When I was a little girl, I never dreamed of living in the country. My dreams were to be a wife/mom, but not once did it ever cross my mind about living in the country.
Fast forward to when I began to have children in 1992, my whole perspective began to change. I didn't want to raise my babies up in the fast paced city, but wanted them to be able to live a child's life; you know, playing games and doing kid things....I mean I played with my Barbies until I was 15. I wanted that for my children as well and what I was seeing around me in the depths of Houston were anything but that.
Let's fast forward again and we were finally able to slow the pace down and move to the country in 2001. We still aren't as "deep" in the country as I'd like, but we're making progress. I suspect that one day I will definitely be in the heart of country living with neighbors a mile or more away.
So as we slowed the pace down, I also began looking at other things differently; home-schooling, full time mom, raising my children for God's glory and trying to become this Prov. 31 woman. ( ;-) I'm not even close to that one yet!)
I began to desire to live off the land in a more simplistic way as well. We started gardening (although my last 2 have been less than ideal) and then we got chickens and now we have acquired sheep. To be able to grow 95% of what we eat and purchase only those things that I just absolutely have to is my goal.
So when we were invited to spend an evening with some dear friends and try some of their grass fed beef that had just been picked up from being processed days before, I said yes!!!!
Let me tell you this was the lightest burger I have ever tasted and there was virtually NO GREASE!!! I ate one burger and was full and satisfied, but not in an uncomfortable way. This changed my perspective on beef for sure. We've not had beef on a regular basis in many years and now I was looking at beef differently.
Sooooooooooo, we'll be on the look out to purchase a cow next spring! HA HA, I bet you didn't see that one coming did you?
Hoping to move deeper into the country...I dream of a country cottage, acquiring a cow and two more female sheep and about 15-20 more chickens and I think we will be right at a place I've longed to be for a long time. I'm more than ready!!!