I used to feel like we are trapped in the whirlwind of life. We were working to get money to pay for food and shelter and vacations that help us relax when we are not working. We would come home, exhausted, eat take out, and spend the evenings watching TV. We would feel as though if we are all in the same room together, it counts as family time, even though we aren’t communicating. It’s sad. And it’s the reality for so many people.
My family and I make a concerted effort to make lifestyle changes about two years ago. We added a family bible study to our weekly calendar. We also have a family game night. We turned off the TV. We started gardening and created a compost pile. We started cooking from scratch and making our own detergents and cleaners. We’ve been reading everything we can about farming, ranching, homesteading, and country living. We’ve started to lay the foundations down to turn our house into a home.
In two weeks, my husband and I will have been married for fourteen years. During that time, there has been a lot that we didn’t see eye-to-eye on. However, as we have began to make these changes in our lives, we’ve both experienced a strong desire to move to the country and create a homestead . We would eventually like to be as self sufficient as possible, and by doing so, decrease our expenses and increase our experiences.
We have three sons. Our identical twins are thirteen, and our youngest addition is three. They have all gone back and forth between excitement about moving, and fear about the unknown. We’ve lived in our current house since right before the twins were born, so the kids have known no other home. It’s going to be quite a change for all of us – but I think it will be a chance for the better.
Looking back at the last fourteen years, I see that God has allowed us to learn things one step at a time in an effort to prepare us for this next step in our lives. Now that we are aware of the next step, the preface is wrapping up and the real journey is about to begin. I don’t know how the story is going to go, but I sure am glad to be a part of it.