Our new life began this year; It was early summer when we packed up all our things, bought a new 5th-wheel trailer and moved to Oregon. My husband’s parents bought a small 5-acre piece of property to retire on. We pulled our new home into the front yard, and here we are.
We are working to eventually buy our own little farm property, but for now this is where we will start. It took some getting used to, living in this “tiny home” trailer as a family of 4, but I have come to love the simplicity in it. I still want my “real” house someday, but until then I’m happy here.
Luckily I have a lot in common with my in-laws; we all enjoy the homestead-style life. It wasn’t long after moving here that we started building our little farm. There is a small garden trying to grow (a deer fence is next on the list!) We bought some chicks and a couple guinea fowl, and now some dairy goats.
Being able to grow your own food, collect eggs from your own chickens and get milk from your own goats has a special kind of simplicity to it. Don’t get me wrong, it can be a lot of work (especially if the new goats get out!) – but it doesn’t feel like “work”, it just feels like life; and I love this life. This is how we get back to the basics. We raise and grow some of our food. We work the land. We get dirty. And we love it.
My children will grow up knowing where food comes from. They will have planted that seed, watered it, and watched it grow. Their milk comes from an animal with a name. They pet it, play with it and feed it treats! Eventually their meat may have a name too – even if it’s something like “Bacon” or “Dinner”.
This farm life certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s right for us. We love it, and cannot wait for what the future holds for us here. To us, this is living the simple life.