When the time came and debt was all but gone, we found a two-car garage that was converted into a home in 1960. It sat on five acres, had two barns and a view that we couldn't get enough of. Everything was in ruin, but we saw it for what it could be and we fell in love. It was three times bigger than the trailer and didn't wobble when we walked in it. We gutted it and painted it and it was home for almost three years, all 950 square-feet of it. The plan was to only be in it for a year before expanding, but it didn't work out that way, as plans sometimes go.
We got our sheep, our chickens, our barn cats and our dogs. We even had our fifth baby in it. It was our home, our school, our labor and delivery room. It was very cozy. After we became a family of seven, it got a little too cozy. Enough funds came in and we worked with a blueprint. I held my breath.
One day last May, we moved out and the little Christmas Cabin was gutted. It was exciting and also a bit uneasy for this mama.
Fast-forward seven months later and our home finished growing. It has been six weeks and I still walk around in a daze. It actually happened. I don't share all this to brag. Not in the least. I want to share hope and encouragement for those considering that thrilling jump into the unknown, closer to their dreams. The past four years haven't been glamorous. There have been incredibly sweet moments, profound moments, and very hard moments. There has been unexpected provision and so much supernatural grace. If there is anyone out there itching to be free of debt and ready begin their journey that leads to adventure, I hope you find our story encouraging.
|The new shower, complete with rocks collected from our land.|
|The new kitchen, complete with floors made from century-old barn wood and trip from our own old barn wood (which has since been re-faced with much-needed fresh lumber).|
|The new kitchen table made out of our old, dilapidated deck.|
|Sunset in the living room.|
As we settle in, we feel our bodies allow themselves to let down. We have been very tired, and in turn seemed to have caught every bug out there this season. So much beauty and wonder, not without some mess. We don't regret it though. Not for a second.
Now, for the first time in what feels like half of eternity, we get to establish routines, host family and friends, set up new chore charts, and feel something close to normal. Needless to say, we are very much embracing this new season and I can't wait to share it with you: stories of family, gardens, animals, new recipes, and all.
Are you ready for an adventure? What does yours look like this year?
Whatever you do, align yourself with the One of unending strength, love, and guidance and just do it.
You won't regret it.