It’s hard to look back at this year and sum it all up in a single blog post. It has been a wild, emotional ride!
This was a year of change. A season of discovering hope in the most primitive places. A time of dedication to what we know as the truth. A period of difficulties and growing. Months of taking action. A year of forcing ourselves out of our comfort zone. A year of seeing setbacks and learning from our mistakes. But we arrive at the end of these last 12 months and we find ourselves thankful for this time of growth.
It seems like a lot of the days spent here we are unsure of what to do. There’s just so much to accomplish. We aren’t sure where to start and feel like we have yet to complete anything. We have been figuring out this whole homesteading thing as we go. It’s new to us like an unfamiliar road we are traveling through.
We left our “normal” life to pursue a dream as a family. We are from the city in Southern California. We didn’t grow up on a farm or around farm animals. We never grew up with a food garden. Heck the first chicken I held was 3 years ago when I took a processing workshop! My wife worked in the fashion industry in Los Angeles. I worked as a computer drafter before we left.
All of that was about to change after I was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago and we became passionate for educating ourselves about the food that we were putting into our bodies to keep us alive and healthy. From there it avalanched into really discovering where our food comes from. We read books, blogs and took workshops on how to grow healthy, sustainable food and work the land. We began getting rid of our stuff, living minimally and consciously preparing ourselves for bigger steps. The next thing we knew we were selling our home and looking for land.
What we didn’t expect to find when we moved here was to meet genuinely inspiring people. Not only on social media, but also a real life community of influential, likeminded folk that were on this very same road we are traveling through.
Seeing first hand other homesteader’s experiences in raising animals, growing food and even the way they live has been very encouraging and we have learned from them.
This has been not an easy year for our family, BUT it has been very fulfilling and brimming with joy. All year we have been given little glimpses of hope and encouragement to keep moving and trust that if we continue to keep at it all of our hard work will not go to waste. I do believe that this entire process of following what we know, as the truth always will be about the journey. We go into 2017 very hopeful and filled with determination to keep trying to find a way to live in faith, purpose and be open minded to different opportunities that this year might bring.