Hello and welcome to my homesteading and lifestyle blog. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of writing but never made the time…until now.
My name is Marge. I am a mother of two teenagers and the wife to a great guy for the past 25 years. This is the story of our journey to being debt free and achieving the homestead dream. We’ve been on the journey for a few years although it doesn’t seem we’ve traveled very far. We don’t do everything right. In fact, we probably do it wrong. Funny how the day to day living seems to get in the way much of the time.
We’ve always had a spending problem. For me it was due to the lack of money growing up. As an adult, earning money, I followed the want it now, buy it now lifestyle. As a result, we ended up deep in debt with lots of crap we don’t need. I say this in present tense because we still have a lot of it! Since a large portion of our money was spent on food, we also have the weight and health issues of eating abundantly.
We’ve known for a while that we need to get out of debt and live better. The catalyst began in 2012. Maybe it started in 2011. In a 16 month time frame my husband and I were in a total of 5 auto accidents. Only one of the accidents happened with both of us in the car.
The worst accident happened about 3 1/2 years ago. I was driving home on a Sunday afternoon. A 17 year old girl decided not to stop at the stop sign and broad sided me. The impact pushed my car just enough that I was propelled head first into a tree. Luckily I was driving an old Mercedes which most likely saved my life. Spending three days in the hospital gives a person a lot of time to think about how life could change in a matter of seconds. During the hospitalization, I realized it was time for a change. Not just with our finances, but a change to living the kind of life we wanted.