I have to start this post by apologizing to you, our dear readers, for appearing to have dropped off the face of the earth! Are there reasons? Yes, but I could’ve kept you updated through all of it. We have just gone through our daughter graduating from nursing school, my fiftieth birthday, and, on a sad note, the death of our neighbor and friend. At the moment I have two daughters and my mother in Israel, one of our dogs in heat, another dog VERY interested in this, a new Alpine goat who seems to be part deer and has been quite a challenge to keep out of areas that don’t concern her, four pregnant does and a 20 acre piece of land that we are closing on next month! This is not an exhaustive list but it covers the highlights!
I posted last July about our struggles in finding a place to expand our farm. We have been searching diligently since then and I believe we have found our future home. We have become more convinced that in order to have what we want, we need to build it from the ground up. The lot is 20 acres of mostly thin woods, some areas that are more thickly wooded, a wet weather creek, and a small cleared area that looks like a beautiful spot for an orchard.
There are some days that I feel like I’m too old for this kind of project… but I look out at the less than ideal set up that we have now and it sort-of energizes me! I’m trying not to plan too much before all the papers are signed but it’s hard to keep this creative mind from focusing on it. It’s amazing to me how God answers our prayers even when He says “no.” We almost bought a property that would have been a huge headache and, just like I asked, He closed that door because it wasn’t right for us. I have faith that this will happen again if we are making the wrong decision about this lot. That being said, this is the only place I’ve seen that I like better every time we are there. It’s as if there is a dome of peace over this spot and it affects me each time we visit. It’s hard to portray in pictures but the beauty of the place can certainly be seen!
I will certainly update as the process moves along. I’m so thankful that the window was left open, even though the door closed last summer. Right now it feels like the front door is completely gone and we are being pushed through the opening!