Our Story

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Cody and I visiting my family in Seattle for Thanksgiving. His was the only cowboy hat east of the Cascade Mountains.

Hey, I’m McKenna.

I am a 25-year-old adventurer, wanderer, and travel enthusiast who has finally put down some real roots. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, loving the environment but hating the crowds.

Since graduating college, I have worked ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and lived in Texas for a year. I am no stranger to the outdoors or working hard, but being self-sufficient was always an old-fashioned thing I read about in books and didn’t really concern myself with.

I ended up meeting my boyfriend Cody and his family while working a ranch in South Dakota and stuck around. We all live on a working beef cattle ranch, raising and selling calves to sell every year, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Our family is large, Cody’s mom has 4 boys who have all grown up to be well over 6ft! I started to become interested in homesteading and self-sufficiency when I realized how much money this family spends on groceries and living expenses each month. Spoiler alert, it’s an absolutely ridiculous amount.

I couldn’t believe they hadn’t ever taken the steps to raise a beef steer for themselves or have a chicken coop or even a milk cow! Everything the family consumed they purchased, with Lo (his mom) buying whatever was for supper on the way home from work in town. Meal planning? Weekly shopping trips? Never heard of it.

It sounded hectic, and expensive! That’s where I decided to make a change.

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This is one of his cows I’ve affectionately named ‘Pineapple’. Even the big tough men in this family have started calling her that 🙂

I’ve purchased a canner, started seedlings, planted sprouted potatoes and onions, picked out a spot and a coop for chickens, and convinced Cody to halter one of his heifers so I can train her to be our milk cow. There are already corrals and a lean-to shelter, plus a lot of the equipment needed to handle livestock (cattle, at least!).

I feel as though I have a head start compared to most people who dip their toes into the homestead lifestyle, and I’m not going to waste this opportunity!

I might be a bit of an oddity when compared to the rest of my generation, most of my friends from home are more concerned with new makeup brushes and buying the latest iPhone, but this lifestyle has already brought me a sense of peace. Slowing down and being more in touch with nature and where your food comes from is so rewarding.

I am a sponge for information, if you have any advice or tips for me, please feel free to share!

See you around!