We just got a 1985 Land Rover Defender in June of 2011. It’s symbolic of the ride we are on called life and symbolic of the switch we made from the Detroit suburbia-villes that we both grew up in. We’ve merged our lives, our families, our dreams. We’re headed on a path that’s taking us back to the Land.
We strive to be conscious of what we consume and where it comes from. Our goal is to someday live sustainably, from things we raise and grow. Although we are starting small, we are confident in it. One of the ways we apply this care is to things like clothes for our first son. We try to support companies that make things organically, are consious of their impact on the environment and provide fair wages. When we shop for our groceries, we try to buy local where possible first, then organic, then natural, and make some compromises. You have to remain flexible after all!
There’s a quote we keep close that remind us where we’re at, and what lies ahead. I got it from a Thai Cafe carryout dinner, in a fortune cookie that reads
All great things have small beginnings.
After having our first child in Boise, ID, Kevin got a Farming Internship in Northern, MI. So back across the country we headed. We are currently living in Glen Arbor, MI working and renting. Meanwhile, we’re keeping an eye out for property to build upon and remaining flexible with the Lord’s guidance and possibly some investors! After having to short-sale our home downstate, MI, and leaving our jobs, it will take a couple years to rebuild our finances (on paper.) Our goal is to live on property as a small community and farm, living a self-sufficient lifestyle, providing not just for ourselves, but a place for others in need. We realize it’s not all going to happen at once, and there’s lots of little steps it will take to get there.
Dreams start with taking action on a passion, it starts with a burning in your belly. For Kevin Jackson, it started with an unfamiliar burning in his belly that led him to God. Now God is leading him to farm, raise animals and food organically. At the end of the day, we are putting our trust in the heavens, because we’re traveling towards unfamiliar territory, but living out our life with purpose.
There’s a peace in the path, that’s beyond our own understanding.
We’re traveling towards unfamiliar territory, but living out our life with purpose, despite the unknown. We’ve sold our house, we’ve sold our stuff, left our past jobs, we packed up the Land Rover and hit the road. We are Kevin & Raquel Jackson, (+1 since we had Abraham).
We are The Landrovers. This is our life, these are our goals, and we’re going to share the steps we take, and the adventure with you…