Welcome to The Grateful Stead!

Hello from SE Missouri! My name is Amanda, and my family and I are working every day towards our dream of self-sufficiency. We are committed to learning every day, becoming as self-sufficient as possible, having fun, and sharing our learning adventures with like-minded people. This is just one family’s journey – and you’ve caught us mostly at the beginning. Or, at least, the new beginning.

We lived in Western North Carolina until the end of 2009, when we bought 40 mostly rocky and wooded acres in the Ozarks. We unschool our children, and it has been a great pleasure watching them take to farm life. In 2010, we started with a small flock of day old Buckeye chickens, were given two friendly wether goats (neutered males), and had an awesome garden. In 2011, we bought a second, mixed flock of older chickens, bought a milk doe and her two bucklings, went back to NC to meet my first niece (during which our flock was poached), and had a wonderful planned homebirth/accidental unassisted/freebirth. In 2012, I lost my beloved soul mate & best friend of eleven and a half years, Achaiah (pit bull/border collie mix). We acquired some more chickens (Buckeyes, Ameraucanas, Phoenixes, and Welsummers), several dogs and cats, meat rabbits, and a pig.

Our farm progress was thrown off track when Josh injured his back in 2012. Amanda returned to work full time, the farm and garden became neglected, as did the webpage. Most of the Steady action was taking place on our facebook page, if at all. We’ve spent some time healing, suffered several more farm losses, but now we’re ready to recommit and make 2015 our best year ever.

Some of the things I’ll probably be sharing include:

Homesteading, farming, self-sufficiency, gardening, prepping, pets, livestock, harvesting/processing/butchering our own food, learning about wild edibles, home remedies, possibly homeschooling/unschooling, goal setting, frugal living, food/cooking/menu planning, learning about Missouri and the Ozarks, and learning arts/crafts/other useful skills.



I started this website on the four year anniversary of my mother’s death. It was a very healing year for me. It’s because of my mom and the events surrounding her death that we were even able to get this farm and try to realize our dreams. We spend each day being so grateful for her presence in our lives, all too brief that it was, and being grateful for this opportunity to realize the dreams that she shared for us. We seek to honor her memory in all that we do.

Thank you for sharing this journey with us!

♥ In Loving Memory of Carol “Christy” McDivitt. ♥

6 thoughts on “Welcome to The Grateful Stead!

  1. Amanda, Congrats on your new blog. I have enjoyed being your friend and following your family’s adventures into farming. I look forward to reading more. You are a true blessing in my life. Hugs

  2. Awwww, I love it! And the last paragraph choked me up a bit. <3 you Amanda!! Sorry for your loss, and I am glad that you are turning this into a positive by remembering her every chance you get. :)

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