Restoring Sanity

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Running a homestead is an overwhelmingly daunting task. Add a baby to that equation, and it can feel like you’re drowning. There is constantly work to be done, and the baby needs constant attention. If you’re extremely lucky, then your little one will be a good and frequent napper. Chances are, that won’t be the case.

Not only do you have to find a way to unwind at the end of a long and stressful day, but you also need to figure out how to squeeze that activity into the unending chaos. The latter is by far more complicated. RT is an absolute blessing. She’s also incredibly snuggly, and only wants to sleep in someone’s arms. It’s rare that she’ll sleep in her bassinet or Moses basket without first falling asleep on someone’s lap. Even then, it’s a nerve wracking moment when we put her down. […]

Falling Behind

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Babies are am lot of work. We all know this. They’re time-consuming and require near constant attention. When my husband and I decided to grow our family, I knew that some chores would have to fall by the wayside temporarily. What I didn’t expect was how difficult it would be to accomplish these tasks at the end of my pregnancy. There’s a lot of manual labor that needs doing on a homestead. Therefore, some things have built up over the past few months and really gotten out of hand.

This isn’t easy for me to admit. I usually pride myself on how much I am able to accomplish around the homestead, no matter the circumstances. I have also seen heavily pregnant women working their butts off on some of the more labor-intensive homestead responsibilities. I hated realizing that I couldn’t pull weeds because I couldn’t bend down to reach. Now the weeds are out of control. […]

Life With a Newborn

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If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve already heard the wonderful news. Our daughter was born on the night of Saturday, July 11th! We came home the following Tuesday and began adjusting to our new way of life. I won’t lie, it’s definitely been a challenge at times, but my little girl is the most spectacular being I have ever laid eyes on, and we could not be happier. […]

Accepting Help

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This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about how overwhelming it can be to live on and manage a homestead. Last time the topic came up, I focused mostly on setting priorities in order to accomplish major goals. Now that I’m eight months pregnant, the situation has changed a bit. There are some tasks that I simply can’t do, whether they push my physical limits, or whether my husband/doctors have told me I shouldn’t (the latter is far more frustrating).[…]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Four

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If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that over the last few months I haven’t been posting nearly as much as usual. As my pregnancy has progressed, everything has gotten more difficult, including (maybe especially) the things I didn’t expect to. In addition to every activity consuming more energy than it normally would, I’ve also been dealing with some pregnancy-related health issues. I’m now finding myself in doctors’ offices four or more times per week. Nonetheless, I’ve been doing my utmost best at keeping up with chores around the house, but some of my other usual activities have been forced to take a backseat. […]

Finding and Refining Your Purpose

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In my last post I talked about becoming overwhelmed by homesteading, especially when working a more regular job as well. I covered some of the ways to make life easier, like prioritizing your chores. But today, I wanted to dig a little deeper. We all know that there are some daily tasks that can get swept under the rug for a few days when time is tight, but what about the bigger things? When all the projects on your list are daunting and interconnected, it’s hard to know where to start. […]

Overload

I’m ashamed to realize that it’s been a few weeks since I last posted. Although my other blog features only sporadic posting, my plans for this one were quite different. This brings me to today’s topic – overload. I am a DIY diva. If there’s any chance I am able to do something myself, I take the opportunity. Even when it’s something I’ve never done before, I get my hands dirty and learn how. However, there are only so many hours in the day. Sometimes, I need to take a step back, a deep breath, and a hard look at everything on my plate. […]

Finding Your Routine – And Breaking It

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Living on a homestead, you’ll occasionally reach a point where you feel like you’ve run out of interesting things to talk about with the outside world. With all the daily responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time for big adventures, and most people don’t want to hear how long it took me to clean the bunny pens on any particular day. Those routines are vitally important for keeping a homestead running, but it leaves little for conversation. That can become somewhat isolating, and leave you feeling awkward when you do venture into the outside world. […]