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  1. What a raw, true, and beautiful post. We too are in that ‘waiting and dreaming ‘ stage… just at the edge between that and the reality of building our dream house that is over ten years in the making. All of these emotions and perspectives are so true.

    So excited to see your dream of a homestead life blossom!

    1. Thank you Angela! Yes, it is so emotional to see dreams realized! Looking forward to following along on your journey as well!

  2. I have been guilty of wishing my life away in this regard. We now have our homestead dream… and I often fantasize about living in a walkable city. Absurd!

    1. I understand, our flesh can be so needy and ungrateful! Plus things are always better in our imagination!

  3. We are grateful that for most of our 28 plus years we have lived in the country except when I thought I was sick of it, convinced my husband to move to the city. Boy, was I wrong? So many bad things happened in the city that nearly destroyed our family. It’s just the 2 of us now, we are back in the country, high on a mountaintop and we are very content. We are used to waiting and doing without until its time, that makes the journey so much better.

    Loved “chatting” with you through your post. They are very inspirational and God felt 🙂

  4. I grew up on a farm, so I think I was a bit more prepared than many folks…however, I still find that my ‘eyes are bigger than my back’…lol 🙂

    A good reminder for folks!

  5. Thank you so much for your candidness! We are no different than the Israelites in the Old Testament! When will we learn God’s timing is always perfect? And don’t we all want to live in a Tasha Tudor book!!

  6. Love this post! We jumped to the country, too, several years ago. It isn’t easy to wait—but those open fields and blue skies are SO WORTH IT!

    Wonderful series friend!
    karianne

  7. We had big dreams of retiring into the country, with a log cabin, chickens and a garden. Along the way, we learned skill sets and in fact are still learning them. However, our dreams shifted a bit when first my husband and then I, became medically disabled. We live on a rental homestead, grow a lot of our food, but cannot have animals here. I can, dehydrate, make our medicines, and network with locals who are in their own homesteads. I have found folks who have pigs, cows and chickens and purchase our fresh food from them. I am learning from them about the animal upkeep and care. Since we are on fixed income now, our “dream” has changed. We would now be happy in a single wide on one acre. While no log cabin on a manicured acreage and lots of sweet animals, our dream is now much more attainable for our new circumstances in life. So, revision, and now working to achieve the new version is under way. I loved this post because so many have this dream and yet give up. It is good to keep learning new skill sets and always learn even more. Knowledge is how we sustain our dream until our new revised version is available.

  8. Such an honest perspective. There really is so much to consider. Right now with what’s on my plate I’m happy with (and sometimes overwhelmed by) the blessings we have. Getting a dog now let alone a cow, sheep, pigs, llama, bees, etc would be too much. This girl knows her limits there, but at a future date we’ll see how things evolve. For now it’s a time for kids and gardens!

  9. Ahhh I’m glad I found this post…I’m living the “I’ll be so much happier…” restlessness but I know that everything happens for a reason and the timing will be perfect when it does happen. I’ve started my homesteading in my backyard with 6 laying hens and 15 meat chickens that will be processed in 6 weeks. I’m going to start my raised garden beds…but I want my acreage soooo bad haha. It doesn’t help when you watch YT videos and read blogs about homesteading and just want to be there.

    Great article! Thanks again, I needed this 🙂

    1. Wow! I am impressed by all you are doing right where you are! Yes, videos and blogs can make us itch for something different. Remember though that you are only seeing a glimpse. You ARE homesteading! I wont lie, being in the country is a blessing, but as with anything, there are downsides. Our pastures need to be brush hogged right now, and there simply isn’t always time to do it when it needs to be done, our gardens are overgrown with weeds. Idealism has to go at times! Best wishes to you!

  10. Thank you so much for this. Contentment is t complacency really speaks to me because I have this terrible fear that if I actually surrender to life as it is and be (gasp) content that we will never move forward and there will never be trim and baseboards up and no milk cows or beautiful gardens…and this is definitely a trap for me. So I will move forward and try with all I have to enjoy the journey, surrender to the now, work towards the later on…

    1. Suzy, Oh my goodness yes! I have struggled through this for many years. Especially in our earlier years of marriage, I wanted everything to be perfect right now. I am so glad that I have finally learned to surrender to the “now” as you said it. My life is so much more peaceful because of that internal change! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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