The Farm Wife – How a City Girl made the Ultimate Lifestyle Shift

Welcome to the Farm Wife!

I am Julie, and I am the Farm Wife. I live on a 60-acre farm in NW Louisiana with my husband, cows, chickens, cats and dogs.

In my younger years, my dream had always been to move to Dallas and have a career that required designer suits, fashionable high heels and a briefcase to match.

Have you ever heard the old saying:

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans”

a dirt lane drive leading into a pasture

Instead of west to Dallas, God sent me southeast to this farm. And believe me, He knew what He was doing.

I have never been so content in my life, even if we do resemble the old 60’s sitcom ‘Green Acres’ a little too much; and hardships, trials and errors just mean we woke up to another day.

It didn’t take me long to realize that by having a farm and making it successful, you needed to be married to the farm.

It takes the same amount of love, desire, dedication, compromise, understanding, compassion, mercy and grace to create a successful farm life as it does to create a successful marriage – hence the name, ‘The Farm Wife’.

a woman using a pink post driver for garden stakes

Upon Arrival

When we first arrived, I did what most people would do moving into a completely different lifestyle. I studied, researched and read everything I could get my hands on. What I discovered was that my heart had always been yearning for a simple, quiet life.

a woman in a green shirt holding a chicken

My goals were to:

  • Live a Simple Life by shedding unnecessary busyness and focusing on my priorities
  • Have a garden that produced enough to feed my family
  • raise my own fresh beef, chicken, pork and fish
  • fresh eggs
  • fresh milk from which to make my own butter, buttermilk, cheese and yogurt
  • improve on my baking and cooking skills, beginning with bread
  • find an income producing, homebased business best suited for my new lifestyle
  • To put that ‘Love That Neighbor’ thing into practice
  • integrate ‘old-fashioned’ skills and values to my new life
  • to wear jeans, tennis shoes, leather gloves and a smile of contentment
  • and to share these lessons with others through writing and a website
cows cooling off under clean clothes on a clothesline

Since I moved to the Farm

I have done quite a bit of all that. I have stretched my wings to include:

I am eager to embark on any other learning journey my goal towards living a Simple Life leads me. It is by my faith in God that I have come this far.

It will be by His Hand that I keep moving forward. And quite frankly, I am looking forward to where He leads me from here.

Join me in my journey to living a Simple Life. Bear with me as I shed tears from the hardships. Nod your head with understanding as I mutter with frustration.

Go ahead and wince as I nurse the bruises of my body. And it’s okay if you laugh with me as I am pulling myself up out of the pond or a mud puddle while trying to move cows from the pasture to the weaning pen.

I promise I will share my handkerchief, my Advil, and more stories of what it really means by:

apple pie with a lattice crust

Living a Simple Life on the Farm.

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Visit me at The Marketplace!

You can find fun products to help you on your homesteading, homemaking & Simple Life Journey! New products are being added frequently, so keep checking back! Here are just a few things you will find:

The Ultimate Manual to the Art of Homemaking

Your Lifestyle Plan

The Farm Wife in the Kitchen

Enchantment of Afternoon Tea

Have a Merry, Simple Christmas

Author of: The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm and The Search for a Simple Life


  1. Hello Julie, I just purchased your Income and Expense spreadsheet. Will it be emailed to me? My PayPal has been charged but I haven’t received anything. Did I miss something?

    1. Marvin – Thank you for your purchase. I got your email, and sent it to you this morning. Not sure what happened, but I will definitely check into it. I am so sorry for this inconvenience!!!

    1. Thank you, Annie! I always look forward to your new posts as well! Anyone reading this – head over to and see why I love this site so much!

  2. Your life sounds wonderful and entertaining
    I can’t wait to hear more!

    1. Author

      Thank you, Victoria! Honestly, there is never a dull moment around here. I look forward to ‘visiting’ with you in the future!

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