Taking advantage of some warm, sunny winter days, we enjoyed a home site picnic last week. The western view from our hilltop is just stunning, and it was easy to imagine including a deep covered porch in our house design to take advantage the evening sunsets. Tucked in against a northern forest, the future house site just feels so right, and so exciting.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might notice that this land looks somehow different than what you’ve seen before. That’s exactly true – we have decided to relocate to a piece of land just to the north, and join two other families in creating a community land trust on 60 acres. How this came to be is really a result of trusting our intuition, being open to new possibility, and communicating openly about feelings and desires. And there is a tiny dash of crazy thrown in there for good measure, but this decision does not in any way feel impulsive, but rather like a curvy path to getting to what was meant to be.
I am so excited to share this journey over the next few months as we begin to literally dig into new ground. Right now our nightly conversations center around driveway construction, gravel trucks, hiring Amish neighbors to plow a field, ordering local oak lumber from the Amish mill, and designing a “summer shanty” to move to in April. We’re in a time full of overwhelming details and almost impossible goals. But it feels really good to remember my intentions for 2013: TRUST.
Wishing you a beauty-filled weekend! Teri
P.S. I’m giving away a copy of the book Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes. If you’re interested in a chance to win, check this post out, and say hello in the comments! The giveaway will close on Wednesday January 23rd!
Amazing, gorgeous, so incredible! I’m so happy for you and just tonight I was thinking that one of my intentions for the relatively near future is to make a road trip to your neck of the woods! Must visit you one day! It WILL happen! 🙂
YES!!! Yes yes yes Sarah. You must visit one day. And soon!! Glad to hear it made it on your list of intentions!!
Super excited for you. I have one question though – what about the barn / shop you had built? Was that on the other property or this property?
Ah yes. That is part of the dash of crazy. While we do still have access to the red shop (until we sell the land), it won’t be able to come with us to the new land. So we’ll either build our own shop, or have a similar one built on the new land. It was a bit of a bummer, but it is serving it’s initial purpose which was primarily to give us a landing pad for all of our stuff, and also to give Brian a place to blacksmith (which he does indeed do when the temperature is above 20 degrees!!).
Glad it’s all working out. Love seeing the pictures of the little ones. Miss seeing them (and you) at the studio each week.
We miss it too! Ella started a dance class last week, and it is so far from the quality that you and Ms. Pamela provided. I might have to jump back into teaching dance afte rall!
I am so excited for you. I look forward to seeing all your impossible goals come true because I know they will.
Thanks Elizabeth! I’ll remember to call on you for a little morale boosting in early April when we have only a week or two to finish everything before we have to move in!!
Do just that. I will be here and ready to boost. Have fun and take care.
A Table in the Sun says
What a fabulous opportunity to optimize the most important aspects of life….families nurturing families….living off of the land….loving REAL rather than THE LATEST.
That is exactly our intention!! We’re very excited for this opportunity. Thanks for saying hi!
Beth Eiva says
Howdy!! So excited for you guys, this new land is stunning. Love you and your family, big hugs to all!
Thanks Beth! We’ll be excited to show it to you in person some day!
So inspiring. . .
Thanks Travis! Nice to hear from you! I always enjoy the lovely photos on FB of your wonderful family and your adventures!