When I think of people my age nowadays I don’t fit in with most of them. Now I’m not saying I can’t fit in, I’m very social if there’s common ground I will find it! What I mean is that we have very different lifestyles than those around us. I got married at the age of 20, we had our first daughter the day before I turned 22 and we just had our second in May. We started early, pushing past the gasps and whispers of those who thought we were crazy because we had plans and by golly we were going to make it happen! But the most obvious reason we stand out is our goal of living the farm life. I know, I know how boring right? Nope! We want to be self-sustainable, we want to grow our own food, raise our own meat, and have a fabulously beautiful barn because that matters right? I lay awake at night just thinking about what our future holds. I dream of massive chicken coops and ducks hanging out by the pond. I dream of barn layouts and possible orchards. But for now we have an acre in town with a tiny little home. Now don’t get me wrong I love our tiny little home it serves its purpose and it’s cozy but it’s not forever. I long for acres of grazing cattle and the many sounds of livestock. See what I mean? I don’t fit in! What 24 year old wants to dedicate her time to the mess that farm life brings? (Raises hand) I do! I want to live like my grandparents did, I want to live the life that is now considered outdated. And I’m doing my best to do so! We have an acre in town but can you guess how many animals we’ve snuck onto this acre? Go on guess. 13! That’s right, we have 13 critters hidden in city limits. Gasp! Go ahead sue me for breaking the rules… actually please don’t I’m already poor. We aren’t city people so we brought the country life with us! Why buy a house in town then? Well we live in an oil booming area and unless we want to move hours from our family or spend an arm and leg on a fixer-upper with a spec of land this is all we could afford. But back to my 13 critters! We have 6 chickens, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, and a dog. And also two kids but some say they don’t belong in the same category, I agree to disagree. Our ducks provide us with eggs and meat, the same with the chickens and we breed our rabbits for meat. I know I know, how could you eat a cute little bunny? Marinated in buttermilk and deep fried that’s how! And folks if y’all haven’t tried duck eggs your missing out. They have a stronger yolk flavor which is out of this world when you fry them and are also awesome to bake with. We love the fact that we can provide our own food! Pair that with our garden and we’re on the right track! I don’t want to live the life of those around me. I don’t strive for fame and fortune. I strive for the outdated way of life.