Way back in third grade they taught us that the world was rotating and that the weather we were accustom to would eventually change and we would have the weather that people on the other side of the world dealt with. I am pretty sure most where not paying attention to this but it stuck with me. Way back then I was full of energy, I tried to save endangered species the best I knew how, I was big on making sure to encourage my family to recycle and reuse and I wrote I don't know how many letters of concern to the Minister of Environment although somewhere along my journey I got distracted and lost. I had people saying it was a ridiculous thing, that you alone can't save the earth! I ended up quitting my personal research and went on with life as your average teenager but as I became a mom it was like everything slowly came back to me and still is.
I knew I needed to provide my family with shelter, food and love and being that we are not your average sized family I knew it wasn't going to be easy. When I had my first son I was lost, he had so many allergies and my two older girls had none, I had to stay away from so many foods to ensure he did not break out in hives, end up with constant diarrhea or end up in the hospital. It didn't take me long to find out that many different companies use different wording in their ingredients labels to hide certain ingredients. I was that women you would see in the grocery isle reading every ingredient over and over and checking through my notebook to see if it was one of my sons "unsafe" foods. At times I spent over two hours in a grocery store because I was clueless, and then my second son was born and diagnosed with Autism. It was so hard, I was frustrated that we could live in such a world where so many chemicals where being hidden into our foods and that is when I made the biggest decision in my "Adult" life, it was time for me to grow up and try to do things the "old school" way. Living in the city, I was unable to grow my own food so I depended on the local farmers market for my foods and yet still had to depend on the grocery stores and I have to admit I currently still do.
But in 2010 I met my husband and fell madly in love. This man was so kindhearted, he understood my children came first and when I had told him how I would love to live like the pioneers did and supply for myself, he didn't laugh or think I was crazy like most, instead he said well lets look for a farm! It's taken me seven years of research and three years of one failure after another to realize this life just isn't going to be easy but it does get a little easier when you let go and realize that failure is the only way we learn and it makes you stronger, you now know what not to do and avoid those methods.
So currently as most farmers in our area we are still trying to get into our fields, plants that should have been in the ground in early June are just being planted, our feed corn crop is just not able to happen this year as there isn't enough time. Our weather is now "NEW TO US", almost as if we moved to a whole new country, we now have to learn how to work with Mother Nature and Pray that something will work. One year we have drought conditions, the next we have the soggiest of soggy conditions and we need to figure out how to work with both in order to be able to call ourselves completely self sufficient, but at the same time we need to learn our natural sources of the vitamins we need in order to stay healthy. I guess we are lucky to have the technology now a days that provides us with all this information just by clicking a button but it makes me wonder how much is true and what percentage is actually false, if we can have false news why can't we be provided with false research. I always wanted to go back to the pioneer era and work hard and do it to provide a good source of healthy food for my family and I am now stepping up and in so many words "detoxing" my families life.
We are now downsizing to the basics, tools, kitchen tools and trying to stop from buying electrical or plastic items, mind you there is always room for more literature especially the old classics. I wanted to give my children a healthy upbringing and I intend to buy growing and raising our own foods and depending on local farmers for things I am unable to supply myself. I am hoping to be less dependent on big box changes and more dependent on myself. A simpler lifestyle isn't always simple but its so refreshing and in this busy rush rush lifetime I think everyone could use a little refreshing and maybe just a little one on one with Nature itself.