Now begins the quest for a simpler life.
My wife and I have been wanting a simpler lifestyle more and more over the past few years. We are both used to the big cities of California.
She has come to long for a simpler life for us and our children. I was born and reared in northeast Mississippi and hunted and fished and heard stories of farming and having animals.
We felt that if we could ever buy a decent-sized plot of land with running water it would be a dream come true.
I grew up spending lots of free time at “the farm”. My uncle had purchased upwards of 80 acres of land outside of town. After he died in the Air Force the land went to my grandfather, and when he passed away my dad got the land and eventually built a house there.
My father passed away on August 16th, 2010 and my brother asked if I had any desire to move onto the land when our step-mother moved away. She will stay for a while, but eventually retire to the town further north where her family lives.
I thought about the 80-plus acres with a creek running through it.
I think our dreams have just begun to come to fruition.
Our plans are to have an essentially self-sufficient life on a small homeplace. We have planned out little bits and pieces of it over the years; we have lovingly come to call this place “Contentment” after Paul’s description in the Bible.
I plan to document and pass on the things that work and the things that don’t.
The journey will begin now for me and my wife Tiffany (in our 40′s), oldest son Nick at 16, Jewel at 5, and R.T. at 2 years of age.
The following months or years will be planning and preparing the land.
On some undetermined date in the future we will move to the homeplace and start our new life … one step at a time.
So, here we go … on the road to Contentment.