As the new year approaches I have been thinking a lot (as if I don’t think about it the rest of the year too!) about the quintessential homestead. I fear I have fallen into the trap of When I get my real homestead I will then be complete…happy…truly living life…
So, a better look at things is in order. I did pray for a homestead. I suppose I should have been more specific. But, here I am living in a nearly hundred year old farmhouse (one of my requests), on two-thirds of an acre (I asked for land), with a myriad of farm animals and a quarter acre to farm. I forgot to mention that I wanted more land, a well, a wood stove, a barn, and a great view. Looking at Doug’s not bad though. I am living on a homestead. I am also walking distance to the library, bank, café, saloon, and a great little museum. I back to the fairgrounds and have front row seats to rodeos and festivities. I am close to Maryjane and Emily. We are close to what is important to Shyanne.
Next year Shyanne goes to college, Emily turns eighteen and Bret graduates. They may want to take a different path. I love the community here. I have never belonged in a community before and it feels great out here.
Perhaps I will stay out here for a long time. Find a homestead with the above criteria and remain in my community. Perhaps I will move closer to the mountains where my children are gravitating. I would love a mountain cabin, a green house, a place in the quiet of the woods. I would love a stone house by a creek. I would love a farm near the mountains. I would love an Earthship in New Mexico. An adobe in Taos or southern Colorado. I would love….
Well, you get the picture. I may possibly have just too many things I want to do and see. I can start a garden anywhere. The longer I stay the better the soil. Make sure I am somewhere I can have my animals. See that I am close to Maryjane. We could stop looking for the perfect homestead and a way to buy and opt to rent. (A house is often an expensive anchor. We lost our house years ago and are not able to buy anyway.) If we rent we can experience lots of different homesteads or get a long term lease.
Or…some nice person will leave me a lovely farm complete with a barn, a view, a wood stove, a hundred year old farm house, a well, a place to grow food, in a perfect mix of trees and prairie with the perfect community where I can stay forever and ever. Ahh…I may never learn.
The important things are that I am near friends. Grandchildren and children. That we are happy and healthy. That we have the freedom to do what we would like. The homestead of my dreams may or may not exist but I must have faith that we will be lead to exactly where we are supposed to be.
Grow where planted. May this be a blessed year for all of us.