, ethical, and nutrient abundant. We became aware of alternative ways of building, where one could become free of payments that would otherwise be lifelong, if they could empower themselves to employ different systems than what are typically offered in building. Radical thoughts called for radical changes which called for radical moves. That was end of 2009, beginning of 2010. Ever since then we have slowly but surely come this far. Every step of the way has been a true joy, an in every way, absolutely essential to where we are now. We first started a little community garden at our efficiency apartment, getting together with like-minded neighbors, exchanging ideas and dreams, and getting some things in the ground. After our first daughter was several months old, we made a drastic decision to leave the city. The environment we wanted was outside those city limits. We lived with my husband’s parents, angels they were! We loved it there! We even put footings in the ground on the land adjacent to them, which was our land then. It’s just that G-D had other plans. You can read more about that here.
Now, here we are! What blessings we have known, what miracles we have seen! You know, when you decide to go in a direction that is within G-D’s will, I believe He meets you, step for step (and sometimes 2 for 1, HIM). We have clawed our way to get where we are, and we plan on doing just that in the times to come. Constantly trying to get where we think the Creator of all things wants us to be. The reason we choose this lifestyle is because we think it is how HE made us. Being sustainable and self-sufficient are bonuses.
We have three beautiful girls, and one unknown on the way. Yes, we believe in natural childbirth and natural medicine, but we are so grateful for modern medicine, too! We have chosen to have all of our children at hospital. More on that here. My husband and I are also on a strikingly similar page about how many kids we will be blessed with. You can read that here, if you are interested.
We are very blessed to live in a little community. A unique thing happening all over the world, and we are blessed to be a part of one. We have eight families living here, seven of which live on property. We all own our own land, built our own houses, have our own ideas about how a thing should be done, and we have but one rule in our HOA (if you want to call it that, but it is not even that formal): keep the commandments of G-D. Everything else is up for interpretation around here, because all of the families that intentionally left where they were, for a better life so-to-speak, know that there’s more than one way to do a thing. We all have our own hardships, but we are beyond blessed to have one another to share them with. Because when you’re a past city-dweller trying to dig your hands in the dirt, things can get crazy.
Also, NONE of this would be possible without the Father. We don’t take credit for anything we’ve done, because one way or another, or even all together, we know it is all from HIM. Unmatched orchestration of even the smallest of things, to produce something that is so beautiful and awe inspiring, and we will never forget it.
The truth is, none of us claim to have anything figured out, and that is especially the case with my family. We are just out here, trying to live a life that is pleasing to G-D, good for the children, good for society, good for the earth, and lastly, good for ourselves. All success is a bonus, because for our family, we have come to know (and desperately try to remind ourselves), it is not about the destination, but more so about the journey getting there. Enjoy our successes and our failures, and maybe they’ll all be beneficial somewhere! Many blessings to you and yours, and remember: with G-D anything is possible, all you have to do is believe it and walk after it!