Click on the picture above... it'll take you to acountryfarmhouse.blogspot.com, a great country blog!
In my "About Me" page I briefly mention our dream of wanting the perfect homestead... I thought I'd go into a bit more detail about what my husband and I are working towards and what we hope to have one day.  My dream, ever since I was a little girl, was to have a little bit of land with a beautiful country home and a wrap around porch.  Most people who knew me knew of my dream and in my senior yearbook my mother even wrote a dedication in the back which read... "Good luck finding that BCH of yours", which stood for Big Country Home.  Why she put it in secret code I'll never know.

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!
5/14/2011 02:21:37 am

I think that you are smart to wait.
When my husband and I got married almost 20 years ago, he had already purchased a home and had renters in it. We moved in after we got married and stayed there for about 6 years.
It wasn't in a good area of town and was on a very busy street. At the time, we had 2 small children and it was pretty much a nightmare.
I was so anxious to get out of there, we bought the first decent house we could in a nice quiet, family neighborhood.
How I regret not taking my time.

Now that I know what I really want in a house and even more so, where I want to live, it's kind of too late. We now have 4 children and our mortgage was paid off a few years ago.
With our oldest two both starting university, one right after the other, we can't take on another mortgage and the kind of house that I find myself "in love with".. we would need to spend probably another 100 thousand on top of what we could get for our current home.

I'm not saying that I hate my house. It's nice and comfortable and I'm happy. I just wish that I had waited. :)

Good luck with everything! It's sounds like an amazing 5 year plan and I'm very excited for you!!


5/14/2011 05:35:48 am

Thanks Laura! The housing market is definitely hard right now... I think it is wonderful that you are able to send your children to college... What a gift! Thanks for being here! :)

Linda Leigh

5/14/2011 11:48:58 am

Your dreams are so much like mine were. It took us 19 years, but we were blessed to move into our farmhouse with a large porch in 2003. We're still working on it but enjoying it all along the way. Hang in there!!

5/14/2011 02:45:00 pm

Hi Amy! Thanks for the encouragement! I absolutely LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for stopping by! It means so much! :)


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