Greetings from our little part of the world, in the Upstate of South Carolina to be exact.

We are so excited to share with you that we have finally found a new (to us anyway) homestead.

2019 – God willing …forever.

We have found a very lonely 1890 cotton farm that has called our name. We have always wanted to restore an old farm and boy, did we ever find a project!

1890 old farmhouse

If you would like to watch us bring this farm back to life, I invite you to come along with us.

We have a lot of work ahead building gardens, livestock and of course, restoring this long-forgotten farmhouse. I can already envision what it will look like when we are done. But, again, is work on a farm ever really done?

Can I ask you a small favor? If you are so inclined, can you please drop me an email and let me know what you want to see.

  • Maybe you want to see what it takes to build a homestead from scratch.
  • Or perhaps you want to learn how to garden and preserve your own food.
  • Could it be you want to build your own backyard farm and don’t know where to start?
  • If you are like me, you love to make homestyle meals and are looking for new recipes.
  • But then you might be interested in watching us restore this old homestead.
  • I’m just not sure what you want, so please drop me an email at tracy@oursimplehomestead.com and let me know.

We are so excited to be back and have a place to call our own again.

See you on the homestead.

2017 – 2019

As with everything in life…life changes and we must change with it.  In the summer of 2017, we put our homestead up for sale so we could write a new chapter in our lives. It doesn’t mean our homesteading life is over it only means we get to take our simple living philosophy on the road with us while we take a break from homesteading and travel the country in our RV.  We invite you to follow us as we take simple living to a whole new level with Our Simple Homestead …on the road.

A dream is only a wish until you write it down, and then it becomes a goal.

Living a Simple Life

What drove us to live a simple life.


Have you ever had the feeling that the world was closing in on you, that you wanted to run and hide and find a place where you could be alone? Well, that was us six years ago and is what drove us to living a simple life.

At that time, my husband and I ran a successful web hosting and design company. We loved our customers, but we were on call 24 hours a day. The rat race of keeping up with the latest technology, along with living in the city was so far from our upbringing that the culture shock finally got the better of us. It was a hard decision to sell our business, our home and give up our security, but in the end, we knew we had to make a drastic change toward living a simple life quickly.

We lost some friends; upset many of our clients, shocked our family, and it took us a year to make any sense of what we wanted to do next. We took a year off and planned the changes we were going to make. We knew that if we didn’t change the path we were on, one of us was going to an early grave. I had terrible stomach problems from the stress, and it took a year for Craig to key down from being on call for ten years.

During our year off we made plans, lists, goals and talked about every scenario possible. We dug deep into what made us happy and wrote them down and read them often.

For me living in the country and being a homemaker was all I dreamed of. For Craig, it was being able to walk out his back door to go hunting and to go back to what he loved and knew best…drilling.

In the very beginning, we looked at the biggest picture and then tried to figure out how we were going to achieve our goals one step at a time.

Our list is still one in progress, but we get to cross new things off every year and that is such an accomplishment. Will it take us our lifetime or at least another five to ten years to complete? Probably, because we are doing it one-pay check at a time and only tackling one goal at a time.

Here is what our list looks like. We work backward, so the top of the list is what we are aiming for and just for the record we are just starting our fifth year of working on this list. 

1. Live on a small homestead & be self-sufficient 

2. Build a barn

3. Build solar panels and go off grid

4. Raise beef cows

5. Raise pigs

6. Grow sunflowers and make our own oil

7. Grow corn for feed

8. Grow wheat for milling

9. Drill a water well in the fruit orchard

10. Live on one income. 

11. Pay debt off (We have no debt but our house and car.)

12. Build a house (We downsized to a very small house that could fit our budget.)

13. Raise meat rabbits 

14. Raise meat chicken

15. Raise chickens for eggs

16. Raise bees for honey

17. Plant a herb garden for medicinal health

18. Plant enough garden to preserve enough vegetables to last a year

19. Buy a tractor (A 1940 Ford 9A was all our budget could afford, but it is working for now.)

20. Plant a fruit orchard (Our hot, dry summers and no water source in the orchard is proving to be a challenge, out of twenty trees we only have five that survived.)

21. Build a small temporary barn (We are out-growing this tiny barn but for the time being it is still serving its purpose.)

22. Live in the 5th wheel until we can build (We just sold our camper after living in it for two years.)

23. Dig a well and add a septic

24. Buy land

25. Sell our house in the city

26. Change our “must have must do mindset

Our lives have changed in the last seven years! I am no longer a basket case, and Craig loves going to work.

We may not have a lot of money in the bank, we don’t drive brand new cars and we don’t live in a big fancy house, but what we do have is a newly found love for the sound of a rooster crowing, a pig splattering mud on our face, seeing the stars stretch out across the sky and the smell of freshly turned dirt.

If you are dreaming of a life somewhere other than where you are, make a list and work backward by taking one small step at a time.



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