A Word on Homesteading

Generally, when people hear the term homesteading, they think of people who are living off grid and have become entirely self sufficient. I deeply admire people who do this. It takes a lot of hard work, grit, and education to really make it happen.

However, according the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of a homestead is just "The home and adjoining land occupied by a family." Although we will never be completely self reliant, we definitely meet this criteria. I haven't been able to find a better term that describes gardening, home making, learning self reliance and taking care of a family than the term homesteading.

When I use this word to describe what I do for a living (as a stay at home mom) I am in no way comparing myself to those who support themselves fully from their homestead.

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