Ezra began piling dirt onto the newly planted flowers. A look of wonder filled his eyes as his fingers squished through the moist soil. Longing filled my heart. Longing for more land, more fresh air. A place where Ezra can see daily miracles in nature and a place to call our own.
We moved back from Budapest, Hungary two years ago. We settled into the heart of a new city, not really knowing where else to go. We know cities. We’ve lived in quite a few and have thrived on their energy. I thought cities were my home.
But my heart has changed. I’ve changed. Looking at my child with the soft wind blown hair, dirt under his nails, and freedom in his eyes, I long to be in a place where he can run wild. I long for puppies to wrestle with him while chickens peck nearby. For a small garden to grow our food and a tiny goat from whom we’d get our milk. I want to go back to nature, back to simple.
And yet that’s not where we are and I doubt where we’ll be. At least anytime soon. Because we still love the city.
And so here I am, dreaming and hoping for the “one day” and yet I don’t want to miss today. Today we are in the city. We have a small yard, but we do have a balcony and lots of pots. We rent and can’t have animals, but we know farmers who do.
I’ve felt stuck lately–frustrated with dreams for the future and for my family. But as I wrestle through it, I feel like God whispers softly to just enjoy the day. To bloom where I am planted. And to make the most of what I have. I find myself stuck on what I want and forgetting what I’ve been given.
So here’s to homesteading this spring in the city. In a yard shared by two other neighbors. On a patio with lots of pots. In a tiny home with lots of love.
Here’s a few of my inspirations for homesteading. What has been inspiring you lately?
1. Wood Pallet Herb Garden–I love how compact this is. Just make sure to find pallets that are heat treated rather than treated with chemicals. There will be a big “H” stamped on the side. Also, it’s a good idea to wash them…really well.
3. Hanging Basket Garden. I really love the look of this and hope to try it soon! I’m just looking for the right place to hang it. Have you done this? Where did you put it?
4. Try a garden in a box, but use small things like wine crates, tin buckets, barrels, etc.
I’m also looking into classes on food preservation. I’d love to grow in my knowledge about preserving excess fruits and veggies.
How are you blooming where you’re planted?