From the very beginning of our married life, building our “place” was that elusive dream that burned deep within and kept that slight feeling of never really being HOME alive. Even through new homes, decorating, nice neighborhoods and great neighbors, city lots felt suffocating. Many days I would watch the sun sink behind the rooftops, wishing that my eyes could follow it until it was below the horizon. However, life has a way of getting in the way, and “someday soon” turned into 15 years and four kids later. The day our oldest child turned 7, we looked around at what we had accumulated. We were so blessed with a beautiful home in a great neighborhood, but our kids were living a life so far from what we had planned. So, we drew a line in the sand and said “no more”. Thus began this crazy journey of building a debt-free homestead!
That fateful day in February was 3 years ago–3 years of acquiring raw land, getting utilities, drawing and re-drawing plans, building temporary shelter, raising our kids and acquiring our rag-tag herd of animals, aka our cast of characters. Many times along this journey, I have questioned whether I’ve lost my mind; Others are convinced of it. 😉 However, I’ve been overwhelmed by how many people look around our place with our temporary little home, and they want to know how. It’s not always how we do it or how to build a homestead, but I see a spark. And, I’ve come to recognize that spark as a small re-surfacing of a dream that they had given up on. So, I hope you will come along with me on this journey, both to learn more about the homesteading way of life, but, more importantly, to find the “how” to awaken your dream!
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