My name is Sabrina and I live on a small hobby farm in the Canadian prairies. I share my Christian home with my lovely husband, our little Country Boy, a poodle, two cats, a sheep, some rabbits, chickens… the list goes on. Quite the lot we are.
I grew up on a modest 2.5 acre lot in a subdivision 15 minutes from town. My brothers and I enjoyed the outdoor space to play and grow up. Rarely would you catch us inside, even in the winter.
We raised chickens for many years, and boy the stories I could tell you! Like when a rooster jumped on my little brother’s head and started scratching his face – I found the closest stick and made that rooster regret his decision. Or when the neighbours down the road called us, letting us know one of our brave little hens found her way to their house and was happily nesting in their flower bed. I guess that’s why the chicken crossed the road?
I was raised with nature in my life. My dad was a farm kid so I guess the love of the country is in my blood.
When I went to university I specialized in animal biology. I moved to the majestic Vancouver Island during my last years of Uni to further specialize in marine animals. That’s when ecology, naturalism and the neo-hippie (crunchy) lifestyle really got under my skin. I mean, to my core. I never felt so connected in my life. Connected to my surroundings, to nature, to myself and to God. I guess you could say, pardon the cliche, I found myself there.
How we started
Fast forward a few years. I’m meeting this boy for the first time in a coffee shop in the city. I walk in the doors and look around. I know who he is by his blue jeans and brown and yellow cowboy boots (the same ones he wears to this day). I’m not sure how, but I knew he was the one. Almost exactly a year later we were married. The journey had begun!
Hubby, with his simple nature, and I with my west-coast soul began pursuing our dream. A little country paradise. We moved to our small hobby farm and that’s where it all began. It’s no Vancouver Island, but that’s alright 😉
Building our life here in the country has been quite the journey. We moved when our son was only two months old. I was still adjusting to parenthood, and discovering my parenting style (which you really don’t know until Little One is staring at you with his baby blues sending beams of love and sunshine dust your way).
Building our life here, we have had many successes and just as many failures. But we love it. It’s fun. It’s filled with purpose. And we’re living our dream.
Our goal is clean country living. Growing our own produce, raising our own pigs, milk goats and chickens, making what we need from scratch (from rhubarb pie to wooden lawn furniture). We hate waste, and believe in repurposing and upcycling. We recently started the journey towards minimalism as well. We find ourselves in the process of really cleaning up our lives, materially and financially, mentally and spiritually.
We love clean living, but it is a process. Through this blog, I share my thoughts and experiences on living the crunchy and country life. My hope is that you find value, humour, fun ideas, new perspectives, encouragement and inspiration as you meander through my little piece of the internet.