When Jed and I got married, we wanted a house with character that we could fix up and make our own. If you ask Jed, character just means an old house that needs a lot of work. Well, we found it, an 1890s farmhouse, in a small Quaker village. I fell in love with the porches before we ever saw the inside of the house. To me, the imperfections could be overlooked and managed, no matter how significant.
When it comes to fixing up the house our philosophy is, we would rather spend our money on a new tool, and figure out how to fix it ourselves than to pay someone to do it for us. In some ways we love the challenge, in others I can be a bit of a perfectionist, and no one wants to spend money where they don’t have to. That being said, we know that there are some projects best saved for the experts. When it comes to most of our projects, Jed does the heavy lifting and I bring the finesse.
Here we strive for balance and simplicity for our family. On the one hand, we are intrigued by living off the grid, but would not be able to survive without wifi (and Amazon). We fulfill our sense of adventure by traveling around the world or simply scooting around town enjoying what is in our own backyard. We work to transform this little farmhouse into our homestead oasis. Putting my summers working as a landscape contractor for my father to good use. Where our grapevines become beautiful wreaths and one day the polk berries will be replaced with raspberries and blueberries. By giving new life and beauty to old things we are creating a cozy, livable, family friendly house. And now that I am a stay at home mom, it is even more important that everything be done on a budget. Bartering should be my middle name, and I bring a new wave to “dumpster diving”.
Utilizing my self-sufficiency skills to live a simpler lifestyle and in hopes of inspiring the next generation of homesteaders is our family focus.