That One Time We Bought a Farm

That One Time We Bought a Farm

This year we have some extra-special blessings to be thankful for. On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary, and three days prior we signed the contract for our new home.

I cannot believe I’m typing these words, but we bought a little homestead and are SO excited to – dare I say it – settle down for a bit.

That One Time We Bought a Farm

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Sunrise Farm!

Soon we’ll be saying goodbye to full-time RV living and hello to farm life!

This idea of ours to live a more simple, more sustainable life started brewing in our minds years ago. This isn’t a standard, normal, or routine thing to do with one’s life, but we have no desire to follow a routine, normal existence, in case you haven’t noticed. To take great risks is to realize great rewards. Over the years, as we moved further and further away from conventional life – building our life according to our own standards rather than society’s notion of success – the idea of living on a small farm became more and more appealing.

There are so many unknowns in this next chapter, so many things for us to learn and tasks for us to perform on our land – and truth be told, who even knows how long we’ll stay for here – but for right now, we’re excited, grateful, and thrilled for this new chapter. In our pursuit of “less” in a culture of “more,” the Sunrise Farm is the next step. We’re feeling so very fortunate and grateful to God for fulfilling this dream of ours. We can’t wait to see what God has planned for the future at Sunrise Farm, and our prayer is that God would ultimately use it all for His glory.

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So, a little bit about the property…

Sunrise Farm is a 5-acre homestead, with a humble ranch house; a mature orchard with peach, apple, fig, walnut and pecan trees; a large garden; a chicken coup; a long row of mature grape vines – several kinds, too; all sorts of flowers, including my favorite peonies and hydrangeas; lots of herbs; a strawberry patch; and a small piece of enclosed pasture, should we ever decide to get cows or horses. The entire 5-acre lot is cleared and perfectly level, with the back end of the property bordering a forest.

The name Sunrise Farm comes from the glorious sunrises that can be seen from the property. Neighbors tell us deer are a daily sighting, and when it rains, flocks of wild geese come to bathe in the ditch that separates our property from the neighbors’. Several of our neighbors, including the one across the street, own lots of horses. You can watch them grazing from our oversized front porch. I’m excited for evening family walks to pet these beautiful creatures.

The house was built in 1991 and is positioned far from the road, with surrounding lawn and gardens. With a little over 1500 square feet, it has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an oversize mudroom combined with a laundry room, a double garage, and a 4-season sunroom. There’s also an RV carport, an extra detached garage along with a workshop, and lots of storage opportunities for all of our outdoor and building equipment.

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What’s next?

We cannot wait to bring you along as we turn Sunrise Farm into our home. While we don’t have any immediate plans to become full-fledged farmers, we’re excited for the chance to explore the opportunities this properties offers in the future.

For now, we’re concentrating on renovating the house, which we’ll likely do gradually and in phases – a foreign concept to us, really, seeing how all of the houses we’ve previously renovated were for resale! I’ll be documenting the entire process here on the blog and on Instagram, so follow along! We’ll continue living in the RV for a couple more weeks while we tackle a couple immediate projects – possibly raising the ceiling, for one!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll share a “before” tour, along with some preliminary design plans soon! Stay tuned.

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