Well, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know….I’m not in Florida anymore.
I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write out this most recent part of our story about why we left our homestead.
Let me rewind to a year ago.
A year ago my husband and I came to the tough decision that we needed to take drastic measures to find him a new job. You see, he’d been under employed for years at the same city and to make the very long story short – it was a toxic work environment, and there is actually a lawsuit going on currently for unfair labor practices. We knew we couldn’t stick around and wait for things to improve any longer.
So he started applying for jobs all over the continental USA. Finally a year later, he started his new job here in Washington State.
Now if you remember I’ve definitely said in the past that I didn’t want to move out of the south, and I wanted to move to more land…well…instead God led us as far from the South as is practically possible and to a town house with a much smaller back yard then our 1/3 of an acre property in Florida.
But life is funny, you know. Because I’m sitting outside in late June typing this and it’s balmy! Seriously, the weather is gorgeous, and for the first time in years I have hope for our future. Real hope, the kind where we can actually make a plan and execute on it.
That wasn’t possible for us in Florida.
Taking this job and selling our house is allowing us to totally clear our debt (mostly racked up because of said underemployment) and save for our forever farm.
For now we’re renting, and there’s no chickens, and there’s just room for a tiny patio container garden, and yet I’m so stinking happy.
Homesteading here will look more like sustainable living, indoor composting, container gardens, farmers markets, bread baking, and home remedy making. Less farming. But homesteading nonetheless. Because I know homesteading is possible anywhere. It’s a mindset, an attitude, a desire for intentionality, simplicity, and wholesome healthy living. Connection to the earth and our food.
All that is possible in it’s own way here in our townhouse.
Plus, we’re taking this chance to enjoy some of the pleasures and conveniences of living in town for a bit. Like homeschool classes, quick shopping, and a little park right in our neighborhood. And the chance to take vacations and not have to worry about the chickens 😉
So, why did we leave our homestead behind for a smaller property? Because closing that door will open a better one right now and especially in the future. It means less financial stress, hope for the future, and great opportunities right here in the present.
I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for our little 1/3 acre in the country of North Florida. And we miss it dearly. But we’re ready for a new season, and excited where this new path will take us!