Our life after the farm has been fascinating and we’re still trying to absorb all the blessings placed before us. There have even been situations that didn’t seem like blessings but later something good came from it.
Through all the highs and lows of this very short period of time Robert and I discovered peace through it all. We’ve witnessed so much and realized that God brought us to this destination for a reason.
The other night while at a Make and Take Workshop I met a gal who read one of my early articles from Grit Magazine and later asked, “why did we sell our farm to come out here?” We’ve been asked this several times so, I shared the story which can also be found here and continued with the workshop.
Later that night I thought about her question and realized some people tend to stay in the same place their entire lives and sometimes even go back to where they were raised to finish living. This made me wonder, why do people do that?
These thoughts caught me by surprise because I can’t imagine ever staying in one place for a long period nor would I ever entertain the idea of moving back to where I grew up. My Grandmother lived in the same house from the time she was married till death; that was a good 70 plus years and I remember her saying, “taking a journey from our daily routine can be healthy.”
I don’t believe we’re called to stay in one place our entire lives, doing the same thing week, month and year after year. At some point we need to shake things up to help us grow. New experiences allow us to learn and trust in something greater than what we can ever imagine.
For every move and there have been many, each experience offered moments of learning and growth for us both. Learning can be painful; growth is what inspires us to do better, do more and move forward.
We’ve come to realize a long time ago this life isn’t about what we want it’s about what we can do while we’re here to bless others. To bring hope in sometimes a dark place and offer a helping hand when the opportunity arises.
I’m discovering we don’t live like most people… We could care less about material things; we don’t need to be accepted, we live simple knowing God is in control of everything.
It’s like God has been calling us our entire life, some people ignore those callings because of fear or lack of trust, we decided to pick up the phone and say, hello. I wish more people would do that…
Things change when you say hello… Our life after the farm has been challenging and there have been days when we thought enough already. We even considered selling and moving on but then there it was…
The phone ringing, we answered, said hello and a sweet reminder encouraged us to keep moving forward.
So what challenges or should I say blessings have we encountered that made life after the farm inspire us to keep moving forward?
- We’ve been working hard and it’s been awesome.
- We’ve had people welcome us with open arms and we’ve even made some really neat friends.
- We’ve been in the process of establishing a Quail Grove team.
- We’ve had people drive by to chat, the majority very nice and some not so much.
- We ran into obstacles with the County Government, which lead us to educating them on the law.
- Local people have referred to this project as rift raft, which is confusing especially since we’re constantly cleaning up.
- I gained some weight over winter because we were eating out way too much, so we cut back and we’re exercising again.
- We watched rain fall for two weeks and discovered Tiny Living can be challenging when stuck indoors, so we went to the movies.
- We found ourselves ditch digging with shovels, directing water to the creek instead of washing out the county road.
We’ve laughed a lot and at the end of the day we’ve encouraged each other, we’ve prayed and most important we continue to grow. Life without growth isn’t living and there will be set backs and failures in everything.
God never promised when we said hello that everyday would be easy, but he did promise we would be blessed. Our life after the farm has been encouraging and as we remain positive we know that Quail Grove will be a blessing to those who decide to call it home.