Together, these industrious teenage sweethearts—turned modern homesteading gurus are growing their seeds in rural Campbell County, Wyoming, with three epic kiddos in tow.
The Hubers met and married before either one was twenty. Roughly two decades and three children later, Chris’ better half meets with 82717 for a brief “20-minute” interview on the perks of rural living. Two lattes — and over two hours — later we’re sincerely hugging Megan goodbye before parting ways. She’s off to hunt down silver tinsel with which to adorn the holiday bulletin board she decorates seasonally at her kids’ elementary school, and we’re about to turn what was intended to be a single-page piece on the benefits of country living into a multi-spread feature on the Huber family’s pursuit of the American Dream. Why? Because, they’ve figured out the key to happiness. Spoiler alert: it’s far from perfect (and they like it like that). You’re gonna wanna read this. But, first things first (insert rewind noise here).
It’s 9:30 on a sunny Thursday morning in late November. We’re at City Brew Coffee in Gillette. Megan sits modestly with us at a small, round table in the shop’s Southwest corner – she’s an understated vision in hues of neutrals, dark denim skinnies, and camel suede booties. As we exchange the customary pleasantries she’s pushing back her loose, wavy curls of fiery, strawberry blonde hair and smiling cutely: ready to share her life’s stories. Getting down to business… We all want to know, was it love at first sight when she met her husband, all those years ago? Laughing, Megan describes their courtship and union as a natural, but practical love. “He cooked,” she says simply (partly in jest). Her tone is comforting and friendly. Her words, terse.
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She’s unknowingly putting our stenography skills to the test; spitting rapid-fire commentary on a flurry of items from across an (almost) insanely broad range of topics — from art to love, health, education, parenthood, family and business, among other things. The interview seamlessly transitions into something a bit more … a casual conversation between friends, fellow moms, young professionals, and creatives. It’s now nearing 11:15 a.m.
What we like most about Megan, beyond her obvious passion for others (especially littles) and her kind-hearted spirit, is her reticent self-awareness. She possesses all of the old-fashioned virtues of the idols she praises — remarkable, independent, and successful women like Audrey Hepburn and Lucile Ball — and unassumingly lives up to them. The conversation dances blithely from chicken keeping and flower gifting to near-death rattlesnake experiences. But, not before she pauses to expand upon the importance in finding a balance as a stay-at-home mom between perceived value and self-worth. She explains that her 5-year-old daughter was the one to teach her how to view herself in a new and brighter light (both as an artist and a mom).