Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Reluctant Homesteader: How I Got Here

I was not born a country girl. Some people are born with open fields and tractors in their blood; I am not one of those people. I was always a decidedly urban person, until (as most stories like this go), I met a man.  A wonderful man who had the dream of being a homesteader. 

I didn't even know that was a "thing". All I knew of homesteading was from Little House on the Prairie and playing Oregon Trail in elementary school. So I listened to this man talk about moving to the country, building houses from cord wood, and owning goats. I listened to a LOT of John Denver. And to my surprise, it felt very right. I realized that it all resonated with me.

I loved daydreaming about having a farm with him, still assuming it was in a far distant future. I felt dreamy and cozy with him in my big-city apartment. I read Mother Earth News while sipping at Starbucks. I looked at Dignam land catalogs while on my breaks in a busy urban ER. I was mentally on board but not really thinking about the reality of marrying someone who hated the city. 

My friends (and most likely, family) thought I was nuts! And maybe you do have to be nuts to sign up for this. If you had told me ten years ago I would be living amongst goats, chickens, pigs, and bees I would've laughed and called YOU nuts.
Moving to the country caused a lot of growing pains. I was the definition of reluctant. Things are different here and I can't imagine living a busy city life now. But it took time and a complete overhaul of my definition of success. 

(More of the story to come next week...)


  1. Nice post, but I was looking for the rest of I guess he "talked you into the country."

  2. She is going to be telling the rest of the story week by week. An ongoing thing, should be coming out with another tomorrow or friday probably :)


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