When I was in college, I used to draw comics for Hourly Comic Day, a worldwide experiment where artists document their day through drawing a little panel for every hour they were awake. But now that I'm a homesteader, I thought it would be interesting to document what our typical day looks like, an hour at a time. It's amazing, what every day holds, and this is just the stuff we got on film!
Seeing our full day in a handful like this makes me both thankful, exhausted, and so curious as to what is coming next. As we are right now, we are in constant construction, ever-learning and ever-establishing this patchwork of a homestead. A year ago, I would never have believed that a day like this could be Normal, but here we are, being followed by chickens, cutting trees, and chasing a crazy dream of getting off-grid, as self-sufficient as possible, and teaching our children the way we see fit.
It sometimes slaps me upside the head that we've only been here on our land for a little over 4 months, because it feels like we've always been here. Our Citylife now feels like a lifetime ago, and the strange pattern of waking up, going to work after fighting traffic, and teaching other peoples's children has been replaced with a life that now feels a good deal closer to what Andrew and I think we were made to do. I love getting to wake up and do our morning chores as the sun rises, baking bread, and rediscovering so many skills that so many homesteading women used to know. I feel like a bumbling child sometimes, but every step is a step closer!
At the same time, the blindingly huge array of things that we have yet to learn, or that we realize we don't know, can almost be overwhelming. I glance at our not-yet-a-year-old goats, and I realize I have never hand-milked one before. I move our rabbit tractor, and have no idea when to know the doe is pregnant. I wait for our pullets to become hens and start laying eggs (though the Buff Orpington is a CHAMP and has been laying every other day! HIGH FIVE, PORTIA). I walk over the wild lay of our land where we want to build the house, and the tangled grasses where the garden will be, and it feels huge and exciting and incredibly unknown.
It doesn't become overwhelming, though, and I think this is why. Andrew and I know that our Father will give us as much as we can handle. And today, he gave us a day. Whether things go really well, horribly, or bizzarely, all we have is our waking hours of a day. We don't have to handle the work of a month or a year in that time period--just what we can do with what we have as best we can. And no matter what happens, we can learn from it.
And that makes every day a good one. Not always an easy, happy, or one that we might have chosen for ourselves, but good because we can learn and do better with the next one.
I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds!
We are a husband and wife who are trying to live simply. We are learning much as we transition from life in the city to life in the country. Come along with us, and maybe you can also learn a thing or two as well.
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