The Simple Life Isn’t So Simple
Whoa! Who knew right? Who knew that a girl who grew up in the country, eventually turned into an out of control. over populated town, would move back to the country for a more simplified lifestyle, would find herself right smack in the middle of total chaos once she got there?
I’ve always prided myself on planning things out and having a routine to get me through. Being a mama of a large family, I know how quickly things can get out of control if you don’t have some kind of routine in place and you don’t have a plan of how you are going to get it all done. Let me tell ya, had we moved from our old house to a new home that was already finished, keeping our plan and routine in place wouldn’t have been that difficult to accomplish, but that wasn’t what we set out to do. We wanted a home that needed work and we wanted to own a few acres and that’s exactly what we got.
We are about three weeks in now and after my last blog post, I have to admit, I got a little (or a lot) negative about our situation. Living my entire life with electric and running water and then being without those conveniences for a while, it got very frustrating. I really thought it’d be no big deal, but it’s a pain in the tush to have to load up water jugs and haul water every day to give everyone baths, wash our dishes, flush our toilet and clean the house. When everything is hooked up into extension cords and you have to unplug things or move things around so you don’t blow the circuit, that gets real old real fast. Not to mention, we didn’t have a place to put anything until the major cleaning and the renovation was started, so for a few weeks, we were living out of bags and boxes.
For the first two weeks, every night I would heat up water in the roaster my mother in law gave me this past Christmas. I’d put a sheet up and wash the kids in the kitchen. I did my dishes the same way and then we’d take that water and save it for flushing the toilet or cleaning up around the house. It wasn’t the normal way of getting things done, but it got done what needed to be done. Everyone has been clean after a long day of playing and working hard, the house was cleaner and we had clean dishes every day. The bonus, was after I’d bathe the kiddos and dump their water into the back of the toilet, all the suds would clean the toilet for me and kept it smelling clean!
Even without full power and having to rotate appliances, we still were able to have an amazing Easter dinner. It was really important to me for my family to have a good first Easter in our home. Easter is a symbol of a new beginning for all of us whether we are Christian or not and this homesteading adventure that my family is on is a new beginning for us. I wanted to not only celebrate the Resurrection, but to celebrate our new beginning as a family. With a little help from our kind neighbors who let us haul as much water from their property as we can, they helped to make our holiday amazing.
With the roaster my mother in law gave me, I cooked up our ham, our neighbor lent us a second roaster that I used to make cheesy potatoes in, I used the microwave to heat up our veggies and the side burner to our outdoor grill with my cast iron skillet to make our sweet potatoes. Easter morning, hubby hauled our bed out of the dining room and into our own bedroom (Praise God!) and we all ate Easter dinner around our dining room table. And since Easter day, things have been getting a lot better and I’ve been viewing everything in a much more positive light.
The contractor for Homestead Crossings is coming out today to hook up our Well. The electric company is hoping to be here next week to get us full power in the house. We have a bathroom, it may not have walls yet (it does have a sheet up for privacy though), but we do have a toilet, a sink to brush our teeth and a tub to fill up with a bit of water making bath time so much easier and a lot more fun. The kitchen cabinets are painted, the new kitchen counter is in place and over the next two rainy days, we’ll take down the wall separating the dining room from the kitchen. The garden beds are built and almost ready for planting and today I’ll start my herbs for the new baby chicks, just like Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily recommends.
In the midst of all this chaos, we’ve added 2 kittens and 8 baby chicks to the mix, because well, now, we’re officially a homestead!
God has a way of helping you put things in perspective and He has a way of teaching you some invaluable lessons along the way. Just when I thought maybe we weren’t making the progress we should have been making and that things would likely never get done, things began to fall in place. I attribute that to a lot of prayer, not just from me, but from all my friends and family that are rooting for us.