Our journey to the farm…it wasn’t fast and it wasn’t easy but it all started when a girl who would have been happy with a nice house on 2 acres fell in love with a farm boy many years ago. He was raised with large fields and cows and lots of open spaces and that’s the life he dreamed of for himself and his future family. The more we talked about it, his dreams became my own and I began researching all things farming and homesteading while we were in the process of looking for a farm.
We were looking for a place we could raise cattle and the boys could all go hunting and make memories with their dad. I wanted to have room to plant fruit trees and to have a big garden. We wanted at least 30 acres to be able to do what we wanted with the land but we knew more would be even better for what we had planned.
Little did we know that it would take us 7 years to get there and find our dream farm. During those 7 years we came across many places that seemed to be perfect for us at the time and many not so perfect ones that made us try to look past the imperfections just to sign the papers and make it happen. We wanted a farm and we wanted it then.
Something always came up to make us not be able to seal the deal. More than once the seller would back out, we couldn’t reach an agreement for one reason or another, or my husband would get laid off temporarily between jobs which was somewhat common in that time of his career as a union electrician. There were a few places that finding out it wasn’t going to work out left me in tears. I knew it was going to happen for us someday, we did have faith but when?
God always had different plans for us, as always he knows best and makes no mistakes. My Father-in-Law saw a for sale sign at a farm he knew well in our town and called my husband, who was working out-of-town at the time, to tell him. My husband called me and told me to go check it out and let him know what I thought. I could hear the excitement in his voice when he told me it was 174 acres and a house and barn, my heart sank thinking that we there was probably no way we could afford a 174 acre farm. That was way more land than we ever expected be able to get.
So I packed up our boys and drove to this farm that was only 5 minutes from our previous home. I pulled in the drive way and we got out and we started to explore. I should say that the home was vacant at the time. We walked up the hill behind the house to look out over the property and I was beginning to fall in love already. It had everything we wanted. It had a lot of fields, some wooded areas for hunting and fire wood, a pond for fishing, plenty of room to plant my orchard I had dreamed of for years, room for our boys to run and play, a large barn, and enough room for us to be able to produce our own hay and raise plenty of cattle.
Next we called the realtor, got the price, panicked a little but we decide to make an offer and we eventually made a deal. Everything fell into place quickly and almost too easily to allow this to work out which reassured that this was God’s plan for us. We all love this farm so much, it’s so different here. I see everything differently here, the grass is greener, the sky is bluer, watching the cows antics from a distance is way better than any TV show. Life is good on the farm and we are truly blessed.