My husband and I have had the same dream for a while now. Living in a small town, having lots of acreage, starting a homestead, and giving our children a wholesome life. I want to wash the dishes with an open window to a view of empty land that is mine. Not to my neighbors backyard.
Dreams like this are sometimes hard to achieve. For one, they cost money. Two, it’s easy to get distracted with everyday life and loose sight of your dreams. My husband has to go to work everyday to provide for our family. His job is intense, and stressful, and he is almost never “off the clock.” His work takes up most of his headspace, always worrying about what needs to be done, who he needs to call, how to solve issues that are most likely going to arise. I am a stay at home mom to two adorable little boys, a 3 year old full of energy, and a 1 year old who wants to be just like his big brother. They fill my life with happiness, but also drain my energy. By the end of each day my husband and I have almost nothing extra to give to each other, or for future planning.
Lately we have found ourselves at a crossroads. Things cannot continue the way they are, he is not happy, I am not happy…the life we are living is not the life we want to have. We live in a relatively big city, the capitol of our state. Life is fast here. Lots of people, lots of traffic. We share walls with our neighbors, and don’t even have enough parking spots to park our cars. If you leave the house without your ezpass your screwed. It takes an hour to go anywhere, even if its a couple miles away, just because traffic is that bad.
Do those pictures give you anxiety? Because they give me anxiety, yet this is what I am looking at on a daily basis. I know there are people out there that are the opposite of me. Those homes look luxurious, and the idea of living on a farm sounds terrible. To me, the idea of living like we have been living for the rest of our lives sounds terrible. I crave the peace and comfort of a small farming town.
My husband and I both grew up in small towns. I remember growing up I used to ask my parents why they brought me out to the middle of nowhere. The town I called home was one of those places that had one main road, and all the stores and restaurants were found on that road. If you went the two miles down the boulevard and didn’t see what you were looking for, then it wasn’t there. When I went to my husbands hometown for the first time, I recognized the same boulevard that hosted the towns attractions. He was embarrassed to show me his lame little town, but I felt that nostalgic recognition.
Now that I am older, I find myself wanting to be back to a small town out in the middle of no where. With the world getting scarier, and our sanity about to break, its time to finally make that dream become a reality. Ready or not, it has to happen and its going to happen, and we couldn’t be more excited!
We are in the process of buying 19 acres of land back in the region of our parents. There is a lot to be done. The property was logged for trees several years back, so the land is mostly overgrown brush. Its not pretty right now, but we can see the potential. Its going to be a long road, a lot of money, and a lot of work…but when this is my backyard and my kids are eating vegetables from our gardens and chicken from our coop, it will all be so worth it.
I am excited to start on this next chapter of our lives, and I’m going to bring you along every step of the way…farming, cooking and all!