The Farm

So we are moving.  We’re moving to a farm.

We have an offer on one now, about 25 minutes or so from where we are now.  It’s contingent on our home selling, so we are VERY aware of the possibility that this farm might not work out.  But we’re moving to a farm.  Maybe not the one we have in mind right this second, but that’s okay.

I cannot tell you how many people have responded to our farm dream with surprise.  Pretty much everyone except Cenone and Megan and my parents.  They respond with surprise and confusion and all-around weirdness.  It’s okay.

I know that for many people, moving from a nice subdivision to a dirty farm with animals and chores and super old buildings and a “drive into town” is not their dream.  And it’s okay.  But believe me when I say it is ours.

I want the very best for my kids.  For us that isn’t a gigantic home with a room for each of  us, plus some.  It’s not granite countertops and 3 bathrooms.  I know that for a lot of people, that is exactly what they want for their kids, and I am not against that even a tiny bit.  I don’t think that’s bad or weird or anything.  But Danny and I have talked over and over and over about exactly what we want for our family.  How we want our kids to grow up.


And it always goes back to the farm.


We want a farm for the kids to run crazy.  We want animals for the kids to help raise so they know where their food comes from and how it gets from the farm to the plate.  We want to slow down and not get caught up in all the newest, biggest, best.  It’s hard, I know that as much as anyone else (I love our ipad and our new car and our big new patio).  I want to be able to spend as much time with our family as possible with few distractions.  I cannot wait to say, “Maria, did you go get the eggs?  Jamie, go feed the goats.  Alice, please don’t let the lambs out of their pens!”  Just thinking of that makes my heart do flip flops.  It makes me so excited to get home from school and let the kids loose.  Not have them confined to just our front and back yard — let them run around on acres and acres of land with lots of things to explore.   It’s 100% the lifestyle we want.  We know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s ours.


And we can’t wait.


So if you know of any families looking for a 5bdrm, 3 bath, beautiful home with a gigantic backyard (fenced) and a brand new patio and steps….send them my way.


4 thoughts on “The Farm

  1. Mahina

    I think that is such a great idea and goal for your family!!! Not only will you show your kids everything that you talked about but more importantly, you are showing your kids to go for their dreams, even when it’s not the norm!

  2. Trish Remacle

    Too bad there isn’t a SUPER LIKE button for blog posts, because this definately deserves a SUPER LIKE! :0) So excited that you are living out your dream & very happy for you all…

  3. megan anderson

    Ruthie, Danny and fam, I am soooo excited for you guys. As I’ve told you before: I want to be like you when I grow up.


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