Life During Quarantine

Life right now is…different. I’m sure so many of you can understand as we navigate the current worldwide pandemic. Never in a million years would I have guessed that life would someday look as it does right now. We are living through history.

I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while. Besides caring for a new little one, I must admit that I have felt so many different emotions lately. I’ve felt confusion and fear. In my spirit, I felt like I needed to become more self sufficient and prepared not too long ago. But we weren’t prepared for the food shortages and rationing when they came. My eyes have been opened, and I now see just how fragile the food system is.

While it is easy to live in fear and confusion, I know this isn’t the Lord’s will for us. Now is the time to thank Him for His blessings, while looking to how we can change for the better going forward.

Some steps we have taken include:

We’ve added chicks to our small flock, and quail eggs are currently in our incubator. I planted more seeds than I planned to at first. Having food taken out of my shopping cart by employee wasn’t fun, and I hope to not experience this again. I have a canner on the way. I’m expecting to experience a huge learning curve, ha!

Lettuce in our garden!

Almost one week ago, we went under contract on a house with five acres. We scrambled to make this happen, and I’m praying that we can come to an agreement with the seller regarding some repairs that need to be made. The month or two prior, we realized that we couldn’t grow all of the food we need to here, especially in regards to farm animals. We started looking for a fixer upper in a price range that would allow us to pay it off if we sold our cabin. We believe we found it, and Lord willing we will close sometime in May.

It feels so strange to look at new homes after we worked so hard to pay off our current home. But once this pandemic hit, we really started to ask ourselves what is most important? Having greater food security for our family of eleven ranks very high on our list, so we are doing what we can to make that happen. At the same time, being responsible financially is also very important, which is why we kept our home budget low.

I hope everyone is doing well, and is healthy. The Lord is here for you, and He loves you very much. How are you fairing during this time?

5 thoughts on “Life During Quarantine

  1. Jenny @ A Faithful Homemaker says:

    We’ve been feeling the same way. We live in a suburban neighborhood and our backyard is just large enough for a large garden and a play area for the kids. We’ve had the garden going for a couple of years now, but we’ve taken it far more seriously since the pandemic hit. I’d love to one day build out in the country with more acreage but until then, we’re making the most of where we’re at.

    Congratulations on getting under contract and I hope it all works out for your family.

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