Why the "homesteading doula"?

Back home in Iowa, my business name was "Your Baby, Your Birth," which I liked for various reasons, but also never totally appealed to me. I like the Homesteading Doula so much better! Here's how that new name came to be:

In 2012, John and I were living in a beautiful Craftsman-style house. When we originally bought the house, John was at a well-paying job which easily covered the mortgage. We had also made sure that even if his job ended, we could still afford the mortgage on an entry-level wage, if it ever came to that. Turns out, we decided that even if we could "afford" to live there and work at McDonald's, we really didn't want to have to work at McDonald's!

Our Craftsman-style house's living room. Couldn't you just sit in here forever?! So pretty.

Our Craftsman-style house's living room. Couldn't you just sit in here forever?! So pretty.

Enter: The Hand Sculpted House. It's a great book - includes info about building a cob house as well as some philosophy of building, living, and our place in the world. We had spoken about getting our own place somewhere, living a sustainable life, not having a huge mortgage... this book pretty much sealed the deal. 

John could be a realtor in another life, so he took the reins looking up properties. Eventually, we found The One. After almost a year of visiting, looking, visiting again, talking, visiting again, then finally taking the plunge, we bought our land in Arkansas! 

The creek down Baker Cemetery Road, about 100 yards from our driveway

The creek down Baker Cemetery Road, about 100 yards from our driveway

Halloween, 2014, was our last day in Iowa. We now are the proud owners of approximately 9 acres of wooded land, complete with two yurts and a little cabin, a huge garden and an orchard and grape vines. We are off-grid and use a wood-burning stove for heat. Our electricity comes from a generator for now, with eventual plans for solar panels. The land has its own spring with the best tasting water EVER, so we're even set with drinking water off-grid. It's peaceful and wonderful. 

It's a little bit less of a big deal in our part of Arkansas to be living off-grid than Iowa where we are originally from, but still unique. Enough people referred to us as "that off-grid family" or "that couple that's homesteading near Hardy" that I thought the Homesteading Doula would be the perfect name for me. 

I think it's a great fit, and catchy. I hope to be able to share more of our homesteading journey as we work this year to finish our cabin and maintain our vegetable garden. For now, here is a link to our first four weeks at Halsrud Homestead, November 2014! 

Do you have any experience living off-grid for any length of time? Do you have any tips or tricks you'd like to share with us noobs? See anything you want more info about? Let me know in the comments!