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The Homesteader's Journey

| 2/17/2016 7:48:00 AM

In January of 2015, I left a well-paying job as a manager at a nice veterinary clinic in one of Alabama's largest cities and became a work from home homestead wife. For months my husband and I talked about moving to another large city so that he could pursue a law degree, and I would find another job somewhere in that new place. But somehow, another option crossed out minds that ended up being the lifestyle that we chose — be rid of unnecessary material things and start simplifying our lives. We decided to move onto family land and begin building a cabin of our own while increasing the size of our livestock and crops each year.

When you begin to cut back on all of the things you have and limit yourselves to the basics, things change drastically. I would often take a step back and shake my head as I would clean up and sell my old things- why did I ever have a game system or all these clothes? I also noticed that working from home meant there was not much driving- I had been holding down a job just to pay for the gas it took to get there every day and buy lunch all the time!

A few hundred dollars on a paycheck was nothing to me, and it would be gone quickly (I did make a few wise investments along the way, though). Today, a $20 bill in our wallets is a party, and that's no joke! Our bills have been reduced, and we now work from home selling small amounts of lumber, produce, and art. Money isn't everything, but spend it wisely.

My husband and I have been brought much closer together in this adventure by constantly working together and helping one another. It's so nice to be able to do things as a team and then be able to sit back and smile, knowing we have built this dream by the work of our hands. Family time has become precious and joyful, because we aren't always running around and worrying about this and that.

We have been blessed in the fact that we learned to appreciate these moments spent with our loved ones. My dear Grandmother has been gone for 4 years, and not a single day goes by that I don't reflect on the positive influence she had on me and my love for the self sufficient lifestyle. Love and cherish the times you have with family!

We started from scratch with our farm animals, getting young chicks to start with and moving up to ducks and rabbits. We can't wait to bring home our first goat in a few months, and we are preparing a place for this new addition excitedly. Eventually, we want to build a small herd of goats and then move up to a training a working ox to help with plowing and hauling.

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