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And A Decision Is Made…

So my wife and I, along with a couple of kids, went out to The Farm this last weekend.  The public goal was to visit and prepare for a major family gathering later on this week.

The secondary and hidden reason was for my wife and I to go look at a few rental homes in the area without the kids knowing.  The overall idea was to move now and decide down the road whether we continue renting in the area or build on our property.  That way the kids don’t have to move schools again.

So we lined up several homes to visit on Saturday and my folks graciously agreed to keep an eye on the kids.

But the night we arrived, after I troubleshot a problem with the new electrical service to the trailer, I had to get something from the truck while my wife was getting the kids settled.

I stood there for a minute listening to the silence of nature, which of course isn’t really silence.  I watched the clouds scuttle across the sky with the landscape lit by the full moon.  And right there the thought crossed my mind

This is where we’re supposed to be.

My wife and I proceeded the next day to look at the places we lined up (or in one case try, since nobody showed up to let us in) and there was nothing that would work for our family.  Great stress and frustration was felt by all!

We headed back to pick up the kids, and after hanging out with my folks for a bit we went back up to the trailer so I could do some more work while the kids got some down time.

Once I was done my wife and I went and looked at the area we had cleared with a dozer last fall.  And long story short, my wife and I came to the conclusion that being there was the right thing.  We really came to it separately, which was important so that neither one of us was really influencing the other.

I don’t think we’re under any misconceptions that it’s going to be easy, but we’ll plow through it.

Lots of challenges ahead, and you’ll hear about them.  In fact, I’ll have a survey for you later this week that’s related.

But it’s the right thing to do.  And finally, I feel at peace with where we’re going.  It’s a good feeling.

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11 Responses to And A Decision Is Made…

  1. Rudy, I’m glad you’ve decided to move to your property. I just wish you were more realistic about your wooden house. Listen to your wife and build a bunker……and a concrete house……safe from fires and earthquakes….. :)

    • See, now my kids are wanting to build hobbit holes as forts.

      It’s a conspiracy!

      • Rudy, it’s not a conspiracy (I think!).

        Scenario You build your nice wooden house, then SHTF. Ask yourself this…how secure is my structure to protect my family from looters, from fires?, from earthquakes,? from the burden of utility bills?

        My friend in upstate NY where we get over 12 feet of snow built an earth sheltered house. Last year he used two cords of wood to heat his house. It’s secure from looters and has a beautiful view of the valley. His roof is a garden. I’m just feel this need to join the conspiracy with your family. Bunker, bunker, bunker, with windows. :)

  2. I have a friend who was basically in your same situation. Except they didn’t have to bulldoze a plot since they had a nice meadow on it. They also had a fifth wheel planted on it. They property already had a cesspool on it so they had to move the 5th wheel next to the hookup to make that functional. They had been wanting to move on their property for years and last summer they finally did. They basically went camping for the whole summer and gave up their apartment. What they saved on rental fees they purchased an old mobile home with. They are now in their mobile home and slowly starting to build their dreamhome by themselves. They do get help from others at times.

    • Yeah, we have power there, and water isn’t too hard to deal with for the most part.

      We’ve also already got a trailer there, and we built a bunk house for the kids a year or two ago. Also, when I say cleared, I’m just talking about brush. The part where we’re talking about building is mostly cleared from trees already.

      Problem is that climate wise living in a trailer isn’t happening, and mobile homes for a family our size isn’t either!

      We’ll figure it out though…

  3. Rudy good luck and God bless…. When the lord puts a dream in your heart and you act on it, it’s going to be nothing more than a rousing success..

  4. I’m so pleased for you and your family! Just knowing that you’re where you should be helps overcome numerous hurdles. Looking forward to following your journey and I’ll be praying for your family.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Missy … and I fixed the link for you!

      We appreciate the prayers.

  5. Everyone of us has had the “AHA” moment and this was yours. Congratulations for listening to your little inner voice.