I am married and have one son. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of having a little piece of land somewhere with livestock and a garden. When I got married in 1987, I told my husband of that dream.

In 2007, we bought our first horse, an elderly white horse named Possum. Possum had been abused by several people in his recent past, so I guess you could say we rescued him. We didn’t have land yet, so we had to keep him in a stable in town. We went to the stable twice a day to clean his stall, feed him, ride him and groom him. Our son was 4 when we got Possum and they had an instant connection.

In 2009, we bought our second horse, a young paint horse who is registered with the APHA named Indian Chaps. We just call him Chaps. Chaps had been severely neglected. He was sorely under weight and his hooves were so overgrown they had curled outward and upward into a pancake shape. He was not rideable and would take several months of feeding him and farrier care to get him to a rideable state. We still didn’t have land, so he, too, lived in a stall in town.

In 2010, we FINALLY got our land. We put a mobile home and a storage building on it and built a corral and two pastures. It’s not a huge place, but it’s big enough for what we want and need. We have five acres just barely outside the city limits. It was important that we be close to town because in 2004, my husband was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

Ultimately, my goal is for our family to become as self-sufficient as possible. I’m not a “prepper,” per se, but I do think a lot of things preppers do are smart.

We’ve recently added chickens and guinea fowl to our family and hope to soon be able to harvest our own eggs, maybe even have enough left over to sell some. We’ve planted some fruit trees, tho they are pretty small and it may be a few years before we see much from them. This spring, I hope to add our garden and be able to grow our own fresh vegetables.

Because I’m an asthmatic, we’ve been looking to get our home as chemical free as possible. To that end, I’ve learned to make my own laundry soap and fabric softener. I’ve also become a big believer in the use of vinegar, lemon and essential oils for cleaning. I’ve recently become an Independent Product Consultant for doTerra Essential Oils. I’m learning to make my own dish soap and household cleaners. I’m also learning about which EO’s treat which ailments and hope to alleviate trips to the doctor for simple things we can treat at home.

Feel free to join me on this journey. I welcome feedback as I muddle my way through discovering ways to help my family become more self sufficient. And if you are interested in learning more about the oils, you can visit my doTerra website .


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