Anyone who has ever begun the journey to their own homestead, to being self-sufficient, very quickly learns just how difficult and tiring it can be. The planning, the building, the learning, the hard work, the victories, and the failures are all part of the journey. It can very easily and very quickly become quite overwhelming.
My to-do list never seems to grow any shorter. The few things I do accomplish are quickly replaced by another task that needs to be done. My “wish list” never seems to shrink. Have a large garden; a new greenhouse; the bountiful harvest, the moose, the caribou, the salmon that all need to be grown and caught to be stored away for the coming winter; build the root cellar to store it all; the firewood that needs to be gathered; the chicken coop and the chickens that still need to be built and bought; the goat that will provide milk for cereal and homemade cheese… The list is never ending. Sometimes I feel like I’m standing still, stuck in the mud, just waiting for the right season so I can begin work on this list.
Thank God for a wonderful husband.
I was again going over my to-do list in my head the other day, as I so often do over and over, and slowly getting overwhelmed, when he unknowingly said the perfect thing. He reminded me of just how far we’ve come since we started this journey less than a year ago and how much he loves it.
We eat far more organic food than we ever have before.
We’re still eating salmon that we caught ourselves last summer.
I make our bread.
He makes his own beer.
I make my own cereal. (Get the recipe here.)
I make our laundry soap. (Get the recipe here.)
He always makes sure we have enough firewood to keep our cabin nice and toasty.
Plans for this year’s fall hunting trip are already in place.
Seeds for the garden have been started.
The land for the garden has been partially cleared.
Plans are underway for clearing the rest of our land this spring.
Our log cabin home is clean, warm, and cozy.
There’s still so much to come as the season change, but it’s nice to have a reminder that we’re not standing still, stuck in the mud, and we are moving forward, no matter how quickly or slowly, we’re getting there. No matter how overwhelming homesteading can be, we’ll get there. I can look back over our accomplishments and be proud of how far we’ve come.
What’s that old saying? Something about every journey begins with one step… Don’t get discouraged, no matter what your goals are. Just keep swimming!