Thirteen was a big age in my family. I was the oldest, so I got there first and when you turned thirteen, you got to mow the grass. Doesn’t sound like fun to you? Well that’s because you didn’t live with us. We had a riding lawn mower and a full acre. I was envisioning me wearing my bathing suit, getting a great tan and listening to my walkman (this was the 90s, OK!). Plus, I got to practice driving. And since I lived out in the country, I had already been practicing on back roads with my step-dad for awhile!
I think it was my very first time out, after all the safety lessons, that I literally drove over a towel. Not sure if that’s my fault for jamming out too hard, or my parents fault that the grass was so high I didn’t see a TOWEL! Needless to say, after wrecking the blades, I got OFF of mowing duty about as fast as I got on it. Eventually I talked my way back in (yes, I asked to do it, FOR FREE) and had a nice history of mowing our acre growing up.
I had parents that let me do lots of things. I raised chickens in 5th grade with 4-H when we lived in a duplex. My step-dad built me a huge chicken coop that took up most of the back yard of our tiny lot. My mom always made me do it all. Wake up at 5 am to fluff the sawdust, feed and check water levels. Others had their animals in an ag barn and had other people do most of the work. My mom always said if I were raising chickens that I would do it, not someone else. I learned a lot of responsibility and care during that year. I may not have loved every part of it at the time, but I look back with extremely fond memories. I have always wanted that for my children, the freedom to raise an animal and roam our land.
Fast forward 20 years. My husband, a claimed city boy raised in the suburbs, and I had been married about 9 years and were living in the burbs. We had done the build a big house thing. We had done the sale everything we own to downsize and to raise a family thing. We moved into our current home in 2007 with one child that was 1 year old. We told ourself we’d move before she started kindergarten.
Of course, we had no idea what God had planned. We had 2 more babies. We started to feel the desire to move to some land. We prayed. We even listed our home. Then God spoke clearly our next move: ADOPT. We were a little blown away and a lot sad that we weren’t getting land. But you know what, His timing is always perfect. We pulled our home off the market, which we couldn’t have sold for more than we owed at the time and set forth on a four year journey to our sweet son, Judah.
We got home in December of 2014 after 12 weeks in Uganda and tried to settle into a family. The Christmas season came and went and in early February Eric and I both started thinking a lot more about land. We prayed separately and came together and just knew this was the time. We were really open handed with the Lord: whatever your will, God!
We are a part of a church plant that is almost 3 years old. My husband enjoys helping to lead worship and we are very involved in our missional community. We didn’t want to leave, but weren’t willing to drive for an hour to attend and pass 20 other churches.
We started looking and kept expanding our circle of how far we’d be willing to look in our price range. After an extremely quick and profitable sale of our current home (cash offer, no option period!), we started looking. The 4 kiddos and I went looking over 2 days with our realtor. The very first house we looked at was it. Eric went and saw it the next evening and he liked it, but I had kinda had my heart set on another one, one he didn’t like!
So we prayed diligently. With the kids, as we went, we decided to go see it one more time and I felt a complete peace as we were pulling in the driveway. We left and had already started making plans. We made an offer and after a few days it was accepted and moved into where we are now! Just waiting to close on our new home in 2 weeks. We haven’t packed a bit since we put our home on the market!!! My next post will be some tips to get your house listed and fast! Then I will share some updates that we plan to do (not many, it’s a great house) to our kids rooms and ours and will share our trials and errors as we move out to our 1.5 acres of land!
We can’t wait to share our journey as we get chickens, rabbits, renovate a huge building, plant a garden and experience life out in the open pasture. We cannot wait to get out there.