Well I guess this is your official introduction
!!We are finally homeowners again!! Which mostly means we have a to-do list a mile long, another big move ahead of us….but most importantly… a place to call our own.
This house came to us in a surprise little package, neatly gift wrapped and brimming with possibility. She was the one we were looking for all along but had given up on her, sure she didn’t exist.
Our dreams of her began long ago. If you’ve been with me very long, you may know that I’m an avid reader of Wendell Berry. N and I discovered him through some of my coworkers back in 2008. His writings, along with their influence, put a dream in our hearts.
A big part of the dream was to live on land. To grow our own food. To move our parents in next door (still working on that one ;)).To raise our girls in a place where they can climb trees, collect eggs, star gaze.
I began looking for her about two years ago. Sure that when she was ready, she’d present herself to us.
To be honest, the house hunt was a torturous (for our realtor) but terribly fun (for us) endeavor that finally, finallylanded us here.
I’ll spare you all of the conflicting details, but you can be sure I said, “I’ll never….” many times and eventually all of those nevers were pursued.
One of those nevers was that we would never move permanently to this area. We thought n would put in his year of experience and then we would move back to our familiar home turf. Much to our surprise we fell in love with the people out here, the small town, and most importantly N’s job. He has had an exciting year full of many ups and downs but his desire to stay has been consistent. Plus he has an amazing opportunity to pursue his doctorate and it seems foolish to turn that down by changing locations now.
“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” -Mark Twain
Our realtor gave us this quote after we finally, finally said, this is the one! And those words have been ringing in our ears since…spurring us on to this new adventure and the realization of a long held dream. It wasn’t so much the house we were searching for all along, more so the lifestyle. Living on a few acres is no guarantee for a simplified (and perhaps idealized) life (and is certainly not everyone’s calling) but it is a starting point for us. The start to pursue this crazy dream we have.
How perfectly cliche, but terribly fitting, that two former teachers would buy an old school house?
We couldn’t have packaged her better if we tried,
-sweet mama k