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One Year and Counting

This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of our move to the country.  Wow, what a crazy ride it has been!  We have certainly had our ups and downs, but if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't hesitate to pack up and move out here! 

Of course, there are things I miss about living in the city.  Our friends, our church, Starbucks... But there is SO much to keep us occupied right here on our little chunk of land that we can stay happily entertained without really having to leave if we don't want to.  (Except maybe to the home improvement stores, which see a lot of us!) 

We ALWAYS have a building project going on.  Today we were working on a little "pen" to keep the hay in and the goats out.  Next, we need to find someone close-by with hay for sale.  Soon, we need to make a pen for the baby goats that we hope will arrive in February.  We also need to make a shelter and "buck pen" for our buck Jake and his little buddy Chip.

We have a pool liner that needs to be replaced and a pond with a bit of a leak that needs to be stopped or reinforced or whatever it is you do to fix a leaky pond.  Can you tell I haven't wrapped my mind around that one yet?

It might sound like too much work, and occasionally I feel that way too, but generally, it is work I love.  We do it together.  We learn together, we build together, we sweat together, we play together.  At this point in my life, I wouldn't choose any other way to raise my children.  We simply love it here.  The move to the country is the best decision we could have ever made, and for that I am truly thankful.

 Barn Star 
heather jackson
12/3/2012 10:53:06 PM

Thanks Lisa, I'm a huge fan of your blog!

lisa steele
12/3/2012 2:32:21 PM

I'm enjoying your blog - I was drawn at first by the name. I love that! We raise chickens also. COme visit sometime. Lisa/

nebraska dave
11/29/2012 4:19:56 AM

Heather, country life is the best. Although, I live in Urban USA, I feel that I have the country attitude toward things and Terra Nova Gardens gives me the hard work that comes from country living. One thing I like to do at the end of a year is reflect on all the accomplishments that have been done during the last year. As I ponder about the things that were completed, I amazed at how much has been achieved. You will too as you look back over the last year. Let that incentive spark your enthusiasm to press into the next year with hope, dreams, and plans. Have a great second year.