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Marriage on the Homestead

| 9/25/2015 10:56:00 AM

Faithful HomesteaderWe recently celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary, and it has me reflecting on our life and marriage. I certainly never imagined living this life on our own little homestead. Now we are growing our own food and raising chickens. We also have our own backyard pond. We were apartment dwellers when we first married, but even at that time, my husband grew food on our patio. I think he has always had the heart of a homesteader.

Marriage on the Homestead

From our wedding day.

We don’t necessarily have a traditional marriage. We make our own rules and it works for us. We do our own laundry and we share housekeeping and cooking duties. We are a team. Since he has the green thumb, I let him take care of the gardening, but I help on occasion. He has big dreams for more land and more of everything.

Even though he is the one who wanted chickens, I have ended up being the primary caregiver for them. I am more protective of them than he is and so it works out for me. Since I am up with the chickens, I end up feeding the fish in the morning, too. He usually takes care of the fish in the evening.

Marriage is hard, but if both people are 100-percent committed, there is no reason it can’t work out. It is important for us to build each other up, and we don’t talk bad about each other to other people. My husband is incredibly supportive of me and always wants to help me succeed. I am protective of him and I want the best for him. We daily say, “I love you.” It is nice to have a best friend and confidant.

9/26/2015 5:09:00 PM

Thanks NebraskaDave. That is a great story. I do love hearing about couples like that.

9/26/2015 8:12:56 AM

Faithful Homesteader, I am so encouraged to hear about your commitment to each other on the homestead. I am principle driver for a couple that's middle 80s because neither can drive any more. The remarkable thing about them is that even after 56 years of marriage they still love each other dearly. Every week they have a dinner date night and as they toddle into the restaurant, they are holding hands. He opens the door for his wife and always watches and cares for her as she walks. It's so inspiring to see how a marriage should and can work for a life time. It sounds like you and your husband are on a path that will lead to this same end of life. ***** Have a great Marriage on the Homestead day.

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