Time for a Change

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Clean house. Get organized.

Clean house. Get organized.

This has been my mantra. My goal. My ambition. For years.

I am not a lazy person. I’m on the go constantly. And I actually don’t mind cleaning. I love everything that goes with organizing: binders, files, bins, and baskets. Problem is I can’t afford all that crap. Some yes, but not for the quantity of stuff we have.

My mother thinks I am a hoarder. I am not. What I am is a homeschooling farming stay at home mother of 6, living in a 1200 square foot home.

Do I get rid of the books? Printer? Legos? Dishes???? I am constantly taking things off to Goodwill when the youngest child of each gender has outgrown them. I love getting rid of things that have outlived their usefulness to our family. But still, we are simply out of room.

This is the end of another long week of me banging my head against the wall trying to figure out where I’m going wrong.

Lose weight. Dress yourself up a bit.

Lose weight. Dress yourself up a bit.

Okay, not another mantra. But goals and ambitions. I actually talk to myself much differently than this…but I think all women do. We can be downright nasty to ourselves.

I spend like 15 minutes in the bathroom all day. Total. I look like crap. I’m overweight, my hair is frizzy, my eyebrows are like twin forests that have 2 eyeballs poking out of them.

Long story short, no matter how early I get up, no matter what kind of list I make, at the end of the day, I’ve barely showered, rarely shaved, and forget taking a walk.

I am ready. For a total shakedown. For a life upheaval. I’m tired of doing things the hard way everyday. So I want to do some REALLY REALLY hard things for a few weeks, and see if they don’t start to become a little easier.

And what better way for me to become accountable, than to tell the world about it?

I am going to wade through this crap and get it figured out. For me, and for my family. In one year, on October 1, 2014, I want to be 60 pounds lighter. That’s a lot of weight to lose, but I need to do it. 5 pounds per month. I’m going to do it. Along the way, I want to be losing some other things. Clutter. Calamity. I want to lose that thought I have at the end of every day: I am exhausted, I got very little accomplished, and I spent no time with my kids. Yes, I homeschool them, but I don’t consider that “time spent”. I want time to read books, cuddle, play ‘darbies’ and dinosaurs, and talk.

Week one:

At the end of each day, these things must have been done, no matter what.

-milk cows

-twins to/from college classes and driver’s ed

-homeschool

-3 meals prepared

-20 minutes of yoga, 20 minutes of walking, and 20 more minutes of whatever you want exercise-wise

-all stock fed and watered

-2 loads of laundry: washed, dried, folded

-no dirty dishes or washrags left in the sink

This list might seem short, and it certainly isn’t all I will do in a day. But right now, these are the absolutes, that I don’t want to get pushed out of the way to do other things, and not get done.

This post doesn’t quite have to do with homesteading, but it does for me. I have searched high and low for advice and help about these issues, and because I’m a homesteader and a homeschooling mother, I have found little to nothing that applies to my life. There are times where I have just felt like giving up and ‘going back to normal’ because I can’t keep up. Are you with me? What are your goals? What do you feel like you’re missing out on? Here is the link to a little worksheet I prepared.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JRNzLEhk3MATI7CYJUKLKDA1O4LP8Un-qwd2DZAqCuQ/edit?usp=sharing

Gratitude

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In the spirit of the season, I feel called to show gratitude for the many things in my life that are just such a blessing.

My husband, who is a wonderful hard working man with a great sense of humor. He works his tail off everyday in order to provide for our family. He is out of bed every morning at 4 am and we don’t see him until after 6 pm. He supports all of my endeavors, with minimal eye rolling. I am truly thankful for him.

My beautiful children, and their health, I take for granted too often. I feel pangs of guilt when I hear of another parent’s loss or suffering through an illness with their babies. Thank God that we have had nothing too terrible happen, and my heart goes out to those who have.

I am thankful for my little farm. My house is nothing special, large, fancy, or even finished! But it is ours and we have all that we need. I’m grateful for my animals, particularly my beautiful spoiled milk cows. Our extended family that keep us motivated when the spark temporarily dies out.

I am also truly grateful for our ability to be as dependent on “us” as we are. We educate our children, grow a ton of our own food, and even tackle as much of our own medical care as is safely and wisely possible. The benefits are reaped ten-fold, and for that, I think my whole family is grateful.

What are you thankful for this year?

Busy days, busy nights…

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I have been working round the clock like a mad woman for the past couple of weeks. I’m a stay at home mom, a housewife. I should be watching soaps and eating TV dinners, right?

Homeschooling engages ALL of my time from the hours of 8 AM until about 2:30 – 3:30 in the afternoon, depending on the day, my mood, and the kids’ moods, as well as whatever we have going on. In the hours before school I have the animals outside to take care of, have my coffee and get caught up with online activities, and get some food going for us for the day.

Directly after school, I milk cows, then start supper. Doesn’t leave much time for baths and family time, let alone ME time.

I saw a cartoon the other day where the mother of a baby said she needed the father to watch the baby for a while. “I need some me time,” she said. “I have to get the laundry done.” Right!? That’s how it is here!!

No complaints here. Just pretty overwhelmed. After receiving some slight encouragement, I decided to go ahead and put a fancy bow on some of the things I make and try to sell them. I was going to do it through my website, but ebay is a much easier route. I sort of left the website hanging out there…somewhere…

So in between all of this other stuff, I’ve been working on making labels for each thing, packaging ideas, and actually getting the stuff made. I’m tired! Now I just pray it will be worth it!

Introductions

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Just a little note from me as I get started here.

I am a stay at home mom of 6. We live on a small farm which we use to supplement our food needs. In the past few years we have become more focused on self-reliance and sustainability. It is a major learning process, one which I am far from mastering, but very much enjoying the journey.

My interests (thus the topics I’ll be discussing) are as follows:

Home education, canning and food preservation, gardening, raising livestock of all types, homemade supplies such as cleaning and laundry products, as well as health and beauty products, sewing and crafts, and so on. I will post current happenings here at the farm, as well as recipes, etc. Suggestions are welcome, however I have a fairly hectic schedule and sometimes my best intentions remain as just…well, intentions.

Welcome, and thanks for visiting!