In the Beginning

| 3/14/2016 12:18:00 PM

Tags: Homestead, Homesteading, Garden, Gardening, Chickens, Chicken Coop, Starting A Homestead, Monica Smith,

Monica SmithI have thought about raising animals for meat for a very long time now. And I have attempted gardening (half heartedly really) in the past with no success. But now, things are changing. My oldest son has been diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, ADHD/ODD, and depression. His younger brother has been diagnosed with ADHD/ODD, anxiety, and is treated for impulsivity. Then, there's my own problems: Narcolepsy with cataplexy, ADD, anxiety, dpression, migraines, and cluster headaches. I used to think that all these diagnosis were just a doctors attempt to get more money. Now I see. Now I believe (and deep down I know I'm right) that it all comes down to what we put into our bodies and into our childrens bodies. Therefore, this begins my life of homesteading.

It's kind of ironic. All throughout my childhood, when hunting was discussed in our house, my mom would emphatically tell me, "We don't eat Bambi!" I knew that hunting was a 'necessary evil' or else the population would get out of control. There has to be balance. But I swore I'd never marry a hunter. Boy was I kidding myself there!

By the time my husband and I got married, I reconciled myself to the fact that he hunted but I made sure he knew that I was not going to eat it. It wasn't about the taste. People had a hard time understanding that. I remember my grandfather trying to tell me how good that deer was he was cooking at that precise moment. He kept trying to make me take a bite. So finally, I grabbed the piece of meat, ate it even though my stomach was churning, and looked at him and told him, "It tastes good. Now, I don't want any!" They finally left me alone after that.

My husband was cooking some deer one day, and I was really hungry so I finally ate some. Man he cooked it good. After that day, I ate it more often. But still, there was no way I could kill an animal. I certainly couldn't raise an animal from a baby and kill it! That's just cruel! Or is it …

Fast forward. My boys have health issues. I have health issues. I know so many people who have gotten cancer, and I have known for a few years that what you buy in the grocery store contains carcinogens. Finally, my brain has gotten over its absurd aversion to what is natural and realized the fact that I am literally feeding my children cancer, leukemia, ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, etc etc etc.

I joined several homesteading groups on Facebook and started watching Youtube videos and one thing stood out clearly with everyone in these groups. They all LOVED their animals. Yes, they still harvested them. There is s difference in harvesting and butchering in my book just for the record. Butchering is what goes on in the chicken plants. There, they are killed one after another, with no love, no respect, no understanding of the animals sacrifice for us. When a homesteader harvests the animals, they are raised with love and care. They are given a good life, fed good food that helps them to be healthy and therefore FEEL better and yes, in the end it gives us better health so that we can feel better too.  And on the day of the harvest, the animal is still looked on with love and respect and above all, with a thankfulness to that animal. Big difference in the way those animals live and die.

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