Friends, I don’t even know how to begin this post.
When I started this blog nine years ago, I never dreamed of what it would become. I was a newbie homesteader with absolutely zero experience living off the land. I didn’t know how to garden. I didn’t know a thing about raising chickens, or goats, or a pig. I couldn’t tell you the first step in preserving food.
What a long way we’ve come!
In those early years I wanted to share our journey for others who might too be interested in getting back to the land, but I was also reaching out for answers to the problems we ran into from people who’ve been there and done that. Back in 2008, there wasn’t really anything on the web about homesteading yet (imagine that!), so I relied on my readers to help me troubleshoot garden pest issues and livestock predator problems, among other challenges we faced.
You guys cheered us on, encouraged us when it got tough, and gave us the support we needed so that we never felt alone in the journey.
Because of all of you, this website has turned into an amazing community of like-minded people and a rich resource of information for anyone looking to learn homesteading skills.
Jerry and I have done a tremendous amount of work on our land during these blogging years, but there is still much to be done. Perhaps we might even sell our homestead and start fresh with a better understanding of what we need in mind.
The next year or two will be extremely busy for us. And I know in my heart that I won’t be able to continue blogging about this journey on a consistent basis. My fear has been that without new material being added this community might fall by the wayside, and all of its valuable information, stories, and knowledgeable readers would be lost in an ever growing sea of information.
So, with much prayer and consideration I have decided to pass New Life on a Homestead on to another passionate blogger who is eager to pick up where I left off and keep the community here alive and thriving.
I feel like my baby is all grown up. It’s a little scary to let it go on its own into the world, but I know this is the right thing to do.
Dan, the gentleman I’m passing the torch to (I’ll let him introduce himself to you in his first post), has assured me that he wants to keep all of my stories, photos, recipes, and tips here on the blog. Everything will stay where it is, he’ll just be adding even more valuable content for you to enjoy.
There is so much more that I’d planned on sharing with you. So many unwritten stories. Sometimes I would think to myself that it would be so much easier if a camera just followed me around all day so that I wouldn’t have to try to find the time to put my experiences into words.
Next year will be 10 years on the homestead. I hope to have a book finished by the end of 2018 with all of our experiences, recipes, tips and tricks from our first decade on the land. I’m excited about this project, if for nothing more than for my children to have in print memories to look back on from their childhood. I hope you will find it a treasure as well.
And who knows. There could be another blog in the future.
In the meantime, I will miss you all greatly. You’ve come to be like a second family to me. I’ll miss reading your sweet messages and hearing your personal experiences. Please continue to build the community here and help each other by answering questions in the comments section. You are a wealth of knowledge. Support each other with love and encouragement.
Rest assured, dear friend. I leave you in excellent hands! I’m excited to watch this blog grow with a renewed passion. You might even find me in the comments section every now and then as well!
May you all be blessed richly in your efforts as you continue to seek peace and freedom in your lives.
With much love,