My heart is giddy with excitement. The idea of new baby chicks, ducklings, and piglets have me on edge with excitement for spring. Not to mention garden seed orders, plans of a flower garden and the additions of new animals to the farm have me bouncing. But first, I want to share with you why I choose the lifestyle I do. So here it is! The desires of one farm wife and why she wants to homestead!
I get the question so often. Too often sometimes. Sometimes it annoys me. Sometimes I am happy to ramble on. That question “You want to farm?…” gets thrown at me so many times. Or my favourite, “I didn’t think you were that type.”Ha! Well surprise surprise. I am.
I didn’t think at first I’d be a homesteader, a farmer, or a farmer’s wife. As many of you know I’ve pursued not one, but two university degrees to become a social worker all to decide I’m the happiest living life right here on our farm. Shawn didn’t ask me to stay home, he didn’t tell me to stay home, but in many of our heart to heart conversations discussing life we just landed at the fact that it was the right decision for us. For me.
Shawn decided in our first year of marriage to raise a few meat chickens for ourselves. I was great with that idea. I liked the idea of having our own chickens in the deep freeze. So we dove in. But that one small decision, led to another, which led to another and here we are. I’m a full-blown homesteader, farmer, farmer’s wife and mother. I still don’t know what to call myself, what title do I pick? But for now (and hopefully always!), I called myself blessed.
Those few years ago when I chose to homestead I didn’t envision all of this. I didn’t envision the orchard, the hatching of baby chicks, or the addition of pigs and turkeys. I thought we were just going to raise a few chickens. But life had different plans. Plans I gladly choose to dive into each day. Now daily, I choose to homestead because I am able to stay home and watch over our farm and animals during the day while Shawn is at work (Hey! Something has to pay the bills!). I get to stay at home with Emma, leaving her out of daycare and free to have her own little routine at home. I also get to learn new skills that increase my homesteading knowledge. Just last week I made homemade bread! All by hand. I was so satisfied and it felt so good to know what I was putting into my family’s mouths. I don’t take this lightly. The more I get to stay home, the better I get to care for my family. I get to make homemade products like soap, I get to research alternatives to using harsh cleaning chemicals and I get to prepare homemade meals for us to gather around at the table each evening.
I get to make choices that lead to a healthier and happier life for my family and for myself. But most of all, and it may seem selfish, but I get to fall in love with this life I’ve been given. We’ve all had losses that make us realize that this life is too short. So I’m determined to carve out a life that makes me and my family happy. Nothing brings greater joy to me than to see my husband’s smile, when his dreams come true on this farm, or when our baby girl gets to play with chicks and ducklings. It’s no small blessing.
I want to enjoy this life. I want to walk out into the field and see beauty all around me. I want to feel pure happiness in my heart. And right here. That’s where I’m finding it. And that’s why I choose to homestead…
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
– Mary Oliver