The Homestead Wife

Homestead How-To: Ten Steps to Effective Sheet Mulching

Sheet mulching is a technique to put rich soil exactly where you want it. Instead of tilling or digging the soil, you just leave what’s there right where it is, and add the ingredients for fertile soil to the top. You can make round beds, keyhole beds, swales or any other shape of bed you want. You can even use it to make a grass patch or self-made lawn.

By |June 10th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|0 Comments

When God Wants You To Be The One You Are, And Not The One You’re Not

This morning I came to the realization that my YouTube channel has more subscribers than my blog. This is my off grid/homesteading YouTube channel that I'm talking about, that I started kind of on a whim about ten months ago. At first I just gave it a few hours here and there on weekends, because it was fun. Now it has more traction than this blog I've worked on daily for nearly three years.

By |May 17th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|37 Comments

Going Off the Grid (A Seeker Channel VIDEO!!)

Nick and I are featured today on the brand new Seeker Stories Channel, via Discovery Digital Networks. This is a lot like a TV news spot. A pro journalist and camera crew came out to Idaho in December for three days to do footage of us and interviews.

By |March 3rd, 2015|The Homestead Wife|11 Comments

The Discipline of Creativity: Starting Now, With What You Have

We had a small upheaval at our place this weekend. Facing facts. Getting real. I came to the realization that in our second year of homesteading we have drifted. We have made too many compromises, or held them for too long. I might have fallen for this idea that we had done the hard thing and the next thing ought to be easy, because (what?) surely those two things alternate. The bad news is that things don’t work out like that. The good news is that with my best self, I don’t really want them to. I’ve heard it said [...]

By |January 13th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|3 Comments

Ten Great Gift Books For Radicals

Looks like I suddenly got a little Christmas spirit. Amazing! Maybe because I got love-bombed TWICE yesterday with gorgeous plates of homemade Christmas cookies. Y'all, my neighborhood is real with the homemade candy. I was joking about that on Twitter the other day. But my neighbors are not joking. My family got homemade candy...in the shape of legos. {{{{{swoon}}}}} So I thought, hey, if you have some radicals in your life, and you think, "What can I give them? They will give me side-eye, or worse, if I give them things that aren't radical enough." You can trust me. Here [...]

By |December 19th, 2014|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Okay, this one is a freebie. Just for fun. Esther's ten tips for simplification…whether you're working on the carbon footprint, or the monthly budget, or creating space for more spiritual pursuits. 1. Let Yourself Run Out of Things. The day that you run out of Ziploc bags is the day that you figure out how to reuse the bread bags. The day that you are running out of dish soap, you may find that you use only half as much. It's scary sometimes, I know. But it must be done. 2. Write it Down. Say it Out Loud. Hear Yourself [...]

By |November 24th, 2014|The Homestead Wife|7 Comments

DIY Lumber Milling Demo (Fouchomatic Off Grid VIDEO)

If you've been waiting for your chance to watch Nick wrestle a 1000 pound log, this is your chance. Fouch-o-matic Off Grid video #3 is the real deal. If you haven't checked it out already, our YouTube channel, Fouch-o-Matic Off Grid, was created to be an outlet for Nick's considerable and constantly growing expertise. We're doing one video per month until we run out of content, which will not be soon unless Nick's personality suddenly changes. This one is a a voiceover-guided demo in which Nick is making an 8x12 beam for his timber frame dream house, all by himself, with a [...]

By |September 27th, 2014|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments

Off the Grid With Kids Q&A: How Do You Survive Without Indoor Plumbing?

I told you a few months ago that I was going to do a series answering the questions that I ALWAYS get about my off-grid lifestyle. But then I was like "Just kidding, I'm going to go live in an apartment for two months." Now I have done that and survived it, and now I am back at the yurt, picking up the series again because I still get all the same questions. Here's another installment. Do you have indoor plumbing?  No. We are not connected to a municipal water source or a waste water system or pipes of any kind. Where do [...]

By |July 7th, 2014|The Homestead Wife|1 Comment

Off the Grid With Kids Q&A: How Do We Live Without Phone and Internet?

Every once in while I have a spike in my blog views because somebody told somebody else that I live off the grid in a yurt with my husband and three small children. This just happened today. So then all these folks show up at my blog and then they find a lot of stuff about authentic life and creativity and God. But they don't always find the content they're looking for. What is it like to live off the grid (especially with kids)? And why do I do it? And how does it work? I'm going to try to [...]

By |March 14th, 2014|The Homestead Wife|5 Comments

Homestead Diary Special Announcement (The Plans They Are a Changin’)

This is the part in the movie where we say, “We know the secrets of the fire swamp, and we can live here quite happily for some time.” We thought we would need to bring in power to our homestead before the first winter. But here we are, halfway through the first winter, and living without electricity is working fine. I thought it would be a problem to have no phone, but we’ve gotten used to that, too. And it's practically February, and the outdoor shower is still okay. (Although I’m glad of my short hair!) We have plenty of [...]

By |January 27th, 2014|The Homestead Wife|7 Comments

About a Yurt (Three Bullet Points, Two Links and Seventeen Pictures)

I live in a yurt. I love living in a yurt. At one point I imagined that I might teach you all how to build your own yurt. I was going to do the Super Internet Tutorial of the World, and lay it all out, in seventeen steps. Build Your Very Own Yurt, Today! But I never got around to it. At some point I had to admit this was the kind of never-getting-around-to-it like, "Someday I'm going to learn how to levitate." Hello...! I can't, myself, write a tutorial on this. I don't know enough. It is a big thing, to [...]

By |October 18th, 2013|The Homestead Wife|6 Comments

Braver than Batman

I have had some crazy-feeling moments along this path. But this one may top them all. When there was a bear looking right at me, right through the glass door of my fancy tent, and me and my three children and my puppy looking back at him. AWAKE! I don’t know what to tell you about the bear. But he's still right outside my house right now. (Hello, bear.) He was there when I went to bed. And he was there when I got up. And I love that it made me famous on Facebook for, like, fifteen minutes, but [...]

By |September 6th, 2013|The Homestead Wife|14 Comments