God has laid a dream heavy on my heart and we are getting started toward it. We are beginning the process of starting a homestead that will be used to help out others, as well as us.
We will be looking to purchase at least 10-20 acres of land in Western Wisconsin as soon as we have the financial means to do so. I do not believe in debt as the solution, so we are going to do it the Hard/Easy way. (Hard first – save up, Easy later – pay cash, have no debt.)
Our homestead will consist of a home for us (naturally), several outbuildings, barns, fencing, pastures, wooded areas, etc. We plan on having a large area for gardening, chickens, rabbits, goats, ducks, a few cows, several fruit trees, plenty of berry patches, and whatever else we think sounds fun.
As things grow, we are going to develop the homestead into a place that benefits a wide range of individuals without expense to them. If they want to learn to garden, they come and we teach them how to plant, harvest, can, etc. If they want to learn how to raise chickens, that’s what we show them and they leave with a few fresh eggs for breakfast. I’d like to have fun activities and outings for people to come and partake in, such as hayrides, large Thanksgiving dinners, barn dances, and many other activities. I’m seeing such a loss in the connection between man and the earth. My dream is to reconnect with it, and who knows, maybe it will spark the same interest in someone else.
I have always had a fondness for children, and that has grown exponentially as the years pass. I think the biggest influencer has been my daughter. She is growing up without a father, and I realize that leaves a significant gap in her emotional needs. We are fortunate enough to have good male role models in our lives, such as my father and brothers, for her, but it has made me realize that there are so many children without a father. And then there are those who don’t have either and it just breaks my heart!
One desire for our homestead is to have it be a place where children in the foster program and those without parents to come and get a sense for just how important they really are – that they were specially and wonderfully made. I want them to learn the importance of caring for themselves and others, and how to do it; to have the ability to take a break from their struggles in life and reconnect with nature and animals; and to discover possibly hidden passions for baking, gardening, and animals.
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