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A Wanna Be Pioneer

Cheryl in Texas head shotThis is my very first blog post for GRIT. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am!! By way of introduction, here’s a little about what prompted me to start blogging:

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with our country's pioneering era. I can't even explain how much I admire our ancestors that struck out into the unknown to start a new life out West. I devour every fiction book I can find set in that time period. I often joke that if there is such a thing as having lived another life, that I must have been there.

As my wonderful hubby and I venture to be much more self-sustaining, I'm going to try and blog about our attempts and adventures in raising our own food, food storage, animal care, etc.

This fall, we were finally able to purchase a little tract of land and hope to be living on it full-time this coming year. It’s so hard to explain how it’s everything we hoped for in a homestead, but thought that perfect place either didn’t exist, or would be something we’d never be able to afford. Such a sense of peace flows over us every minute we are there. That piece of property has felt like home since the first time we laid eyes on it.

Wish us luck – with the venture itself and my attempts to chronicle it!

our homestead 

cheryl aker
1/23/2012 9:43:38 PM

Thanks for the comments and welcome! Kind of silly but I always feel like I've won a little prize when I get comments! :) It's great to be able to connect with so many other like-minded folks and share experiences and knowledge.


t brandt
1/12/2012 7:08:00 PM

We're kindred spirits in our admiration for those brave & rugged individuals who set out on their own to settle this country and make it great. My own grandparents were DPs (Delayed Pioneers) who left a life of peasant farming in the Old World 90 yrs ago to seek the freedom of the American dream in Chicago. Now, like you, i'm also a new land owner, returning to the rural lifestyle. Good luck & best wshes for your new endeavors.


charles mallory
1/11/2012 3:43:40 AM

Welcome to the GRIT community! I so understand you. I have always loved, and will continue to love, stories of the settling of America, homesteading on new land, making do with what the earth has to give. I still read the "Little House" books from time to time--they have much more history than people remember. Also love American history-based books and movies of all types. You are on the right path. Country living and self-sufficiency is the closest thing we have to the pioneering spirit these days.


nebraska dave
1/10/2012 10:58:40 PM

Cheryl, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. It will be great to hear about how your pioneering spirit will be turned loose to grow and mature on your land purchase. In this community we write about everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I guess that's kind of what pioneering a garden is all about, isn't it? Have a wonderful day thinking about your new dream property.


mary carton
1/10/2012 8:27:26 PM

Welcome to GRIT as a fellow blogger. My rescued hooligans and myself, hopefully will celebrate our 1 year anniversary next month. I have 3.5 acres from our family dairy farm in NW Alabama that I was able to buy before Mom sold the farm, and built a house. I'm turning it into an iris, daylily, lily and peony farm.


joshua barmore
1/10/2012 6:57:34 PM

Welcome to the Community! My wife and I are also wanting to get a small piece of land, so we can have a peace of mind. I looked forwarded to hearing more about y'alls dreams coming true.