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Goodbye farm – an update

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It’s been two weeks since I shared about our move off the farm.  Here’s an update on how things are going.

~I’ve cried alot. But I think I’m past that. Although I think I might have said that in the last post. So no guarantees.

~The kids are super excited. They’ve been counting down the days and have already started asking about having their friends over.  And going to the swimming pool. And walking to the park. I think they’ll be just fine.

~Speaking of the park we stopped by “our park” the other day. It’s about 3 blocks from our new house. What am I crying about again? :- )

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~All the paperwork has been completed for the farm contract. The owners let us out of the contract even before they secured someone else to take it over. We are just so grateful to them and their understanding. Thankfully they were able to find someone and papers were signed a few days ago. So we officially have until June 1 to get all our stuff off the farm.

~We start moving all that stuff tomorrow. Pat picked up the keys tonight and while I’m at praise team practice they might try to get one load brought in. Otherwise we’ll start tomorrow. We have our pick-up, my brother’s pick-up and his trailer. We are going to get as much as we can tomorrow and then we have a Uhaul truck reserved for Friday. Pat seems to think we might not need it, but I think Pat is going to be sorely disappointed in his wife’s lifting abilities.

(If you live in Sioux Falls or near-by you are invited to help us move the big stuff Friday night!  I know, how exciting, right! We’ll treat you and any of your family to ice cream sundaes afterwards. Email me for more information if you can help!)

~I can’t decide if I should decorate my new kitchen with the same decor I have now. Roosters. Will it make me sad? Will it make me happy? Do you care? Yes, life is real hard when that is one of the biggest concerns.

~We brought the cats up to my sister’s house last weekend. They are also going to be just fine.  My sister sent this to me the day we dropped them off. They are such sweet kitties, we are sure going to miss them. But I’m so thankful Danelle was able to take them and we’ll be able to visit.

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~Poor Molly is going to be traumatized to be a city dog. She is a major farm dog and loves to run all over and especially run over to the neighbors and find old pig carcasses. I am beyond thrilled that we won’t have to give her a bath 4 times a week from now on. But she’s going to have some major adjusting to do.

~The greenhouse in our hometown of Redfield gave us 2 blue spruce trees in honor of Mom and Dad. We planted them out at the farm and we were stressed about what to do with them. Thankfully my brother Tracy was able to take one of them and plant it in his yard. We are going to leave Mom and Dad’s garden. I guess if we can’t be on the farm, we can at least let them stay there. : – )

~I started some tomato and pepper plants from seeds a few weeks ago. They are ready to get put in the garden but the garden at our new house is going to have to be in some type of containers as there’s not really room for a real garden. It’s a little hard to think about that because the last conversation I had with Dad was about what type of planters I should use for my plants when we lived in the apartment. I’m hoping that when I look at them in the backyard I can look at them with joy and think about what a great dad I was blessed with.

~Pat is excited to be able to ride his motorcycle more often. He also thinks I’m going to ride with him. He is wrong.

~We appreciate your prayers over the next few days as we get moved and get the farm house cleaned out. I’m going to be extremely vulnerable here and also ask that you pray for us and our financial situation. I know God will provide, but it’s hard to let go of the worry sometimes.

~I’ll be singing this song at church on Sunday. I posted it at the end of my last post. How “ironic” the timing of me singing it. I’m so thankful for God’s constant reminder of His love and nearness.

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Goodbye Farm

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I’ve been staring at the computer screen for 10 minutes now. And I’m still not sure what to say. But it’s time we share the news with you all.

I don’t want to be too overly dramatic. I know it’s probably hard for you to imagine me being dramatic, right? Ha!

So anyway, yes the title of this post says it all. We are moving off the farm.

I don’t really feel I need to go into details about our decision, but I can share that we know that God is telling us to simplify and let some things go.

And so it’s come to the end of a dream.

(There’s the dramatics for you.)

For the most part I’ve stopped crying about it. I just absolutely love the tranquility of it out here. There is such a peace and a beauty. I love my chickens. I love the feeling of freedom and hope as you look at the sunrise over the corn fields.

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But I’m trying to focus on the good that will come from moving off the farm. Just a few that come to mind:

~Hopefully we’ll get our budget back on track.

~No more driving 1+ hours every day to and from Sioux Falls.

~More opportunities for bike rides and walks.

~More time with family.

~More opportunities for fellowship. I’ve really missed this. We often used to have friends over and play-dates and I’m very excited to start doing this again more regularly.

Everything has really been coming into place.

We were able to find new homes for the chickens within two days.

And the goats too. Well goat. I guess I didn’t share that story yet. Our lamb died as I already blogged about. And then we got a little goat to keep Pixie company. And then that goat died.  It’s obviously we didn’t have a clue what we were doing.

So anyway, it was nice to be able to find homes for everyone quickly. We get to take Molly with us and my amazing sister is going to take our two cats for the time being.

We also were able to find a small house to rent in Sioux Falls, in our budget, in a nice neighborhood, lots of room and from what we can tell so far, a great landlord. Another huge blessing that we are extremely grateful for.

And yes we are under contract with the farm. But again, God has been faithful to provide, even when it feels like we’ve been so unfaithful in taking care of what He has already provided. The owner of the property is willing to work with us and we are now in the process of finding someone to take over the contract. We have had many people interested and so again, we are so grateful. Please continue to pray with us that all the details will be worked out.

So I guess that’s all there is to report. Ha! That’s all, huh?

We move back in to town on May 15th or around that time anyway, depending on when someone takes over the farm.

In all honestly both Pat and I have felt very defeated over this decision. We have peace that it’s the right decision, but we still feel defeated. Like we’ve failed again. All these grandiose plans gone forever. I know our lives will be somewhat simpler and hopefully that will be a good thing for our family, for the kids. And I have to trust where God leads us, even though it’s not exactly what I want.

Part of my heart-break is because I feel like I’m leaving a part of Mom and Dad out here. I know the joy they would have found in knowing we had this place. I know they would have been so proud. And I’m sure they are proud no matter what, but it still hurts to leave this place and know that a dream has died.

Well now. I’d say that’s about enough of the dramatics, don’t you think?

We very much covet your prayers over the next few weeks as we transition back to the big city.

I’ve been listening to this song over and over the past few days.

All is well. Not because of where I live or what I do and what I have. But only because of God’s great love.

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Our first season of mud

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When we moved to The Farm last year it was late May. Just about summer and nice and dry.  Just like everyone else, we have been anxiously awaiting the coming of Spring. It’s been a long winter.  We realized today how long it has actually been.

A long winter means lots of melting snow. Lots of melting snow means lots and lots and lots of mud.

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Ug. What a mess. But that’s just life on the farm.

Washer and dryer, get ready!

Pat got the lawn mower tractor out to haul a bunch of chicken feed from the car to the chicken coop. The kids were so excited because they got to drive for the first time this season.

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Pat lets them do all the steering themselves and they absolutely love it.

After lots of play time and lots of chores too it was time to head inside. Except that Pat got his little tractor stuck in the mud. His amazing wife came to the rescue and helped push it out.

Except that she fell. In the mud.

Angel felt it was necessary to take a picture.

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You’d think growing up on a farm I’d be used to all the mud and yuck. But yuck.

This is how Angel feels about all the mud.

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Hahaha. She’s so funny.

While Pat was putting the lawn mower away the kids decided to start playing in the mud.

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Hey Mama Chicken.

[The chickens are so happy to be out of the coop!]

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I think he was contemplating jumping over the mud.

And then he got stuck.

And then he fell down.

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Oh ya. I’m quick with the camera! HAHA.

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Let me take your picture Bubba before I help you up.

And then Angel lost a boot and she freaked out. Poor girl, it’s going to be a long spring!

But Daddy came to the rescue!

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As much as we’re not real prepared for all the mud, we sure do love what all the mud means!

Sun and spring and a lot more time outside!

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