Today we woke up and Andrew went to work, and for the first time, I didn’t. We both decided that it was best to take a maternity leave that will last the childhood of our child/children, and in doing so, also decided to start up a business. There’s a quiet, flickering hope that someday we’ll both wake up and no one will have to drive away to go to work. We’ll just get up, cook breakfast for however many mouths we have created or adopted at that point, and run business from our home.
We also currently live in a city, and are hoping that this is something that changes too. We are starting in a small, urban home with an itty-bitty yard—enough for a garden plot, one fabulously productive and overgrown Mulberry tree, and the biggest Lilac bush-tree-monster we’ve ever laid eyes on. If it didn’t smell so good, I’d be worried that it had insidious intentions.
(Maybe that’s its plan.)
This journey is many-fold: we’re trying to use our urban house as a training house for our hopeful forest-farm-house. A hundred years ago, a wife knew how to raise wild sourdough, can the produce of her productive garden, sew things that are useful, milk goats. A husband would split wood, build a shed, fences, shepherd a flock. So much of this practical wisdom seems forgotten, or impossible in daily urban life. But it tugs at our minds and hearts, like a burr clinging to the pants from a walk in the woods. We want to rediscover these things and use them to sustain our family and the people we care about. We want to raise our kids knowing how to do good, useful things, eating food that is whole and healthy. We hope to be able to run this fledgling business from our house so that both of us can be home to raise our kids.
So we’re practicing on our current house, filling it with crazy-scientist jars of sourdough starter and kombucha SCOBY, learning how to roof, building sheds from scratch, starting gardens, and making lots and lots of soap and art. In the meantime, we keep hunting for our land, not knowing where it will be but trusting God that He will provide if it is supposed to happen. It’s a huge, crazy experiment, and we’re inviting you along for the ride.
You’re not going to see many/any pictures of us, probably, because we’re very private people and we enjoy being private. But we’re learning so much along this journey that we want to document it, share it, hope others can learn from our mistakes and triumphs. Maybe you’ll get to rediscover some of that old knowledge and start a crazy-scientist jar of your own in your kitchen, or fix your own door.
You will, however, see pictures of this cat, because he is delightful/obnoxious. He is blissfully unaware of our plans and just wants to know what you are working on so that he can drape himself over it. His name is Chairman.
We hope you come along with us and our experiment-house and wander-journey. We’re so excited it is starting, and so full of careful hope that maybe, just maybe it may work
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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