This homesteading gig may be new to Missy Irish, but motherhood is not. She is a seasoned mama to six children ranging in age from 25 to 18 months old. Missy has worn many hats in addition to motherhood in her lifetime including photographer, doula, entrepreneur, health coach, and now she’s adding homesteader to that list . Missy lives in Northern Idaho with her husband Joe and their three youngest children; where they are building their homestead from the ground up. Missy’s list of passions and skills is long and includes: home birthing, baby wearing, fermenting, sourdough baking, knitting, sewing, nutrition, and her newest passions: goats and chickens. Fun facts: one of her baby wearing videos on YouTube has over 3 million views and back in her photography days she had a photo published in National Geographic! Missy’s current goal is to build their Irish Acres Homestead YouTube as they build their homestead, so that they can reach their ultimate goal of spending more quality time together as a family.
So, we did it. By September of 2020 we had rented a house, were living in Idaho and our home had just sold. So, we began the process of trying to find a house with acreage to buy, which seemed like it would be easy enough. I don’t have to tell those of you reading this about how insane the housing market was then, needless to say we spend 6 months looking at everything we could afford and making offers that weren’t accepted. There was one piece of property we didn’t look at that was on the market the entire time, it just didn’t seem like good homesteading land from the listing, but one day I was so desperate to find something I decided to drive up to that piece of property. What I ran into was enough snow to cover my head, but I got out of my car and walked the long snow covered road down to the 5 acres that was for sale. The view was stunning so I went home and Joe and I came back together. We ended up buying those 5 sloped and forested acres on top of a mountain to build our homestead on. Have I mentioned we like a challenge and are just a little bit insane?
Realizing this dream and answering the call of my heart is more work than I have ever had in front of me – but I am staying the course. Every day is an exercise in trust and faith. I go back to the feeling I had while I was standing with my eyes closed and the sun on my face while still living in the comfort of ‘ease’. That was the deepest knowing I have had, which means that this path is for us. No matter how challenging or uncomfortable it may be I will continue to pray while moving my feet until it’s time to take my shoes off, put my feet up, and have a glass of wine while looking out at the homestead we have built.