Saturday, September 18, 2010

A New Chapter ~ Stepping Into A Dream

**If you are unfamiliar with our story, we have lived in a trailer since late April. Find out why here and this post will make much more sense.**

It is happening. Way earlier than expected. Like, half a year earlier, thanks to a mind-blowingly generous gift we received to slice our debt load almost in half. Let me try to compose myself... OK. Here goes:


We are in the process of purchasing a mini ranch that needs people with love and vision. Pick us! Pick us! Oh wait, it did! And the mortgage? It will be less than what we paid every month for rent.

This is so much more than purchasing a home, although that within itself is massive. We're stepping into a lifelong dream. We're about to embrace a lifestyle we've wanted since forever. A lifestyle of sustainability. A lifestyle more connected with creation and where our food comes from. There will be lots of dirty faces, sweat, and grunts. There will be hard work, patience, growth, harvests, accomplishments, tending, nurturing, raising, feeding, pruning, training, building, loving, and resting. I'm not just talking about the land. I simply couldn't be more giddy. It's almost too hard to sit and type right now. Someone give me a shovel!

I could hardly wait to give you a little tour. If you will, slip your most polished pair of vision goggles on and come with me.

This is one of my favorite spots. I love stone walls, especially when moss is growing along it. It feels ancient. This is where many thoughts will be thought, quiet times will be had, books read, pictures drawn, blogs written, and whispers shared.

We even have our own child-sized rock wall. Train them up in the way they should go...

We have wanted to grow grapes for years. Look! An empty slope! Hello, my table grape vineyard.

And barns? Why yes. We have two. Both need love. We have plenty of that. Here's a peek into the big barn:

The other is a horse barn.

Let's not forget pastures. There are three of those.

Also, I want sheep.

Do you know what? There is room to spare. For chickens, sheep dogs, dairy cats, and beyond.

All-in-all, it figures out as about five acres.

You might have noticed there are no pictures of the cabin. It sits atop a little hill where a view of mountain peeks can be enjoyed; two of our favorite, to be exact. We'll get to the cabin another time soon. Make sure you don't lose your best vision goggles for that one. You might want to polish them with Windex first. It's one thousand square feet. That's a great upgrade from our 250 square-foot trailer. When money comes in, it will be demolished and a new home will be built. In the meantime, the cottage will get new paint and floors before we move in. Just keep that in mind when I show it to you.

Excuse me while I give a little scream and do a happy dance. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!


  1. This sounds wonderful! Great barns...I love barns! Wishing you the best in your new home!

  2. Looks like a place for a family to learn and grow together.

    We rented a farmstead for four years of our lives, with all the same things you listed above, including the small cottage, 900 square feet. We had five kids. The floor plan really made good use of the space, and we found ourselves outdoors so much it didn't seem to matter.

    Was fun finding your blog tonight!

  3. Katie! I am soooo happy for you! I too have vision goggles and in my future I too see a wonderful farm such as yours! This is simply awesome and I couldn't be happier for you and your lovely family! whooo hooo!!!! Big Hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

  4. katie!! I'm so pleased for you, I see your vision so clearly. You will love this life, I promise. And those barns WOW!! love'em

  5. Congratulations!! Looks like such a wonderful place to raise a family!

  6. I'm so happy for you! I love stone walls as well. Good luck with the move and the closing.

  7. Congratulations! How wonderful! ~Alison

  8. I am so excited for you! Your post brought back such fun memories! We moved from the city to our run-down farm 12 years ago this April. We moved into an old farm house that had seen better days. We called it the hovel and lived there for 10 years before moving into the newly renovated farm house that we moved onto the property. (We call it The Mansion!) Life hasn't been easy - but so very good. We wouldn't trade it for anything! Blessings on your new adventure!

  9. I'm happy for you. I love my farm life. Drop in and check out my blog if you have a chance.

  10. What a beautiful place for a family. I love my life in the country. My only regret is that I didn't find it sooner. You're children will reap countless blessings, growing up there...


  11. Congratulations!!! I know how excited you are ---I felt the same way when we found our place. I love your stone wall and sitting place. I see a beautiful vineyard there with robust, healthy, juicy grapes and the lives that will fill those barns--I can hear them already :)
    So happy for you!!

  12. Oh my, how wonderful for you. Sounds like a very nice place to raise your children.

  13. Congratulations! It sounds like the perfect place for building dreams.


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