Patience & Forgiveness

Homestead Mama Murphy DeBerry lives with her husband Josh and two children in Northeast Florida, where they are passionate about utilizing the most of a shared family 56 acre property to provide the most nutrient dense food for their family. The following is an excerpt of a previous Instagram takeover.

Being a homesteading mama is hard work! It’s taken me awhile to figure out how to prioritize my time most effectively and I still tend to struggle. I’ve never been a strict planner, I’ve always been more of a go-with-the-flow type of person.


Some days I crave to have more structure in my day to day life but other days I’m grateful that I’m so easily adaptable. I think with having young kids you have to be somewhat flexible. At any moment you have to be able to switch up what you’re doing to suit the needs of your children.


I always go into a project thinking “how much of this can I get done in 5 minutes?” because sometimes 5 minutes is all you are going to get!

I’m always trying to figure out the perfect balance of letting my kids be present on the homestead. On one hand I want my kids to freely explore our farm and on the other hand I don’t want them to pick every single green tomato in the garden.


Being a mom and a homesteader means you have to have a lot patience and forgiveness. I’ve learned that just a little bit of guidance makes all the difference. Children are so willing and eager to help and learn. Giving them a simple task to accomplish will allow them to have fun, feel included and build their confidence.


Being a homesteading mama is the hardest job I’ve ever had but it is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.


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