Can I tell y’all how excited I am for this weekend? I finally get to go back out to my land with my family and get lost in nature! Nature is by far, the best thing for my recovery and sobriety. All the programs, doctors, counselors, etc. cannot do for me what nature does. I experience transcendence without even having to think about it. The practice of mindfulness just evolves for me while I’m there. I preach about self care a lot, this is my self care indulgence.
2 years ago we purchased 25 acres of land in Saint Jo, Texas. Saint Jo is known for the annual Rednecks With Paychecks, and it’s just outside of this quaint little German town, Muenster. Muenster is known for German Fest, Octoberfest, and of course, Fisher’s Meat Market. We go there often for the cheese curds and jerky.
This land is what we call Rattlesnake Ridge, the future homestead of the Stephens family. This little chunk of land was by far the best investment we’ve made. It’s my escape from the suburbs. It’s my hideout. It’s where I connect with nature. It’s where my make and I converse in mindful meditation.
Don’t get me wrong. Building a homestead is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work. It takes blood, sweat and tears just to make ourselves comfortable out there. There’s no running water, or plumbing, but with rain barrels and an RV, and a cabin, we can make do just fine.
Where is all this taking us, you ask? I have no idea. I don’t know if we will keep it as recreational land until we retire, or if we will sell all and move there like pioneers. I don’t know if we will start a homestead business, or maybe I’ll end up running a rehab facility out there. We’re pretty impulsive if you haven’t figured that out already.
The kids are growing. They’re growing faster than we can keep up. The land helps us slow down just enough to catch up. Sure, they gripe and complain at times about being slightly uncomfortable. There’s no WiFi to be found and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a signal at the top of the hill. What they don’t know is that being uncomfortable builds character…and I think kids need more of that these days.
We have a stocked pond for fishing, a creek for exploring, natural springs, and trees for climbing and swinging from. We have woods to explore, and trails to be blazed. We have rattlesnakes, vermin, owls, hogs, bobcats, armadillos, and deer. I do believe we even have a barn cat that found its way up there.
But more than that, we have each other, and that’s pretty damn priceless.
Stay sober my friends!