Homesteading..what it means to me

Homesteading sometimes gets a bad name.  “You’re not turning Amish are you??”  Well no but kinda lol. Homesteading to me is kind of like back in the Little House on the Prairie days.  You had Pa who went to work all day and then you had Ma.  She stayed home with the little ones. She taught them to cook, clean, sew.  She still bought things at the store but they also raised animals for various purposes. Things were made from scratch and they used all they had. They survived using very little money because back then money was used for important things. It’s like being a stay at home mom, but much more involved.

Homesteading shouldn’t be scary.  I know it’s overwhelming at first but you just use what you know and build from there.  Back in the day, they used what they had and made it work.  If you live in the city, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a homestead kinda person.  It simply means your homestead is very very small.  It doesn’t mean you have to live on 30 acres in the middle of no where with only solar power and you never go to the store.  You can learn a lot about homesteading by reading Proverbs 31 10-31. Even if you’re not a Bible reader bare with me.  I have I guess used this as a guide without realizing it. Let’s break it down into today’s relevance.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

Well what I get from that is we are worth our weight in gold. The most valuable thing to us is our family and our husband and let’s face it…without him we couldn’t live our life the way we are called. We would have to work to pay all the bills and then homesteading gets a lot harder. It’s a team effort. (You can still homestead if you are single, but it is extremely hard work without anyone helping financially.)

13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.

We may not be selecting wool and flax but we are conscious of what we buy and select what is needed carefully.  We are eager to do new projects we think will help our family save money.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.

Most of us drive for the best deals, we coupon, we price match with ads, we travel to distant Amish or Mennonite stores because they have bulk and it will save us money in the long run.  We bring our food from afar if we do not grow it ourselves in our backyard.

15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.

Night is not quite when I like to get up, but there are days when I have so much to do that if I don’t get an early start I won’t get it all done! We feed our family many meals..and don’t we all wish we had female servants!! I’m still working on that part. 😛

16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

It may not be a field but if we think it will help us to make things easier and less expensive..we buy.  Make wise decisions..will that purchase be a vineyard or would it be a patch of weeds.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.

This is pretty much self explanatory  We make sure everything is done that needs to be done and we make sure bills are paid and that we have enough to continue living.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

Never be afraid to learn something that could potentially help you.  I don’t know how to spin wool..but it would be fun!  I do however know how to crochet and that can make a blanket my friend.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.

Never be so busy that you don’t do things for the needy.  We cannot possibly eat all the eggs that our chickens produce.  I bring them to church.  Let me just say that there are not enough eggs a week to fill the need of some of the congregation members.  I never keep track of money because some do not have enough to simply buy eggs.  What you do as a blessing for someone will come back to you in the long run.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

I take this to mean we make sure in the winter the family doesn’t freeze to death.  I am the one who lets my husband know if we need more wood. I am the one going out after he’s cut it and stacking it. I carry it in, I stay up all night making sure the fire is going and if it’s too cold I take measures to ensure the family is warm.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Ok here is another one I must still be working on because honestly most days I’m clothed in sweats and a tank top lol and I most certainly do not sew enough to make coverings for the bed.  There are many people who quilt or knit or crochet and well I guess I make blankets so it covers the bed.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

Raise up your husband in public. Let people know that he works hard all day so you can stay home. Let them know you couldn’t do it without him so that when people see him they are proud of him.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.

If you can make money with homesteading you are ahead of the game.  Bringing in an income on any level is helpful.  Bringing my eggs to church doesn’t provide money for all the feed but it does at least half. That saves us money. If you can grow a garden and sell produce enough to buy seeds next year..that is awesome.  Find ways to make a little with what you do.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Please make sure to laugh at what life throws your way.  Everything is not going to go as planned..laugh and have fun. Be strong and hold on even though things may seem tough for a while. No one said it is easy. There were days when Ma fell asleep on her rocker by the fire with sewing in her hand.  Don’t be afraid to instruct your children in what you need done. You are a team and you all must work together.  Teach them what you learn and let them help you along your way.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:

This is self explanatory also.

29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”

Let that build you up. It’s hard work homesteading. Thinking, planning, preparing, executing the plans…Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t do anything all day.

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Keep your heart, mind, body, and soul pointed towards God. He has called you to be this strong woman, keeper of the home. God is the only thing that will outlast all others.

31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I constantly get told, “I cant believe all you do at home!” “I could never do what you do.”  “How do you get everything done?”  It’s amazing what you can do when you are not focused on all you have to do, but all that God has a purpose and a plan for you.

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  1. maplecreekcottage

    Well said!

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