Whew! What to say here? There’s so much! Forgive me if I jump around here, but I am trying to give a glimpse of who we are and why we’re doing what we’re doing in a quick, little synopsis. So, here goes nothing!
We are a Paleo(ish) family of 7 (Yes, we do have 5 kids. You read that right!) who is striving toward self-sufficiency and a happy, healthy life. The reason I say Paleo-ish is because we are trying to find a balance between hard-core, strict Paleo and Traditional ways of eating. We are learning as we go and adapt and adjust as we find what suits us. Sometimes we do eat straight Paleo. Sometimes we may eat some sprouted grains (millet, buckwheat, rice, or quinoa, for example) or non-GMO, organic popcorn. We do what works for us.
My husband works outside the home, so most of the homesteading duties fall to me. The kids do help some, as their schedules allow. The kids are great with the animals and really enjoy caring for them, especially our littlest daughter, who loves collecting eggs and chasing the hens around the yard.
Homeschooling is something that we have dabbled in, but did not have a lot of success. That is completely my fault. I am not organized enough to teach my children at home. I was a Kindergarten teacher in the public school system for 5 years before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom, so I do have the education, background, and insight to homeschool. I just don’t have the patience or perseverance to stay organized on a self-imposed schedule. I did attempt to UN-school for a while, also, but that felt weird to me, and my son’s understanding of simple math concepts went down the toilet while I was attempting to teach him at home. We made the very conscious decision to put our children back into public school for the time being. Our son’s intellectual achievement and cognitive development have gone up considerably, which is a relief. If, at some time, public school does not work for our family, we will go back to homeschooling… I just have to be more organized before that ever happens!
We do not have a huge amount of property, nor do we have a huge amount of animals. Currently, 16 hens, 2 terrier-mix dogs, a lazy cat, and the contemplation of getting a milk goat and her wether (which, for those who don’t know, is a castrated male goat) is the extend of our farm animals on 1 1/3 acres. We will, at a later date, when we have more land (a bigger homestead – We’re working on it!), purchase a beef cow to raise on grass.
We have a couple of small gardens, but I get most of our produce from the local farmers’ markets, local orchards and gardens, the food co-op, and, as necessary, grocery stores. We are trying to eat foods that are in-season and local as much as possible.
I enjoy simple sewing, DIY crafts and fix-its, canning, baking, cooking, reading, and walking on the many trails near our house. I have recently started attending church again after a LONG time away, and, I’m sure, this blog will be an outlet for me to express some of my experiences with my spirituality.