Homestead Adventure

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Yes folks, that is me circa 1993, the tall one in the pic with the beach hat on pretending it's a farmer's hat. The middle cutie is my sister,  Madeline. We were playing "Little House on the Prairie" with some neighbor friends of ours.

My love for all things "country" began very early in my life. I don't know if it really started with dreaming of a farm so much as pretending I had a horse, lived in the 1700-1800's, and basically had an identity crisis believing I WAS Laura Inglalls Wilder. . .  but that's neither here nor there.

As time went on, I left my childhood home on 4 acres and headed for college in the hills of Tennessee. (Um, has anyone seen or read the "Christy" series? ) My childhood dreams and imagination dimmed and I moved through college and thereafter with the idea that as an adult I must focus on a career, family, and live in acre-less suburbia with dead dreams and a fake smile.

Me at my childhood home in Franklin, TN. 

I then met and married a man who is an encourager by nature and pretty much great at anything he puts his hand to. He has supported and allowed me to discover, develop, and pursue my hobbies and deep seated passions which has lead us to the home we have now. Thank the Lord, he shares many of my passions and his hobbies compliment them nicely (furniture making and yard gadgets)!

                                    Our Homestead in Texas

Moonshine (right) and Zeus (left) are our pups who roam the yard and keep watch.
We have many plans for our home to add some personal touches and more landscape.
Matthew on his toy.

As you can see, we have LAND! We have about 3/4 of an acre and plan to use as much as possible for entertaining, gardening, and overall aesthetics to add to the value of the place.  
As I dream of all the things we could do, grow, and fun to have on our property, I feel overwhelmed about all that could be done. One resource that is a favorite of mine that has helped me realize that you can be in an apartment in the city, on less than an acre, or be on a true farm and still have the BEST homestead you can create with what you have! You can find the ebook and her blog here

I am still slowly working my way through this little book, but having a great time dreaming. Pretty sure this homestead adventure will only grow with time!


  1. Yes! As you know, I have a soft spot for Laura Ingalls Wilder :) Our dream is to one day "have a place in the country with land," but that doesn't mean I can't start now. I will definitely check out that book.

  2. i love these pictures! i may be biased...

    getting to grow up with you and our crazy imaginations will always be my greatest memory. can't wait for our kids to do this together.

  3. Laura, I love that quote! And yes, check it out! Madeline, I can't wait for our kids' hilarious-ness.


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