I have put in some serious miles in the rocking chair in the last seven months since our son was born….. That means entirely too much time to sit in the dark and think about all of the things that I want for myself, my husband, my son, and my life in general. At the beginning of this list is the basis for this blog….. I want the good life…. I don’t mean just ANY good life either. I want the good life that Scott and Helen Nearing made…. You know, the one with stone houses, gardens, self-sustainability, a FUTURE….. This is something that I have always wanted. I remember being maybe seven or eight and declaring to my mother that there were two things that I wanted in life: a cabin in the mountains, and a whole room full of books (my parents were both librarians). I still want that. Having our first child makes me want that even more. I want to give him the gift of understanding where his food comes from, how to build his own house, and how to navigate his way in this world of too much technology, not enough values, and not enough self-sufficiency.

I always imagined that it would be easier to get- this good life. But I am learning that it is something that is going to be achieved little by little, step by painful step. So here is this blog, a written journey of our adventures to find this life. Right now, the good life means living in our little house in the city, producing as many of our own fruits and vegetables as we can, picking blueberries and cranberries in the woods, trying to learn more skills to sustain us in times of hardship, and planning for a time when we can do all of these things on our own land, away from the hustle and bustle……

I will try to share with you our adventures, the things we have learned along the way, and save you from some of the lessons that we had to learn the hard way!