Homestead Lady & The Homestead Family
We’re the Zundel family of seven, originally from California and Arizona but coming to Missouri via Utah and North Carolina. We have loved each place we’ve lived and are grateful to be here in the great Show Me state. We’re so happy to be amongst the trees and water again!
We are a homesteading and homeschooling family currently living in the middle of suburbia on a small, one acre homestead that we’ve named Pocket Farm. Although we are currently selling it to move on to the great state of Missouri, we are still enjoying each season as it comes, making plenty of homestead blunders and enjoying each success as we await our next adventure.
We believe firmly in the beautiful, natural systems that God has created here on earth and that they work best when left to operate with minimal management from us. Consequently, we are organic growers and are ultimately seeking to create an environment that is able to sustain itself.
This is quite an undertaking and we’re constantly tripping over all the books we read in order to educate ourselves on how to achieve this goal. We manage our animals and our family as holistically as our skills allow and are always looking to improve our capacities. We’re grateful to live in a land where both traditional and holistic forms of health and nutrition are allowed and love that we can utilize both!
We feel a strong sense of stewardship over our little acre “flowing with milk and honey” and are grateful for the privilege and responsibility it provides.
Future projects will include:
- renewable energy sources (hopefully solar!)
- a better water storage program
- expanded growing capacity for both humans and livestock
- a hoophouse/greenhouse
- and much, much more!
- dairy goats
- cheese making
- candle making
- soap making
- spinning, weaving, leather work
- sewing, quilting, crocheting
- raw food, nutrition in general, the Word of Wisdom
- holistic medicine, herbal medicine
- fiber animals
- education, American history, religion, art, creative writing, family history and really any “school” subject as we just love to learn!
Shain worked for years as a pharmacy tech but went back to school and got a degree in civil engineering. Our kids had a lot of years during which to observe the truth that education is worth sacrifice!
When he’s not being a brilliant civil engineer, he’s at home engaging in his actual work – being a dad! He’s also our official builder, project completer and general handyman.
If something breaks, the kids will say, “Daddy can fix that!” If we can’t figure out how to get something done quite like we need, Mommy will say, “Daddy will have an idea; Daddy always has an idea!”
Shain has built animal housing, designed fencing systems, battled sprinklers, listened to me drone on and on about new projects, laid brick paths, lifted countless bales of hay, harvested poultry, sharpened tools and done a myriad of other things that keep the homestead humming. He never complains, either – if he sits down, he falls asleep since I work him so hard, but he never complains.
We’re homeschooling our five young children and so we have ample opportunity to teach them the value of work and family! It’s always a challenge to combine the two full time jobs (the biggest problem seems to be that I’m only one person – what gives?!), but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
People sometimes ask me how I have time to homeschool, especially while running a home and a homestead, but the truth is, I don’t really have time to do anything else. For me, the responsibility of teaching my children the value of gospel centered living, classic literature, quality writing, the beauty of math, religion, time management, the meaning of duty, home building skills, wholesome family dynamics, the Constitution and civic responsibilities, health, sciences, sewing, canning, how to clean a bathroom and the millions of other things that I feel are vital I teach them AND send them away from me for 6-8 hours a day seems impossible. Besides, the homestead, just like our home, wouldn’t run well without my children engaged in the work and the learning – they are our greatest assets!
I don’t have much spare time but, when I’m not reading, I enjoy dates with my handsome husband, writing, spinning, and slowly working on my master herbalist course. I recently finished a book – click here to see it and all the gobs of stuff that go with it – and I have a series of short books in the que after that. I’m excited to share them with you as they’re on subjects that are close to my heart.
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