The Homestead’s Update & Kids Growing Up
Hello, dear readers!
All of you that have been with us from the start when we were Homestead Drying Racks and then forgottenwayfarms.com
From living on a five-acre off-grid homestead to a small town homestead, and now, our 20-acre homestead.
Thank you for following our story, leaving comments and the lovely emails.
And sorry for the years of “On again, off again” blogging.
Truth to be told, moving three times, building three gardens and homesteads (one being temporary) and having a new baby girl, we have been plain tired. We are getting back on our feet again though.
Now, for a one year update on our new homestead. It’s still not very pretty (just being real)
we’ve had to fix some major systems and clean the property up.
It is North Idaho, folks. And people don’t readily throw things away, even if those things obviously belong in the dump.
This is the REAL truth about a fixer-upper.
We have drawn and redrawn our plans for the house many times. It’s getting there.
We mudded, taped and painted the living room, put in some new lighting and
made it cheery and livable until we start the demo stage and change the floor plan.
I love all the victories we have had here on this new homestead. I hold them all dear to my heart.
This year we have decided to get serious and start permaculture gardens on the property.
We had a garden last year, but it was not impressive. So much time last summer was going into fixing things.
I love how cozy the girls have made their bedroom. And Daniel built the girls’ bunk bed, aren’t they lovely?
What is crazy is this is the year my two oldest kids seem to have changed from teens to these amazing young adults.
Jo is busy working now. However, she is making time to work with me on the blog in a full-time way.
She likes to write, cook and is the most adventuresome girl I know. So, please welcome Jo as my blogging partner.
My oldest son just graduated, took all his military testing, and passed MEP’s,
he is now sworn into the service of the United States Marines and will be shipping out to boot camp soon.
So proud of him, my farmer boy, now going to be a Marine.
I will tell you it’s hard and wonderful all at the same time seeing your kids grow up.
I have enjoyed each stage of life with my kids,
and it has been amazing seeing these lives you put so much into going out on their own with strength and courage.
I, on the other hand, must be having a bit of a mid-life crisis. This week I was watching a movie with my kiddos
and started freaking out when I realized I couldn’t hear the movie well or see the picture clearly.
However, my lovely children pointed out to me that I was sitting on the other side of the room 20 Ft. away from a small screen,
and the people had thick accents on the movie. I was nursing, little man was talking to me, and the washing machine was running.
So, I might just be getting a little paranoid about getting older!
With all that being said, I hope you all follow along these next few years of fixing this Homestead up,
putting gardens in and implementing Permaculture methods into our layout.
P.S. Don’t forget we do have a youtube channel and we plan on filming some more soon. It’s been two years!!!
Michelle A. says
Congratulations on all of your hard work! The process of homesteading can be so grueling, but the reward is deep satisfaction and great joy! And congratulations for your son! Much there to be proud of! And I want to thank him for his desire to serve this great nation. May God be with him! I share your pride in this awesome young man! I am a recent subscriber to your blog. I look forward to reading about your adventures as you find them.
Abby Jo says
Thank you, Michelle! Your words are so sweet and greatly appreciated. Thanks for subscribing too! 🙂