I Found My Dream Homestead!

Have you ever had a dream that you have prayed to God to fulfill? I have! For as long as I can remember I have wanted a small farm or homestead to call our own and raise our family. At certain times it was all I could think about. Looking online for land, watching gardening videos, and watching food documentaries are my usual pastime. My husband and I have had numerous discussions on when and where we should build our homestead.

Friday afternoon while the kids and I were outside in the garden and my husband was at the fire station I had an epiphany. I am at my perfect, dream homestead. The Lord has answered my prayer. Not in the way I thought or imagined but I AM LIVING MY DREAM. The Lord has been working on my heart in showing me true contentment. I pulled out a piece of paper and pen and began to jot down all that we had accomplished toward self sustainability with a fresh set of eyes.

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I was floored when I looked around our yard with my change in perspective. In all of my searching for a homestead we had been building one all along. We have already come a long way in our journey. How did I miss this? I learned that during all the searching…it may be right in front of  you the entire time.

Wen I looked around me I no longer saw just our yard… I saw the Styron Homestead!

Here is a glimpse..

We live on a corner one acre lot with a 1700 sq ft  30-year-old home.

We have four children and home school the ones old enough for school. We spend our days outside playing or making new things in the kitchen from scratch.

To the side of our house we have a 10×20 heirloom organic garden that we started from seeds in our basement.

Beside our garden we have a 5×7  hand-made compost bin made from wood pallets.

To the back we have a chicken tractor made from scrap materials by my husband with 4 egg laying chickens.

We have 2 bee hives and got our first quart of fresh raw honey this year.

We use our basement as a root cellar for bulk food storage that we have purchased from local coops as well as a large freezer for local grass-fed meat.

We have a wheat grinder to make our own flour for homemade breads.

We buy raw milk from local farmers.

We make all of our own cleaning supplies and detergents.

We make all of or own toothpaste, deodorant, and lotions.

We have 3 large raised beds for herbs that we use for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes.

image     image   image Yes, I am aware there is a creepy boy head statue in this pic. It is a family inside joke!

 

Our goals for the future are to extend our garden and add-on a greenhouse. We want to start a worm bin to add to our compost endeavours. I want to learn the art of canning and making fermented foods. I would also love to start raising chickens for meat. I want to maximize what God has given instead of looking for better. I want or homestead to reach its potential and the only way to do that is by focusing on what we DO have not what we DON’T. Oh man, this lesson applies to many areas in my life:)

 

What about you? Do you have any dreams that are waiting at your doorstep?

 

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18 Responses to I Found My Dream Homestead!

  • Amy says:

    What a blessing to be content with what you have! 🙂 I am content with what I have, but I would like to have more….a tiller, a large garden, some fruit trees, and more time to spend at home. I don’t long for things; I long for more self-sustainability. I truly believe this is how God intends for us to live- not a dependent on others, but with the skills to care for ourselves.

  • Megan Gadd says:

    Wow! You are absolutely right! You do have a beautiful homestead! And your land is big enough to add on someday if the Lord continues to bless your quiver 🙂 If I were you, I’d stay put, plant my feet in the mud and smile. The Lord has blessed you tremendously! So happy for you Sister:)

  • Rebecca says:

    I’d like to see this chicken tractor. Is that their house? And have you had any issues with your town…for having chickens or other animals? Just curious.

    • Brittany says:

      Yes, it is their house on wheels so it can be moved around the yard. This is our second batch of chickens. The first ones we had a couple years ago where evidently not safe in their pin because something got in during the middle of the night and got most of them:( This time my husband built the tractor so it would be much more secure and enclosed. We let them out during the day. So far no issues from neighbors or the town. We are in an older neighborhood with no HOAs.

  • Caitlin B says:

    What a beautiful spot and a wonderful message! I have similar dreams, but many of them are yet to be realized. What a good reminder to be thankful for what we DO have, though.

  • Gentle Joy says:

    What a blessing to realize you already have what you want! A great picture of contentment. 🙂

  • Yes I am backyard gardening…homesteading in a rental in the high desert. It is such a blessing to just be grateful for the space He has currently given us! Thank you for reminding us!

  • The Lord has truly blessed you with a wonderful life. It is our dream, too, to live simply in the country one day. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 32: 18 – “My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

  • Thank you. A great reminder to be thankful for what we have.You have a beautiful homestead.

  • Hannah Diane says:

    I love this! You have a lovely homestead….it looks like our dream place! 🙂

  • Beautiful insight Brittany. You look like you’re further along than originally expected. Homesteading has been a rewarding adventure for us and it’s always exciting to see others starting their adventure.
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    Blessings

  • liz says:

    Thank you for your post! I feel like God was talking to me through your post. I have been wanting a homestead for so long, but it has always seemed out of reach. Increasingly I’ve been feeling like God put us here in our neighborhood for a reason, and I know that He always knows what is best for us. Letting go of our wants and trusting the Lord can be hard at first, but the blessings and peace that come from obeying His requests are worth it! Thank you for being a vehicle for His message to me:) God bless you!

  • Karin says:

    I know exactly how you feel. We live on 1 1/2 acres, and have been building our homestead to include gardens, chickens, goats, etc. But the same as you, I was always looking at bigger properties in the area. A few weeks ago a really promising possibility came on the market, and we were looking more seriously at making a move. After going around and around in my head, weighing the pros and cons, and not knowing the right decision, I finally asked God what we should do. Within two days I had this overwhelming sense of peace about where we are now, and realized that I had my answer. I still don’t know how to do the things that require more land, like bringing our horses to our property, raising a beef cow, growing crops for animal fodder. But I do trust that God will present the answers at the right time, if only I can trust that He knows better than I do! Thanks for sharing your epiphany!

  • Great post! I went through something similar recently and realized we was living in our dream home too! When we change our perspective on things we learn to be much more content. Your home is beautiful!
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  • Diane says:

    I love this post. I used to always wish I had the so called “homestead” then realized I also had been creating one all along in my small suburban space. We can, and do make the now the place of our dreams. You are so blessed and so am I. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week. You are being featured on Tuesday. Hope to see you there my friend. 🙂


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