Raised on the beaches of St. Petersburg, Fl. Suburb life is what I have always know. But with the way that things are going I have to do something for my family.
I have been in church ministry for over 30 years. These past 8 years we have traveled the roads helping church, all the while neglecting our own health and well-being. It is time we fix that in our obedience to the Lord in being good stewards of our lives and home.
Come along with us as we learn and grow in a new realm of simple living, down on the farm.
I've always been drawn to old fashioned living. For my 16th Christmas I asked for and received a full set of the Foxfire book series. As I poured over them, they were a window into a time and a mindset that was both foreign and yet familiar. I read the stories, looked at the pictures of the women cooking on an open fire and making home made soap with a deep yearning. Maybe one day I would be able to do that.
Time moved on as it usually does and life carried me along. I home-schooled, enjoying the freedom to slow my life down, make bread and show my girls that this fast paced life needs to be put on hold from time to time.
We volunteered at a Living History museum as a family, bringing a replica of a 1750's log cabin to life. Dressed in period correct clothing, I cooked on the open hearth, spun wool and talked to people about how the family that would have lived in this house might have felt. All while, my husband and oldest daughter drove wagons of tourists with draft horses and my youngest led schoolchildren in games children would have played at that time period.
Life was full.
Fast forward 15 years and we are now living in the wonderful state of West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains and have just moved onto an abandoned farm with 19 acres. The house is not habitable, so we've decided to live in 5th wheel camper while working on the land, allowing us to fix up the property without having to borrow money. This project promises to be a long one, but our goal here is to grow our own food and make as much of our own food as much as we can all the while building the farm. We wanted to have this page for our families so that they can follow our progress.