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I used to spend summers at my grandparents place. I learned to ride horses so they bought horses. I used to think it would be great to live there all the time. Then when I went off to college they exchanged horses for goats and a donkey (easier to take care of). Grandma had always hoped I would move up there to raise a family. She even wanted to gift me their side yard. But I was stubborn and had different plans.
I was rather comfy in my suburban life. I had a great job, bought a house, started a family. That's what you do right? Then jobs changed and we decided it was best I become a stay at home mom. 1 kid became 2. And then money got tight like it often does with kids so retail gave us the little extra we needed. 2 kids became 3. You know we finally figured out what was causing that. Don't worry, we fixed it.
Then my grandma passed away. My grandparents were willing me the small farm. I remember my youngest was only 2 weeks old. I couldn't handle that much change all at once. I couldn't STAND the thought of moving to the country. It was soooo far away from everything. Even though I thought granddad would need someone to live with I just knew it couldn't be me. I figured when it came time we would just have to sell the place.
And then everything in my life went kind of upside down. Jobs moved again, we all know how wonderful the current economy isn't and we started feeling the pressure to prep for our future. At the same time we realized my dear grandfather was suffering the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. He was lost twice at Christmas for over 36 hours.
We made the decision to move and it has changed our life. I intend for these blog entries to be a place to talk about our experiences. I'm hoping to learn a great deal from others but at the same time I know there will be trails and things I am only able to learn the hard way.
I am definitely experiencing some massive culture shock moving from 15 minutes away from a large city to where it is at least 45 minutes to a slightly suburban town. I hope if you are considering moving to homestead you look at all of the things that will change in your life.
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