Bargain vs. Premium Ammo



You get what you pay for. That’s an adage we generally believe in. But does it hold up with respect to ammunition? We set out to answer that question by testing the accuracy of a variety of value-priced .308 hunting ammo against more costly stuff.


Using three .308 rifles in the test—one hunting rig and two precision rifles that we knew would be ringers.

We put a number of budget and premium loads through all three rifles over the course of one day, ensuring the results wouldn’t be influenced by different environmental conditions. We also used a standard 5-shot-group protocol, and shot two groups with each load at 100 yards. As a control to establish a baseline level of accuracy for each rifle, we also shot 5-shot groups using Federal’s Gold Medal load with 175-grain Sierra BTHPs.

Using the baseline match load to calculate a ratio for each hunting load by dividing the size of the hunting-load…

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Muscle Excercises for Archery

Very good information, just thought I’d share it.

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How to have a problem-free cold-weather hunt

We mostly bow hunt, but I thought this was good information!!!


With all the talk of such freezing temperatures, it is no wonder most of us are a lot less eager to suit up and get out hunting. Here is a great article written by By Ken Bailey on how to prepare for a comfortable, cold day hunt!

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In late-November whitetail hunt many years back, I stumbled upon a dream buck lying out in a hayfield. Perhaps he was tired from chasing does, but since I pegged him at about 180 Boone & Crockett points, it wasn’t the time to question my good fortune. I laid my rifl e across a fencepost, found the sweet spot in the scope and squeezed the trigger. You wouldn’t believe how loud an unexpected click sounds in the still, frozen air. Unsure of what had just happened, I ejected the cartridge, pushed in another and squeezed again. Another loud click. At that, the buck jumped…

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Finding That Girl

“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…. The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness.”- M. Scott Peck



new mexicoEver since I was around eleven or twelve, I have had this aspiration of living in the boondocks. I remember clearly exactly when that dream sparked to life. I grew up in the Four Corners of New Mexico. My childhood was filled with wide open spaces, big blue skies, and fresh clean air. I could go just about anywhere and do just about anything I wanted. There was always the threat of snakes, mountain lions, and other wild things, but that never held me back. I was essentially unafraid and completely able to spread my wings.

Anyway back to the dream, my grandparents had purchased quite a bit of land in Colorado. We used to go there to get firewood and while the adults were cutting logs, the children were free to play and explore as long as we did not wander off too far and we paid attention to our surroundings. Of course, we would go farther than we were supposed to and we did not pay any attention to the thought of said snakes, mountain lions, elk, or even bears. Even though we had seen firsthand when they happened to wander into town. Fear never crossed my mind, oh but freedom did! I did not recognize as a child that what I was feeling was freedom in its purest state, however that is exactly what it was.

pathOn the Colorado property, we found this old mill and it had been abandoned for a very long time. It was dilapidated and falling completely apart. From the sagging roof of the millhouse to the wheel so tilted that it looked as if it could topple from the slightest breeze, I thought it was beautiful! Of course, I HAD to go inside and explore it. My mother would have killed me if she only knew, but I absolutely could not stop myself. The floors were rotted through in places, so I picked my steps carefully. Dirt and leaves were everywhere, along with probably all manner of slithering, slinking things. I had no idea what it was once used to mill. All I knew was that this place was special as it had the power to fill me with wonder and make me hauntingly sad at the same time. To this day, whenever I pass an abandoned house or a falling down barn, I am instantly filled with the same sense of wonder and sadness. And, I always have to fight the urge to go inside and explore it!

At one point around about when I was eleven or twelve years old, my parents entertained the notion of moving up to the Colorado property. They even went so far as to ask us children what we thought about it. We would be living quite an isolated life and may even be unable to reach town once the roads become impassable in winter. We would have to become more self-sufficient. We would have to work. Hard. We would have to make sure we had enough food, firewood, and supplies necessary to survive a snowed in winter. To me, it sounded like the closest thing to Heaven on Earth!



For some reason or another, we did not get to move to the Colorado property. We moved to Texas instead just a few years later. And while we live in the “country”, we are still pretty close to town. No room for exploring or spreading my wings here, we are very conveniently located close to anything and everything. Moving to the Colorado property just never happened, but that burning desire of living a self-sustainable life never left me.

I wonder if that is the reason why now the only time I ever feel truly at peace is when we are hunting in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. Just My Handy Man, the kid, and me. When we are so far away from civilization that I can go for miles just seeing God’s creation and His creatures, I can breathe and relax. I can explore and be content again. I do not have to wear any makeup or spend time fixing my hair. I do not have to sit in endless, boring meetings or feel all closed up in a small office with one tiny little window. Nowhere, Texas is the only place that I can truly be myself. I can be me again!! I can be that girl who is unafraid to spread her wings and soar. That girl who feels freedom at its best. That girl who is completely at ease in her surroundings. freedom

I am really writing this because I need to remind myself. I need to remember who I am inside. I am not this corporate world version of myself. I am the other girl. The no makeup, no hairspray, outside-loving girl who once lived inside of me. The girl who only makes an appearance during hunting season.

I am writing this because My Handy Man and I have faced many obstacles over the past few months. We are facing these problems now, head on, and this too shall pass. It is like Murphy’s Law has taken up residence in our front yard right now. However, it has not been completely horrible as we had an outstanding hunting season and our life is full of many blessings! My Handy Man will be having surgery in a couple of weeks and we will press on. I have had many negative comments lately on my dream of living a different life. Things like “Raising chickens is too hard”, “Planting a garden is a waste of time”, or my favorite so far “Trying to move out of a corporate world into a self-reliant life is almost impossible and for people who want to move backward in life instead of forward.”

I just need to remind myself of that girl who is still alive somewhere inside of me. The one who dreams of wide open spaces, of having unclipped wings, and a life of true freedom with My Handy Man next to me. I needed to remember the girl who believes in herself, even when others do not.

Thanks for listening!

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Do it yourself European Mount Ideas

Good information to have handy!

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The Cross — Billy Graham’s Message To America

Beautiful. Saw this today and had to reblog!

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Weathering The Storm

“Obstacles are put in our way to see if we really want something, or just thought we did.” -Author Unknown.


It has been almost six weeks since I have posted anything. Our life in the past six weeks has been anything but simple. It is a strange thing, but it seems that once one sets their mind to do something, that is when all these things begin popping up to try and throw one off course. Well, we have held steady and kept our eyes on the goal toward a simpler path, but the blogging had to take a back burner for a bit so we could set our feet on some solid ground. storm

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion for My Handy Man and myself. We have had to deal with a funeral, a wedding, some extended family who seem to want to have a Hatfield/McCoy feud over some stupid matter that should have been resolved with a quick “I’m sorry….Please forgive me…. I was wrong.” A hug and a kiss, and can’t we all just be friends. And as much as My Handy Man and I are bound and determined to stay out of it, it seems as if they are trying their hardest to get us to pick a side. We refuse, we are not becoming part of the problem, but a solution is definitely not clear to us at this point any way. We will just keep praying and hopefully they will listen to a Higher Power than us.

We have had another family member who tried to commit suicide and was placed in a mental hospital for a while. Thankfully, this family member was not successful in taking their life and is out now. I cannot imagine feeling that hopeless about a situation and I cannot say what this person was feeling or thinking at that time. I hope that this person realizes that suicide is not an option and if they reach out, they will always find my hand reaching back out to them. My prayer for this particular person is that they learn to face their problems head on. Life is not easy for anyone and it has not been so ever since the beginning of time.

My Handy Man has found out that he has gone from having a bulging disc to a ruptured disc in his back. He also has a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. He will definitely be requiring surgery and we are currently awaiting a call for a consult with a surgeon. My Handy Man, in all his stubbornness, says that he refuses to have surgery until after hunting season ends! I love that obstinate man, but my prayer for him is that he makes wise choices and that he makes it through whatever medical procedure is deemed necessary with as quick a recovery as possible.

100_5346On a good note, we have snuck in a few hunting trips and have had a pretty successful season thus far. I will write about those in some future posts. We have a much needed hunting trip planned for this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We need to get back out to the middle of nowhere and decompress. We need to be reminded of what we are struggling for and that it is really that important to us.

Better than that though, I have landed a job running my department at work. I have to say that God knows exactly what we need and His timing is impeccable. Just when things are looking impossible, He always provides a way. My prayer for this is that I can learn what I need to know quickly and do a good job for the people that have believed in me enough to give me this opportunity.

We may come in a little behind in our endeavors to live a self-sustained existence than what we first hoped for, but together we will keep on keeping on. Tractor

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Art of Archery – A Timeline through Ages Infographic

Great blog! I really enjoy learning the history of things I am passionate about!!

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Global Gear has presented wonderful Infographic titled ‘Art of Archery – A Timeline through Ages’ with the big idea of highlighting the history of archery and how it has evolved over a period of time.

Art of Archery - A Timeline through Ages Infographic by Global Gear


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To Buy Or To Build?

A simple life….. that is what we are reaching for. In the past couple of weeks, My Handy Man and I have been kicking around the idea of building a small, plain apartment/house on this property where we have the opportunity to start our homesteading adventure. We will spend the next 4-5 years on this land before we are ready to buy our own place. Any improvements to be made here will stay behind, but it will get us started and actually be a help to the landowners anyway.  farm

In looking to buy a used mobile home, we have figured it to cost us somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000-$20,000 once we add in the delivery and set up fees. Then, we will need an electrician to sign off and an air conditioning guy for AC along with a plumber to hook up septic to add to that cost. Then after all that, we have to hope that there is no major damage to the used home either before it is moved, during the time it is being transported, or while it is being set up. That is the risk one runs when buying something used with no warranty.

On the flip side of this is the idea that we can build a small dwelling for approximately the same amount of money. We are thinking of an industrial style building with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Nothing particularly fancy, maybe an open concept living and kitchen area with only the bedrooms and bathroom being closed off for privacy. We may even use R-panel for siding along with other up-cycled things to help us out. My Handy Man is a whiz at finding such things and I am a quick study if need be. kitchen

A lot of the work that goes into building houses can be done by my husband, with me as his trusty sidekick of course. He can do pretty much anything except wire the house for electricity. This is how he earned the loving moniker “My Handy Man.”

Ours has never been a marriage where we call people in to repair things in our home. That job has always fallen to my amazing spouse, lucky man that he is! What is more, he has never failed me in getting whatever needed doing done.

My Handy Man is in the medical field now, but for years he ran his own construction/remodeling company. He knows how to do things. And best of all, he is good at doing them. Not average good, but a true artist at taking a pile of wood and screws, or whatever medium he happens to be working with and turning it into a beautiful, functional creation. So, I have no doubt that he can build us a nice little place completely suited to our needs. He also happens to have many friends and family with the skills to help us should we decide to go this route. carpenter

So, the idea of building instead of buying really has some pull with us. The landowners are fine with whichever route we take, so it just comes down to us making a decision on what we want to do. In later posts, after we decide which course to take I will lay out the plan in more detail. I just wanted to throw this out there and see if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on the idea?

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Back Again

It has been a while since I posted anything. We had a wonderful time and I will be writing a few blog posts about what happened on our vacation soon. I just wanted to plug back in here and get going with my blog again.

We got back home from our eleven day hunting trip on Monday night. I went back to work Tuesday and have been plagued by sinus problems since. So, all week it has been take medicine, work, take medicine, sleep, take medicine. This cycle keeps repeating itself, but this morning I am feeling much better. My Handy Man left Wednesday for San Antonio on business and he will be back today. I miss his face and cannot wait to see him. I think this week is proof that I need to live in the middle of Nowhere Texas with My Handy Man where we can just hunt, grow our own food, and forget about this concrete jungle. City

If anything, this week has been hectic and has shown me how much I enjoy being out at the ranch. Our trip consisted of getting up every morning at 0500 and going out to hunt until 1000, then coming back to the ranch house to make breakfast from scratch. YUM! Then we would go do some work, take a nap (me), and get ready for the evening hunt. We would head out again at about 1530, stay out until 30 minutes after sunset, and come back to the house where we’d make dinner from scratch again. Finally, we would be snuggled in bed by 2200 on most evenings.

The next morning we would get up and do it all over again. I guess people establish a routine whether they are in the corporate world or living simply. The only difference being that my soul has peace when we are in nature. Simple things like washing dishes, cooking our food, or riding around the ranch make feel like I can breathe. There is no need for television or even a radio. We talked to each other or were silent together. There was no rushing around to try and get things done, so that we could just make it to the next day of rushing around and trying to get things done. Ranch Road

I know that there is always a sense of needing to get things done in life. Whether one lives on a self-sufficient homestead or not, there will always be things that need to be taken care of. It could be that the chicken coops need cleaning, the barn needs a new roof, or the tomatoes are all ripe at the same time and need canning. The contrast to that of course would be the suburban lawn needing mowed, sitting in rush hour traffic, or meeting a deadline at work. The trick is finding out what makes your heart content.

My Handy Man and I always experience a huge culture shock when we come back from The Ranch. Out there it is so dark at night that I literally cannot see my hand in front of my face if it is held out farther than a foot in front of my eyes. My husband laughs because I am a grown woman who requires a nightlight. Hey, it is serious business being in the dark when there are spiders, snakes, and scorpions to deal with! However, while it is so dark and there is not another soul for 5 miles in either direction, the stars are so brilliantly visible that it feels like there are so many more out there than in town. I know that is not the case and there are the same number of stars in the universe no matter where one happens to be, but in town there are too many lights to appreciate the beauty of the night sky.

The sound of the ranch is unique as well. It is not quiet in the middle of Nowhere Texas like one might expect. The sounds are not those of honking horns, sirens, television, music blaring, or continual chatter. The noise of The Ranch is muted but constant. The buzzing of insects, coyotes yipping, hogs squealing, wind whispering, cows grazing, turkeys gobbling, or even deer squawking make hauntingly beautiful music if one will be still and quiet enough to listen for it. Mesquite

The scenes at the ranch are vastly different also. This is not a big shocker to anyone, I am sure. There are miles of emptiness full of the wonder of God’s world. It is not an abyss but it is also not filled up with the creation of man. Everywhere you look there is something to see whether it is a blooming cactus, rabbits scurrying to and fro, rock pathways laid by nature, or the heart pounding beauty of a buck skirting a tree line. One can drive for miles and miles without passing another vehicle. There seems to be an invisible line that we cross when we come back to “civilization”. Suddenly, things just move faster. Concrete rises up into buildings and freeways, billboards flash every 20 feet, thousands of cars zoom in and out of traffic like their motto really is objects in the mirror are losing, and my eyes go into graphic overload. Once that unseen line is crossed, it feels like I have just stepped forward in time about 50 years and I do not like it. I cannot wait to go back to the place where I find my peace, tranquility, and rest.

Does anyone else have a refuge of breathing space? Where is your sanctuary?


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The View

The view outside my window this morning. If I were home, I’d be looking at a million things that needed to be done. I could be doing laundry, or yard work, or just watching some brain-numbing television. I could have slept in, would definitely have already eaten breakfast, and been sitting around bored.

Instead I woke at 5:45, donned some camouflage garb, and sucked down a quick cup of coffee. I painted my face, checked to make sure I had all the necessities, and then climbed into the cab of My Handy Man’s truck. We set off for the Clay Hill bow stand long before the sun peeked over the horizon.

After hiking a half mile in, we quickly set up our gear and sat down. We enjoyed watching a little rabbit scurry about as he tried to find his breakfast. We could see birds flitting from one tree to the next. From somewhere I could not see, a turkey was raising quite a ruckus. We watched the sun rise one breathtaking moment at a time.

Before we knew what hit us, we were covered in whitetail. They seemed to come from all directions at once. A doe and a yearling came one way, a couple of spikes came from somewhere else, and from seemingly out of nowhere a nice sized 6 point. That one was a cull buck as he had no brow tines. And, he was mine if only he would step out and into range.

My heart was pounding and it was difficult to control my breathing. Silently, I willed him to take a few steps in my direction. He did not listen to my unspoken plea, just continued to happily munch on the breakfast he had come for. And, then he turned and walked away.

My morning was not filled with to-do lists, Saturday morning relaxation, or even puttering around in the yard. My view could never have been made with human hands. My eyes were filled with the wonder and beauty of God’s creation. And, I cannot wait to go out and see it again.



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The Countdown


The countdown has begun……. Well it actually began on January 1st, as soon as one whitetail season ends the countdown to the next begins. At least, that is the way things work at my house. We have spent the spring and summer doing bits of this and that, building some blinds, clearing roads and shooting lanes, and pretty much anything else we could think of to get ready for the start of bow season. And, it’s almost here!

I cannot properly express how happy I am about this! It appeared like the months following January dragged on, but at the moment it seems like the time has flown by now that we are so close. I’m going to post a few pictures of the work we have been doing around the lease. Well, mostly the work My Handy Man (AKA my hubby) has done. I’m just a lowly “Gofer” after all. I am the person holding boards, nails, running into town for forgotten items, or handing him whatever tool he wants. Also, I make a mean sandwich and an awesome glass of iced tea!

This very day, we are heading to The Ranch for eleven, yes that is right, ELEVEN days of bow hunting madness! Did I say I was excited? Because I am, in case you did not pick up on that! My Handy Man is at Bass Pro right now picking up some extra items that we “need”, stuff like more arrows, broad heads, and another ground blind. Apparently, we need a portable one along with the twelve other permanent ones. Who knew? Just kidding, these are all planned expenses. I am just poking fun because I know that My Handy Man reads my blog. Love you, Baby!!

Anyway, I just thought I’d post some pictures of the work we have done throughout the year around our lease, or The Ranch as it is called. We are very proud of our hunting grounds, the hard work we have put into taking care of the place, and keeping the wildlife population healthy. Most people do not realize the work that actually goes into developing a strong, productive hunting lease. So here are the promised pictures. Hope you enjoy them…..

Road Clearing

Lane Clearing


Men in their natural habitat!

Men in their natural habitat!

It's always good to see nice big buck tracks on the property!

It’s always good to see nice big buck tracks on the property!



Beautiful, is it not? We cleared about a quarter mile of this just so we could reach the bow stand called The Outback!

Beautiful, is it not? We cleared about a quarter mile of this just so we could reach the bow stand called The Outback!


We built this beautiful bow blind in August/September.

We built this beautiful bow blind in August/September.


My Handy Man's buck from December 2012.

My Handy Man’s buck from December 2012.


One of my does from Thanksgiving 2012.

One of my does from Thanksgiving 2012.


My Handy Man and one of does in 2012.

My Handy Man and one of his does in 2012.


And last, but not least, my son and his hog from 2012.

And last, but not least, my son and his hog from 2012.


For any of the hunters out there, I wish you a safe, happy, and productive hunting season. As for me, I will be sitting next to My Handy Man in our new bow blind in exactly 33 hours. But, who’s counting?











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Tightening Our Belts

We have been on a quest to pay all our debt off. Makes sense if you want to live a self-sufficient life, but even if that were not our goal, it is still a smart thing to do. One is not required to live a life of commitment to one financial institution or another. We took a personal finance class at our church about seven months ago and it completely changed our life. And, I do mean utterly altered the manner in which we deal with our dough!



We have always made sure our bills were paid. We give to our church and other charitable causes. We have rarely been in the devastating position to have to borrow money to make ends meet. That being said, we didn’t know that there was so much more to learn in dealing with our money!

It seems so simple…. Get a paycheck, pay the bills, take care of household essentials, sock away some savings, and then whatever’s left is used in any manner deemed fit at the moment. The only issue with this line of thinking was that the leftover money just seemed to evaporate out of our account without us ever even realize what was happening. One minute there and the next gone, never to return!

During this class, we had to take a good long look at our debt, which to be honest was uncomfortable, but not too horrific. Fortunately for us, our vehicles are paid off, we can afford rent, life’s essentials, vacations (or in our case, the deer lease since that is where we spend most of our time away from home anyway), and to put money into our savings account. I admit that we do have some personal nonsense debt like credit cards with balances that should and can be paid off quickly. We also have some larger debt that we have to take care of such as student loans for each of us, and a business loan taken out a while back. This part of the class didn’t bother me too much.

The next part was the awful segment of the class for us. It dealt with how we pay our bills and then pay for anything else we buy. Bills are paid online, by mail, or by phone. Not so bad or even life-changing. However, everything else has to be paid for in cash. EVERYTHING!!! Groceries, gas, clothing, haircuts, recreational activity, even going out for dinner. No cash…….. no doing any of these things. Plain and simple. Our life was about to get difficult!

Well, maybe difficult is not the right word. Inconvenient is the proper term, I think. For us, that meant no more handiness of paying for gas at the pump, no more adding extra goodies to the grocery buggy, and no more spontaneous outings to restaurants or the movies. We had to start planning ahead and setting aside money for EVERYTHING that we do. How did any of this direct us to our goal of living a simpler life?

money and coinsSurprisingly, it was not that hard once we sat down and made a budget, together for the first time in our married life, and figured exactly where we needed to disperse our money. We set up funds ranging anywhere from an auto fund to a clothing fund. I even have a chicken/chicken coop fund! We pay cash for everything and now we see the value in doing so. Shelling out actual money is so different from swiping a debit card. It is almost painful to hand over real dollars whereas a little plastic card causes no reaction in us at all. Suddenly, we focus on every dime we spend and nothing is considered insignificant.

Now, my husband and I have a monthly budget meeting to go over upcoming expenses. We are very different in our thoughts on handling money, so coming together on our budget really brings peace to our marriage. We are both on the same page and on board with how to go about everything that we are trying to accomplish.

What we have learned over the past several months has helped in so many ways. First off, we figured out that we were nickeling and diming ourselves outrageously. Little items like a drink and a snack when we fuel up or randomly deciding to go out to eat after work really start to add up. We figured out that Christmas or birthdays are not unexpected, in that they come every year, so we should be setting money aside to pay for those things. Most importantly, by becoming so focused on budgeting and paying cash, we found out that we have a lot more money left and have been able to start chinking away at the debt we do have. I see a self-sufficient farm in our future and it makes me smile. a farm

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Selling Out

The Dream

The Dream…..

 “The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future.”   -Ziggy

We have gone and done it….. We sold most of our worldly possessions. I am still not quite sure how I feel about this, even now that it is too late. My emotions run the gamut from a sense of loss so great to a feeling of liberation that I don’t think I have felt since I was a child. It is terrifying to give up almost everything that we have acquired over the span of our life together. On the other hand, I feel like I’ve been suddenly unshackled by the weight of all those material goods.

In my previous post, I explained the self-sufficient lifestyle that my husband and I were reaching toward. In order to grasp this cherished dream, we have to cut some costs and lose some debt. It seems to us that common sense dictates that we go into this new way of life as unhindered as possible. We have no desire to attain the land that we would farm, only to be unable to make the necessary improvements because we have no funds to ensure our success.

The opportunity to live on a piece of property that we can begin a journey toward self-reliance has presented itself and we have pounced on it. We have the chance to live on a few family-owned acres and get started on our path toward independence. We can have a large garden, pigs, chickens and start learning some of what we will need to know when we are ready to purchase our place. The price for being able to stay on this property is payment of the annual property taxes.

The benefit of making this move is not just the ability start raising our own food now, but by relocating it means that  we have cut our annual overhead from $14,400 to a mere $1400 in just rent alone! In order to do this, we have to downsize from a 2000+ square foot house to something that is approximately 900 square feet. We will be purchasing a used single wide mobile home to put on the property, but fortunately there is already water, electricity, and a septic system on the acreage. Of course, any improvements that we make will stay behind when we leave, but the wealth of experience that we gain will go with us to wherever we happen to land.

The Opportunity

The Opportunity


The thought process behind this step toward our vision baffles a lot of our family and friends. Some of them understand what we are trying to do, but a good number of them think we have lost our minds.  However, I feel very blessed and I thank God that we do have family that loves us and believes in us enough to help us move toward our vision.


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The Goal

My husband and I have decided to simplify our life. We are tired of running around madly, just trying to get from one day to the next. The target is to change the way we live. We want to get rid of our debt, homestead a place, and leave the hectic pace of our life behind. We are both in the medical field and we see that at the end of the day, what really matters to us is the way we have lived this journey called life.

For us, growing our own food, living a debt free existence, hunting, and spending more time together is what counts most. During our married life, we have dabbled in gardening and raising our own livestock, but not to the extent where we can live off of what we produce throughout the entire year. We hunt for much of our meat and it has gotten to the point where we hate going into a grocery store and buying meat since we like to know where it comes from, what it eats, and how it is processed before putting it into our bodies. The same thing goes for vegetables or any other food product. If I turn any package of food over, I want to see only things that I can pronounce as the ingredients listed.

We have no illusions that this will be an easy or a swift transformation. We know we have set the bar very high, and that it will be extremely hard to get to where we want to be, but it will be worth it when we get there. My husband is the hardest working man I have ever known and he is so resourceful that I am sure together we can do this.

I started this blog as an online diary of our journey toward the vision we hold of our future life. Hopefully, it will serve as a guide toward our dream by posting our successes, failures, and reading the comments and/or suggestions from others. I have read a myriad of blogs for a long time, the content of them differing depending on what I was searching for or interested in at the time. So, for us the time has come to step out and reach for what we want in life, instead of just sitting by and praying that one day it will happen.

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