When my husband and I got together we discovered we had the same dream and decided it would be something we would work towards together. However we had grown up and lived in Arizona... and as a wonderful as a place the desert is and though we will always call it home, there aren't a whole lot of wrap around porches and green acres there. So it was dream we kept in the back of our minds, but we had both come to terms with the fact that our dream would probably have to be a bit modified... but as long as we were together we were good with that. However, only a few years later... Fate placed us in the heart of the country.
We are now surrounded by green pastures, country homes, and of course wrap around porches... We haven't gotten our hands on one yet but we are still overcoming a few unavoidable obstacles and we have a very specific three to five year plan. That may seem like a long time but one thing I do know... we will have been together six years this June and married for four years this October and those years went by in a blink of an eye. So we see it as the PERFECT opportunity to learn all we need to learn and prepare for our little farm and homestead.
We of course want to start small because I truly believe that is the secret to success. We would like to raise some chickens to have our own eggs and of course grow our own vegetable garden... but after getting settled in, our biggest goal is to own Alpacas! We've already begun researching how to raise them and we think we've even found an opportunity to volunteer at a nearby Alpaca farm! As of now this is nothing we plan on making a profit on. We just can't wait for the pure enjoyment of having a mini farm, two to five acres, consisting of a couple of Alpacas, which we will keep as pets and for their fibers, some chickens, a few dogs and cats, and our little family harvesting the seasons vegetables. We also discovered quite a few organizations who rescue lost or abused farm animals... so with us being big time animal lovers, I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up adopting one or two additional farm animals here and there.
This is our dream... and every day we are inching closer to it. We never take life for granted and we know anything could happen that would end up changing our path, but as of now there's nothing stopping us. I hope to continue to take you on this journey with us and share all the obstacles we overcome and all the challenges we face in getting there. For nothing can be appreciated unless it is the result of hard work.
~ Dream Big... and Be Magical!