Thursday, June 24, 2010

Life is a Journey.......

....and we want to go backwards!

Yes, that's right the Anderson family is traveling back in time. For some time now we have dreamt of living on a farm in Missouri. By the way, we are currently in New Mexico. We want to farm with our children and give them each a piece of the Family Farm when they reach adulthood. We would like to start from the ground up and build our house and barn and outbuildings. Just the way it was done 150 years ago. As we were thinking of our farm and the way we wanted it to look, we thought, why have a farm "look" old-fashioned, why not "make" it old-fashioned? The more we talked the more excited we got! We could move to our land and "pretend" it was 100-150 years ago. The benefits would be numerous, no electricity would mean no movies, no Wii, no computer games. This would tranlate into more family time, time together, not separated in different rooms being entertained by different forms of technology! No modern conveniences (dishwasher, clothes washer, power tools, ect.) would mean we would WORK together, really work, we think this would be one the best gifts we could give our children. We are hoping to move in the spring of 2011, so we have about 9 months to really educate ourselves and prepare for life in the "olden days"!

Why are we starting a blog? We won't have electricity, so no computer, right? First we would like to record our journey and save it for posterity, we could write in a notebook and we will be doing some of that, but we think others would be interested in what we are doing too! So a blog seemed to be the right medium. We will keep a laptop and a digital camera for updating the blog. We are thinking of using a generator or solar to power them.

There are no hard and fast rules to our Family Adventure, we'll just have to see how it all works out, won't you join us and see where the Anderson Family goes from here?


  1. I've always been told I was born in the "wrong era" because I've always had that dream too! But I feel led to join the Amish which to me is very close to living like a pioneer. I look forward to reading more about your journey! Congratulations! :-)

  2. I commend you for your decision to "step backward" and live life the way it used to be. I don't know if I could do it, but I admire those willing to try...