An update from the farm
It has been a very long time since I have posted anything here. That is both good and bad, but it is about time I post a quick update about what we have been up to and why things have been so quiet around here. The Vaduva family has been busy at work, moving away from a city and urban style of living to a much simpler way of life on a small farm here in Ohio.
About a year and a half ago we sold our big house, I sold my expensive car, and gave most of our posessions away to people who were in need or wanted to have our stuff. We kept our beds, clothes, couches and cooking utensils. The experience put us on a path to pursue simplicity, debt free and build a new house with cash. The journey has been anything but easy; it will be well worth the effort though.
Several months ago we however got diverted from these original goals when we discovered a small farm for sale by a bank; the price was nearly half of the previous selling price. Yes, the property required a good amount of work, but it became apparent to our family that the urgency of self sufficiency is pushing us to make decisions that we previously did not consider. So we purchased this farm at the beginning of September and have been working ever since on remodeling, repairs and moving. It's been very tough on our bodies and spirits...our finances too. But we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.
We just spent the second night at the farm. The house is old and drafty, but it's our house and we are hoping it will bring our family closer together and shape our kids into freedom-loving, self-reliant people who understand that family and community are not synonimous with State and Government.
One thing that prompted me to pursue this path for our family was my own, firsthand experience with hyperinflation in Romania. A few months after the fall of Communism in Romania, inflation became rampant, leading to hyperinflation. A loaf of bread that was $1 yesterday, became $20 or $50 within the span of several weeks. Romania experienced complete and total economic collapse and even now, 20 years later, is still recovering from it.
I have been attempting to warn my American friends about something similar taking place here in the U.S. as well. We are now seeing the symptomatic beginning of just such a collapse as the dollar is losing value due to the Federal Reserve inflating it to cover the unreal level of government expenditure. The complete lack of responsibility on the part of the Government is outright criminal. The word is that the actual U.S. debt could be as high as $200 trillion! The evidence is that the criminals running this country have no intention to pay back this debt...in fact, it is impossible to do so.
The move to a farm is giving us the peace of mind we need as a family, should things go south economically. Our 35 chickens are arriving next week, and in the spring we are ready to get a few goats for milk and cheese. The plan is to also get 4 bee hives. Our kids will be involved in this heavily, so the process is exciting on many levels. Not only that, but the farm is only a couple of miles away from our other 5 acre property which is covered in woods, a great source of free firewood. We will be able to work on the new house when needed, being not far from us.
These are some of the reasons for the lack of activity here; I am hoping that all of you are doing well. As the winter will progress I will attempt to write a bit more and get back in touch with people. God bless all of you and your families.
Here are some pictures taken throughout the last month, in chronological order: