3 Things to Love About Homesteading
Homesteading is a lifestyle that requires a great deal of hard work, and in many ways it’s about embracing a return to simpler ways of living. It can be challenging, and it can be sparse. But it also brings immense joys. While there are many things I love about homesteading, there are 3 that stand out to me.
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For me, homesteading really boils down to connecting with family, nature, and the land. From these 3 connections come 3 aspects of homesteading I love the most.
3 Aspects of Homesteading I Love the Most
- 1Connecting with nature through wild homesteading.
- 2Watching my little-one experience nature on our homestead.
- 3Exploring my homestead with my family.
1. I Love Connecting with Nature Through Wild Homesteading
Just the other day, I was sitting by a pond on my homestead that I recently built, just listening to the water cascading out of the pond.
I often find myself sitting down on a log or even on the ground in various places around my homestead. Just sitting and taking in the view across my homestead— observing the movement of wildlife, the flow of water and air over the land, and other aspects of nature.
Really, just watching and taking in the natural world.
Taking time for observation is key to how I design my wild homestead. It tells me which areas get the best light or where rainwater flows, and it clues me into wind patterns and micro-climates.
But it also heals me.
Life can be stressful. Too often we’re just racing from one activity to the next, and it’s hard to remember to stop and enjoy the moment. By being outside and connecting with nature, I can alleviate stress and become more grounded and at peace.
Then I can return to my day-to-day life in a more whole-hearted way.
2. I Love Watching my Son Experience Nature on Our Homestead
The other day my wife and son were out exploring the land. They were walking by our new pond and came across an old fence post lying on the ground. My son just wanted to sit down and enjoy watching the pond.
My son is not even 2 years old, and he’s already drawn to the natural world. I honestly think it’s in our DNA. So many of us spend most of our lives un-learning that side of ourselves, only having to rediscover it later.
It’s amazing to me how naturally my son takes to the outdoors.
He loves watching the birds at our feeder or the hawks soaring overhead. He relishes telling the deer to “GO!” (We have spent the last year trying to fence them out, with varying levels of success…), pointing out “buddies” (spiders), and sitting down on a log to take everything in.
I just love watching the way he comes alive experiencing nature on our homestead. When I see my son’s excitement, it reignites my own sense of childlike wonder at the beautiful world around us.
3. I Love Exploring my Homestead with my Family
Exploring my homestead with my wife and son is simply a joy. Picking raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and other home-grown delicacies is a wonderful way for us to spend time together.
Oxygen, movement, and spending time in nature are natural healers, and sharing that time together as a family really strengthens our relationship.
It still seems unreal to me that we can simply step outside our front door to the trails and paths where we can watch birds fly or enjoy spotting bees buzzing between the flowers.
Exploring that beauty together, holding our son’s hands, is truly precious and amazing.
Homesteading is a lot of work, but the result is an amazing wild homestead that is connected with nature and is a great place to raise a family and to simply enjoy being alive.
I’m so grateful to be able to share the homesteading life with my family.
What do You Love About Homesteading?
There are so many reasons to love the homesteading life. For me, homesteading is about connecting with family, nature, and the land.
What about you?
I’ve shared a few of my reasons, but I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below saying what you love about homesteading.