I'm Tonia and this is my family. There's Hubs, my wonderful partner; Bug, my darling daughter; and Boo, my charming son. We are the Collins clan. We are a homeschooling family who try our best to live out God's will for our lives every day. There are lots of stumbles along the way, but we love each other and this little life we're carving out for ourselves. Recently we found ourselves called to make some big changes in our lives so we're packing up the McMansion and moving out to a little farm in need of a lot of TLC. We have tons to learn and tons to do and we invite you to share the journey as we turn our not-so-new heap into a home.

Monday, August 26, 2013


Just in time for me to have the ability to wash them, 3 of the 4 freeloaders have developed diarrhea. Oh joy.

Who are the freeloaders you ask? Well, let me introduce you!

There's Sam, the Coton-Poodle mix. He lives his life for the next moment someone will pet him. He is also high maintenance- his hair is very soft and very prone to tangles, burrs, and getting way too long. Not exactly a country dog we have here folks.

There's Sadie, the miniature dachshund. She is old (15years) and has two speeds: molasses and sleeping. We are convinced she will live to be 30 because she is such an expert at conserving energy. The only thing that has changed for her over the years is her breath- it gets a little more horrendous every year- other than that she may as well be the puppy we brought home 15 years ago.

There's Jazzy, the diva in a cat suit. Her given name is Princess Jasmine Meow. Bug named her when she picked her out 5 years ago. You will not find a cat more bi-polar than this one. For real. She terrorizes everyone she meets, but is very sweet to Bug and I. She has never realized her claws have been removed and attacks anyone who walks within 3 feet of her without her express consent.

And last, but not least, there is Cosmo, the hamster. He is currently my favorite, mainly because he does not have diarrhea.

When you start looking at homesteading you quickly realize everyone must do their part. There is just too much to do and never enough time to do it. Those who do nothing more than make messes and eat are the freeloaders. Now we love our freeloaders and they are with us for the duration, but they are the LAST of the freeloaders. From here on out, all those who eat, must also work. We will have more cats, but they will live in the garage and outbuildings and catch rodents. We will have more dogs, but they will live outside, eat scraps, and provide a level of security. We will have chickens, pigs, goats....all will provide us food. We will not have rabbits- the kids and I are in agreement that we cannot stomach eating the bunnies, so no bunnies will come to live here.

It's all just another change in our lifestyle that we're all coming to grips with. Thankfully, it's a change that will happen gradually since it's likely some of the freeloaders are going to be here for many more years. Which means plenty more emergency baths are in my future. Oh joy.