The New Homestead

Y'all. It's been a weird year for us. I mean, on the first day of school, I had an appendectomy. That same week, our van died. A week later, we had to buy a new van that actually works and we love. A few weeks later Gideon had a tonsillectomy. Then a couple weeks after that, our goats were savagely attacked and two were killed. This all happened (and more) in the first two months of 2017. I was really getting worried about how the rest of the year was going to turn out.

It's been a little rough.

But then something happened that I've had to keep secret for a month now. And it is incredibly difficult for me to keep a secret. But I didn't want to say anything until it was a sure thing.

We found our dream home. We did. I've been dreaming about this house and praying for this house for a long time. Our realtor, who also happens to be an elder in our church, was almost as excited as us. We found it on March 4, got the contract on it March 5, and closed on March 30.

It was a bit of a whirlwind. And it's going to take a lot of work to get this house up to par. Thankfully, it's liveable so we can work on and live here at the same time. But a few things need to be done right away.

Our house was built in 1921 and has 5.5 acres of land with it. Part of the land has been rented by a farmer for many years now as farm land. There is no barn or really any kind of outbuilding or fencing. So the first thing we have to do is build a barn and fence in some pasture for the animals. We just have to wait until the farmer harvests his crop.

Meanwhile, we also have to get the water clean for drinking, get heating and air upstairs for the kids. And, you know, all the painting and beautifying that I've got planned.

Jeremy keeps telling me we've got a lifetime to make this house beautiful, but y'all, I haven't slept in a month. We've got to get this house done just so I can start sleeping again.

I know it'll take us a while. I'm going to be realistic. But it won't take a lifetime. I mean, the kitchen has a gold stove! Which I kind of like because it's so retro, but that's beside the point.

The blog is going to go through a slight transformation, too. I plan on chronicling our new house renovation and building our new homestead from scratch. We have to put our hands on every bit of this house and property, and you, my few readers, might like to see some of it. So that's what we'll do.

Here we go!


  1. Oh Congrats! It is absolutely beautiful!!!! That porch! Those windows! Oh, and I would sooo keep the "goldenrod" range:)

  2. You've got this and I LOVE that front porch. After finally finishing our remodel just in time to sell I'm telling you to take this one room at a time. If you get to many projects going at once you're home will feel even more chaotic and then you'll have additional sleepless nights. Enjoy the process and think about all the new skills you're going to learn. When I look back, I'm glad we did a remodel but I would also never do it again. You're a lot younger than I though so take that energy and use it wisely. Excited for you and glad I popped in today.

    1. I know, I love the porch too! It's so spacious. You made me laugh about never doing it again. This will be our second whole house remodel, and even though it was tough the first time, I love having another big project to tackle.

  3. OOoo!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Thank you for being willing to take the time to take pics and share the renovation!!!!!! Eager to read of your journey!!!!! (so glad I joined your e-list!) ***By the way, I agree with Carole - one room at a time:) ENJOY!!!!!

    1. Thanks! It's going to be so much fun! (And so much work!)

  4. It looks beautiful! Congrats! Looking forward to following along on your adventure.


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