I have always loved to live in a way that allows me to interact with the outdoors, animals and plants. I grew up on a farm where we raised cows, horses, pigs, chickens and a vegetable garden. I loved being on the farm because I felt free there. I could play in the creek, explore the woods, or gallop through our hayfields on a horse, among other adventures. I have always known this way of life and for me it feels good and normal.
During the time I have lived on our homestead, I have had the fortunate opportunity to do many things. I have watched the trees and gardens we planted grow and bear fruit over the years. I have worked on the home we built (well, Tony built it and I helped some) and we have brought more and more animals onto our homestead. I have seen our homestead become more and more of a self sustaining ecosystem that gives more back to us every year. I have grown to love the land and home we have in a deep way. I have learned that when I work on a piece of land and create a home on it then I become an integral part of it and I can never really separate myself from it.
We have become friends with many of the locals here in the mountains. Never in my life have I had friends like this who treat me so much like family. They are the best type of friend a person could have.
I love the peacefulness and freedom of living in the country. The air is clean and we can drink right out of the springs. I’m usually able to make a meal without having to get anything from the grocery store. I can listen to the songs of the birds in the morning and the song of the crickets at night. I can wake up and have tea in the morning and I don’t have to worry about driving to a city job. And at night I can see the stars bright and clear. Out here I don’t have to rush. I can live my life at a slow enough pace to enjoy it.
Although this may not be the life for everyone it is a way I can enjoy each day of my life. I encourage everyone to live in a way that allows you to enjoy every day of your lives.