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Being Prepared on the Homestead: Bad Weather

Being Prepared on the Homestead: Bad Weather

A few nights ago we had a HUGE storm blow through. It woke the kids up and it kept my wife and I up for most of the night. Not only were there torrential downpours for hours, but also thunder/lightening, hail and strong winds. It was quite a site to see as I watched (during bursts of lightening) a valley in the backyard fill up with water and get larger and larger.

As I laid in bed trying to fall back asleep amidst loud bursts of thunder and pounding rain on the roof, I started realizing how unprepared our family is if our power would have went off or worse…

We are completely dependent on the power grid, and like many, this hasn’t really crossed our minds as much as it should. It takes storms and situations like this to get your thinking back on track and to have a plan in place when a disaster strikes.

Some of the things that came to mind were –

  • Where are the flashlights? I know where one is, I think, but are the batteries in it good?
  • Where are the batteries? Do we have enough spare batteries?
  • Emergency updates and communication. What is our plan to receive updates on the situation if we can’t just turn on the TV or check or internet?
  • What if our drains become clogged and water starts coming into our house? When was the last time I checked the drains?
  • If the power is out for a while, what are we going to do with all of the food in the fridge/freezer?

Although we made it through the storm without much damage, it did help me to get my mind back on track and think about what needs to be done to better prepare my family in the future. You never know what mother nature is going to throw at us, but by staying alert, being prepared, and staying calm, you’ll be much better off.

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

Our Homesteading Goals for 2017

Our Homesteading Goals for 2017

Howdy Homestead Dreamers, we hope that this post finds you well!

So believe it or not, it is already February. Time sure flies when you’re having fun đŸ™‚

Well since we only have 11 months left in the year, we better go ahead and post our goals… We plan to post our goals at the end of each year (for the coming year), to let you guys know what we plan to work on, and to give our readers some ideas of possible goals they could follow if they are on the same journey as us.

Without further ado, our goals for 2017 are the following –

Start a Blog (this one) About Our Homesteading Dreams and Journey

Starting a blog about our homesteading journey has always been an idea that we tossed around up until recently. We wanted to start a blog about our journey not just so we could look back on it, but to share it, and hopefully inspire others to pursue such a fulfilling lifestyle.

We just started this blog last month, so we wanted to include this goal in our yearly goals because there is still a lot we want to do with our blog and a ton of information that we want to share!

Start Raising Chickens for Egg Laying

eggsWe’re not sure about you, but our family, Maria and I, and our 3 young boys, eat a ton of eggs! Really though, we go through about 2-3 dozen of eggs a week. So in an effort to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on the grocery store, we decided that we are going to start raising chickens. Neither of us have ever raised chickens before, but we’re going to dive right in. The building of the chicken coop is currently underway and we’ll have more details about that in an upcoming post.

Get Our Children More Connected with Nature

butterfly.jpgAs we had mentioned previously, we are homeschooling our children. Another one of our goals this year is to get our children more connected with nature. What we mean by this is that we want them to spend more time outside than they do inside. We want them to get muddy, to learn about nature, to find bugs, to help with yard work, and to just take it all in without having a screen in front of them. Besides our backyard, we plan to provide many opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and exploration!

Evaluate What Skills We Have and What Skills We Want to Learn

Homesteading is so great in that anyone, from any background can do it. As we pursue our homesteading dreams, another one of our goals is to evaluate what skills we currently have, and what skills we want to learn in order to do the things that we want to do in a more self-sufficient way.

Start Making Our Own Household Items

soap.jpgThis year, as I have already touched on a couple times now, we want to become less dependent on the system and more dependent on doing things ourselves. This leads us to our goal of starting to make our own household items. We want to work ourselves off of buying things like body soap, dish soap, glass cleaner, lotion, shampoo, etc., and start making it our self.

Begin Researching Ways to Make Additional Income

The last main area of focus for this year is on our income. I currently work a full-time job and my wife currently works a part-time job, but we want to start researching ways that we could possibly start some sort of home business where our family can be together more throughout the day.

Well there you have it, our Homesteading goals for 2017. We’ll be posting updates to these goals throughout the year to help keep us on track and to share our progress with you.

To help you achieve your #1 goal, we recommend The Freedom Journal.

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria