Simplify. Simplify our day. Simplify our schedules. Simplify our lives.
Isn’t that what we all WANT to do but never ACTUALLY do?
It seems so easy to simplify our everyday lives- get rid of things we don’t use or need, cancel cable (because in reality, you probably only watch a handful of channels), get rid of those smartphones and downgrade to an old school flip phone (or, GASP, no cell phone at all), quit going out to eat and cook healthy meals at home, eat healthier by growing your own veggies and fruits. It SEEMS so easy, but, truthfully the majority of us have major trouble even considering one of the things mentioned above.
Simplifying our life and becoming more self-reliant is exactly what my family is hoping to do over the next few years. Granted, we’re still keeping our cable and smartphones for the time-being, we’re still WAY guilty of going out to eat more than we should, and we struggle enough with remembering to water our grass let alone trying to plant and keep veggies alive! Like I said, it SEEMS easy but then everyday life scoots on in and becomes the annoying house guest that doesn’t want to leave. EVER.
Now that my husband and I are parents, we’re truly seeing the value of becoming more self-reliant in many aspects.
My husband has been interested in homesteading and self-reliance for awhile now and I usually just smiled and nodded at him when he brought up the crazy idea of owning chickens, making our own stuff, and growing the majority of our food. I admit I was not fond of the chicken idea at ALL (they always seem so loud, dirty, and well…just annoying). Plus, I can barely find time to shower and brush my teeth most days with a teething baby who refuses to sit still and wants to be held CONSTANTLY, let alone take care of more living and breathing creatures. But, I have come around as I have seen how downhill our society and country has gone in the last couple years. I want to know how and be able to do as many things on our own as possible. Now, don’t get the crazy idea that we’re “preppers” in the reality TV sense. We’re far from that, however, we want to become more self-reliant in case we ever truly need to depend on ourselves and a small community for whatever reason. Plus, we’re excited to start making more of our own, HEALTHY, natural food!
We’re what I call “semi-crunchy” parents. I breastfeed and don’t plan on stopping until my little one chooses to wean on her own. We bed-share, baby-wear, and we stumble along with baby led feeding (or weaning if you please). I make 99% of our girl’s food. We believe in gentle attachment parenting, not letting our girl cry it out, and we’re seriously considering homeschooling when the time comes.
We want our girl (and possibly future kiddos) to grow up and know what she can achieve on her own in this crazy world. We want her to have a sense of responsibility and a choice for the life and things she can create. We don’t want her to become dependent on others for the bare life necessities like food, shelter, and everyday items. I know that my husband and I have become dependent on too many things created by others that we could easily make ourselves!
Over the next few months and years, we’re hoping to begin growing our own veggies and fruits again, get some chickens so we can have fresh, organic, PURE eggs, and learn how to make things we regularly use on our own!
It will definitely be an adventure and I hope you will enjoy following us as we embark on our (slow and steady) suburban homesteading journey!