Meet Caitlin from Homegrown Hopes

Taking time to slow down and enjoy the magic of ordinary, everyday tasks.
Striving to create a more homegrown, handmade, and simple life.

meet Caitlin from homegrown hopes
McKenna Rhyne Photography

Hi, I’m Caitlin!

Before we dive in too deep, let me just say one thing. With all of the craziness that is the internet today, no social media platform is guaranteed. So if you want to ensure that you never miss out on farm fresh recipes, gardening tips, natural wellness, tales from our homegrown life, and a good dose of humor (because laughing about the crazy is about the only way to survive it!), then be sure to subscribe to my email list so that we never lose touch…No matter what the word throws our way!

Alrighty folks, let’s jump on in….

I’m the wife of an avid outdoorsman.
He fishes, hunts, and traps to provide us with fresh, lean meat all year long.  (And to send trophy pics around to his buddies for bragging rights.)

outdoorsman archery hunter with buck in velvet

My Greatest Calling Is Being a Mama

I have a wild man who is the definition of “all boy”.  He spends his free time building forts in the backyard, and has the most caring, nurturing heart.

His little sister is our rainbow baby who has everyone in the family wrapped around her chubby finger.  She rules the roost and will kiss you one minute, then point her finger bossing you around the next.

I always had a deep desire in my heart to be home with my kids. I felt completely out of sorts spending so much time away from them at work each day. After many sleepless nights, and lots of prayers, I stepped out of my comfort zone.

I quit the solid, reliable, state job where I had been for almost ten years. I had spent several months growing my own business. Working on my lunch break and after the kids were asleep. Sacrificing precious hours with them to pour into what was essentially a second job. After my daughter was born in 2018, I chose to work for myself full-time.

It was a scary decision. Going against what is “normal”, but I haven’t regretted it for a second. It means that I am there every single morning when my babies wake up. I get to enjoy the simple, in-between moments of the day. Snacks on the back deck. Nature walks. Reading the same book for the hundredth time. I don’t miss a thing.

mother and son in golden hour light

Our Homegrown Journey

I grew up on a small horse farm in western North Carolina,
but Dustin and I moved all over the state for his job our first few years of marriage. We moved our meager container gardens from one rental to the next. It left us feeling so unsettled. We knew we wanted to put down roots and have a real garden and small farm someday.

Now that we are back in our hometown, we have a small garden that feeds our family throughout the year. We also have a small flock of backyard chickens that treat us with fresh eggs, when they’re in the mood.  Someday I will have dairy goats or a milk cow. 

We live in a small home (like, less than 1000 square ft). The plan is to build on a larger property we own in the next couple of years.  I can’t wait to be nestled in the woods, with space to nurture a garden and add more animals to our clan. Where I can turn the kids loose and let them explore.

About Me

I love creating healthy meals from whatever wild game we’ve stocked in the freezer, and the bounty from our garden.  Over the last few years, I’ve also learned ways to preserve that homegrown goodness to last us all winter long.

My “medicine cabinet” consists of various essential oils and herbs. I love using natural remedies to support my family’s health.

This passion led me to creating an entire business educating and supporting other Mamas. I help them learn to be the gatekeepers of their homes. To advocate for themselves and their families. I offer simple, real-life ways to cultivate the home and health they desire. I now work with an entire community of like-minded women who are some of my dearest friends.

A Few Interesting Facts About Me

My daughter was born in a blizzard. I went into labor after one of the biggest snow storms we had seen in over 20 years. That evening I was riding an ATV through the snow, and a few hours later was in full-blown labor. I waited a little too long, and she was allllmost born in the truck on the way to the hospital.

I’m barefoot 99% of the time.

I would be completely content to live in a tiny cabin on the side of a mountain with no phone…and very few people.

I’m a homebody. My soul is completely at peace being home with my people.

Thank You for Visiting Our Corner of the World!

We are slowly sculpting our own homegrown, handmade, and natural life, complete with lots of trial and error.  I don’t claim to know what I’m doing, but I do love to learn, and share with all of you.

We’re learning as we go along. Which is sure to be entertaining. So grab something delicious to sip on, get comfy, and come along for the journey!