(If this is new news to you, click on the "We Bought a Farm" label to see all past posts on this topic. Or you can click here for a Q&A on our move.)
I absolutely love the town we live in now. I think our church is fantastic. I love that we are near some family and I have really enjoyed meeting some great new ladies -- especially my friend Julie and her awesome kiddos.
But our hearts were never allowed to fully establish here. We knew from very early on that this was a temporary stop and that we had one more move to make until we found our forever home. We have purposefully not allowed ourselves to create a more permanent life here -- all in preparation for the move to the farm.
This town we are moving to has less than 800 people. It does not have a grocery store or any of the things we have right around the corner form us at our current house. It is going to take a lot of adjusting.
But I am ready. We are ready. Our kids are thrilled. And my husband is, honestly, giddy.
In preparation for this move to the farm, I am going to be making some Blog changes. You can click here to read the details and make sure I have your contact information.) My Blog will still exist for the public to read, but the more personal and private family entires will only be available to those individuals on "the list." (So make sure you are!)
In the meantime, we are continuing to take one or two trips to the farm a month, towing behind us a little U-haul trailer, attempting to get more and more things there. (In the hope of making the final move easier. Yeah right!)
We do not foresee that our life will slow down at the farm. In fact, it will probably get busier if you looked strictly at chores needing to be done. But that busier life will be intentional. We will be growing and eating our own food. We will be spending our time together instead of spread out all over the place chasing non-congruent dreams. We are purposefully choosing to live a more intentional, purposeful life, away from the "normal" rat race.
This does not, in any way, place judgment on people who live in the rat race. We definitely do not believe the life we are choosing is for everyone. (It couldn't be as there certainly is not enough land for everyone to do what we are doing.) But for those of you who are interested in this life, either because you consider it or because it intrigues you in a voyeuristic way, then this Blog will continue to update you on the ups and downs of my ol' city girl self moving to the country!
However, for us, this life feels like the only way we can go. Our years overseas have left us seeking more quiet, more dark skies, more stars twinkling.
And we're going to go after our dream.
We hope that it will be a place of respite -- not only for us -- but for YOU when you come visit us. We hope that we will be able to provide those we know and love with a place of respite as well. So stay tuned for "visiting the farm" details!