Finding Home

03 Nov

IMG_2209“There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.” —Alcott.

We are a military family, so though both hubby and I each grew up in pretty much one place, we have moved 9 times in 21 years of marriage, plus 6 months in Germany.  We have tried to settle down–several times, but the longest we’ve lived anywhere was 7 years.  But maybe this time will be different?

Springtime view of our front yard.

Springtime view of our front yard.

We rented for a year while we scouted the area for just the right place–a hobby farm. I think the idea had been stewing for a while, and it was brought to a boil when my parents, in their 60’s, bought 20 acres in the middle of nowhere and started learning to grow their own food and live more simply.  We finally decided to try it ourselves, but first had to find the right place. As anyone knows who has looked for land, either the house is great, but the land stinks, or vice verse. It’s hard to find that perfect spot.  We wanted some field and some woods, a stream, a well, a barn, and a house that would fit the 6 of us. It couldn’t be too far from Dave’s work, nor too far from Josh’s college. Not in suburbia, but not in the boondocks, either. And it couldn’t cost too much.  Not too much to ask for, right?!

Backside view of house, machine shed, and barn

Backside view of house, machine shed, and barn

You know you’ve found the right property when you name it, and compare all the other properties to it. Eventually, we did find “home.”  It has everything on our list and now we’re happy to say we’ve started the hobby farm adventure. Sometimes we wonder what we were thinking–we went from renting a house where our only care was to mow the lawn, to a place where our to-do list never ends!  But it is satisfying and fruitful work. Now we’ll see how long God lets us stay here! Come along and join us on our crazy learning curve…


View of field from driveway


Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Farm Life


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3 responses to “Finding Home

  1. Mary Conley

    November 13, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    It is going to be so much fun watching your acreage grow and we’ll have so much to talk about! Mom

  2. Channon

    March 13, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Amy, I just spent a little time on your blog. How fun! I’m so happy for your family to have a farm. It’s in my nature as I’m the daughter of near master-gardener from days past. Mom always had a huge yard with flowers everywhere and a vegetable garden that grew practically everything. Dad managed the horses and about a dozen head of cattle. In Wyoming, that’s called a ranch-ette.

    While a farm is not in my future, I LOVE the idea of your life there and getting to read all about it.

    • amysanta

      March 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Thanks, Channon! We’d love you to come and visit!


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