First blog post

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

I’ve enjoyed reading blogs over the years and had considered trying it out in the past, but what could this momma contribute to the world? What could I have to say that hasn’t been said before? I suppose reminders are a good thing. Then again, our situation may be unique or there may be some of you out there that feel alone, like you’re the only family in your type of circumstance.

That said, we’re a family of five. My husband was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease approximately three years ago. That alone can be quite the challenge. It is, or can be, life changing. Our three children are currently 7, 10, 11. Ah, yes, we’re entering the teenage years in the near future. I can tell you right now, that’s a whole nother challenge. I often think back and feel the urge to call my mother up and apologize for causing her grief, ha.

Let’s go a little further. Hubby and I have been married almost 13 years, we’ve accumulated a lot of “stuff” over the years. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that, but when my hardworking hubby was diagnosed with PD and could no longer work, we sold as much as we could before our move “home”. “Home” currently being on a little property near family. Anyways, we really simplified. We downsized to what many would think was close to nothing. I will say though that there’s still quite a bit we could get rid of, mainly the dreaded storage totes of papers accumulated over the years. You know you have them. No, you’re not alone. You’d be surprised at how many people have a lot of “stuff” they don’t need but just haven’t found or made the time to go through said “stuff”. Ok, so, disabled spouse/parent, kids, downsizing….

Are you still with me? Lol. Ok, let’s go a little further. The “what did we get ourselves into?” factor. A mini farm. We love homesteading, we really do, but it can really take a lot out of you. Homegrown meat, fresh eggs, raw milk you can use for just about anything. Wonderful right? Yes but it’s a lot of work. Soon, the sweet, loveable, goofy dairy goat we only recently acquired maybe two months ago, yea, she’ll be rehomed. The pigs, well, two will be processed for food and lard and one will be sold, likely to a breeder. The chickens will stay with family, they’re easy to care for. So we’re simplifying again, basically. Now for the fun part, and I hope you’ve read this far, lol. We’ve also recently acquired a nice little (maybe not so little) travel trailer from another family member which we will, quite ambitiously, travel across the United States. This is not some two, four, or even eight week journey. This, my friends, is going to possibly be a year long trip. Can you say “WOW”? So now I can finally say, this blog will include experiences we’ve had from homesteading, homeschooling and our newest adventure in traveling. I truly hope I will be able to contribute to the blogging community and let’s hope my first blog post is one of those silly experiences I’ll look back on and think, “Boy was I new at this”. Happy reading and give someone a smile today, you never know when someone might need it.



Author: The Rutherford Adventures

Hi! I'm Amanda, a wife, caregiver to my Parkie hubby, homeschooling mom of three and recently have become a soap making enthusiast. My hubby and I have had many an adventure over the years, our most recent being homesteaders in a small rural area of Alabama. We currently have chickens, a dairy goat we've lovingly named Georgia, three young Hereford pigs, a livestock guardian named Snow whom our children adore and two spoiled cats named Felix and Emma. Soon, we plan on embarking on our biggest adventure to date, an extended cross country trip around the United States. Our longest trip was a two week trip to New York and Canada and I thought that was long! So, thank you in advance for visiting my blog, my first by the way! I hope I have something to offer to my readers. Happy reading!

13 thoughts on “First blog post”

  1. I have often felt the same way, what can I say that someone else hasn’t already said better? I’m not an expert on anything. But everyone has their own unique story and voice, and sharing stories is a beautiful thing. 💕 Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!


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