“If you don’t build your dream someone else will hire you to help build theirs“
– Tony Gaskins (from The Dreamchaser)
Heyyy… Here’s a little introduction..I’m a wife, mom, Christian, writer/blogger, and entrepreneur. I come from a long line of scrappers: Irish/German/Scottish hard-working people. Farmers, public servants, entrepreneurs, and military veterans dot my family tree. Put them together, and the genetics alone totally explain why I vibe with the idea of homesteading.
The phrase, “Non-traditional” pretty much exemplifies my mindset. I’d rather not work a traditional 9 to 5 job, and be a cog in the machine. I’m pretty sure sitting in an office all day, (knowing what I know now and having experienced the life I have so far) working for somebody else’s benefit/dreams would officially be the death of me.
By Nature, I am:
- and free-spirited
I’d rather work for myself, and my family, I’d rather build my dreams and reach my own goals than work “for the man”.
I have chosen to stay home and raise our children all these years. I didn’t want to have other people raise my babies at a daycare, I wanted to be a hands-on-mom. It was important to me to be here for my children, I didn’t have that growing up~However, being bred of scrapper stock, with that entrepreneurial gene in my blood; I wasn’t content not contributing to the family finances in some way. I’ve owned and operated many small side gigs and businesses over the years; and found success. I am a boss at multi-tasking and have always been a very busy person ~ I can’t sit still even when I should. Now that our kids are growing and aren’t babies anymore, we’re beginning to think and plan about the next season of our life. It has always been a dream of mine to homestead and operate a small scale farm.
But WHY?! Simple…
I aspire to be a Proverbs 31 woman:
(What’s THAT?! You may ask…)
10A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:10-31 from the Bible
Some may call me a daydreamer, or worse yet, a fool… but as I write this, I hereby declare, we are officially putting in place a goal of homesteading of about 2 years timeline in length.
In these coming 2 years I want to learn as much as I can about becoming more sustainable and self-sufficient. I want to learn more about living off the earth and God’s bounty. I’ve become a believer in Back To Eden gardening methods and would like to put them to practice (watch the film HERE). I want to do a dry run on methods and things I learn before we actually begin our adventure of buying and moving to our future homestead. This blog will be a journey, and I’m so glad you’re here to join us on this adventure!
Don’t be mistaken, I know this will be really hard work, but as I started off this blog post with, I’d much rather work for myself and my family’s well-being and goals and dreams than being hired by someone else to fulfill THEIR dreams and goals.
The plan is to do everything organically with little unnatural interventions, to work in harmony with the Earth and the the things we grow and raise. Where we live now, (western suburbs of Chicago) we are NOT currently zoned for any poultry, or hooved animals, so I won’t get any hands-on experience with those things until the homestead materializes but as for most everything else that you can think of as far as homesteading or traditional farming goes is totally within bounds for exploration and experimentation.
I’ll touch on all of these things and so much more in coming blog posts, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss when new posts drop. Go here to subscribe.
Either way, we’ll do it as a family… all of us together, just like the lyrics from this old Irish/Scottish folk song (sometimes called “wild mountain thyme” also known as “purple heather”)