Welcome to The Hesitant Homesteader! We are two sisters, whose families have come together because we want be closer to nature and become more self sufficient in every area of our lives. Our journey has just begun! Country living has been a breathe of fresh air for all of us. The kids seem to be enjoying their adventures too! We are inspired to try new things and continue to step out into the unexpected. We hope you will join us on this journey!
Hey there! I’m Jenna, homeschooling mom to five awesome kids. I absolutely love being creative, which leads to my love of design and attempting new projects. I’m not afraid to try new things, unless it involves any kind of bird. My hubby’s love of chickens (and over 100 birds free ranging on our land) does not mesh well with my fear of them! I hesitate at any new addition to the farm that is going to add to my already crazy day, but we are jumping in anyways! A couple of years ago we “completed” our dream home in the country. By complete, I don’t really mean complete. What I REALLY mean is the house was livable. I’m pretty convinced, actually, that it might not ever be finished. We still have a couple of bathrooms not done, random pieces of trim that need hung, and a missing kitchen cabinet door that currently resides with the man who painted them a dreamy gray. But we are here, in a place where our little humans can roam and be imaginative in God’s creation…living life on land we longed to be on for many years.
Hi, I’m Ben, husband to Jenna. I’m the builder, lumberjack, inventor, penny pincher, and chicken wrangler. I love working with my hands and enjoy the hard work that comes along with living on a farm. I’m passionate about becoming more self-sufficient and spend what little free time I have researching new possibilities to make that happen.
Hello! My name is Johanna but my family and friends call me Jo. I love being a wife and mother! After 16 years of marriage, we were blessed with twin boys whom I homeschool. My husband and I have fond memories as children walking in the woods and discovering nature and we desire the same experience for our boys. So, when I saw the real estate listing for a mini farm, located down the road from my sister, I scheduled a showing right away. It was love at first sight and we purchased this charming, old farmhouse that needed some tender love and care. I enjoy flowers and I love seeing the new blooms. I love dressing up my red and white checkered table cloth with flowers from my yard. Music is a big part of my life. My passion is to encourage others to fulfill their dreams walking in freedom, healing and their God given giftings.
I am Chuck, Jo’s husband, and father of identical twin boys. Moving to the country has been a much needed breath of fresh air from my last twenty-something years of living in town. When we took possession of the house, I drove out by myself and just sat out by the pine trees and listened to the wind whispering as it blew by. I could literally feel myself relax. Tackling a property like ours is challenging because I lack the homesteading skills required to hit the ground running. So, I may be the most hesitant homesteader of the group. However, it has been an answered prayer. I have wanted a place to call my own and an opportunity to learn new skills and challenge myself. I hope you can laugh, learn and be encouraged as I work my way through a new way of life and a never-ending list of projects each step of the way!
From All of Us…
We hope that in this blog you find a place where you can try new things along with us, a place where you can laugh and learn from our mistakes and celebrate with us in our victories. As much as we are loving this new life, we hesitate and cringe at some of the things that come along with it. We’re learning. Slowly. After trying new things, sometimes failing. Come, wade through these waters with us, as we navigate life on the farm. We hope you stay a while . . .