self-sustainability for everyone

introduction: why we desire self-sustainability / /

That’s a long heading, I know!

friend suggested I write a post on steps the every-day person can take toward self-sustainability. It was a great idea, but I realized that for me to write something like this I would have to make it a series. So I think once a week among the day-to-day business of this struggling “homestead” family I shall attempt to help you on your own path toward self-sustainability. Consider this an introduction.

conviction / /

Living a life of self sustainability is not the easiest path to start down. Anyone who attempts to do it must have either a lot of money or a strong conviction. My husband and I have conviction.  If you are the first kind of person, then maybe you could send some of that $$ my way (I kid…mostly). If you are the second kind of person, like us, then you may be doing or desiring such a life based on a number of different reasons:

  • environmental: reducing your carbon footprint and saving the planet
  • health: eating natural and organic local foods because it’s better for you
  • financial: with increasing costs on fuel and groceries homegrown produce can help with the budget
  • idealism: living “the simple life” is just plain romantic for some (this is where those $$ come in)
  • spiritual: being a good steward of the earth we were given (i know this sounds like the first option)
  • other or all of the above

We do it kind of for all of the above. I am sure I will touch on all of these points sooner or later.

our conviction / / 

We are convicted that it is our duty, calling, and act of worship to our Lord God, creator of heaven and earth and mankind to be good stewards of the earth that He has given to us and also to take the best care of our family.

Genesis 1:26-29 – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

This is the very first charge God gave to man before the fall. We believe that the general christian populace (especially men) have neglected the very basis of our human nature by letting the world, our government, and nutritionists dictate our source of food and diets. Because of this, not passing judgement on any individuals, we have set out to change ourselves so that we align ourselves better with the message we claim to believe.

I have explained this to you so that you may understand the foundation for my future posts about self-sustainability. If I sound preachy, it isn’t because i’m trying to. I don’t believe this is the right forum for that. Rather, it is just that this is the filter through which I view the world, and my beliefs just flow out of my heart.

your conviction / /

I will not pretend that you have the same convictions or even beliefs as I do. I understand that you have your own filter through which you view the world and you may feel free to adapt the principles I will write on to suit your own point of view. Whatever your reason for heading toward self-sustainability and reading this series, thank you for your brief attentions.


I have a highchair.
It is made of wood.
It was given by friends who’s children are grown and have families of their own.
I love it.
Piper does not
because it is hard.


I endeavored to make a comfy cover for it
to suit my baby.

I also made some bibs as a shower gift for someone at my church.
This is my favorite bib pattern ever.

I use velcro.

Also this makes me want to sew all my kids’ clothing

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

On this snowy day, I am thankful for:

  • a laid back morning of piper and papa playing together
  • home grown pork and home grown potatoes in the slow cooker!
  • a large family to occupy my social daughter
  • home brewed beer my husband made for me for Christmas
  • chocolate cake that mom has in the oven
  • a warm place to live on a cold day

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you.”

pig butchering

Well folks, I’m back after a long silence. Sorry. There just wasn’t anything homestead related going on.

Last week, my father and husband killed their pigs, and today Joe butchered half of ours. We received a wonderful link to a video on pig butchery from a friend, and dad and Joe have been playing it every time they butcher. It has made for a much better understanding for them on what they are doing.

Joe divided up the cuts of meat
I packaged them.
Joe started the curing of the bacon
I ground the meat up for sausage and future meat pies!

Other News / /

  • The apartment is done, and we moved in. Still waiting on our oven to be completely official, but we’re in!
  • My husband has been brewing beer which will warrant a post. Soon to come.