Well its hard to believe that we are coming up on our fourth year here in the mountains of Idaho. It has been a incredibly blessed journey that really tested our spirit our grit and our ability to sustain. When we arrived here on the homestead we were greeted with a jaw dropping sobering site. A empty shell surrounded by dirt rock and more dirt. There was no where to sleep, eat, sit, or put our belongings. I watched as the color of my husbands face drained into a ghostly white. He had the grand idea of finishing the house all by himself with me in tow. THAT wasn't going to be a possibility for one mere man.
Plus we were in the beginning of July looking at months worth of work!We ended up calling my husbands cousin who is a skilled carpenter. With both of them and me in the background doing as much as I could we worked from sun up to sun down.
He slept in the tent while we slept on a mattress. After a mere month even his cousin couldn't stand the living conditions saying " This is like a FEMA camp, you guys are nuts".
He even would take off to go to town to pay for a shower and the use of a real toilet! Finally I had gotten hired as a home health nurse as I left to go train part time. Funny thing was, the RN training me one day drove me to her house and said "Honey, Im gonna go see this next patient but I want you to stay here and take a shower..a long hot shower." Did I really look that bad?? I must have because during that shower my skin lightened by thee shades!!!
Wow. That was the best shower of my life!!
As we continued to slave and fall approached the neighbor came up and felt so bad for me he offered his house for us to stay in(which was up for sale and empty) saying "You guys aren't gonna make it, you can stay in my house over the winter, just pay the electric bill."
HA as I went over to peak in the neighbors 500k house dreaming of a fluffy bed, warm water and lights..my husband stood firmly saying "I will rot before I live in another mans house!" ( ugghh I wont rot I wont rot let me go!!)
Well needless to say November came and we did finish the insulation wiring ect ect... yes we enclosed it and yes finally we got the solar setup and wow..real heat from the wood stove and a real light bulb at night! We were living the life!!
THAT winter came fast but we had enough wood to sustain us and plenty of winter experience to feel right at home! We were able to harvest a deer for meat, my husband did some trapping and we did lots of skiing and snowshoeing to pass the beautiful winter months
THAT was the beginning..and now so it goes! We have gladly put away the solar bag which I used for months even indoors, I finally have a couch to sit on and enjoy the view...and of course..I have the best homestead ever with God watching over us daily!
People, even hard beginnings...you gotta keep going and never give up!
We did it...and did it everyday..nonstop. It can be done!
Keep joining us as we share more for all of you in the continued walk while living off the grid
First snow fall after we got the house enclosed! It was to close! Many mornings woke up to cold cold cold! I was getting tired of freezing and having no heat! Tired of no lights, tired of no running water. It was a long haul! Enjoy your couch while you can! It is more comfort then you think!