Often you see bloggers glorifying the homesteading lifestyle. I mean… homestead living is simple living. How hard can it be to live simply?
I was chatting with a few of my blogger friends. We were all frustrated and overwhelmed for a variety of homesteading reasons. One had goats go missing when her electric fence shorted. Another lost several of her crops to a freak hail storm. Another just felt like there wasn’t enough time in a day to get everything done. I can relate. Can you?
We thought it would be fun to give our readers a real-life look into homestead living. Are you ready for mine? For those of you who are just getting to know me, I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. We live on 1/4 acre in Maine. Our homestead is home to sixteen quail, twelve chickens, eight ducks, and over 1,000 square feet of gardens. Here’s a look into what homestead living means for me…
Homestead Living on The 104 Homestead
As you can see, I stay pretty busy here. No, I don’t can food every day (or sneak in new chickens), but if I’m not making or preserving food, I’m outside tending the gardens that grow it. If I’m not outside caring for the adult birds, I’m inside tending the juvenile ones.
Yes, this lifestyle is exhausting. You spend most of your life either anxiously waiting for the next season or feeling like you’re running behind. Is it worth it? Absolutely! No two days are the same. There is a huge sense of accomplishment whenever you finish a project. Plus, who doesn’t love the antics of chickens, ducks, and quail? I wouldn’t give this life up for anything, no matter how discouraged I may feel at times.
A Day in the Lives of My Homesteading Friends
My friends and I get how busy the life of a homesteader can be. We understand how frustrating and discouraging things can get. Maybe you can’t relate to my day, but hopefully, you can relate to one of them. I am happy to share the day-to-day lives of fourteen awesome homesteaders from all walks of life.
A Day in the Life of a Homesteader by Ashley of Whistle Pig Hollow
On The Farm: A Peek Into Our Life by Ashley of The Browning Homestead
The Answer to “And what did YOU do today?” by Chris of Joybilee Farm
A Day in the Life of an Urban Homesteader by Connie of Urban Overalls
A Day in My Shoes by Emilie of The Toups Address
Homesteading Rhythm with Little Kids & A Bump by Isis of Little Mountain Haven
Homestead Truths, Minus the Sugarcoating by Janet of Timber Creek Farm
A Typical Day of Homesteading by Laurie of Common Sense Homesteading
It’s Not About The Work by Leona of My Healthy Green Family
Life, Unfiltered by Melissa of Ever Growing Farm
A Day in the Life of This Urban Homesteader by Meredith of ImaginAcres
A Day in the Life of a Homestead by Quinn of Reformation Acres
A Day on Acorn Hill Homestead by Teri of Homestead Honey
What is the biggest struggle you’ve found with homestead living? Share in the comments below.