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Our Off Grid Homestead

As part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for this month, Paul suggested that we write an introduction post, detailing why we chose to write about our particular niche.

Here goes…

Who Am I

I am Laurie. 😊

Ridge Haven Homestead off grid homestead woman

Our family lives in rural Tennessee within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains. The actual park would take us an hour and a half to locate, but we have the privilege of seeing those hazy blue-gray mountains off in the distance whenever we drive anywhere.

Buying our Off Grid Homestead

Six or so years ago, our family purchased a wild piece of land, more rough than we realized, and more remote than we’ve lived before. The boys were young and excited, my husband and I thought we could conquer the obstacles of taming a raw piece of land on the side of a steep hill, and we dove right in.

We bought the 26 acre forest, cut in a driveway, and moved onto the land straightaway as soon as we had access. Others did this–living in a camper while building, so why not our family?

Five Years Later…

Fast forward five years–yep, we’ve lived on our land that long. Off grid, figuring out how to DIY every conceivable project in our cabin, which we are still building–that’s our life.


I’ve had my share (probably more than my share, to be truthful) of meltdown moments through the process. Off grid homestead living is difficult to learn-building on top of that has been rewarding but really challenging.

We’ve learned a lot over the past five years. I’ve documented some of the victories, lessons learned, and the process. Scattered throughout, I’ve tried to tell the truth while not dwelling on the adversities.Happy family standing in sunflower field

Our whole family.

All People Used to Live Off Grid Homestead Lives

We aren’t doing anything more than our grandparents did every day, but somehow in our modern world, it seems harder. That’s because we know we don’t have to do it this way. We could walk away, live a more easy life, and not mess with this off grid homestead way of living.

So far, that’s not been our desire. We are older, sport more gray on our heads, and we are much more weary. Yet we still want to conquer this land. We will finish this cabin, and we will enjoy the day when we can sit in a rocker on our front porch, feet kicked up, and enjoy the view of the changing forest. I just pray that we can make that happen before we see grandchildren running around. 😆

My Off Grid Homestead BlogBlogging about our off grid homestead life

This blog continues the progress, the journey, and the celebrations of our victories over this crazy off grid homestead life. If you catch me on a tired day, know that better days will come.

Woman with arm full of zinnias with sky as background

I like to share bits and pieces of our life, even sometimes good food that we enjoy. If I have a recipe that utilizes garden fresh food, all the better! If I come across something that can improve our health and yours naturally, then I like to share those things too.

Thank you for anyone who’s interested in the behind-the scenes look into life as a woman living on an off grid homestead.

You may find the following post of interest and more if you thumb through the archives.

Why Do We Live Off Grid? (Blog post)

Face to Face on YouTube.

Also, to better get to know us, please check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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These videos especially give a glimpse into our off grid homestead life.

A Day in the Life of an Off Grid Woman
Why Do We Live Off Grid? (Video)
Five Years On Our Off Grid Homestead. Where are we?

If I Can…

I’ve said it before and I expect I’ll say it again, on repeat mode. “If we can do this, anyone can. If I can live as a woman on an off grid homestead, so can you!

It’s true.

After all this time, experiencing the trials and setbacks, we are wiser. Due to the need to learn almost every area of building, we are smarter. And, even with the fluctuations on the scale, and midlife mocking our once-trim bodies, because of everything about this life, we are definitely stronger! Maybe not always in body, but certainly in our reliance on God.


He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.

Ridge Haven Homestead woman in basil plants
Just out in the basil patch

Stop by again at our off grid homestead via the blog. We will make some Anise Hyssop Leaves for Refreshing Herbal Iced Tea, our version of sweet tea, we will build us a little bonfire, and pound in a few nails. I’ll try to show you how life goes on the homestead, and we can catch up a little.

Come on back soon, ya hear?


7 Replies

  1. How exciting! I became attracted to off grid homesteading in the last few years. I wish I could but am too late in my life to do so. I do follow others’ adventures and do my own small version in the city growing as much of my own food as I can.

  2. What a lovely post and photos! I love how you describe your lifestyle compared to the modern world. It must not be easy but it is easy to see how much you love it.

  3. Kuddos to you for putting in all that hard work! On the other hand it must be very rewarding, you literally reap what you sow. Do you even believe you can kick up your feet and “do nothing”?

  4. Laurie,
    Thanks so much for stopping by again! I truly appreciate it! I could never live off the grid BUT I so admire those that do and Kudos to you and your family as I can only imagine how hard it is to do….And I am sure though that there are many rewards to go with it too!! So HATS OFF TO YOU and those that so!!

What is your experience? 💜 I read every comment, and so many times I find that I gain encouragement from what’s shared. ❤️