Homesteading Where You Are: Raise

This is week six in the:

Week one: Intro
Week two: Make 
Week three:  Grow
Week four: Preserve
Week five: Save

This week is "Raise".

If you've been around these pages at all, you're well aware my husband and I are raising children-two of them. While I could write you a detailed discourse as to why I choose to raise them living this homesteading life, I think this series of pictures sums up the reasons behind our choices perfectly. These were taken before the snow in late fall, but have not been shared before.

Welcome to serenity, also known as home.


We're thankful our peaceful home is on this farm. But truth be told, we'd find the pace, togetherness and rhythm of being home and living the homesteading life wherever we lived. Animals or no animals, it's not where you live, it's how you spend your time.  There's so many gifts of being raised a homesteader. Join in and discover for yourself. 

Want to get inspired?  Click on these links and you will, I promise.

Daisy, at MapleHill101, currently homesteads with her family in the suburbs of Central Florida.  Her vision is to move to a more rural property in North Carolina later this year and continue fostering a self-sufficient lifestyle, which includes chickens, a large garden and a permanent clothesline.  

Mary, at Homegrown on the Hill, lives in Southwestern Ohio with her family on a 5 acre homestead. Their goal is to be as much self sufficient as possible. In helping with this goal, they raise a big garden and keep chickens, rabbits, and cattle for food. 

Staci, at Life At Cobble Hill Farm, was bitten by the homestead bug in 2006 and although she began her homesteading ventures in a rented condo, is now homesteading on less than an acre in Upstate NY.

Sue – at The Little Acre that Could, shares her body with an auto-immune disease, and life with her husband. They live in a once-working Victorian farm cottage now bordered by a modern subdivision. She has dreamed of homesteading as long as she can remember and continues to strive toward that goal in rural Atlantic Canada.


  1. This was such a sweet post! I think you have chosen a splendid life style for raising your children. :-)

  2. Those are some lucky babies. Enjoy your day!

  3. Jackie, your participation in the "Homesteading Where You Are" series has been a great part of the series. It is great to see the different perspectives on the same subject. I too started life in a rural setting and have many fond memories stored away. In my humble opinion there's no better way to raise kids. It's gives them a perspective on life that will guide them through their tough journey. Thank you so much for your views on this weeks topic.

    Have a great raising day.

  4. I think the fact that you told the majority of this post with photos is genius. So wonderful to see those sweet littles enjoying their farm life. :)

  5. The photos with chickens and goats are my favorite :) But they are all wonderful. I think raising children on a homestead or farm is a great way for them to grow up. I often wish that I grew up on a farm instead of the city!

    PS - I wrote a post on Monday that you might like! ;)

  6. I love the way you raise your kids with animals. We want to get a goat or two and some chickens this year. I think I grew up with the same kind of goats you show here (except they weren't so furry!), and would like to get that kind again. What are they called?

    1. Oh how fun you'll be adding animals to your homestead! These are Nigerian Dwarfs. They're a great size, only eat about a half of a bale of hay a week and although the ones we have are male, we've milk from the breed and it's delicious! Getting a pair of them would be ideal, as they like a pal around. Sounds like you have an exciting year ahead.



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