Welcome to The Resilient Home! This site is dedicated to sharing our experiences as we build a resilient lifestyle for our family. Resilient is the concept of being able to “bounce back” and remain “flexible” in the face of natural or man-made events which would leave the average family stunned and decimated. It is the oposite of the fragile, unprepared, debt based life of the typical American home.
Mark and Audrey live on a 3 acre semi-rural homestead in Central Indiana west of Indianapolis with our youngest two sons and daughter. We have a large family of 9 children and 11 grandchildren (and counting!). We also share the homestead with a couple of cats and about 25 chickens. We grow a large raised bed garden and have an orchard of apple, pear, peach, cherry and nectarines. We store our produce by freezing, canning and dehydrating in our own home. We are planning to add rabbits and pigs in the coming year.
We are constantly learning and experimenting with new/old ideas. By that I mean that after two generations, we as a culture have lost the skills and arts of our grandparents and need to relearning how to raise animals for meat, eggs and milk, garden and preserve the produce, make soap, brew beer, repair broken items and, in general, make our lives as resilient as we can.
We believe that our country and the world in general is on a turbulent and ultimately unsustainable path. Specifically the debt based economy, energy availability, and resource depletion will result in a significant chance our lifestyle over the next 5-10 years. See the Book page for more information on this It is our plan to begin living a simpler and more sustainable life in order to provide a healthy and vital lifestyle for ourselves and our family by building a resilient life.
You can reach us at mark@theresilienthome and audrey@theresilienthome or by leaving comments on the various postings on this site.