A Wanna Be Pioneer


| 1/9/2012 1:50:34 PM


Tags: Homesteading, Pioneer spirit, Sustainable living, Beginning homesteader,

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.





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