About Us

My husband Dan and I started our homesteading journey in 2009 as empty nesters. After a long search, we bought a 1920s farmhouse on five acres in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. Our dream was to become as self-reliant as we are able, by stewarding our land, our animals, and our resources.

I started this blog when an acquaintance asked to see photos of our new place. It seemed like a good way to keep a record of our progress, and that's what it's become. Little did I know so many others would be interested. In fact, folks started telling me I should write a book. In 2013, I published 5 Acres & A Dream The BookSince then, I've written a number of books on homesteading as well as blog posts. I continue to be both thrilled and honored when they encourage others toward their own homesteading dream.

Dan and I are "retired" now. Income and energy levels have changed, but our dream is as alive as ever. 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog continues to serve as my personal journal, documenting our progress, challenges, successes, and failures as we take on the learning curve of working toward a self-reliant lifestyle.