Hmmm...where to begin...
God has been asking us to trust Him with some things that seem impossible, things that are far outside of our comfort zones, and take risks like never before. One of the areas He has asked us to trust Him with was moving to a farm!
I can promise this was not ever a part of our plans but God has a funny sense of humor and is creative in the ways He orchestrates events! Allow me to explain...
About four years ago, Andrew and I took a trip out to TN to see if we thought we could see ourselves living here. During that trip, we made a list of all the things that scared us and all the things that excited us. We were afraid of things that were outside of our control but confident that God was asking us to move anyway.
We've been here almost three and a half years and have never regretted it for a second. In fact, we've fallen so in love with TN that we have enjoyed sharing all of our favorite things about it with out of town visitors. It's no surprise that most of those visitors have fallen in love with it, as well. My parents are some of those people. After many visits to come see us and after seeing our hearts come so alive here, they started dreaming for themselves about moving here one day after they retire. We would make it a regular activity to go for drives out in the country with them and dream about what they would love to have someday.
Last fall, we happened upon a property that looked just like what they had dreamed about and talked about for so long. So, my parents decided to buy it and rent it out for the next few years until the time comes for them to move. Up until the very last hour of 2016, Andrew, my parents and I were painting, cleaning, and preparing the house for future renters. Little did we know, that would end up being US!
About a week into the new year, Andrew and I sensed God was telling us to move to the property. We both laughed and could list 100 reasons why that was probably a TERRIBLE idea! Some of the biggest reasons that seemed crazy were:
- We would be moving from a house that we LOVED. Our house was new when we moved into it and, being the germaphobe that I am, I loved that it was only our germs in our house.
- Our commutes to and from work would be longer and we really had no way of knowing just how much longer they would become.
- We had no idea what it would be like to take care of our dog without a fenced in backyard.
- We like "order" and "control" and we felt like we had mastered that, living in the suburbs.
- We know NOTHING about living in the country, much less about taking care of 72 acres!!
Remember when I said God had a funny sense of humor? Are you laughing yet?
The decision to take the leap of faith and move was not made overnight. In fact, we didn't make our final decision until the end of February. Even then, we had decided not to actually move into the house until the second week of April so we still "had time" to change our minds.
But, not understanding why, we still sensed God saying GO. So, reluctantly, we started making plans to move...
Just about two weeks after making the decision to move, some of our dear friends, Jason and Amanda (you will hear much more about them in the blog posts to come), decided to take their own leap of faith and relocate their family to Tennessee! They were hoping for a house within walking distance to a school for their kids and a house with a fenced in backyard for their dog. As it turns out, the house we were leaving behind met all of their hopes and will be a perfect place for them to begin their new journey in TN. It was becoming a little bit more clear about why God was moving us to the farm.
We have been here for about six weeks now and had absolutely NO CLUE how much we would love it!
The list of things we were so afraid of has quickly shortened and we are learning how to be farm people.
- We've put a lot of "sweat equity" into this house and property and made it feel like home. I am much less afraid of germs now.
- Our commutes turned out to be pretty close to what they used to be, only a lot more driving on beautiful country roads and less sitting in traffic on the highways.
- Buck (our dog) is doing amazing and is loving being a farm dog.
- I'm learning to let God go after my issue with "order" and "control" and finding that is a great piece of preparation to make me a better mom one day.
- 72 acres is a LOT of land to care for, but it's land that reminds us to take a big exhale and stop to enjoy beauty. This land is a reminder of God's faithfulness to provide for us in amazing ways.
As we are only six weeks into living the farm life, we have MUCH to learn still. But, we know that God has called us here and we know that He is fathering us in all of it. We wait in eager anticipation for the other pieces of this story that are right around the corner but we will also rest in knowing:
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He leads us beside still waters, he restores our souls.