Tender Hearts Homestead, sustainable lifestyle

Hi! I’m Kristi, and I’m so glad you stopped by! Here at Tender Hearts Homestead, we strive towards a more simple, sustainable lifestyle. We squeal over a hen’s first egg. Get excited over the first asparagus spear. And delight in fresh, from-scratch cooking. Stay a while, and I’ll be happy to share with you each new skill, success, and even the failures we encounter as we journey towards our version of a more simple, sustainable lifestyle.

Oh, and **ahem**…did I mention failures? Yep, there’ve been plenty of those. Family pooch, that would be Jake, escaped from his pen and killed multiple hens in a matter of minutes. Then there’s the smart idea I had of letting the chickens debug our garden—for the entire winter. Come spring, all my perennials were no-shows. And the most disgusting failure was the time I accidentally invited rats to the homestead–but I’ll save you from those details, at least for now.

Yet, despite the many failures, we continue to build our homestead because we believe in all the good that comes from living more simply. Good things like healthy, happy kiddos that know the value of hard work. And the sense of accomplishment when our entire meal comes from our own hands. As well as a growing sense each and every year that ‘we can do this thing!’

As you can see, we’ve learned a few things the hard way, even while gaining new skills and confidence. And you will too. My goal is to pass along what we’ve learned to help keep your failures to the bare minimum and your successes as rewarding as possible, because it’s those successful things we do that keep us coming back for more!

So don’t wait! Check out the Getting Started section and get your own sustainable, homesteading lifestyle started today!