A few days ago I woke up feeling strangely like it was January 1st. Somehow, I missed that feeling last month on the real January first and I’m finally ready to catch up with the rest of the world and claim a new beginning for myself… and for my blog! (Did you notice the new look?) If you think about it, the fact that we start a new year in January is really kind of random. It’s based on the Roman calendar and I’m not Roman. I am a Christian and God says His mercies are new every morning so I’ll take that as permission to make today my start-over day (and maybe also tomorrow and even the day after that if I need to!).
Have you noticed I have never introduced myself on this blog? Let me fix that right now. My name is Alina Joy Dubois. I started this blog when my husband decided that he wanted a career that would let him spend more time with his family and so he left software and became a farmer. After my initial very-unChristlike-meltdown at his announcement I got the idea that if he was really going to do this crazy thing, then maybe I could help him along by starting a blog. After all, his customers would want to know when the fruit and vegetables were ready. We already had an 186-tree orchard and I had romantic visions of the earth yielding up its bounty to us.
Two years of drought later, we are fairly well adjusted to farm life! We’ve had to be frugal and I have learned to whittle our grocery bill for our family of 5 down to $140 a month! It wasn’t until I compared my household budget with others that I realized just how amazing that is! What’s more impressive is that we eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables (that we’re not growing ourselves… remember the drought?) and our meals don’t feel deprived at all! We have found other ways to cut back so that we can still eat healthy food. Yes, we do without some things, but we don’t feel like we’re missing out on very much at all.
Sound too-good-to-be-true? It’s not and I am just itching to share what I’ve learned with you!
Up until now this blog has had a lot of stories about our family life, and I will continue to share fun stories about what’s going on here at the Good Old Days Farm. We’ve also been having a lot of Giveaways lately. Giveaways are my favorite part of having a blog and so we’ll definitely be doing more of those! But you will also be seeing more about:
- Money Saving Tips
- Natural Remedies
- Do-It-Yourself projects that will save you time and money!
- Delicious recipes to help you eat healthy on a budget… and enjoy it!
- Child training tips
- Wisdom that has helped me grow closer to God
- And more!
In short, this blog is going to start being more about you and a little less about me. And if I can talk Papa the Farmer into helping me, you may even be seeing video blogs in the near future!
Do you have a topic you’d like me to write about? Be sure to let me know by emailing me! (info@GoodOldDaysFarm.com) Also, if you enjoy this blog or you’d like to share a story, please leave a comment on my blog, on Facebook and on Twitter! Your comments truly make my day and I respond to each one individually!
I hope you’ll join me in the weeks to come! Don’t forget to use the social media buttons at the top of this page to make sure you don’t miss a thing!