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Homestead Happenings – The Lost Months

I am so excited to be able to get back to writing. I know it has been a few months, but life sometimes gets crazy and while you are busy trying to hold it all together, you sometimes crack. I cracked, and this blog had to take a backseat to family issues. And that’s okay! And now that life is getting back on a more even keel, I thought it would be a good time to bring you all up to speed on the happenings around our homestead. So join me for a quick flashback of what’s been going on….


You may or may not know, the oldest country kid is on the autism spectrum, has ADHD and oppositional defiance order. His behavior was WAY out of control, so at the end of the school year we shipped him off to my parents for a month, hopping they could get him under control.

I took that time to have a nervous breakdown and started the long road to making myself a better me, for myself and family. It’s been a struggle, and while the panic attacks are fewer and farther between now, I still have to work at being calm and letting things go.

The littlest country kid wrapped up another season of playing ball. He was so proud of his trophy for couch pitch league.


The oldest country kid came home, hubby and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and we tried our best to get our family put back together. We worked hard around the homestead and in the garden, the country kids were busy making projects for the fair and hubby was about to become famous!

The oldest country kid was part of an article in Acreage Life


Hubby was featured in the Detroit New about his knitting and he launched his own Facebook page The Knitting Truck Driver!


We took a family day trip to Lake Michigan. The littlest country kid had never been and we figured it was high time!



August means meany things to many folks, but for us it means Fair Week! The whole family entered this year and did well. Our “adopted” college daughter returned for her sophomore year at MSU. And Stewie the parakeet found love with his new girlfriend, Shelia. The oldest country kid continued to struggle, I still had panic attacks, but somehow we made it another month.

The oldest country kid got 10 first place and 1 second place ribbon.


The littlest country kid got 1 clover bud ribbon and 3 participation ribbons


And I had the best chocolate chip cookies in the county and hubby had the best knitted hat!



While the oldest country kid’s behavior hadn’t improved much over the summer, I managed to keep holding it together mentally. I also started working on my physical health and as of my last doctor’s appointment, I had lost over 50 pounds! I was also offered a book deal! That’s right, folks, this lady is currently working on a book!

Ester, our 6 year old alpha hen, blessed us with her quarterly egg.



We are finally seeing some behavior changes in the oldest country kid. He still struggles but I can see him trying to behave better. We took our annual family Halloween camping trip and just last week the littlest country kid and I went on a 36 hour adventure to Mackinac island. The littlest country kid and I biked all the way around the island, 8.2 miles! Not bad for a lady who hadn’t ridden a bike in a couple decades!

Heidi the homestead hound loved pretending to be a cheetah on our camping trip.


It was cold, windy, and rained the whole time, but the littlest country kid got to see the Mackinac Bridge for the first time.


The oldest country kid not only was voted Vice President of our 4H club, but he joined the county 4H youth counsel too!


So there it is in a nut shell. We fell apart, we pulled it together, and it seems that through all the hard work things might actually be on the upswing. We continue to care for our critters, take on new challenges, but most of all, even when things were at their worst, we loved each other and kept trying. And thankfully, there were some awesome moments along the way. Our family may not be perfect, who am I kidding, we are no where close to it, but we are real, we live with love, and we stick by each other through the ups and downs.


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