The Big Decision: Picking Our Home Site


Karrie SteelyRemember that classic Steinbeck book, “Of Mice and Men”? Sometimes, when I think about my dream of having a farm of my own, a dialog between Lennie and George starts playing in my head. It starts with George …

"OK. Someday – we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and …"

"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouts. "An' have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that, George."

wheat field

Wheat field on the new home site.

I still have to pinch myself to know it’s real, because after all those years of dreaming, that dream is actually coming true! Patience and hard work are paying off, after long last. My partner and I have each always had a dream like this, years before we met. To build a sustainable house in the country on a peaceful acreage, making it unique and practical and a place to call home, a place to put down roots.

7/13/2014 8:02:51 AM

Karrie, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I can feel your excitement from your first blog post. I hope you continue to update your progress here on your GRIT blog. Homesteading is indeed allot of work. It travels through the whole gambit of emotions but always satisfaction rules over it all in the end. The joys of seeing it all come together are something in life that can't be found any other place than on a homestead. When the newly found excitement dwindles and the challenges bear down, it will test your metal but from this first post, I can see that you both will endure because this is your passion in life. Stay true to that passion and it will reward you abundantly. ***** Have a great homesteading day.

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