Extending a Helping Hand – How Can I Help?

How can I help? Around the globe, we are all struggling with the uncertainties that are taking place right now. We feel as if we are living in suspended animation. Our jobs are no longer there. Grocery store shelves aren’t bare, but almost.

I know I can share what I have with folks who live close by. My chickens are doing their part by supplying eggs. I can bake bread or a meal or two for a family in need. Cookies are being baked, a bag of oranges I managed to get is being divided. In just a few days, I will be able to add dairy products to that list.

But as a blogger and writer, I live too far away. I can’t walk to your home and leave a basket on your doorstep. Shipping of fresh goods is mostly impossible.  And toilet paper is non-existent around here, so that is out, too.

Instead of posting randomly, and hoping it hits the mark, I am coming to you to ask how I can help.  What specifically are you struggling with?  Do you want to learn something new, or improve on what you already know?  Are you searching for fun and creative ways to fill your time?

Since you won’t find a box of goodies at your front door, what is it I can help you with? What do you need that I can offer? How can I help?

The Farm Wife website is dedicated to promoting homemaking, homesteading and living a simple life. My personal focus is to live a life that is as self-sufficient as possible. Through the grace of God we have been blessed with 60 acres of rural land. It’s a perfect place to put our goals into practice.

My Credentials

Here on the farm, we have learned how to grow as much of our own food as possible. Our garden has an irrigation system the Country Boy designed and built.

We raise chickens for eggs and meat. Our pasture is dotted with cattle used for meat, milk and income. Due to limited income, we have learned to build, re-use, recycle, repurpose.

When our harvest is ready, I can and preserve a major portion of it. I can take little, and turn it into a feast. My oven is filled with meals, and fresh bread that began with a sourdough starter. In fact, I usually have two starters going – one with yeast, and one without.

Crafting is a passion. I can weave. My looms range from a piece of cardboard and a hula hoop to a four-shaft floor loom. Although nowhere close to proficient, I have a drop spindle, and am learning to spin my own yarn.

I can do at least basic knitting and crochet, and love the feel of the yarn sliding through my fingers. Turning scraps of fabric into throws, sachets or other household items is a fun and productive way to spend my time.

Cleaning, organizing and managing my household comes naturally. It is something I love to do, in order to make my home warm and welcoming to both my family and others. I raised two children, and am well versed in ways to teach them and find ways to keep them entertained.

How Can I Help?

As a Blogger

When I began blogging seriously, I met some wonderful folks who have the same interests I do. Through them, I have improved so many of my skills, and learned others. We laugh together. We work together. And all of us have hearts that love others and want to help in any way we can.

If you need help with something I don’t know, I have access to these wonderful people. Where Kathi and Leesa are proficient in goats, Amber knows her bees, and Annie can help you with a ‘forest’ of gardening tips.

Lisa is also great in the garden. Shelle has your back on herbs, and Shawna can guide you in self-reliance. And they aren’t the only ones. If I can’t help, believe me, I know someone who can.

Extending a helping hand

How Can I Help?

So, if you are reading this post and need a helping hand, please let me know what I can do. Just know that you are not alone, even if you are sitting at your computer with no one else around. There is an entire community of folks standing by, ready to provide you with the information you need to move forward.

Let’s work together. Take this opportunity to grow, spread your wings, and be victorious in these uncertain times.

And, by the grace of God, we will get through this. On the other side, we will be stronger, knowledgeable, and ready to face whatever comes next with courage and the determination and tenacity of a weed.

I am Julie, also known as The Farm Wife. I am here for you. How can I help?

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Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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