Anyone who knows who we are knows that we are absolutely out of our minds! We are the weird couple on the corner who has all those critters and homeschools their kids. However, we didn’t always live this way.
In 2014, the Hubby and I decided we needed a change. We were tired of life in the suburbs, HOA fees, and the public school system. There had to be more to life than that. So, we took the kids out of the public school system and started them on a homeschool curriculum. Then, we scanned Craigslist, found a small plot of land in the country that we liked, purchased it, and got the heck out of dodge.
In early 2015, the Hubby took me to a livestock auction on Valentine’s Day. So romantic! That day we brought home our first goat. She is still with us to this day, cute, sassy, and full of goat personality. Three Peas and a Goat was born.
Now, I was living the life. I was a stay-at-home blog mom, homeschooling her children, and managing a homestead complete with a vegetable garden. It had been my dream for so long and now I was living it. Or, was I?
It wasn’t long before I realized that everything I had dreamed about and actively planned with my husband takes a lot of hard work, money, and more fencing than anticipated. We intentionally bought a fixer-upper. We intentionally brought home goats, chickens, rabbits, and sheep. We intentionally started homeschooling the children. And, we intentionally came up with the grand idea of letting me stay home to manage it all.
However, I felt boxed in, I couldn’t keep up with the housework, the critters were running me ragged, and the kids needed me more than ever. In addition, I took a full-time position as an editor for TexasHillCountry.com. I stopped going to church and soon found that without that weekly renewal and fellowship, I was feeling very alone and disconnected. I needed to reconnect, figure out how to manage it all, and make God a priority in my life and do His work.
After a lot of LONG talks with my husband and a lot of prayer, we came up with a solution. It involved a way to better manage our time, to focus on what is important in our day to day life, and still make God and family a top priority. It’s been working and I couldn’t feel more blessed!
Oh, if only it was that simple! God really does have a funny way of working in your life. He made it quite clear that he is not done with us and put it in my heart to give Three Peas and a Goat a facelift.
Over the course of about six months, Three Peas and a Goat has been transformed from a basic blog page where I can tell the world about anything and everything that comes to mind to a resource that will reach out to those who need support mentally, physically, and spiritually. Its new purpose is to help women build a more self-sufficient lifestyle and take control of their homes while serving God, their husband, and their family while maintaining their own identity.