One year ago today we packed up our moving truck in a warm and muggy Texas spring day and moved our family to the country. Starting the biggest adventure our family has experienced and has yet to slow down. In fact it more than likely will even get crazier as our time out here continues.
We had have some great times on our homestead and some sad times as well. We lost a few animals but gained even more. Started with a dog names Bear, a city dog in fact, to everything we now have.
From day one when I surprised the wife with Charlie our first kitten, to me bringing home 2 Labrador puppies my wife is now more surprised when I don’t come home a new animal.
Yes, we lost Charlie and up until a few days ago we had thought we lost Shadow, missing for almost a month, came home skinny and looking nearly dead. We have lost a good number of chickens, mostly due to Ginger our Labrador that really loved playing with them.
Now a year later, we have 3 Jersey steers, 2 donkeys, 31 chickens, 2 dogs, and 2 cats with one cat expecting soon. They said to start slow and we tried. Well my wife did, I didn’t.
A newly planted orchard will bring us many fresh fruits and nuts in the future. Looking forward to the many variations of plumb, peaches, pears, pomegranates, pecans, and blueberries! As time moves on we plan to add more trees and a verity of different fruits and nuts.
We started a small garden this spring. In the fall we will convert about 1/4 of an acre to various vegetables and fruits for our first phase and growing that even bigger. We also plan on converting the smaller pasture to our calorie crops like wheat, oats, beans, corn, etc.
We have plans for a dairy cow that will double as a nursery cow for the bottle feeding calves we will buy. Hopefully, we will start our own heard and birth our own calves soon.
We have plans to bring in some pigs as well here shortly. So bacon and eggs will be a staple on our breakfast table.
Overall our goal is to be as self-sustainable as possible when it comes to our food and our farm animals food.
There is so much work to be done but we can only do it a little at a time. I am learning we don’t need to buy everything but make use with what we already have here. In fact we plan on using muscle to harvest our hay this year.
We are so grateful for this opportunity, to raise our boys country and teach them hard work and the rewards from it. To teach them that their imagination is better than a video game and to give thereal-life experiences and skills.
This last year was amazing and looking forward to our second! The adventure has yet has started! Grab a horn and get ready to continue the ride of our lives!