Why We Moved From Virginia to Alabama

My husband and I moved from Virginia to Mississippi in April 2007, when I was about seven months pregnant. We were close to the state line so after our son was born we began looking for a home in Alabama because taxes are lower. We were able to buy half an acre of land, an older manufactured home, move said home, and set up utilities for under $15k.


We came here because I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I don’t trust many people with my children so the thought of strangers watching them made me sick. My husband made decent money in Northern Virginia, but in order to survive we were having to live with family. That puts a strain on any relationship.

We have stayed down here because there is little regulation on everything. At times that has caused trouble, but most of the time its great. My husband built our 12×12 tiny house without requiring permits, we moved both of our manufactured homes here without requiring permits, and we can add on to our homes at any time without permits.

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Another great thing is our taxes. We pay $12 per year for our home and land. That’s it. Guess what, we still have schools, roads, and everything. The local government wants you to spend money in town, so they let you keep more of it. Its a great system!

We also love how everyone helps everyone else. If you need something all you have to do is ask and be prepared to return the favor some day. It’s basically like credit, because if you don’t repay the favor they’re going to be busy next time.

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Also, there are mountains and beautiful, clean ocean. My husband and I were not beach people until we visited Orange Beach. It’s amazing! It’s also affordable and unlike some places you don’t have to stay at an ocean front hotel to gain beach access. The whole beach is public property. We still love visiting Huntsville to get our mountain fix because it’s still warmer there than Virginia most of the time. The German culture (food) is worth the visit alone.

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I could keep going, but I think you see where I’m going here. Is Alabama perfect? No. I really wish there wasn’t a monopoly on health insurance, but I’m not going to move over it. This is home and I’ll be here forever, God willing.

What is homesteading?

You may be wondering what exactly is homesteading. Well, homesteading is a broad term and is defined differently by different people. So I will give you my family’s definition since I’m writing this blog.

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Homesteading means that we do things old school as much as possible. My husband hunts and fishes when he’s able to provide us with food. I enjoy knitting and sewing which allows me to decorate our home nicely without costing us a fortune.

My husband would love to be offgrid, but that’s not feasible for us at this time.

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I do want to start cloth diapering again and eventually raise chickens for eggs. My family of five goes through five dozen eggs in about two weeks! I don’t bake so that’s fried, scrambled, and omelettes! My youngest is one and eats two eggs by himself multiple times a day! Okay, you get my point. We need chickens. Lol

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So in summary, homesteading is living self-sustainably and making due with what you’ve got. It can be a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun, too.

Why you can homeschool

I have seen a lot of people lately saying that they wish they could homeschool, but can’t for whatever reason. Many think they have to dedicate eight hours a day (you don’t), spend a fortune on curriculum (you don’t), or that they’re not smart enough (you probably are a lot smarter than you give yourself credit for!). Today I want to encourage you to consider homeschooling.

1) “I don’t have enough time.” We actually don’t have a set schedule for learning, we’re more free-range. Our kids learn to read, write, add, subtract, etc by doing it when they need it. For example, my ten year old loves YouTube. If he wants to watch a video then he has to type it in and search for it on his own. History and science is generally taught on field trips or spending time outside. If I have to I will print worksheets.

2) “It’s too expensive.” Lots of homeschoolers are single income families so budgets are tight. We buy used curriculum occasionally, but most of the time we go outside or use free worksheets like I said above. I pay $2.95 a month and HP sends me ink when I start getting low. I love it!

3) “I’m not smart enough.” If you graduated from high school then you can teach your children through high school. If something doesn’t make sense to you then research it until it does. You will learn more teaching your children than you probably learned in school.


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What’s holding you back? What are some reasons you have heard?