Our Family May Be Going Homestead

We’re still living in suburbia, but we are reviewing our lifestyle and our goals. We’re looking into the possibilities. We have been overhauling our family’s food choices, discussing how best to see to our kids’ educations, and considering to what degree we want to reset our lives. We know we want more land. I want chickens, goats, gardens, orchards, a giant barn, a little vineyard,  and a wrap-around porch from which to watch my kids play in the yard with their friends while my wife and I sit in rockers with our friends and sip coffee, tea, or lemonade (depending on how hot it is). The list goes on. My wife wants much of the same, but she’d also take a downtown flat. We’re a bit of a Green Acres couple, though not quite that different. She’s coming along, I think. In fact, in matters of food safety and natural healing, it often seems she’s more versed than I. We will find a happy place and way of life that will nicely suit us both. So, here I am transferring my thoughts, investigations, and burgeoning experiences onto the interweb, with the hope that this will serve not only our family but also a broader audience, from whom I hope to learn and with whom I hope to share experiences and opinions as time goes on.

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2 Comments

  1. Jason said,

    November 20, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Very interesting goals. Reading your blog entries thus far, I admire the effort to strive towards what seems to be a potentially quieter and more peaceful existence. Personally, I’m much more likely to go for the downtown flat than farm life. I’m not handy, have too many allergies, and far lazier than any farmer could be. Home grown vegetables and a toxin-free (or more realistically, toxin-reduced) lifestyle does sound appealing.

    At some point in her life, my mother became interested in healthier lifestyle choices. Her favorite reading materials were anything to do with holistic preventative health methods. She forever handed me articles to do with such topics, and was somewhat cutting edge with that info. Years before it was mainstream, she insisted that hydrogenated oils were horrible, for example. She quit eating foods with yellow food dye. She reduced her wheat intake. She ate organic, though it was surely challenging on her meager income. She loathed the American habit of popping pills for every slight ache or ailment, and she almost never took synthetic medicines.

    After ignoring her for many years, I eventually came around when I suffered a series of medical matters that western medicine did not heal. So, I have seen the benefits. For that reason alone, I see the allure of the lifestyle you’re striving for. I am becoming a holistic health care junkie so it seems.

    Earlier this year, quite ironically, my mother, at age 65, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died one month later. I won’t say that it changed my view of her lifestyle. But, realistically, it certainly gave me pause to consider the situation. In my book, by all counts, my mom certainly should have outlived her own mother who reached 92. For all her effort and avoidance of toxins and consumption of vitamin enriched foods, she did not manage to stave off major illness for any impressive amount of time. So, I wonder.

    The potential of getting brain cancer from excessive cell phone use concerns me. I have never liked to stand near a working microwave. I read food labels and tend towards foods with fewer ingredients that are pronouncable. My body doesn’t digest high fat foods well, so I avoid those. I have reactions to too much sugar or processed foods or white flour. I gave up diet cokes over a year ago, though I “sneak” one now and then. Caffeine doesn’t work for me too well either, so even my iced tea habits have been greatly reduced. With four kids, getting our family converted to healthier eating seems very challenging, especially as my wife is not on board with that plan much. But, I do make efforts in small ways.

    I have no interest in an Amish lifestyle. I’ve always been the city mouse, not the country cousin. I enjoy modern conveniences, though I can see the broader appeal of greener, simpler living.

    I’m not sure where my limits are. But, I look forward to more of your blog.

  2. November 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the thoughtful comments.


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