It seems as though there are questions about our life and even some questions regarding the legality of what we are doing. Once again, this comes from "Anonymous." And yes, this is an "Anonymous" who fails to identify herself. But, I will answer and if there are any other questions that people may have, feel free to ask. You don't have to be "Anonymous" to ask questions.
How can you stand the dirt? Honestly, there are days that I get sick of it. And then the sun comes out and after a couple of days of sun, things dry out. The dirt that was covering the children was due to everything being mud after days of rain. And here is not the only place we have dealt with this. When we were living in New Goshen, those that have followed my blogging for a year or more have seen pictures of mud, standing water, listened to my gripe about the amount of mud, hoof rot in the goats, and have seen pictures of the large amount of mud. They have also probably seen pictures and read about the children playing in the dirt for the house plants. Children and dirt are not a new concept. Those that know me know I expect my children to get dirty. It is what children are supposed to do. And guess what? Children are washable. So is clothing. Amazing how that works.
Do you ever get clean? Yes. It is called taking a shower. It's a fairly new concept that was invented sometime in the last few years. I know we tend to be behind the times on certain things, but I didn't realize that there were people with access to computers that had never heard of a shower.
How do you keep your living space clean? Soap and water. Same concept with getting ourselves clean, but we used a different soap for cleaning tables, counters, etc than we use for ourselves. We also have a washing machine and a clothes line for our laundry.
What sort of bathroom are you using? It's called an outhouse. The little church we go to here has one. It's a two seater which Bethany loves because she and Hannah can "pee at the same time and hold hands while peeing."
I wonder if the lack of running water and sewer is a legal way to raise your children? We didn't have sewage in New Goshen either. We had what is called a septic tank. Look it up. Also, look up shower, soap, water, outhouse. And, yes, what we are doing is legal. Otherwise one of the members of the church we attend here would have arrested us. He is, after all, the sheriff. He knows exactly where we live. Exactly how we live, and our plans. He is excited for us and has offered to help us in any way. Including manual labor. He also answered our gun carry questions no problem with a "everyone around here carries." And if the officer didn't arrest us, the pastor of the church would report us since we are neighbors and he is a mandated reporter. Being a neighbor, he also has that strange "Arkansas resident with a Missouri address" thing going on as well so there would be zero question of jurisdiction when it comes to reporting.
Do you have a clean space where you can tend to cuts and injuries? Yes we do. And having a diabetic husband, this is very important. We also have band-aids and Mommy kisses to make boo-boos feel better.
How are you keeping your children safe? The same way I always have. I am their mother. I watch out for them and set down rules and guidelines. Any regular reader of this blog knows how I addressed basic safety for living on 80 acres.
How are you keeping your food cold? Very little we have needs refrigeration. There are no left-overs. We aren't milking any goats right now. Eggs require no refrigeration unless they are washed. They have their own protective coating.
Are you feeding your kids canned foods only? If by canned, you mean home canned that I did myself and brought here with us, then yes, they are eating a lot of that. But we have also had lasagna, spaghetti, homemade granola, pancakes, oatmeal, and many other things. Our diet has not changed except for a drop in actual animal meat. And even that is not cut out completely since I have meat that I canned while we were living in New Goshen.
I hope I have sufficiently answered these questions and if there are any more, please feel free to ask. All questions will be answered honestly and some will have sarcasm thrown in.