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Planning For A Future Farm

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Took a break from planning for a future farm and writing our business plan to write about writing a business plan…


I have previously mentioned our family’s desire to live a sustainable lifestyle, where we live on our land and grow as much of our own food as possible. Recently, Husband and I have decided that we do not want good clean food for just our family. We also want to help other families in our community to have good clean food for themselves. As a result, the homestead business plan has officially been started. We are officially planning for a future farm. In fact, much of the business plan is already finished.

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An Open Letter to My Mother in Heaven


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Dear Mom,

I never could have imagined what life would be like without you here. Mistakenly, I was under an impression that I would stop missing you so much.  We miss your company, your laugh and even your uniquely distinct sneezes.  Losing you changed us all.

Justin, Carter and I talk about you often. It took Carter months to understand that you were not coming home from the hospital. It was so hard to see our sweet boy run to his room to look for you after daycare or suggest we buy your favorite candy from the store. Now that he is a little older, those occasions have slowed down. He still forgets sometimes and suggests we call you or he will randomly tell me how he misses you. I am thankful that he still has memories of you to hold on to.

The three of us are so grateful that we were able to take care of you for those few months. It was the hardest thing that I have ever done. As a result, I complained and cried. I cried with you. At times, I cried for you. My heart broke watching you cry from the physical pain in your body. What was worse was the pain you felt in your heart, believing that the people you cared about so much did not reciprocate the care, time or generosity you gave them. I am sorry that you ever had to feel that.

There are many people that took you for granted. I realize that I personally took your presence here on Earth for granted. For that, I apologize. You are a part of me that can never be replaced. Your love and support spoke volumes in my life. I could have never guessed that the same love and support would carry over to my husband. I never truly knew how much you meant to him until you were gone. His pain matched mine. Your being here with us solidified a bond between you and him that he will forever cherish.

This is one of the reasons why E. Jean Homestead means so much to us. When we decided that we wanted that name, I was fearful. Fearful that I would fail and not achieve the goals that we set out. I was fearful that my past mistakes would block me from future success. When I get thoughts like this I try to remember all of the conversions you and I had about Justin and I wanting to homestead. I try to remember all of your encouraging words, reminders to pray and demands for perseverance. You have already told me that you are proud of me and that you know we can do it. Consequently, I will never have to wonder.  I will keep fighting because you did.

We miss you more than words can ever describe. We hope you have a wonderful birthday in heaven.

With Love,


Practical Ways to be More Sustainable

Striving for self sufficiency naturally leads us toward a more sustainable lifestyle. In my previous post, Sustainability is Self Sufficiency, I discussed why living a more sustainable lifestyle is important. Through research, I have learned a number of useful suggestions that work for our family. While there is more to be learned, there is way more to be done. Let’s learn and do together, friends! Keep reading for a little more in depth look at the ideas of where we can begin.

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Sustainability is Self-Sufficiency

Sustainability is a word that has been thrown around in the recent years. I hear it quite often nowadays. What exactly does sustainability mean? Why is it important? Most importantly, what exactly can we do to be more sustainable?

We cannot strive for sustainability without taking responsibility for a greater level of self-sufficiency. As my family strives to become more self sufficient, my definition of what that means developed largely from me learning about sustainability. The more self-sufficient we can be – the more we are able to meet our own needs, the easier it will be to live in a sustainable way.

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Small Space Gardening: Where To Begin?

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Small space gardening is my reality but I have huge garden dreams. I dream of a huge garden with long rows of raised beds. Those raised beds would come to life every Spring with an abundance of lush, green vegetables. I have a grand vision for my dream garden. Not having that dream garden is not stopping me from growing. Container gardening is a great option for apartment dwellers like us that want to grow their own food but are lacking large spaces to do it. I am going to use my experiences to put together as much information as I can for small space gardening. My warning is that I am not an expert. I have not been doing this for long. My thought is that if sharing my wins and losses helps someone in their journey, I’m all in.

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The Science Behind Cleaning with Vinegar



I have heard about and read about how cleaning with vinegar is a natural option but never have I seen where someone cited actual research. My curiosity led me to do some research on the scientific proof of how effective cleaning with vinegar really is.

The internet is great because there are plenty of people out there willing to share their tips and tricks for every topic that you could think of. The internet is also great because you can educate yourself on subjects that have been researched and written about in scholarly journals.

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Homemade Orange Vinegar Cleaner

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Fresh orange juice is amazing! Since we bought our juicer, oranges are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to juice. When we make a bunch of orange juice, we have a bunch of orange peels. I hated throwing them away so I have found a great way to use up those orange peels. Orange vinegar cleaner is an easy, effective and natural option for the home. Citrus peels contain a compound called limonene or d-limonene. Oranges contain the most limonene of any citrus fruit. Limonene is added to cleaning products for fragrance and its ability to dissolve oil.

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Four Goals to Simplify Life

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I try to utilize the technique of making small goals to tackle the larger goals. Having a broad and somewhat generic goal like “simplify our life” made me feel a little overwhelmed. There are so many things that we would like accomplish and so many things that we would like to do better. Finding the perfect starting point was going to be impossible.

I wrote down every task that we want to accomplish and every area of our lives that we want to improve. I figured our that our family’s pursuit to simplify our lives can be organized into four goals:

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