My husband and I have been married for seven years. Between us, we have four children. The oldest is grown with a family of her own. The other three are teenagers.
When we met, he was a welder and I was managing a doctor’s office. We were both homeowners at one time but, thanks to divorce and business losses, neither of us owned anything when we met. We found ourselves looking for new dreams.
Through the years, we’ve spent a lot of time at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales. We’ve always enjoyed digging for a deal but soon discovered our mutual love for country decor and antiques. One thing led to another and we began dreaming of someday owning our own farm. Not just a farm but a sustainable homestead.
So, seven years later, we are finally able to purchase our own land. While we have rented nice houses and apartments through the years, we have never felt settled. It is hard to put down roots when you are on someone else’s property.
When we first saw our land, there were mostly small pine trees and blackberry bushes everywhere. It took a couple of months for us to officially settle on this property but we loved it the moment we saw it.
It wasn’t long before the pine trees had grown to well over six feet. A friend bush hogged the brush for us and my brother-in-law brought his skid steer and cleared out the trees and large bushes.
We had to have the guy from the health department come out so we could get a permit for our well and septic tank.
We bought our first official piece of farm equipment. Yes, I know it’s old. We did that on purpose.
On October 30, 2017, we signed the papers with the bank to close on our land.
Our driveway was, by far, the greatest hurdle. From getting a permit from Department of Transportation (it’s on a state highway which complicated things) to traveling to another state in order to save hundreds of dollars on culvert ends to finding someone to put in the driveway, it has been a real pain in my backside. At the end of the day, we got what we needed and my husband rented a backhoe and put in the driveway himself. He did a great job and it passed inspection the first time around.
Our septic tank and well were finally put in.
Other than having our mobile home delivered, the only project left to conquer was having a pond dug. We contacted the county to see if they needed our topsoil. Thankfully, they really needed topsoil and came out to see if they could use it.
You don’t really realize what goes into a project until you get knee-deep in it.
Since our topsoil was what they needed, they began digging. It’s wonderfully amazing how God puts the right people at the right time into your life to make your dreams come true.
We opted for a single-wide mobile home for several reasons. The first reason was the price. We don’t want to be in debt the rest of our lives. The second reason is we want to live more simply.
The smaller space requires us to downsize our possessions. While this may sound horrifying to some, it is actually very refreshing. We’ve down-sized some in the past and found it very freeing.
So, now that we’re here with everything in place, what’s next?
We have big plans for our twenty-five acres. First and foremost, every plan starts with the question, “Will this make us sustainable?” According to sustainability.com, among the many ways that sustainability has been defined, the simplest and most fundamental is: “the ability to sustain” or, put another way, “the capacity to endure.”
Our desire is to mostly grow our own food, provide services for money, trade for trade and be able to support and be supported by other farms and homesteads. I’ll be sharing our journey here and look forward to new faces and new ideas that come our way.