About

My name is Stephanie and this is my family.

I’ve been bit by the homestead bug and it’s my dream to own one someday. I want to live a more healthy, homegrown, and self-sufficient life. I started this personal blog in 2012 with the hope that it would chronicle my family’s exodus out of the city and into the country and from debt-bondage to financial freedom. Since then we paid off over $60,000 worth of debt and paid cash for a small home in the Ocala National Forest. Four years later we are still 100% debt free.

If we can do it, you can too.

You can read more about our money journey here:

How We Became Debt Free: One Couple’s Story

30 Harsh Realities of Getting Out of Debt

How to do the Zero Based Budget and Envelope System (Vlog)

A self-sustaining homestead is my goal but I’m not a farmer by any means. We are slowly working up to debt-free farmland on a few acres. In the meantime we keep busy by renovating a 1972 mobile home. We cash-flow everything and do all the work ourselves.

This tiny mobile home has allowed us to enjoy slow days and each other. We learn at home, cook at home, and heal at home.

This blog is about not having the best of everything but making the best of everything.

I believe in blooming where you’re planted.


I was born and raised in central Florida, moved to Tennessee briefly and moved back to beautiful north Florida. I’m Brian’s wife and girl-mom to Ava and Anna. God blessed me when He placed these three in my life.

I love food. I love people who love food. And I especially love people who can grow their own food. I love cooking. And eating. We already covered that. I also love a good forest ride and wearing flip-flops.

I’m old-fashioned and adore the older ways of living; vintage Pyrex, aprons, recipes.

I think wisdom is more important than knowledge and seek the truth no matter what preconceived notions it may shatter. I’m a mediocre writer and Jesus is my King.

Thank you for reading and good luck on your journey to health and self-sufficiency.

Please check out this index for any articles that may interest you.

If you would like to contact me you can at: wbhomesteader (at) gmail (dot) com

I am not accepting any guest posts at this time but thank you for your interest.

19 Comments

  1. Hello, I was looking at your page and found out something very interesting! We also live in Sweetwater Tn! Wish you were still here. Would have loved to have met you! we built our own home here in ’09. Small world.

    1. It sure is a small world! Glad you still found us even if it is just thru the net now. 😉 Sweetwater was nice and TN is beautiful- congrats on your home, that sounds exciting! We hope to be buying something here in north FL sometime soon.

  2. Just found your blog through the homestead hop and found you live in No. FL. I do too…Mayo, FL. And I love that you said No.FL; I always say that as it is TOTALLY different than central and so. FL. Anyway, I am looking forward to checking out you blog.

    1. Hi Brenda!! Yep, I grew up in Central FL and North FL is definitely different. I had to look up where Mayo is located. LOL You are pretty far up there! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Love your blog. Having recently bought our new “mini farm” in beautiful Micanopy, FL, I can understand what you mean about North Florida living. We don’t have much space(1.5 acres), but with a greenhouse, raised bed gardens, and soon chickens and rabbits, we love our growing independence from the rest of the world. Every one in America needs a spot to grow a little garden. It’s wonderful!

    1. Hi Michael! You’re not too far from me. Micanopy is a registered Transition Town which it totally cool! I think 1.5 acres is nice. You can’t have cows or anything (well maybe miniature cows) but you have so many more possibilities. You’re so right too- everyone needs their own little spot to be independent.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Love the blog. We are over in Fair banks (outside G-ville) on our 5 acres homestead…..we keep chickens, sheep, rabbits, and do a lot of gardening, plus have an aquaponic greenhouse set up…..
    Take care

    1. Hi Steve!
      To me, 5 acres is like the perfect amount of land. I hope to have that much one day. Your aquaponics greenhouse sounds super cool, too! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    just saw your front page about losing your data. That’s incredibly frustrating. But I might be able to help you.

    There is a site that takes a snapshot of other sites, called the wayback machine. It crawled yours a few months ago:
    https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://thewannabehomesteader.com

    You might be able to recreate most of your site using that info. Also, if possible, make the new links the same as the old links. (For backlink purposes, otherwise you will have to make 301 redirects)

    Let me know if you need help.

    BTW, I am also a prepper, that’s why I was checking your site out (I have a as well: http://www.wholesurvival.com ), but I am also an SEO consultant (www.seoyg.com) just to let you know.

    1. Oh my gosh, thank you!!! I’m looking at a snap shot from July and there are all my old posts!! I have some posts that are heavily written that I would love not to have to re-write. I was going to rewrite some of them but they were going to be super short lol. Can I just copy and paste?

  6. I think this is among the most vital information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The website style is perfect, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

    1. Hi Katherine, The only recipes I currently have on the blog are a salsa recipe, a collard greens recipes, and a vegetable juice recipe. You can find them under “Health” in the index. I will plan on getting more healthy recipes and meal planning posts up for you so please come back soon. Thank you for reading!

  7. Maybe they were part of your blog that got deleted but I was curious to see what the trailer looks like these days and if you’re still in the same one.

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