most of us have been thoroughly enjoying our transition to the country. i find it very satisfying to teach my children the practical things of life, and strive for a level of self-sufficiency and provision that is uncommon in today's world. while we'll never be totally self-sufficient, and don't anticipate even trying to meet that goal, there is a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that we are heading towards (and might i dare to say living?) a lifestyle of simple Christian agrarianism.
so, all those lofty and idealistic thoughts aside, there is the practical and down to earth reality of living in the country. it's not all gentle streams babbling on their way to the river, beautiful scenery and idyllic wildlife glimpsed at dawn.
here's some of the reality that is our life:
*tractor ruts in the front yard
*mud as far as the eye can see
*chicken poop on the front walk
*tractor ruts in the back yard
*don't even think about mulching the flower beds! the chickens like the mulch for a dust bath
*chicken poop on the side walk
*5 gallon buckets strewn about seemingly everywhere
*what little bit of mulch the chickens don't scratch up, the pigs will root up
*tractor ruts in the side yard
*did i mention the mud?
it's a good thing we have a *mud* room! the mud around here last week was unbelievable! here's a picture of the doormats in the mud room. shoes everywhere. we don't even have this many people in our family!
and that's all i have to say about that!