Homesteading, Preparedness, Survival – It’s Our Lifestyle!
Categories: Life Stories
This is a beautiful Story, the journey of this family is inspiring and is based on the will to become self sufficient, but it also is full of love and what this love is capable of doing.
Why did we embrace an off-grid lifestyle? Because we wanted less and ironically we got SO much more…
When you think about homesteading and off-grid living, maybe some of you think of “Little House On The Prairie” others may think of a Mountain Man living in the wilderness. Both scenarios are something that appealed to us and fit us well. I was always awed by stories of our ancestors and the original settlers. We felt we were living in the wrong era and wanted to create our own era living off-grid in a modern world.
We wanted this dream so bad that we packed up a 24′ enclosed gooseneck trailer and a 26′ U-haul and traveled cross country from PA to ID to the raw, overgrown wilderness land that we purchased site unseen from PA. Now, just because we purchased it site unseen did not mean we did not do our homework. We did do our homework being sure that the property had legal easements and right of ways, water and mineral rights and a clean title, but we move fast and we refer to ourselves as embracers. We embrace our dreams!
This was the best thing we could have ever done for ourselves and our, at the time, 13 year old high functioning autistic son. Our lifestyle and location completely enabled him to thrive. We are very passionate about our lifestyle and it is our goal to share our knowledge and educate and our successes with autism is no different. Read more on What We Have Learned and Conquered with Autism, listen in on my radio show where I Interview Austin of Mountain Boy Journals on Autism, and learn The True Blessings of Homeschooling a Special Needs Child.
When we arrived in Idaho we set up an 8′ x 14′ canvas wall tent where we lived for 8 1/2 months while we built our home. We moved in to our 100% solar off-grid homestead with a foot of snow on the ground. Our first winter we were unable to drive out of our property for 8 weeks due to the 36″ of snow that fell at one time and continued to fall and you know it was the most amazing winter I have ever experienced as was my experience in the tent! Simple Living at it’s finest, back to our roots with dirt at our feet, meals in the outdoors and the sounds and smells of the wild putting us to sleep at night and waking us in the morning! I would relive that all over again in a heart beat!
Those 8 weeks back here our first winter were a cake walk for us and actually something we will all remember fondly. My Mountain Man and I grew up on farms with traditionally minded parents. Our canning shelves were always full and the cold cellar or root cellar was as well. We hunted for our meats growing up and do the same today as a family. So one of my first priorities in September our first year here was to stock us up well on food. Our son is on a gluten free and casein free diet for over 10 years. It has been a gradual process, but we no longer eat processed foods. Our first year here I was canning food on a grill burner while still helping to build the house. We stocked up on all our raw ingredients in 25, 50 and even several 100 lb bags. We quickly switched from a grill burner to cooking on our woodstove eating some of the leanest, healthiest venison and elk meat you will find.
In the summer months we enjoy harnessing the sun, cooking our food in a Sun Oven during the forest fire season when it would be risky to have a fire. I am currently part of a Cooking Outside E-course where I am teaching how to cook in a Sun Oven.
Living off the land is what we desire. Our goal is to be as self reliant as possible and still keep God leading the way and the beauty is, he has our backs too! When we moved into our home there was a foot of snow on the ground and we were already onto our next project building a traditional log smokehouse. We were spoiled growing up with amazing smoked meats and being able to not only flavor our meats, but to be able to cure our meats was an important aspect that we wanted to be certain we were ready for.