Hey Friends! I am back. FINALLY! I am sorry that it has been so long since I have posted or vlogged. Summer time has come to an end and life here on the homestead has been C.R.A.Z.Y. With school starting, sports in full swing, preparing for winter, sleep training our sweet baby, and life in general, things have been hectic. I love so much being a large family Mama, but it is definitely hard to find time for the extras. Some days I can barely find time for the must do's. Ha! We had a beautiful summer and I am sad to see it end. It is by far my favorite season! But, with every ending also comes new beginnings and I am looking forward to a new season in time and in life.
New hopes and dreams...
The big tall hubby and I have spent many nights chatting about our future dreams and goals and there are big changes coming our way. For several years now we have desired to live a more self sustainable lifestyle. For us that means living a natural healthy life, while growing as much of our own food as possible, and raising our own animals. While we currently have chickens and bees, and hopefully goats again very soon, we are not where we want to be yet.
Living debt free??
Something that has been really heavy on our hearts lately is that we very much want to live a debt free life. Early in our marriage we made many mistakes financially and paid long and hard for those mistakes. When we finally got out of that mess we decided then that we wanted to live differently moving forward. We have tried very hard since then to not take on any unnecessary debts. However, like most Americans we still have a mortgage and a car payment. While most people wouldn't think of those things as careless debts, they are still debts. When you owe someone money you are a slave to them. I do not want to be a slave to PennyMac or the bank. So what do we do? I mean you cant just up and move with 7 kids and where would we live? Don't worry, we don't plan to tent it with our crew on my parents lawn. LOL
We believe that our home has appreciated quite a bit since moving in 3 years ago. We are considering selling it and using the profits to purchase a piece of land that we would own debt free. We don't know if we will build from there or possibly purchase a piece of land that has a small home we could live in until we can afford to build with cash, We are and have been praying that the Lord would give us direction on what to do from here.
When you are able to live without the constant weight of debt on your shoulders I believe that is true freedom. We are so blessed that the big tall hubby has a great job and we have a nice life. However, the reality is that all of that could change in a heartbeat. If he lost his job or was injured/sick and unable to work, we would really struggle to maintain a mortgage, car payment, and all our monthly responsibilities. If we could actually own our land, home, and vehicles, what a blessing that would be! I know this would mean a lot of changes for us and it would definitely involve losing many of our creature comforts for a period of time. I believe though that the benefits far out-way the negatives.
What the future holds...
When I started this blog it was with the hope of encouraging others through the journey of motherhood, life and all that comes with it. We don't know what the future holds or how this will all play out for us but I wanted to share with you my heart, our dreams and our goals. Will we be able to truly live a debt free life in the near future? I don't know, but I certainly hope so. If you have been on a journey to financial freedom I would LOVE to hear about it. It is so encouraging to me to hear from others who are on the same path or who have already succeeded. Whatever happens, I promise to bring you along for the journey.
I hope this new season brings you new hopes and dreams and many fun adventures.
*Photo from our family vacation this summer
Kym is a homeschooling Mama, who has a passion for frugal living, enjoys meal planning on a budget, organization, event planning and home decor. She lives on a small homestead in southeast Michigan with her husband Mike and their 7 children.