When I was first beginning on my urban homestead, I was so interested in how everyone else did it. What did their chicken coop look like? How about their veggie garden, in-ground or raised beds? How do they keep their rabbits cool in the heat of the summer? I still like to see how others meet the challenges that nature doles out. Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words then a video must be worth a million! We were able to visit a beautiful homestead belonging to a dear friend of mine this Thanksgiving weekend. Although we didn’t get into the nitty-gritty of how her homestead functions in our video, we did capture the main lesson that I have learned from her, beautifully, I think. (We will go back to capture how it all runs another time)
For a long time I approached my urban homestead like a business and still do to some extent. On my homestead everything produces something for the benefit of the whole or it finds another place to live. While I still think that is important, my friend Vera taught me something I was missing. Sometimes animals give back to the homestead by healing. Especially if you work a full time stressful job and run a homestead also, at the end of the day, if an animal can make you smile that is reward enough.
When I am approaching her homestead just over the Texas/Oklahoma border, as I see the familiar landmarks pass by, the stress just melts off me the closer I get. Then there are the animals and Vera herself. I can’t pin point exactly what is so healing about this homestead. There is a lot of love there. There is the love of God there. There is acceptance, celebration and encouragement. See for yourself…. A Healing Homestead.
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