|A version of Little House|
I have always felt this pull away from the lives that those around me were living. It seemed so strange to go to work everyday to make money for my family so that we could spend time together when in the end all I wound up doing was compensating for my absence by buying things. This lead to a circle of always needed more, wanting more and working more. I eventually gave up working so often because it always left me feeling empty. I had a chance to spend more quality time with the children and had time to turn my house into the home I always wanted. I filled it with the latest and greatest. The walls were repainted I began to replace our old hand-me-down items with up to date versions. Slowly over time my thoughts began to change. I am not sure what caused this change in my self but I started just looking around on the internet and I came across a blog that captivated me. It was about a woman who had several garden beds, a full hen house, a sewing box filled with things to create and mend, a pantry full of canned goods from her gardens, and she was living in modern times. No way! People live like this for real! I started looking more and I found more examples of the same. Some lived in the country, others in the suburbs and a few even lived the city. People all around me are living lives I thought only existed in books or in times past. Something that I always had this yearning for was actually attainable without being extremely bizarre and unheard of.
|2013 Summer Garden|
Over the last several months I have pushed myself so hard. We have expanded our garden and improved our home. We have nourished ourselves with food we have grown and a fell asleep exhausted after hard day of honest work. The children are proud of the food they help prepare and the clothes and accessories they have helped me make. We are a more close knit family. So according to the Wikipedia definition, we have indeed grown our own food and preserved it. We have also done some small scale clothing production for house hold use. With our 1960's suburban home we are far from the country folks with their awesome livestock and beautiful farms who I read about on homesteading blogs. Are we homesteading I am still don't know but one thing is for sure we are happy .