A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

With a Toddler’s Help

Yesterday my daughter and I went out to gather greens for salad and a spicy sauté. As I carefully selected leaves of mustard, dandelion, shepherd’s purse, mallow, nettle, chickweed and dock, Suzanna eagerly grabbed handfuls of grass and mixed greens and flung them into my basket, looking pleased to help. Her enthusiasm made any annoyance impossible.

In an “ah-ha” moment (or perhaps a “well, duh” moment), we returned to the kitchen to get a second basket for her own gathering.

Time and advancing communication and physical skills have made life much easier and more fun as she’s grown, and I’m gaining confidence about managing a garden, livestock, cooking and the rest with a toddler at my side (or more likely, racing off into the distance).

I find great comfort and inspiration reading the stories and seeing the accomplishments of homesteaders with young children, mamas who wear the tiniest ones through daily chores and let their toddlers go ahead and get dirty. I love knowing that so many others manage to accomplish so much while providing their kids with such incomparable experiences, skills and joys.

Nourishing curiosity, compassion, and good health are really what it’s all about.

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  1. January 6, 2015    

    A really beautiful tale of another mothering adventure. I enjoyed reading it very much. 🙂

    • January 6, 2015    

      Thank you, my dear

  2. January 6, 2015    

    Lovely photos and yummy greenery.

    • January 6, 2015    

      Thank you! We don’t have much of a garden because we’re in the process of moving, but the foraging has been wonderful since we got a few douses of rain a few weeks ago!


I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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