Many in the homesteading community call chickens the "gateway" animal to introducing livestock into your daily life. After spending a week with our wonderful new birds, Andrew and I can certainly see why that is true!
After bringing our five home (plus a bunny!), we just sat and watched them, amazed at their design, amazed at their fun little sounds, and amazed that this was finally happening. Our son already has his chicken impersonation down...and to realize all that went into that moment, the buy-land-quit-job-move-family-upend-paradigm path that's led us to the point of our son being able to mimic a chicken is mind-blowing. What a beautiful blessing. Click on the link or the photo to see it all in action!
More to come...
I have a new daily activity that has brought me so much joy and beauty...checking my porchlight in the early morning hours! The variety of moths we're finding here are amazing, compared to what we saw in the city (which was basically...none. Maybe some mosquitoes).
Head over to our (new!) SteemIt page to read more!
I know it may seem like we're constantly sending you to different pages to read our content, nowadays, but we'll be posting original things here too, always. We're just exploring all the possible bases we can cover, and seeing which ones are fertile enough to grow seeds. Thanks for keeping with us!
Well, it finally happened.
When we started this blog almost two years ago, we knew that our endgame/starting point would be when we were finally on some land where we could learn to homestead in earnest. We had no idea when or where that would be in August of 2015, but we wanted to try.
So we used as much of the time in Cityhouse as we could to learn skills, prepare our hearts and minds, and spend time with family as we readied ourselves for shedding urban life and taking up a brand-new identity as homesteaders. We knew that there was a huge adventure waiting for us, and that we had no idea what it would eventually entail. But we knew that our good Father has never let us down, and has always provided, so as we found the land, bought it, and spent that last crazy year waiting to get there, we had peace. And somewhat itchy feet to just...get...going.
So two weeks ago (how has it already been that long??) we loaded up a truck with all the belongings that we'd decided to take (so thankful that we spent the past year selling and donating as much of our stuff as possible!), put the obliviously happy gerbils in my car and the loudly protesting cat in Andrew's truck, got the baby comfortable, and closed the door to Cityhouse for the last time.
It didn't feel like a sad departing though: it felt like a beautifully timed, appropriate ending, like the last page of a book. Only this one was part of a series, and the next sequel has a really exciting cover.
When we pulled up our hill and saw the fields and trees and barn, the feeling was incredible. Though we were very thankful for the time we were given in Ohio, there has been no mental or physical looking back. We just feel like we are, truly, HOME. Home, where the chorus of dozens of different birds, frogs, and crickets fills the air instead of traffic, home, where the smell of sun-warmed grass, wildflowers, and woodsmoke drift on the breeze, home, the only one our young son will ever really remember, home, where the evidence of a Creator's fantastic design are literally on every rock, leaf, and feather.
So now the Simple Life Homestead actually has a real, live, homestead! And now this new life begins. For all of those who have tracked with us so far, thanks for your encouragement and support. We're thrilled to now begin to share our experience on the ground, through the field, and in the barn. Now we have a place to build the house, raise the animals, teach our family, and make all of our mistakes and discoveries! Now this new life really starts.
OH MAN, WE ARE SO PUMPED.
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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