We are a happily married military family who built a small farm in Georgia with chickens and dairy goats, accidentally became foster parents, suffered failed adoptions, finally successfully adopted a baby boy (see:
Our Adoption Story), moved a lot (from Washington to Georgia to lower Alabama to Alaska and now Hawaii), and now have plans to sail to New Zealand when Josh retires. Until we get to New Zealand, we are loving our life in Hawaii. Of course, we’re still passionate about gardening, animal husbandry, aquaponics, and sustainability. We also take many trips back to Alaska.
Join us as we learn to sail, build our aquaponics gardens, and gradually make our way to New Zealand (where we will build our forever farm).
Josh, Lacy, and Caleb
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Enjoy pictures and stories of our misadventures and successes from building chicken coops, mastering the guinea house, canning apple butter & other yummy stuff, bat houses and shed construction, pond digging, and more.
Cathy Razor - I see something on your website about organic u-pick. Where are you located? Your website is cute. I wish you the best of luck on the farm.
Dianne June - I have been here so long I don’t remember how I arrived and still have so much more exploring to do! 😀 I have copied your Ratatouille recipe; excited to go to the Farmers Market later today.
You are a beautiful family and look forward to visiting again. Thank you for sharing.
Dianne (Nanna D’a)
Simple Livin' gal - Dianne, thank you so much for the wonderful compliments! We’re so glad that you found the site and started exploring. We recently redesigned the site and I’m gradually adding content to make it more user-friendly. I’m thrilled that you were able to find the ratatouille recipe and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!
Josh & Lacy
Simple Livin' gal - Cathy, we started the site in Georgia, then moved to lower Alabama, then Alaska, and now Hawaii. 🙂 The farm was in Georgia and we learned so much. The next farm will be in New Zealand.
Brandon Allrn - Hi, My name is Brandon Allen. I came across your site by mistake and relized that I served with Josh at 2nd Bat.
I was his commo guy for about 3 years. Best of luck with the farm, and please tell Josh I said hello.
Allen (Commo Guy)
Simple Livin' gal - Brandon, he remembered you and was delighted that you stumbled across our site. Thank you for commenting!
Cindy - Hi Lacy,
Several years ago I followed your blog regularly. I actually thought you had quit blogging after you moved from GA and lost touch with you. I came across your blog yesterday and was delighted to catch up on your life a bit and see your beautiful son.
Paul Camilli - Hi Lacy and Josh,
just came across your site by accident, my you have been around since I last ‘spoke’ to you!!
Gosh, I do like the look of Alaska and Hawaii.
Love and peace from Paul, Barbara and Molly the ‘wee dug’
Lynn - Neat site but better yet your lifestyle: military, homeschooling, raising and canning food, knitting. You are our kind of folks.
We are at anchor tonite off Oriental, NC on our way back to Ga having been as far as Nantucket this summer. One of the only frustrations for me is getting non-GMO food. We do a little container gardening and buy grass-fed meat in NY and Pa and Amish raised vegs, eggs and butter in Pa which I can or put in the freezer,
Was thrilled to see that Maui won its no GMO vote last Tues. Wish Colo had done the right thing. The fight needs to continue till we win
Katelyn - I’m a senior person who grew up in the country. We were very self sufficient back in those days. My mother and I canned 100s of quarts of fruits and veggies every year. I haven’t been able to have access to that kind of life for many years and have been missing it. I came across your site by accident but will be following you along the way now that I have found you. It appears I still have much to learn; smile. Thank you for taking the time to share your lives with us. God bless you always.
Simple Livin' gal - Kate,
Thank you so much for writing to us. We created this blog for people just like you! <3 It is truly our pleasure to share the journey.
John Schwarz - Hello Josh,Lacy and Caleb
Came across your site while looking for chicken information, what a great site, it’s family’s like you who really help those around the world, I have started farming latter in life so still learning a heap, wanting to be total sufficent both food and power, have boer goats, cattle, sheep , chooks and trying to get an orchard going with vegitable garden as well. New Zealand Mmmm now that is God’s country a really lovely place, we live up in the Snowy Mts of New south Wales Australia with my family.
Thank you again for this great site, cheers John
Shari Spearman - I’m trying b to view your website on my phone which is difficult so I’m going on line to check it out
Barbara Griffin - I just saw your post on cream of tartar and wanted your advice. I have a film on my windows that I have tried everything to get off. Someone suggested over cleaner with lye. I tried that and it did nothing for my windows and it got on my vinyl window frame and turned it. Do you think the cream of tartar with hydrogen peroxide would counter this reaction?
Grace - Aloha!
WOW! Your picturesque fields are amazing.
Looking for October Sunflowers, any available at this time?