I have some confessions I need to make:
I don’t hand-wash my laundry anymore.
We motorized our wheat grinder.
And I’m not even sorry.
Now you’re not interested in me anymore are you?
What is happening over at First Fruits Farm?
Our mission is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever and to raise up little people who will glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Not to have the status of living without electricity or doing everything the old-fashioned way. Nope, nothing wrong with either, in their time and place. This just may not be the time for us.
We planned and dreamed these off-grid dreams because we believed it would greatly assist us in being able to provide for our family from our own farm. Sounds reasonable, right? No electric bill should be cheaper than having one, but it almost isn’t. When you have to re-do almost everything on your farm, or buy costly wind and solar power gadgets, or all the power tools you have are no longer useful – off-grid becomes harder to swallow!
This is not to say that we’re tossing the cookstove and buying a dishwasher. We are making huge strides in cutting back on our electricity usage. For example, Joshua tied our hot water heater into our woodstove. When the heat is on, we no longer spend money for our hot water! When you don’ t pay for heat or cooking or hot water or a clothes dryer, you can get some mighty sweet $50 electric bills!
My Beloved would like to supplement our income with wood-working. All of his tools are, you guessed it, electric. So should we have electricity in the shop, but not the house? I dunno. When I found out that my washing machine usage probably cost me less than $7-8 per month, I cried uncle. And now, I’m serious, I praise my Lord every time I put a load of clothes in the washer. I think every woman should hand-wash her laundry for a few months and see if she EVER complains about laundry with a washing machine again!
So where are we going from here? Wherever He leads us. We’ve talked about running the electricity for 2 days a week. That would allow me to wash the clothes, make the bread to sell, etc. But what about our freezers? It makes preserving our food so much easier. So much more added stress to can everything… See the circles we go round?
But I rest in this: Father will provide what we need, when we need it. If we can’t afford electricity in the future, with His help I’ll sing while scrubbing! Right now, I’ll just praise Him for the washing machine!