I’m Lisa, fondly called “Nana” by the five little people that love me most. I have lived on a farm since I was 10 years old, and spent time on my Grandparents farm before then. My first experience behind a steering wheel was behind the wheel of 4 speed, 1-ton truck. My Dad would put it in low gear and I was left to guide it between the rows of hay bales while he and my grandfather pitched them onto the back of the truck.
I am a wife, grandmother of five, Paramedic Supervisor, Christian, proud American, animal raiser, teacher, and a lover of all things natural and primitive. I currently live in the rural Ozarks in southwest Missouri, with Papa. We have been married for 33 years and during that time we have strayed from the self sufficient ways we have always known, but have felt a draw back to those ways the last few years. For us, Homesteading is simply a way of life that allows us to be dependent on ourselves rather than on grocery stores for much of what we need in life. It allows us a bond with our family that many today miss out on. Modern homesteading is a choice, for most, and for those who feel they can not make that choice, we will try to help you with the knowledge and skills that will allow you to live the life you desire, now, today.
On the 110 acres where we live in southwest Missouri, we raise, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, a calf, Texas A&M quail, and rabbits to supply the family with meat. We also hunt deer and wild turkey for additional variety. We also have bees for a supply of wonderful local honey. We grow a large garden and also have a few fruit trees. From these I can fruit, pie filling and make jams and jellies. I also dehydrate many foods for use throughout the year. Recently I’ve planted a small herb garden for cooking, and am learning more about medicinal purposes of herbs, both cultivated and wild. All of this provides us with at least 90% of what we need in the way of groceries. I do still buy a few things, and Papa has a weakness for things like chips and soda…. 🙂 We honestly, though, can go weeks between visits to a grocery for anything we NEED.
Learning and Teaching
I’ve spent years developing ways to mesh the ways of yesterday into my hectic, modern life, that includes a job away from home 24 – 48 hours at a time, and a family that is growing and always busy with various activities. My house is never spotless, and my yard is not manicured. My clothes are not the latest styles, and my hair is usually in a ponytail. But I can help YOU begin to change, a bit at a time, and help you bring the ways of yesterday into your life today.
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Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the shots below from some day to day moments from our lives, that we gladly share with you.