Nestled in the farm country of southern Minnesota lies our little homestead. It’s not much. About three or four acres with a big red barn, a shop, a shed, and an old run-down shack we’ve transformed into a chicken coop. Here, we’re building a family, creating memories, making plans, and dreaming of one day living in the farmhouse just a handful of miles away where my husband grew up...
Our life in Minnesota is nothing like what I would have imagined my life to be like ten years ago. But there is no where I would rather be…most days. I mean, don’t we all have moments of longing for something different? Those moments, though, are fleeting. It’s usually after a rough day or when I’m tired of canning the fifty thousand tomatoes we grow every summer.
Overall, our homesteading life is better than anything I could have imagined for myself and my family. It’s a lifestyle I thoroughly enjoy and take quite a bit of pride in.
But what is homesteading?
Honestly, I’ve only started using the word ‘homesteading’ because it’s become a trendy term. Most people will at least recognize and associate it with country living even if they don’t fully understand the meaning.
But let me fill you in on how I view homesteading to be. Some people have much stricter viewpoints of this idea, but here’s my opinion…
What Homesteading Is Not
What Homesteading Is
Where Our Homestead Fits In
Our “Little Farm in the North”, as I’ve chosen to describe it, is old and rundown, yet new and fresh at the same time. While the buildings might be showing their age, I see fresh new beginnings for my family. We’ve been here for about four and a half years now, and our hopes and dreams for our future here are still young and growing. As I’ve grown more accustomed to this way of life, I’ve begun to see the endless opportunities and the ever-growing beauty here in southern Minnesota.
Near the home of Laura Ingalls and her Little House on the Prairie, we’re building our Little Farm in the North. And while our lifestyle will never look exactly like Laura’s (I prefer wearing jeans and taking hot showers), I love the nostalgia of raising a family on a different level than the rest of society. I get to watch my son run barefoot through the grass with his dog, chase the ducks and chickens, and eat fresh fruits and veggies right off the plants all while he learns the importance and gratification of hard work from a young age. There is nothing on earth better than that.
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