A couple of months ago, we left our bigger home in the city and moved into a tiny home in the country. I think some people thought we were crazy. We went from living in our home that was over 2330 square feet to living in a home that is just under 1,000 square feet. And we still have 5 children living at home including 4 young & wild boys!
So why did we do it? Two main reasons… the first is because it is so important to my husband, Tim, and I, to raise our family on a farm and in the country. And second, we are able to now save more money so that we can eventually buy our own farmhouse and land in the country.
We still own our house in the city and it worked out so well because my parents ended up living in it. That was the plan the whole time as we were in search for a home to rent on land. So, we didn’t technically “ditch” our home. We do still own it. We just decided to move out of it.
Where we lived at before, we had about a 1/2 acre and of course were living in the city. So, for a while, we very much had an urban farm or backyard farm. If you have been following this blog, you know that we ended up having to move our animals over to a couple of friend’s properties for about 6 months until we found the home we are now living at and were able to have our animals back with us.
Where we live at now, although our home is tiny, well tiny for having 5 children at home including 4 wild and very active boys, we now live on almost 40 acres of land. So, now the children have plenty of space outdoors to explore, all the while making some very great memories. The bonus is that we now have our farm animals back with us and are even able to increase the size of our farm. We have plans in order to get more chickens and ducks, rabbits, turkeys, and possibly a couple geese. In addition, we will also be getting a second livestock guardian to be partners with Guinevere, our Great Pyrenees and guardian of our stock. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that 2 adorable baby goats (does) have joined our farm as well. They came to our farm as bottle fed babies, but then our mama goat, Sierra (the one who had babies in January), ended up “adopting” them and is nursing them like her own. It’s a beautiful thing to see. We ended up selling her 2 bucklings not too long before the baby doelings arrived.
Moving to this property has been a great experience for many adventures outdoors for our family. Everyone enjoys being outdoors to explore, play, ride bikes down hills, hang out with the farm animals, take nature walks, run, eat meals outdoors, roast marshmallows over a fire, campout, and just breathe in the fresh air. It’s pretty nice to be able to let the children be wild & free and be as loud as they want and not have to worry about neighbors being too close to get annoyed.
This is the lifestyle that we want for our children. To grow up on a farm, to learn the value of growing as much food as possible for our family, to know where their food comes from and how it’s produced, to continue to have a love for animals and God’s beautiful nature he has provided for us and have that available to them all the time. In addition, to also learn and develop the love, compassion, and self-discipline it takes to raise these animals and care for them. These are all great lessons I feel. Having a farm and living in the country also makes for the best Nature Study & Science lessons for our homeschool. I realize that this is not the lifestyle for every family. But it is for our’s.
I look forward to sharing here on this blog more of our journey and many adventures throughout this next chapter in our family’s lives.