Welcome to Emily’s Homestead. I’m Emily and I have had dreams for a while of some acreage, a barn, a few chickens, and the life that comes with that territory. But with a sigh of regret, I’ve been putting off my homesteading dream because I am a military wife. We have never stayed in one house longer than two years. My husband, a pilot, whom I teasingly call my “Fly Guy”, and I have been married for 8 years and have moved 9 times. And it’s been a lot of fun. But, for a gal with an Interior Design degree, 8 years without a house of my own is a long time to wait to settle down and it has begun to wear on me. And retirement still seems a long way off.
Where are my chickens? Where is my root cellar? A garden to feed our family?
Instead of getting sorry for myself (okay, there was a little pity party or two), I’ve decided to take a look at the things my family and I can change in our every day lives. How can we be more self-sufficient? What can we make for ourselves?
This blog is going to entail our journey towards the Homestead, little by little. I’ll talk about some of my hobbies I enjoy, such as: Soap-making, Quilting, Cooking/Baking, Sewing Clothing, and Gardening. Also, I have a real passion for a “Life Less Chemical”. Along with changing our household cleaning products, we are trying to change our family’s diet to one that is whole foods with more fruits and veggies. But by no means are we even close to perfect! (I love me some baked goods, the more sugar the better, and we have two little boys who think hot dogs are their own food group.)
As enthusiastic as I am about a simpler life, I will be the first one to tell you that I don’t have all the answers. This is just my journey and I hope that I can share some fun things with you along the way.
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Here is a picture of me being silly with my men and my loveable dog, Heidi:
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I can relate to how you feel. For years I wanted to find a place in the country to homestead and had to put off my dream due to not being able to afford to buy land or move. But a few years ago my dream finally came true and we were able to move back to a place that’s been in my family for over 100 years. The place is in need of a lot of fixing up and with limited money and time, it’s been more challenging and stressful money wise than I thought it would be. But it’s an awesome way to live and we love every bit of it. I hope you’re able to live your dream one day soon!
I too was a military wife for 28 years. It has it’s pluses and minuses. Thank you for all you are doing.
Have a question, I plain to use vinegar and peroxide to clean my tile floofs. After I spray them, is it ok to just use water with a little dawn to mop it up. I have two new puppies and don’t want to harm them.
Thank you in advance.
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Wow! Thank you!!
I don’t know where you are station currently, but I would encourage you to make a field trip into a local growing area and find someone doing what you want to do. See if you can join in. A shared experience will be good on many levels. Ask around and see what you can find. When you are able to “settle down” you will be a lot more skilled and have some of the “mistakes” in your past.
That’s a great idea, Tim! Thanks!
I know it can be a long road to that homestead. It took us a lot of years to get there, but in one month we will take up permanent residence on our land. It will be in a tent for the summer while we put up a cabin, but we are just about there.
Hang in there.
We also have a dream of owning property, but the last 5 times we made an offer on some land, it fell through. So we are still looking and waiting. In the meantime, we do have a tiny garden, but enjoy it immensely. You have a great attitude, and I am so glad I found your blog.
Thank you Shari!
It’s amazing how many people out there are looking for this homesteading dream. Ours is a little way off – good luck with finding yours!
So awesome about the Indy Box! That is so cool!!!! I can’t wait to see what all is in the March box!!