The Journey Is the Reward


| 8/18/2008 4:22:00 PM


Tags: Wisconsin, family farm, self-sufficiency, farming, homesteading,

Hello, friends!

We are honored to share a bit of our lives with you in this blog. It seems appropriate for our first blog to introduce the family and give a little history in a nutshell.

Andy and I met in college here in Wisconsin and were dating about two years before I graduated and moved to Colorado Springs as a graphic designer. He followed me with a job transfer about half a year later. By May of the following year, we were engaged, married and into our first house together. All was splendid. We were the mid-twenties corporate junkies so typical of our generation. We thought we'd be in Colorado for quite some time, far away from our family and our roots. However, two months after the wedding, our lives changed forever.

The Farm

My grandfather passed away back in Wisconsin and we flew home for a whole week to aid my parents and see family. We enjoyed helping out on my parents' farm and on the drive back to the airport, we confided to my father that we wanted to take over the farm someday. Dad was receptive to our plans for the farm, which was to take it from a struggling crop and livestock farm to a successful "tourist farm" for city people and their kids to experience life in the country. I had always wanted to return to the farm in some capacity; it didn't matter how. That spurred into action a series of events we were not prepared for. I don't know what you all believe, but we know things happen for a reason; it's a part of our faith.

The day after we got home and back to work, Andy was fired from his job. He did nothing wrong; his supervisor wanted to hire a relative, so they made up some charges and that was that. We were shaken and scared, but suddenly saw the sign. Maybe coming back to Wisconsin is what we're supposed to do. After a month of no decisions and living pretty tight, Andy still could not find a full time job. Then we found out that I was pregnant. It should have been wonderful news, but we were stunned. I had always dreamed of being a stay-at-home mother but now I was the bread winner. Meanwhile, after continued denials from Colorado employers, Andy started to put feelers out back in Wisconsin. Immediately he had three bites from three employers begging for a face-to-face interview. We sent him back for a week to look for a job and an apartment. I put in my resignation and, by the end of November 2006, hauled our whole lives back across the Wisconsin state border.

paul gardener
11/5/2008 12:58:46 PM

What a great story you have together and after such a short time. I can't help but say that I envy you in many ways with your access to the farm and such a great knowledge base to work with in your family. I hope everything works out well for you both and for that cute little girl of yours, and look forward to following your journey; that is indeed the reward isn't it! P~ http://apaetoday.blogspot.com


cindy murphy
8/26/2008 6:17:12 PM

Hi Becky, Andy, and cute little Ellie. I've been remiss in welcoming you to the Grit community. An "old-reliable" computer that crashed, and a new computer that blew less than an hour after I got it, (who can blow up a computer by just touching it....it's a good thing I'm not anywhere near your electric fence), and I've spent the last week just playing catch-up with a lot of things. So please excuse my lateness in saying it's good to have you here; I look forward to reading more of your journey, and learning of the rewards you discover along the way.


debbie_1
8/21/2008 8:57:27 PM

Hey there Becky & Andy .. SO nice to meet you! I bet I will learn quite a bit from you - what a great spirit you have! I think that is the basis of country living .. you truly love the land and living! Gorgeous baby girl!


lori
8/20/2008 7:15:51 AM

Becky & Andy, WOW, what a lifestyle change for you! I admire you for taking this step. I'm sure you will be investing a lot of time and hard work, but it is also very rewarding, and as you put it you are "actually living"! When I look at the picture you posted of your house, I get the feeling of a comforting and welcoming place. A great place to raise a family and create lots of wonderful memories. Your daughter, who is a cutie pie, will have lots of great things to explore and discover! I wish you luck with this move, and welcome to the GRIT community!


hank will_2
8/19/2008 12:58:30 PM

Becky and Andy -- The kind of risk-taking (grit, pluck, you name it) is the stuff that this country was founded on. I am amazed at the strength of your convictions and I am impressed with the level of family cooperation you have. Welcome and thanks.


razor family farms
8/18/2008 9:09:25 PM

What a wonderful introduction! I love that you decided to stay on the farm and that it is working out so beautifully! I can't wait to read all about your journey! Blessings! Lacy Razor RazorFamilyFarms.com NEWS at Razor Family Farms GRIT.com





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