Hi! I’m Amy and that handsome guy next to me is Champ. Digging in the dirt, growing vegetables, planting a fruit orchard, raising chickens and collecting fresh eggs, stacking and storing wood for the winter, canning, freezing, and drying the harvest, making a scrap quilt in the winter, knitting wool mittens for the kids, letting Champ run without the leash – these are my BIG dreams! For now, I live in the suburbs, work full-time, and raise 4 kids, while trying to incorporate many of the traditional homesteading values. We spend much of the weekends baking fresh bread, mending, crafting, or making batches of fresh yogurt for the week. When a zipper breaks or pants need hemming, we fix them instead of tossing away and spending on new. We’ve built a small raised bed garden, planted a lemon tree and blueberry bushes, and built a compost bin that is raccoon proof! It’s not the country spread I dream of, but we keep trying, learning, and making our way to live our lives in touch with nature and traditional values. This blog is all about living simply, trying to incorporate as many homesteading techniques as our time and resources will allow. Eventually, I’d love to transition to a few acres in the country and homestead full-time. Until then, we’ll keep being thankful for what we have, right here in the middle of the suburbs.