Just wanted to introduce myself...I live in North Texas and am married. Together, my husband and I have quite the blended family - he has 3 children (daughter, son, daughter) and I have a daughter and son...& together we have a son. (Ages are 19, 18, 9, 6, 5 & 18 months)
My husband grew up farming - that's what most of his family has done for generations. My dads family was the same way but as an adult, my dad moved to CA after getting out of the Air Force and eventually he and my mom had me. I spent summers at my uncles big farm in Oregon and I loved it. I always hated going back home. I loved the farm and everything about it.
Later in life, I divorced & decided to move to are as because I'd always loved it here. Eventually met my husband.
They have had 64 acres that has been in the family for over 100yrs and that's where my husband grew up farming along side his dad and grandfather. My husband is one of the hardest working, honest men I've ever met. His childhood stories of farming, all the way up into adulthood, have always intrigued me.
My husband also helped build his parents house that is on that land...unfortunately, his father died suddenly 4 yrs ago at 57 of a massive heart attack, in that same house. My mother in law let everything go...she was depressed. Everything was left the way it was the day he died. My mother in law gave away goats, chickens, etc to family. My husband stepped in and has been cleaning up all the unfinished projects - everything and anything that was left and needed to be handled, fixed, etc - he's been doing. The fields had been dormant and for the first time, towards the end of 2014, my husband was able to sew the front pasture with wheat and it was a good crop. My husband's papa is so happy and proud that we're cleaning it up, taking care of everything and building our home there. It's a legacy really and means a lot to each generation.
We have been renting a small house in town because we've been working to clean up and fix everything out there...& we're finally to the point where we will start building our own home out there. My husband will do almost all of it himself (with some help from cousins and friends) he has built homes before and is very skilled (he's also a diesel mechanic )- one of the handiest guys I've ever met.
The ground is being graded and surveyed soon and were so excited but still have a long road ahead of us.
We have 3 cows and 2 calves with my mother in law (she doesn't live out there full time anymore)
We also have 4 horses and a little filly.
I have a flock of chickens (10 hens...soon to be more!) and a sweet rooster.
We have a big garden - we just planted onions, corn and a couple berry bushes the other day. More to come as the season progresses of course.
I've been working on simplifying our life - when we combined two homes there was so much "stuff" and no reason for it. It was overwhelmingly. We have been downsizing continually. You could call it a mix of minalism and simplification. I enjoy organic and as natural as possible. Especially food products. I love having our own eggs, veggies and fruits and knowing where they come from and we will be working up to slaughtering beef cows and various other meats eventually.
My husband is just finishing up with a nice set of pens he's built and welded himself. They look great & I love bragging on him! 😊 He also built my newest chicken coop from scratch and I love it.
We're very into gardening, our animals, re-using and re-purposing materials, living the simple and productively...working hard & loving life!
I've got so many things I'm looking forward to trying - making our own detergents, lotions, soaps...id eventually love a milk cow and goats will be handy for all the briars out there (which is why my father in law had goats too) among other things. I've got so many ideas and things we want to try and do, I can't possibly even list them all right now!
Hoping to share and learn from others on this forum. 😊
Edited by flocktastic - 3/1/16 at 9:34am