Often times, when someone finds out that we are working toward a homestead, I’m asked why. Especially from those who tend to think of me as more of a ‘city girl‘.
“It’s a lot of work.”
“You want animals? But aren’t they dirty?”
“Why would you want to do that?”
Well, the answers seem simple to me.
So, let me break them down a little so you can see my point of view with things.
1. NEED LESS MONEY!
When you have a homestead, you are able to live on less money. I love that idea! I’m tired of being burdened with debts to others. It’s an unnecessary stress that I’m determined to rid myself of and look forward to when I can help others instead of worrying about my debts.
2. LESS CHEMICALS!
I want to simplify things – BIG TIME! Over the last several years, I have been reducing our budget crunch by making our own household products, which have led me to be more aware of what I bring into our home. There are so many chemicals in most everyday products. I have quit buying much and resorted to making our own. It originally started out as a means to save money, but it has quickly turned into more of a concern about our health and well-being. And I feel better about what I’m bringing into our home. If I can grow and make many of the products we need on our homestead, we are reducing packaging costs as well. My philosophy has quickly become ‘why buy when we can make/grow our own.’
3. MORE FREEDOM!
That may not make sense – especially when you consider the additional chores of caring for animals and growing your own food. But it’s true. When you reduce what you need from others, you have more freedom. More freedom to give! What an idea!
Our world seems to be pretty “me-centered.”
What I mean is we’re always looking for what we can do for us.
What we can get for us.
What’s in it for us.
But that’s not what God commands. He wants us out there doing for others. He commands us to help those less fortunate.
It all circles back to why we want a homestead:
♦ We want to be able to help others.
♦ We want to open our home to foster children.
♦ We want to give back to the community by bringing them together for celebrations and gatherings.
I giddy with excitement for when that first child comes to stay with us!
I’m anxiously ready to plan that first community event.