Growing Up In The Country

Growing Up in the Country |

I grew up in the country.

Instead of watching TV and playing video games, we built forts in the woods, dressed up like pioneers, and played barefoot in the creek.

It was the best childhood I could ask for, and I want my children to have the opportunity to experience it too!

This is the house I was born and grew up in. I also got married there, so it holds a very special place in my heart.

Growing Up in the Country |

Growing Up in the Country |

We had a large garden that provided lots of fresh summer veggies, and some winter preserves.

Growing Up in the Country |

When I was a teenager, I kept a herd of Alpine dairy goats that I milked twice a day. We drank the milk, and used it to make amazing cheese. They were such lovely animals, and my parents still keep dairy goats out at the barn to this day.

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Growing Up in the Country |

With the exception of the winter months, we ate our suppers out on the deck many an evening.

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For me, growing up in the country definitely fostered a desire to dive deeper into self sustainable living, and set me on the path I am taking these days.

We go back to visit my parents quite often (it’s only about an hour away from where our family lives now) and we are working on making our new homestead as lovely and useful as theirs is!

Are you from the city, the suburbs, or the country?




This post has been shared at The Art of Homemaking, Natural Living Monday, So Much at Home, The Backyard Farming Connection, The Maple Hill Hop, Tuesdays with a Twist, and The Homestead Barn Hop

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10 responses to “Growing Up In The Country”

  1. Terra Ash says:

    I also grew up in the country. I never realized how much that influenced me until I went to college with a bunch of people who did not grow up on farms. Now that I’ve returned to rural living and farm life I know that it is what I like best.

  2. daisy says:

    What a beautiful place to call home! I grew up in suburbia, but am heading toward a more rural life as soon as our home sells. Thanks for sharing your outdoor post on this week’s Maple Hill Hop!

  3. JES says:

    What a beautiful setting for growing up in! We were raised in the city but our backyards were like jungles to us. Always trees to climb, forts to build, swings to make from the neighbors fence… There is no better way to raise your children than in the outdoors {and even better if it is in the country!!!}. Thanks for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week 🙂

  4. Zoe Jones says:

    I would love to hear more about the country. I love it!

  5. S says:

    Beautiful house! Do you have any interior photos?

  6. This post made me smile as I grew up in country Australia, then lived in Sydney, London, then Sydney again for years, and this week I’m moving back to the country!

    I’m heading up there for a year as a mini tree change and to take care of my parent’s place while they go travelling for a year. I can’t wait to get up there, be amongst all that open space and fresh air again. Not to mention being able to feed my scraps to the chickens and get fresh eggs every morning. As for growing up on a farm…. I’m oh so glad that was my childhood.

  7. Sandy says:

    I grew up in the suburbs but consider myself a country girl at heart.

  8. Marina says:

    I grew up on my family’s farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. My fathers family bought the homestead from the hudsons Bay Company over 100 years ago, and cleared and worked the Land by hand. It is where my grandparents and my father grew up, where my parents lived after they married and where I grew up with my younger brother. Just like you said, this land holds a very special place in our hearts.
    When my grandmother died she left the land to her grandchildren, and now that I am married, my husband and I have returned to build our own homestead and reclaim the original yard site (our portion is just under 45 acres of pond, trees and beautiful pasture/alfalfa field). Most people who hear our story just ” don’t get it”…so good to hear from someone who knows what growing up and raising a family in the country means!

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