Meet Our Family
Hi there! I’m Ashley, otherwise known as Pioneer Momma :-) I love to craft, bake, dance, camp, and random dance. (Learn more about me here) Our little family consists of Hubby, my son Bubba (btw that’s just a nickname), and myself. I am a part time nurse and Hubby works for a medical supply company. We currently live in the suburbs of Southern California, are accustomed to buying many things from the grocery store, and seeing a city bus drive by is a regular occurrence. Now. I motioned for change….
Part of my childhood was spent in the woods. Or at least nearby. I went swimming, fishing, and exploring on a daily basis. It was second nature, and as an adult, I realize I didn’t know how well I had it! Life was simpler. Granted, we still didn’t garden or have a farm, but I spent lots of times helping my friends milk the family goats and cows before they could go out that night. Everything was green and beautiful. Everything was simpler. My family wants that.
We decided officially this year to make those changes. We are moving to a homestead in Alaska, where we plan to be mostly self sufficient, and grow old and pass down everything to our kids and grandkids. Not only do we want this for our lives to be less congested, and for our future family members, we also need this for my son.
My beautiful little boy is in elementary school, and he is the most creative, brutally honest, and hysterical kid I know. He also has mental illness and is on the autism spectrum. In the past two years alone, we have dealt with 3 schools (including homeschooling), hospitalizations, IEP initiation, and more therapy and specialist appointments than I can count. He is such a trooper, and is coming along like a star. He has so much anxiety and needs a set routine, that it is very difficult to try and avoid stressors or triggers in our daily lives. I really feel (and his therapist) that moving to a small homestead where he can do the things he loves, like take care of animals and garden, will be the best for him. Not to mention all the space to just run around! Making and growing our own food will help tremendously with the gluten free, organic diet he eats. No GMOs! We do this now (with the occasional “guilty pleasure” recipe), but it really pulls at the wallet in the city.
Because we want to do this the right way, and move into our “forever house”, we are spending the next few years planning and preparing, so we can move as soon as Bubba is done with middle school (he is doing SUPER at the school he is at!). That way, we have plenty of time to learn the ropes, and save up enough money for our new home. Oh, and Hubby and I will be getting officially married and having another baby before we move. Not too crazy, right? :-) Hubby just started going back to school, which will end in a great career for him, and help provide for our whole family.
We have so much to learn and plan for, and we started this blog to not only record a personal record of our journey, but to share with anyone else what we come up with. Whether it be recipes, projects, therapies, or even major fails, we want to remember it all. I love taking care of my family, and look forward to when we are able to be self sufficient in our own piece of the world. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will stay and share this journey with us!