Sure, it’s exciting to get out of the blue calls from media outlets but it’s a superficial sort of excitement. It  passes very quickly.

The other day we got an unexpected phone call which has me/us all excited still three weeks later.

It went something like this……

The person on the other line: “Hello, I was told by (so and so) to call you, I am Vickie and I live with my three daughters on 90 acres in an Amish part of Tennessee, we have chickens, horses and live w/o electricity”

My ears automatically perked up Amish, horses and 90 bloomin’ acres!!!! Ok, I really needed to listen to this lady with a soft, yet bubbly, southern accent. I go all mushy over accents, especially southern ones…. drifting from the story here… sorry!

Vicki — “My girls and I we are a musical family and even put together a few how to videos called ‘Homestead Blessings.”

I about jumped out of my jammies. Could it be, was it possible? Was I actually talking to one of the West Ladies.

“Hey, I know you guys!” I blurted out, still not believing I was talking to THE mother of the West Girls.

Vicki, surprised that a city girl stuck in LA LA Land would even know where the heck Tennessee was, let alone who they were, said increduously, “You do?”

“Hey girls (she yells to her daughters) she knows who we are!”

I can hear the girls CeCe, Jasmine and Hannah in the background letting out “Whoops”

Vickie goes on to ask inquisitively, “How do you know about us?”

I answer “I know about you from Franklin Springs Media and LAF site.”

Vicki relates this news to her daughters and they once again let up even a bigger southern hollers but this time one of them is clutching a shotgun in her hand (I get this scene described to me from their mother who relates her daughters’ reaction for me)

I’m grinning from ear to ear, and right about then, I really wanted to jump through the receiver and be in the kitchen with these gals. Barefoot girls with shotguns, 90 acres — I was so wanting to be there.

Our conversation touched on many a things, like if they ever come to So Cal for gigs, New Zealand, herbs, making maple syrup and how there aren’t any farmers for her young daughters to marry.

Ah heck, I am thinking, if these lovely gals can’t find a kindred farmer in the wilds of Tennessee, then me and my sister are totally screwed. Especially being in LA where dirt, farms, barefeet, “man hands” and horses are rarer than hen’s teeth.

So, in the meantime, I will keep listening/watching their homegrown music video – dreaming of land, huge clotheslines, barefeet babies and green beans.



  1. Laurie says:

    cute! i enjoyed this post!

  2. Laurie says:

    i just got the “man hands” comment. too funny! those creamy, lotiony hands can’t grip a tackle box, huh?

  3. Stacy says:

    How exciting! Congratulations!

    Being a gymnast I grew up with “man hands” all the time. i feel wrong if I don’t have callouses or nails trimmed short to limit the cracking/flaking/splitting that happens when they spend lots of time clawing through dehydrating dirt…

  4. Frank says:

    That was great…. it is truly inspiring

  5. mary says:

    We just bought the film Inherit the Land [from Franklin Springs] which includes a feature of the West Family farm. What fun now to hear of your conversation with them.
    I don’t have any friends who understand why my husband and I just dug up the side yard and put in five more raised beds – we already had 11 beds in the back yard! Finding kindred spirits in film, and online is about the only place we see others who “get it” We’d just like to meet some folks nearby who share our enthusiasm for urban homesteading.
    Praying for those strong “farmer boys” who need to meet you, Jordanne and the West ladies! 🙂

  6. Sal says:

    Oh, Mary, I know.
    My guy is good about letting me do what I want, though.
    Helps me construct beds, built me a tool rack. Not surprised when he comes out in the morning and there’s another bed staked out on the ground or four new sacks of clippings/leaves have appeared from a pre-dawn raid around the neighborhood.
    The kids (all grown) think Mom has lost it, however.
    What a delightful video. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Aspen says:

    What a lovely song and video. They look so happy. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yanna says:

    The West Girls! What a blessing to have a phone call like that.

    Yep, it’s hard being a single woman looking for a man who wants to farm or at least make a go of homesteading in the city or suburbs. It becomes harder as one gets older, as well, but life is full of surprises, so you never know!

  9. Renee says:

    Our whole family loved this! We’ve listened a couple times now and as always, each of your posts is a blessing!!!

  10. Beverly says:

    The West Ladies are awesome and I love this video. Franklin Springs is on TV on RBN every Wednesday evening. I got to watch the bread making video last Wed and I think this week in candle making! Check it out!!

  11. tammy says:

    Love the West Girls CD!!! They sing beautifully and I just got the homesteading dvd’s yesterday at a homeschool conference!! YEA! Seem like wonderful folk, so glad you got to talk with Miss Vicki. Thanks for sharin this post. My daughter LOVES *Greenbeans in the Garden* too!!!

  12. ZippityDooDah says:

    Incredibly sweet.

    I’ve never heard of them but I’ll be lookng for more of their music.

  13. Cc says:

    This was so special, so lovely! And you kids are too! Don’t worry, it will happen if it’s meant to be, and I believe there are men just right for you and Jordanne! And some lovely girl for your brother! Keep goin! C

  14. Chloe says:

    Neat! I watched their bread-making dvd a few weeks ago and now my bread turns out perfectly. I’m looking forward to getting their other dvds 🙂

  15. chel says:

    I’ve never heard of them, but that music just seems to speak to the soul. Very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Sue says:

    Loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Jan says:

    Will you all be selling the West Girls Cd in your store any time soon? I really want it. We all really love the song!

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  19. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    I am truly enjoying the videos from The West Ladies. They live only a few hours drive from me here in Tennessee. I know the parts where they live as my Daddy and brothers used to deer hunt down in that area. I dragged dh and the children along a few years ago on a trip down memory lane when I took them to the area to see where I spent the wintertime with Dad, Mom, and two of my older brothers. The town near where they live is a small town with the courthouse in the middle with the town built around it… a true old southern town. Growing up in the hills of Tennessee is a true blessing. I giggled at the comment of a shotgun in hand — that sounds like me growing up. I was such a tomboy… ok, I admit, I still am. My daughters are not prissy thangs and I don’t want them to be. Sure be feminine but have some gumption about you too.

    Anais, your posts always make me smile. I am only a few years older than you and I have a feeling if we were to live closer, we’d have a good ol’ time canning, sewing, and gardening.

    Keep up the great work!


  20. Jill says:

    So funny! I wonder if they were really holding a shotgun or if that was a joke?

    At any rate, I live in a mobile home park in Florida, but came from a farm in NY and so miss the country living – except for the cold. I can do without the 20 degree weather. My husband made a raised bed in our backyard where I am *attempting* to grow an organic vegetable garden.

    My daughter and I have watched several of the West Ladies videos and they are very fun and informative. We have always wondered about their singleness, but read someone else’s site who’s friend knew them and made reference to their decision for singleness in a different way, but it seems like it is more because they can’t find that ‘kindred’ spirit to marry. I hope that they do find him.

    Their music is so down-home and pretty. Not like the grainy sounds that are comin’ out of the Hollywood gals of today!

    Nice post!

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