My last post has a picture of us on a tree farm.
In December of 2008, we were on the cusp of change. Many aspects of our family life were in flux: we were reorganizing, regaining our health, building businesses, figuring out schooling for our children, and resculpting our dream of living on a farm.
For 8 Christmases, we bundled up and ventured out to pick and cut down a tree of our own. We would walk around a local 5-acre tree farm and say "It would be amazing to have a place like this someday."
In early 2009, I got pregnant with our third child. It was a difficult pregnancy from the beginning. I experienced hyperemesis, and was put on bedrest at 26 weeks for preterm labour. It was a very dark and rainy winter and I was really bummed out, despite being excited to meet our little baby.
Our home at the time was surrounded by tall, Cedar trees and was very dark. We were getting stir crazy (me especially) and needed a brighter, lighter space. We had chipped away at renovations over a number of years and felt a need for change. We also liked the idea of paying off some debt and reorganizing our finances. We decided to sell our fixer-upper and rent for two years while saving for a farm.
Thankfully, I was able to carry to term (a little past!) and give birth to our Joy-Child, Maxwell. He was born just after we moved into a very bright, southfacing rental home.
We worked and saved and "filled up our hearts", by enjoying the simple things. We worked on lifestyle changes that helped us feel healthier, and we reconnected with our dreams.
December of 2011, we went to get our tree and realized that the 92-year old owner had passed away, leaving his wife behind. She expressed to us, that she would need to sell because the upkeep was too much for her. We gave her our number and asked if she'd keep us in mind when she was ready to sell.
In the Spring of 2012, she called, and we started the process of crunching numbers and unfolding the possiblities of a dream coming true.
Last summer, we moved onto this beautiful property and began the work of creating our home.