Thursday, January 12, 2012

In where she answers only some of the why's on hooking up...







Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 8:19 am



I wrote this post many times in my head… Truth be told, we were go for launch this past May 2011 to get electricity to the farm house after my serious residual effects from my months with the severe H1N1 this last April.  After the flu, a hospitalization, coming home with a walker with partial paralysis of my right lower leg and left lower arm, then blood clots in my lungs  from resting due to chronic pericarditis from the H1N1 and another hospital stay, the decision was made that  I needed much rest the spring and summer of 2011.  However, when the sun came out, the perennials came back, and the animals gave birth to spring time babies  I threw a large fit to “STOP the PRESS” on hooking up to the electric company…  After all, it was now summer and everything just seems easier on a farm in the beautiful summers of Michigan… 

I took a much needed rest from the farm.  Gardening only for our family, putting some canning to the wayside, closing the CSA, slowing down beef sales, stopped the classes and farm tours plus more…  It was tough to see some of the fruits of our labours go to the wayside.  As you already know, I really do not have a lot of sit in me.  But, per doc’s serious orders, I needed to really take it easy.  It still really did not seem enough for the chronic pericarditis to wane and waves of extreme leg weakness to subside… Even a couple week vacation didn’t really do the trick.  All was partially fine until I came back to the farm and started lifting large kettles of water and doing wringer laundry again for all 8 of us…  I was a fairly permanent fixture on Tuesdays at our local Laundromat, just ask Robin  whom has become a friend of mine as she helped me fold quite a bit of laundry this past summer and into this current winter.

So, after almost 3 and ½ years without any electricity, (read that again if you think we threw in the towel to quick) 6 children, 1 born since the move, laundry for 8 on a farm and more, the family literally drug me kicking and screaming to today…  Truth be told, this off-gird life rocks, it really does, when you are in 100% good health.  I always said this, it works great until you are not 100% up to par.  I still am not 100% up to par but I am gaining lots of ground.

I do not want to be the one that was the cause for us to go “on the grid”.  I would be the last one of all 8 of us to have made this decision.  However, I know God is still driving this thing and I am along for the ride, I am not the driver, He is…

Currently, we have a washer and dryer and 3 outlets and 1 light bulb hanging from the ceiling.  We do not have plumbing yet, as I type this I am sitting under a leacock pressure lamp but our daughter is trying to curl her hair from a wand she saved .  I was extremely ornery today, over joyed and very heart broken of today’s events as the waves of all of these emotions came over me.  I am truly in shock as I write this as I am sure some of you loyal readers are as well.  I couldn’t do this tough decision without a strong faith in a Lord and Saviour that leads my life, leads our life to where He knows we should be… 

 




26 comments:

Nadine said...

Oh Angie,

You are way too hard on yourself!!!
I am not shocked...not that I saw this coming either but what I do see and understand is that life happens and things happen for a reason. The last 4 years of my life have changed drastically because of my health...and it took some time to accept it and understand that no matter what God is still driving my life...
Your family needs YOU more then anything...and as I do understand it is mourning a way of life, you will make a new way and even better way :))
I am so so sorry you were that ill...and I am eternally
grateful that God has kept you here...
As for being off grid..it doesn't mean every aspect has to go on grid right?
I am the light police here...most of our fixtures don't even have light bulbs in them and we use our lantern instead..but on the days where my body is so weak that I can barely walk, I can rely on modern technology to get me threw the day. Please don't be so hard on yourself...this life is between you and your family and God...not us the readers...

We love you!!
Sincerely
Nadine in Alberta, Canada

Joe and Jeannie Family said...

God bless you. It is only electricity...I don't mean to undermine the difficult decision, but you are a great blessing to this world and electricity will allow you to be more fully available to your Lord, your husband, your children. I see a washer/dryer in particular as a HUGE blessing to your family! May you keep being careful and deliberate, but BOLD in your walk.

Frugal Queen said...

Hi Angie,

Years ago, women were dead by our age, I swear from hauling water and scrubbing by hand. You haven't compromised and have done so well to live off grid for so long. How about generating your own electricity? Some solar panels? If I were in your position, I would have capitulated and done the same years ago. Love Froogs xxx

Renee said...

Oh Ang,
I know how daunting and overwhelming major health concerns can be on a person;)You have to do what works for your family, not for us in blog land! Scott still has a pail of foam waiting for your ice house if you still need it! Enjoy your washer and dryer, that is one homemaking task that would overwhelm me as it does with electricity for all 7 of us! I am selfishly hoping to see some longer inspiring blog posts now that you can do them from home! Enjoy your new freedoms!

Jeremy said...

You have made your life simpler by getting this washer and dryer. More time spent at home, not at the laundry mat. If anyone has any negative comments I will visit them and counsel them! For free!

Jason and Erin said...

You have to do what you have to do. You are not "throwing in the towel". You are an amazing lady who has shown us all what can be done. I still have you on a pedestal, electricity or not!
Erin in Oklahoma

Mamachildress said...

Glad to hear you're making things easier on yourself! Your husband needs his wife and your children need their mama. :-)
I thought you were going to announce a pregnancy!!

Blessings to you & your family,
Janet.... mommy-of-ten :-)

Bonnie said...

I've only commented once or twice before, but I read all the time.
I can only imagine the culture shock you are going through having electricity now.
Just as Abraham did not understand why he would need to sacrifice his son, he was willing to follow the Lords leading, and God blessed him for it. And even so for you, following the Lords leading and going back on the grid. You don't know what He has in mind, but you are willing to follow His leading, and He will bless you for that, you may be sure.
Keep walking- even if it feels like you're doing so blindly- in His orderly steps. With or without electricity, Jesus is holding you all in the palm of His hand.
Bonnie

Jean said...

There's more than one way to skin a cat. You still can live "off the grid" lifestyle in spite of electricity. I often dream of having just one room having electricity and none elsewhere excpet for lights in almost windowless basement. My problem is, my husband wouldn't allow all this for me. You're lucky!

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blessings from a wildflower said...

Dear Angie, I so agree with Frugal Queen's comment and many other comments before me...We live Simply to Simply Live..we aren't totally off-grid..but it works the same:)
~~peace & love & joy & blessings~~

Jennyr said...

I was so blessed to listen to your radio program and to watch you on Anderson Cooper. I have followed for three of the years you have been off grid. I believe I linked to you through Rhonda at "Down to Earth". What she says so well over and over is that we have to do what works for us along this path of simplicity. Your goal going off grid was to bring your family closer together. God bless you for your conviction. You are accomplishing it....with or without electricity. I'm glad you're feeling better.

Kim said...

Your identity is not wrapped up in your electric use or not, in my opinion!

I just love the Ang I've grown to love these last 10 years?!

I love your zeal for our Lord, you love of all nature, love for your family, and your creative and beautiful Angiepologieness!!

I know that if God and your family didn't think this step was necessary it wouldn't have happened.

You have a wonderful home with gas lights and wood cook stove on large acreage, large barns with animals, a delightful cottage and many other unique things that make your blog special to me.

God is great and wonderful. I can't wait to see what he has in store for you and your family these next years.

By Grace Alone,
Kim

Maria said...

It is okay!! Not many would have lasted as long as you and your family did...I know I wouldn't have! This is just a new phase in God's plan for you. It's all good! Just keep blogging!! And please take care of yourself!

Marmee's Pantry said...

You do what you need to do. The Lord is good & HE made these things available to you. As Nadine said, "Your family need YOU more than anything." Getting back off-grid will always be there for you...later.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Renata said...

Hi Ang
You are doing so well ~ please don't be hard on yourself.

I'm sorry you've been so unwell ~ I knew you'd had a tough time, but didn't know the full extent. Please be assured I will continue to keep you in my prayers!

Have a wonderful day & enjoy the convenience of your new appliances!
Blessings
Renata:)

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Thank you for sharing your heart Angie and like everyone else has said here, YOU are more important than having or not having electricity!!! Bless you, bless you, bless you and your family ;D Sending hugs ~

Kris said...

What a beautiful and heartfelt post. But you do what you have to do for your health and for your family. I'm sure they want you around for a long time. I bet this spring, summer and fall, you will be using that old wringer washer and the clothes line again. I only use my dryer if it's raining or snowing. The rest of the time they are out on the live using God's dryer. I'm sure you will be back to normal soon enough now. I love your blog and enjoy reading about your life way up there. I'm sure not too much will change.

Huskerbabe said...

I have read your blog since the HomemakerAng days. I admire what you have done and I doubt that adding electricity is going to take away from your family goals. Taking care of yourself is essential to taking care of your family. God bless, I think you're pretty swell!

More than Survival said...

I agree with the other commenters! PLEASE don't be so hard on yourself! Choosing to add in a little electricity to make your daily life easier is a blessing to your family.... they need YOU, your love, your smile, your energy. They don't need a label "completely off grid" to give them a good life. It is soooo easy to get wrapped up in our self imposed desires that we don't see the pain we cause ourselves and others as we stress about change..... Your values, the legacy you pass down will not be impaired because you have a little electricity (or if you had a lot of electricity). Martyr living is never a blessing (I'm preaching to myself here, too!) ENJOY the washing machine and enjoy the time it frees up to love on your family!!

SMS said...

I am not looking at electricity as a failure. I am looking at it as the medicine you need to function to give your best to your family and to heal yourself. If this offers you more time to rest and peace of mind then embrace it. It seems that a continued health struggle along with dragging stuff to the laundry is one less concern now. God would not have given you the means to obtain it if it wasn't part of his plan.
It can be utilized as much/or not as you need it once you regain your health and stamina.

Kim said...

Very well said Angie. You have to do what you need to do for you and your family. Who cares what other people think. Besides, you'll give em something else to complain about soon anyway, right? LOL Hugs to you.
Funny, the word verification for this post is graccu. Grace?

Happy Days said...

The last 3.5 years have been a great experience. For you and your hubby as well as the kids. Health must be your main concern when you think about the kids. Going back on the grid is going to be fine. You can use as little or as much as you want. I admire you all for going off for as long as you did. But, sometimes, what we want and hope for doesn't work...time to try something else. Having the W?D will help you and the family soooo much. Welcome back to electric!! ...debbie

Deb said...

Angie, I pray for you, for strength and healing, I think God gave people ideas for coming up with stuff like washers and dryers, and freezers and such to better help his children, but you still cook with wood and can and do so much more than a lot of people.I know you probably feel defeated but don't you still have to put the clothes in the washer and you can hang them out in the summer, and you still have lots of work to do.. I am sorry for your health issues, but grateful for your blog, you are such an inspiring woman, we love you...

Al said...

Dear Angie,

None of us think anything less of you having electricity. We would much rather have you healthy and well to serve your God and your husband and family the way you see fit. I am sure it is better for your health to be at home using your washer and dryer than hauling laundry during the harsh winters to the laundromat. I am sending you prayers, healing and my love to you for a full healing and to be proud of what you accomplish each and everyday. My husband has been diagnosed with late in life muscular dystrophy which there is no cure at the moment. We have found we do what we can when we can and try to use our heads instead of our body strength to do what we need to do and want to do. It is definitely a change in lifestyle but as you, we think God has something in mind for us. My best wishes for you and your family and I truly love your blog and as time permits I will be checking in with you. God bless you and keep you dear Angie.

Alecia E.

llggood said...

Decent health or electricity? It's a no brainer. I had no idea you had gone through all that Angie! Wow, what a journey. Take care of YOURSELF and that gorgeous family!

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