It's officially time to share the news – we're moving!
I wanted to write this post for some time, but to be honest, I moved it. Writing and publishing this post makes this step feel more real. I have so many mixed feelings about our decision to move. Although I'm excited to start the next chapter, I find it unbearable to leave our farmhouse.
Ben and I have experienced some "premieres" in this house. Here we got married, designed and rebuilt our farmhouse and started a family. Our babies bathed for the first time in the kitchen sink of our farmhouse and made their first steps on these floors. Here we have learned the true meaning of sleep deprivation in new parents. In this house we have developed new holiday traditions and celebrated the first birthdays of our children. Within these walls, we have created so many memories as a family, and it makes me so sad to leave them behind.
In this farmhouse, we have made our home dreams come true. Here we have built the cutest chicken coop ever. On our small farm, we learned how to raise goats and chickens, how to grow your own food and even how to deliver baby goats. Why are we going? Maybe I'll just start over.
… and do not worry, even though we move, the animals come along.
Moving to the farm
When we decided to move to the family court about forty years ago, he was full of hope and excitement for the future. And a lot of fear. To be honest, I did not want to move to the farm originally. 1.25 acres seemed to be a LOT of land to me, and since we had no plans to start a backyard, it seemed unnecessary.
But Ben had the dream to move to the family farm. When his grandmother died unexpectedly, we made a deal. If I were dissatisfied with the move within a few years, we would move back to the city. Lead a few years and we decided that we move … but for a completely different reason.
I can not imagine returning to the city again. Collecting eggs, milking goats and planting a garden are just a few of our favorite items. I love to educate our children with the values of simple life. I'm so thankful that Ben encouraged me to move to the family farm, but now it's time for the next step.
When Ben and I became pregnant a few months after we got married, we realized that we needed to speed up our remodeling plans. Ben and his father literally poured every ounce of themselves into this house. We wanted to make this home our home forever, that's why we took every single detail into account. Ben and Brian have completely renovated our farmhouse, working long hours every night and every weekend.
I remember our first night in our farmhouse. I was SUPER pregnant and felt like I could finally breathe again. That's it – our home forever. But now we are here to leave … but with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 26 farm animals.
I think we are crazy.
Ben and I had the idea to move the last year or so. We had hoped to acquire part of the family farm that surrounds our 1.25 acres, but unfortunately this was not an option.
If you live in Chicagoland, you may already know that it is almost impossible to find an acreage at an affordable price. We love our current location and ideally wanted to stay in the same general location. When we started the house search, the vast majority of properties were far away and too expensive for the work required. Because we love our home, we did not just want to "move" but also keep our options open.
… and then we found our dream house.
19th century farmhouse
When Ben and I saw the listing for the new house, we were in awe. We searched for a farmette for months with an old farmhouse, but they simply did not exist. Up to this house.
Within seconds of entering the property, Ben and I knew it was. The 19th century farmhouse was everything and more than we were looking for. The house was full of charm – original woodwork, wood burning stove, Dutch doors, fixtures and much more. The property was pure perfection – old barns, rolling hills and the perfect location. We immediately made an offer and were shocked when the sellers accepted it.
There is a catch: Due to problems with the revaluation of the district, we can not close the new property until around March. That's about 6 months after we closed our current home. What is the plan for our small family and homestead in the meantime?
That's a good question … for another post.
Family Photos: Red maple photography
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