I remember it so clearly.
It was almost a year ago now. We had spent 6 weeks in a chaotic flurry of excitement and leaps of faith. You see, we found some gorgeous land. It was perfect. 8 acres of quiet land, secluded and semi forested. Enough room for a few animals, a nice big garden, but still a forest for my outdoorsy boys. It even had a partially finished building on it. A 24×24 garage package. We were planning on how to make it work to move into just over 500sq feet of space with 7 kids. Insane right? But we would have. In a heartbeat.
Unfortunately for us, our financing was impossible. Because it was vacant land, it required a massive down payment. We tried everything to make it work. We prayed and hoped, made phone call after phone call, application after application. But after all the joy and excitement and dreams, God said no.
We felt so discouraged. It felt so hopeless. We had talked and dreamed about getting land, about downsizing, about trying to raise our kids off the grid, for years. Years. And now, we tried. The answer was no.
We knew our problem though. Our biggest issue was that it was all talk, because we had never really made any changes to get closer to our dreams.
We decided to make a change.
We realized that we needed to look at the answer of “no” as a blessing. Yes, the answer to us getting that particular land at that particular time was no. But no didn’t mean never. It was time to put our efforts where our dreams were! We needed to beautify this place of ours up, splash on some fresh paint and use a little elbow grease. We knew the biggest key however was to purge as much as possible and seek simplicity, faith and minimalism so that we could be content in any size home.
We are going to be blogging our journey of creativity, simple living, minimalism and our efforts to start our own little homestead with 7 young children under 12 years old.
This blog is our journey of discovery. Our journey of faith. But mostly, it is our journey of dreams.
Thank you for coming along for the ride.