As I have found myself caught up in the beginnings of a homestead and dreaming about it's future, I find myself intrigued by it's definition. How do YOU define homestead? I picture a quaint, farmstead home with green grass and lilac bushes, rocking chairs on the porch. Chickens and horses close by. A flowering orchard and a big garden. The children willingly and happily work alongside Mom and Dad to care for the family farm and there is time for climbing trees and digging in the dirt, afterwhich they curl up in a favorite nook with a book. The farm is largely self-sufficient and the family gathers each evening, kneeling in family prayer to thank a loving Heavenly Father for their bounteous blessings. Picture Little House on the Prairie in the year 2016, replace their three girls with three boys and call it the Porter Family Farm.
To me, the word "homestead" captures that vision for me. I was sure it would have a lovely, romantic definition that I could share here with you. But guess what? It doesn't. My go-to dictionary, Webster's Dictionary 1828 doesn't even list it.  Mother Earth News does have an article about the history of the word "What Exactly does the Term "Homesteading" Mean"
 if you are curious. In summary, it came in to the English language with the Homesteading Act in the 1800's, but came to mean "back to the land" for people leaving the cities and getting back to their roots. Today it's grown to largely mean self-sustainable living, wherever you are.
Dictionary.com simply defines it as "any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home." That leaves plenty of room for your own vision, needs and interpretations to fill in the gaps as to what your own personal homestead might be. So dream a little. What does your homestead look like? 
*This isn't my personal homestead, but it would work in a pinch, wouldn't it?  :)
 


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Becky
02/20/2016 4:03pm

So many beautiful ideas. Our dreams can come true and I think it begins with dreaming the details and feeding that dream. Count each step and celebrate. I love your blog and your style of writing. Very inviting.

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07/16/2017 7:40pm

I think the concept of homestead is very unique. The image that I see in my mind when I hear this word is filled with calming sceneries. I can see rustic and wooden furniture, green landscapes, vivid colors of the flowers, tree houses, swings on trees, and a life of comfort. When you mentioned self-sustainable living I immediately felt a pang of loneliness when I thought of my would be homestead life that is why my image of homestead might have some twists to it. I still want some parts of my life to retain some kind of modern and city living to it.

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I can't share with you how does it look like! Because I don't know that!

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