Wednesday, March 9, 2011
New homestead in a rural country town
The kids and I have been living with friends now for the past seven months. I still haven't found a job, my savings are pretty much gone, and having two families with different ways of parenting in the same house has been hard. I had to make a decision.
My friend Nancy's family has been very generous in allowing the kids and I to live with them. In addition, they have offered to let me buy a small corner of their 30 acres at a more than reasonable price. And they are willing to let me get it now and pay for it down the road after I get a job, in whatever payments I need to make.
It's just flat land and I will need to somehow pay for a septic system, as well as the costs to have the county run water and power out there. But I figure I can find a used mobile home to put out there. And just about all of the land is already cleared, so I don't have to worry about removing a bunch of trees. In the meantime, it gives us something tangible to look forward to making a home out of.
I used the last bit of money to have a couple of things done. I spent $400 to get a surveyor to come out and make a new plat for the piece of land we will be getting, which ended up being 1.82 acres.
And this Friday, I have an appointment with a local attorney to get a new deed for my new land. Since we lost our home last year, it's really exciting to finally be starting over. The picture above is the view from our new piece of land. You can't see it, but in front of that tree line is our new country road. And, in the picture below, you can see the road. See the orange flag on the tree? That marks the left boundary of our land, with the road in front.
For the past few years we have focused on urban homesteading, while still one day hoping to be able to have a place in the country. Well, it didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped, but we are finally on the long road to getting "our place in the country."
We've been through a lot in the past year, but I feel like it's finally time for things to start looking up. God does provide - in His time, not ours.
P.S. Now I can actually blog more about homesteading again!