Get to know me!
My name is Lindsay Whitworth. I am a stay at home mom who lives in Fort Worth Texas. I have three daughters ages 6, 4, and 2. Until recently my life has been pretty typical and boring. Taking care of kids and my husband and the house. I am a singer and I love to read and watch TV shows. Just a normal suburban housewife.
But then my in-laws came up with a crazy idea. They found land WAY out in the country. It is about an hour from where we currently live, and 30 minutes away from the nearest Wal-Mart. It’s in a TINY town in the middle of nowhere with more cows than people.
We went with them to check the place out and my husband and I fell in love. We immediately began scheming up all of the things we could do with that land. Encouraged by our enthusiasm, they decided to purchase around 40 acres and want us to move out there with them and make some of these dreams a reality. It’s wonderful and super exciting, but also terrifying and here’s why:
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE’RE DOING
My mother-in-law has done some gardening, but has not done it in many years. They kept a few animals when my husband and his siblings were little, rabbits mostly, but it’s been a long time.
I have only had two pets in my whole life, a guinea pig and a dog. I’ve certainly never seen an animal butchered. I grew up on ARMY bases and in suburbs and have lived a very suburban lifestyle. I’ve never done any kind of gardening and have, really, no farming skills whatsoever.
My children are terrified of animals. Big, small, fast, slow, it doesn’t matter. They were scared of a worm the first time they saw one for goodness sake. They have been enjoying helping us plant and take care of seedlings, but this is going to be a huge adjustment for them.
So much to do
This land has never been developed. It was previously part of a large ranch and was used as grazing land. There are no structures and nothing has ever been cultivated out there.
We need houses, equipment, seeds, a barn, a chicken coop, a rabbit hutch, fencing, a driveway, septic, electric, water, internet, animals…. The list goes on and on and on.
I’m excited not only to be able to document this crazy, ridiculous journey we’re going on, but also to take you along for the ride. Come laugh with us as we succeed, fail, make silly mistakes, have fun, teach our kids and ourselves new things, and enjoy life as we learn how to farm- from scratch!