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Joyful Homesteading

Joyful Homesteading

It will probably come as no surprise to you to learn that I feel joyful homesteading. The main things that bring me joy concern our farm. It really is my happy place. Believe me, I recognize joy. For many years I did not feel joy. I missed it but it was elusive and I just couldn’t feel it.

I looked up the definition of joy. “Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness, or an instance of such feeling.”
Not sure I agree with this definition and here’s why. That definition means that joy is fleeting. I believe we should be joyful. Not giddy, not ridiculous, but a peaceful feeling of joy should be part of our being. Maybe this equation is more along my line of thinking.

 Joyful Homesteading

In any event, Joy is a hard feeling to describe, but when you are missing it, life can be stressful.

Our farm brings me feelings of joy every day. I am grateful for the gift of being able to farm. For being healthy and strong enough to care for the animals, and for raising food for my family, who I love. For you, it might be something entirely different. But my point is, it is important to let gratitude and love meet. There, I believe you will find lasting joy.

Let me tell you a few “raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens” joys from our farm.

Our lopsided chicken coop.

Built from an old garden shed and moved to the farm location when we first acquired chickens. I don’t even care that the coop looks a bit worn and messy. It has done well protecting our flock and sheltering the chickens from harm.

Baby Pigs! DSC_5311

Come on! How could this not bring you joy. I never would have seen this one coming. I thank authors like Forest Pritchard and Joel Salatin for showing us that pasture and field raising pigs is possible and results in a whole different pork product than pigs raised in small pens. We have joyful pigs for sure.

 

Ducks. DSC_0145

Sit a spell and watch the ducks go about their lives. They are joyful! Rarely do I see a nasty moment in the duck area. Each one is busy and yet in tune with the rest of the group. Give them more than a quart of water and all joy and happiness breaks loose.

The Barn

After clearing out the trash and debris from the neglected property,and fencing the animal paddocks, the barn is the single biggest improvement on our farm. Built by my husband, this is a tangible example of our dream. Being able to build something that is home to fiber goats and sheep that I adore, was a gift from him to me. A lovely gift.

Joyful Homesteading

And so, my friends, that is what joy means to me. I know we each have to find our own joy. Perhaps this quote will help you along in your search for joy.
“We all have to start with ourselves. It is time to walk the talk. Take the journey of making very difficult decisions. Start removing things from your life that are not filling your cup and adding things that bring joy into your life.” –Lisa Hammond

 

Until Next Time ,

 Search for your Joy!

 

Janet

 

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