12 hours ago
You don’t choose the #homesteadlife...it chooses you. We dove right in, head first into raising backyard chickens as our first step towards #homesteading. It since has expanded to ducks, and fish in our pond, and native birds flourishing, along with squirrels and even raccoons at night that seem to make short work of any leftover snacks or compost. Our garden, which at one time consisted of a sole mango sprout has turned into more than we could ever have imagined and we are having to expand still! Peppers galore, and tomatoes, collards and lettuce of all varieties, gourds and squash and pumpkins, figs, pomegranates, jackfruit, guava, papaya, bananas, eggplants, zucchini, oh my! If it seems busy, it is. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a simpler life. A good day in a office will never beat a bad day working in the yard. (If there even is such a thing as a bad day in the yard.). It takes work to appreciate the good things, and believe me, this is good. It’s honest work and it brings our entire family joy, well...and eggs. Eggs, too. It’s when I sit back with my morning coffee, watching nature grow all around me that I really am able to appreciate what we’ve worked for. Knowing where our food comes from, trying to produce as much for our family as we can, sharing different life cycles with the plants and animals and allowing our children to develop a healthy understanding about life and food. It’s not a jet-set life, but it’s worth so much more.