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A quiet, peaceful sanctuary from the chaos of everyday living in a world on the brink of insanity! A place where we prepare for the worst, but hope for the best!

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Orginally Posted 10/26/2012

I orginally wrote this on October of 2012. Interesting to read it now. I very much feel covid-19 is not done with us and the worst is yet to be seen. Please prepare if you haven't already.

Back to our future...sounds similar to the 80's movie, Back to THE future...This has been on my mind a lot lately, maybe do to the economy or the election and maybe because I think to much...LOL....I am a thinker...whatever the reason it has really weighed on my mind that our ancestors can teach us what I think may well be our future...If you have ever sit for very long at all and pondered what would happen if our economy actually failed, or we were hit with a global pandemic or ______(you fill in the blank) We could actually be plunged back in the early days...There is no way to know that if in any of our lifetimes that would actually happen, it is all mere speculation, but farm man and I do feel it wise to invest our time and energy into learning the skills of days of old...Even if nothing globally catastrophic ever happens in our life time, there are the daily ups and down's of life that many of us have experienced...I know in our own personal life when we moved here and things took a downward turn we were so glad to have the knowledge we had, many would not have been able to stick with it and make it through...So many today rely on the modern gadgets and conveniences that today's world offers they cannot fathom not having a phone, computer, television, anything electric... many homes across America are total electric and most people just think that it will always be there...We are not that naive...we were over night thrust into a way of living had not been seen or touched by most in 60+ years...

We feel there was a reason...was it to show us a glimpse of our past? Maybe a glimpse into our future? Whatever the reason it was hard, but blessed...I am ever so grateful to have had that experience...One thing I loved was the simpleness of it all...there seemed to be more hours in the day, the reality of course is that days were not longer, we just did not have all the distractions that we have in 'modern' lives. There was no television to sit and watch, or computer to sit in front of for hours, we spent our time enjoying what God had given us...nature, time, each other, gardening, hiking and learning new skills.  It was during this time that the words God had spoken to us so long ago "Be prepared, the time is nigh" came to life and began to take shape in our minds and lives....we came to understand what we were to do...its been an amazing journey thus far...hard, but amazing...Farm man and I are forever grateful for the journey, in spite of the many tears, wondering why us, and sometimes thinking we could not go on...We have learned that with Gods amazing strength we can do all things, through prayer we find a friend that never fails, through trials we grow, and through faith we have peace and when we fall short he gives us undying grace...Our life looks different to many out there, and there are some on the other side of the fence that will never understand how things like this can change you...and that's ok...someday we may all be faced with the challenges farm man and I have already experienced...it will make you bitter, or it will make you better...I have become a little bitter and a lot better...Through this amazing journey we had each other to live, love and laugh with and our Lord to lead, guide and sustain us...I can honestly say if and when things go awry we will be ok...We are grateful to have been able to go back and continue to live what might be future.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Simplicity

Simplicity is wonderful! Just enjoying all life has to offer without the complications and worries is such a blessing! These critters just enjoy being alive, eating, sleeping and a bit of human interaction! All the rest is just unimportant! Lesson learned!



Wednesday, August 11, 2021

My heart is full!

We all have a way of life that just suits who we are at our core. Sometimes we are detoured off the path to experience other things that grow us and help us find who we really are. That’s what I think happened with us. We went through so much trauma that we took a detour...we learned so much so it wasn’t a bad thing but we have come full circle back to who we are...I’m so glad to be back, living our simple farm life! My heart is full!

The calves 


Until next time...
The homestead Lady

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

We’re growing fast!

After my best friend passed away 4 years ago, my heart was not much into to homesteading. I kinda lost my “umpff.  I still gardened and canned but all the critters were rehomed. I was tired and nothing felt right anymore. 
Over the past months I’ve began to feel the pull towards farming again. I miss it. I miss the critters talking to us, I miss the antics the simpleness of it all.
We added chickens several months ago and then the goats a week ago...now calves are being added! I’m so excited. With the kids moving out here it will be wonderful to know we are somewhat food independent...farm man and I are in a better place to do all this now. He’s semi-retired from his job...he still works when a call comes in but he’s mainly home with me since covid. I still raise my puppies and he helps with that. 
We are doing some remodeling on the house these days. Covid has given us the opportunity to be home far more which gives us the time to do projects that have been put off for so long due to time constraints. 
I’ll post about the projects in the future. 

Until next time..
The homestead lady

Love reading this

Back to the land movement

It’s finally happening

Son in law working on their 
plot of ROH.
For years now I’ve felt the need to have my kids here on the homestead. When covid hit the urge became stronger. I didn’t really say much to my kids as they are adults with lives of their own. But interestingly in the early days of covid my oldest made the announcement she was ready to leave the city and move out here on the homestead. I was elated! They should be out here within the next few weeks. Being younger, my son in law will be a great asset. He’s very back to the land minded and would love to be self sufficient. They are also somewhat prepper minded but still have a ways to go.🙂 I’d still like my youngest to move out here and with time I believe she will. She knows her and her family are welcome to move here at anytime. I’m very excited about this new chapter for us all. I feel it’s important in times of uncertainty to be together with your tribe! This is our sanctuary, our safe haven...our compound.🙂 More as things develope!

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Until next time...