Who are we?

Tony in shirt with watermelons

Tony

I have always wanted to live a simple life. I grew up in a typical 1990’s/2000’s family, sitting behind a TV watching the best cartoons on the face of this planet, and not having a care in the world. My childhood was full of camping adventures, time outside playing with friends and using my imagination, but we were really taught to think a certain way in school. I never fit in with that thought process and that caused me to not really fit into the social circles in school, but it really made me into who I am today. The time I spent thinking to myself and the time I spent watching other people live their lives the way we were being told to by our teachers made me realize that I want something completely different out of life. Once we got to high school I had a thought of what I wanted from life, but no idea of how I was going to get there. We watched a video in our World Geography class that showed the life of a family in Alaska living completely off grid and I thought THAT is what I want to do. Fast forward a couple years, I graduated and got a job to work toward my goal of getting to Alaska, but things didn’t work out that way. I became the typical millennial and started buying things on credit, doing whatever I wanted when I wanted, and stopped thinking about my goals. Now that I have made my mistakes, now that I have taken a step back and realized my stupidity of being a typical early 20 something, I have refocused on my original goals of being self reliant and being able to provide the best life for my family as possible, while spending as much time with them as possible. My goals have evolved over time to no longer include moving to Alaska and living 100% off grid, but I would like to move to the country, raise my family, and be self-sufficient. My goals continue to evolve everyday, but with the knowledge I gain every day I believe they are only getting better. 

Casey with floral background

Casey

Hi, I’m Casey. Wife of Tony, the mama to our 2 kiddos, and a few fur babies. In this crazy life of working opposite shifts and trying to grocery shop with a child on my foot, I manage a semi-normal outlook on things. Day to day, we have responsibilities and feeding my family is one of my favorites. For the most part anyways, some days they get the lovely blue box of mac and cheese. Tony got this crazy notion to start a garden one year and fast forward to mid-summer when things started to grow, I’m glad he did. It was exciting to pick food from our own back yard and have it in our dinner that night. I’ll be the first to admit that I get a bit anxious to try new things or when things change. But one thing I strive for is a positive outlook on life. Even during dark times, the sun is there, shining from a way you may not be able to see at that time. My goal as a mom, as a wife, and as my own person, is to live life simply and fully. To watch my family grow, to laugh and make as many memories as we can. I am someone who loves to laugh and smile. I love singing and dancing terribly to music and I enjoy to crochet. I grew up in a family where I was raised to be kind and to be comfortable, to be myself. I took classes all over the map in high school, was even president of the FFA my senior year. We camped all summer long, from tents to campers. I loved playing outside and swimming. It’s taken me a long time to figure out who I am and what my purpose is in this life. This journey with my family, to grow our own food, to preserve and become self-sufficient, to know exactly what is in our foods, is an exciting road to be on. I hope you follow along with us and watch our family and goals grow.