Is your farm all that you dream it would be, or is it nothing at all what you thought? Is it a work in progress a little at a time, or is it not moving at all?
Here at The Heart of the BottomsUp 2/3 Acre we continue moving forward with baby steps. Although, to those driving past I am sure that sometimes it looks like we might have come to a complete stop. Trust me, sometimes it does get that hard building a dream life that we do get frustrated, but we never lose sight of the big picture.
When we started our dream farm, like all, we had to face reality. We asked ourselves, what could we afford, what did we want to accomplish and what could we handle? The answers gave us our starting point, which is where most would have quit and settled on a muddled through existence. This was not an option for us.
We had to start at the scrapings of the bottom of the bucket. Building our own home was impossible for us to get started at, and staying in the city until that day was ruled out. We wanted to experience this while young enough to start living said dream. To buy a modern home with a big red barn and property was also out of the question. That idea was out of our price bracket. Besides, I always wanted an old farm house. They have character!
And so, the days of searching for our forever home, the beginning of our dream, had begun. Two years later, we moved into what our friends thought was an insane move!
What could I say? We were not middle-class, but that did not stop us. We are not afraid to work. Also, we were not willing to sit back and listen to those who said, “you can’t” or “you cannot afford to live like that.”
Yes, you are correct! We are the types that always respond with, “Watch us!”
Within two years, we transformed a single mobile home and an old farm-house into a single neatly, well blended home for 7! Mind you, it did take a LOT of elbow grease and repair of the two! Then, we began to live seasonally while learning all the ways of homesteading.
With only 2/3 acre (all we needed to full-fill the dream life) we planted a full scale garden, and started building a mini-barn and a lean-to! Just two born and raised city folk with a mutual dream, building and learning as we went. Every little successful step that we made was getting us closer.
With a successful garden we would share with the big time, old farmers who surround us. They would smile and thank us with an odd twinkle in their eyes. I am guessing that to them we were like children so excited to learn how a new toy worked! And you know what? That is how it feels to be working on a dream.
I will admit it is not all fun and games though! We have had our share of huge set-backs that we did not foresee. Like who would take into account that a contractor would screw you over and either give you poor workmanship, or walk off with the supply money! Or how about the time, that a big corporate boss you work for decides to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with a permanent lay-off, in January, in a depression time, resulting in a 15 month unemployment! We almost lost it all!
Talk to any of the generations of the 1950’s and before, they have a saying, “It’s a never-ending story”. You know what? They are right.
So when most would have quit, given up, we stayed. We could have easily let go and gone back to the city, only to fight to keep our heads above water there? No, we would rather go down fighting for our dream. We kept the big picture in focus. To us, this is more than just a mini-farm. It is a way of life that you can not get anywhere else! It is as close as you can get, to the creation that the Creator made! It has different rules and different work that you just cannot find in the city. So staying was our only option and we won. We are still here, re-building by ourselves, the shotty work done by others. We continue to plant our gardens and re-seed when weather dictates. We continue to rejoice with the tidbits of success with each baby step made forward.
We have a long way to go, to get near to our finished dream of a big red barn with a horse, chickens and gardens. Living in a beautiful finished inside and out home. Right now, it is a mini-barn, coops and a garden. The house roof has a leak, the inside is half finished, but the most important part is complete. That being said, we are content working toward the big picture together.
In our minds, we are 90% there! We have each other. We have our family. We have our way of life with a roof over our heads, leaking or not. And, we have the ability to work on the last 10%.
From our hearts to yours, whatever your dream, we hope you are able to see the Big Picture!