12 months ago, we were living in a 3,000 square foot rental house on three acres feeling proud of how “country” we’d become. Ha! We were “country” because we saw deer and rabbits on the property and we picked our own figs, pears, peaches, and blackberries from the land around us. So definitely a country upgrade from suburban DFW. And yet… we also had four bathrooms (including one in the garage) and a 2nd floor we didn’t even use.

That rental was 12-minutes away from Whole Foods Market, the Franklin Farmer’s Market, and our church congregation. We had no idea how easy life was, probably because 2013 was our busiest year with the Mommypotamus blog.

In June, we moved to a TINY house on 40 acres surrounded by forest hills and absolutely no humans. Unless you count the midnight coon hunters trespassing on our land with helmet-mounted flashlights and shotguns. Except for them.

Within the first two months, we added two Nubian goats and one Alpine mama to our homestead. Polly, Daisy, and Sacha were delivered to our home from the wonderful folks at Noble Springs Dairy. I got to work building an A-frame shelter for them that was almost immediately too small for their needs.

My next project was to build a chicken coop inside our old barn. I took a horse stable and covered it with hardware cloth and added a door. We brought in more than two dozen birds including chickens and guinea hens.

While still at the very beginning of our chicken process, four stray kittens arrived uninvited and dangerously thin. After much pleading and coercing by all family members, I fed them a bowl of raw milk on Day 2 after their arrival and they decided to adopt us.

Our rooster Remy was killed by a pack of wild dogs roaming the hills, which prompted me to search for a chicken protector. I found two English Shepherd puppies north of Cookesville and brought them home to grow up and protect our flock.

So within a period of six months, we went from no animals to #ALLTHEANIMALS. We are in the thick of homesteading now.

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