I have been a homemaker for over 20 years now. I haven't worked outside the home since I was pregnant with my oldest, who will turn 21 this year. The idea of doing so now is a scary thought for me.
Every child has a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. For me it was a wife and a mother...mission accomplished! And I have no desire of changing that dream now, even though my kids are quickly all becoming young adults. But that doesn't mean that I won't be working at all...far from it!
With the times we are in, it seems even more important to be a diligent homemaker and saving money where we can as a family. As my sons have gotten older, they have both expressed a desire to live off the land, grow our own food, and care for livestock. My daughter is happy to be the recipient, lol. And my husband is thrilled with the idea of being able to work the land with our sons.
We have slowly worked towards this goal over the years. I do my best to preserve our harvest from our small garden each year. I support local friends and purchase meats and produce from them as often as I can. Our dream is to own acres of land and be able to grow our own food for our family (and if we are blessed enough, to share our bounty with others too).
My youngest has wanted goats for a few years now, both meat and milk. He worked with goats as a young teen and the desire never left him. Fastforward a couple of years...and we find ourselves with 12 soon-to-be momma goats, meat goats!
Having goats also means that we need a good livestock guardian dog (LGD) or two. Luckily we have a friend who was needing to rehome a couple of Great Pyrenees pups. My boys and I spent some time over the past week getting to know them so that they will trust us and have an easier transition when we move them to start caring for the goats. We have made some great progress, so moving day for the pups is coming soon!
However, we do not currently own our home or any land. So, just how are we going to manage becoming a homestead when we own nothing?
Follow us on our journey and you'll see! If you find yourself in a similar situation where you long to provide for your family but, like us, do not own your home or land, you will find some great tips in following our journey.
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