Our family moved to our little farm in 2001. At the time, I worked full time as a restaurant manager and horse breeder/trainer. After awhile, I began to miss my family especially my daughter Petunia. It seemed like all I did in life was work. I became miserable and as a result our home life became miserable. But...it is amazing how God orchestrates and uses circumstances and life experiences to change us, mold us, and make us better. During this miserable time in my life, I developed thyroid disease and the restaurant that I worked for was closing down. I was not in any shape to start working for someone else so God brought me home. I had no idea how we would survive without my paycheck.
At the same time as all of this God was laying it on my heart that my child needed to come home as well. I remember saying when she was born that no matter what we had to sacrifice to send her to private school, I was not a homeschooling mom. The good Lord must have had a huge giggle over that because he had other plans. Within a year I became a stay at home mom who was homeschooling her 4th grader.
Financially we struggled. I really wasn't sure how we were going to keep living without my paycheck. The horse market had disappeared, so we drastically downsized. It helped, but not enough.
Then I started remembering all those stories that I loved to listen to as a child on my grandparents farm. I truly believe that God was showing me the way to our new life of simplicity. Our financial problem stemmed from the fact that we were still trying to live a modern day consumer lifestyle. At the time a homemade meal for us was a box of hamburger helper with some type of vegetable already seasoned that just needed heating up in the microwave. Seriously, I really didn't know how to truly cook from scratch.
I began to learn.
Then I learned to save money.
Then I learned to garden.
Then I learned to can and freeze for future use.
Then I learned how to keep chickens.
Then I learned how to keep goats and milk goats.
Then I learned what to do with all that milk.
And so on and so forth, until I learned how to do much with little. Hmmmmmmm.....sounds familiar.
Over the course of the past 10 years or so, I have learned...failed...learned again...failed again. It hasn't been easy and not everything has worked out exactly as planned. However, the one thing that has worked is that I have grown closer to my Lord and Savior and so no matter what failures or challenges I face my life is no longer miserable. I am happy and at peace with the life that God has given us. My family is no longer miserable either. We have all grown in Christ and as a result grown closer together. We live a very simple life, full of ups and downs. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I truly suppose this life suits me most. I am opinionated, old fashioned and I like having many irons in the fire. I don't believe in being politically correct so I am sure to offend someone at some point. I am a southerner through and through and will never deny nor be ashamed of my heritage. I am a very creative soul so I do some freelance writing, painting and sewing. While my life is actually a "simple" life, I think I am a very complex individual. Life is never boring here on the farm.