Hi, I've always been a country/farm girl at heart and when I was less than 6 years old I wanted to grow up and become a biologist/zoologist that people around the entire planet would know. A person like Jane Goodale, Biruté Galdikas, or Dian Fossey. (yes I had a thing for the great ape primates back then). As I got older my love of animals and living things became a bit of an obsession. I would keep dozens of small animals (mainly insects and arachnids) in baby food jars in my bedroom hidden (or so I thought) from my parents *read: tried to hide them from mom and failed horribly*. I would study their breeding habits, yes I watched many male spiders get eaten by the females I had chosen for them, apparently I am NOT the animal match maker I believed I could be). I thought that once I was out of high school and finished my biology degree I would spend the rest of my years living in Africa, Asia or South America. Then I had my children and all those well thought out plans fell into tiny little pieces. Pieces that I have yet to manage to pick up completely. Don't get me wrong, I love my children. There is "FarmChick" aka The Little Flirt, who is my 9 year old daughter. "FarmChick" has always been how she is. Me.. in a smaller version. Then there is "CityBoy" aka The Gamer, who is my 14 year old son that lives with his father (different father than FarmChick) in a tiny apartment in the city full time and visits when he has time through out the year. The Boss is my ex-husband, a great friend and The Little Flirt's Daddy. We currently live together on the 7 acre homestead. We are trying to become completely self sustaining on just under 7 acres of rural land. We are owned by 3 Pot Bellied Pigs, 4 Pygmy Goats, 4 Embden Geese, 2 Rouen Ducks, 4 Barn Cats, 1 New Zealand X Californian Rabbit, 2 Welsh Ponies, 1 Morgan X Canadian Mare, 1 Quarter X Paint Stallion and too many Chickens (8 Brahma, 7 Silkies, 1 Buff Orpington, 13 Red Sex link Hens and 2 *unknown breed* Roosters). We also have 4 Chihuahuas, 1 Doberman Pinscher, 2 House Cats, 2 Budgies and a couple dozen tropical fresh water fish. I blog at http://www.mommyshomestead.com about our life on the homestead, becoming self sustaining and the adventures to get there.