Monday, July 1, 2013

~Changes In The Wind~

We all have dreams, big and small, that we label as "needing to win the lottery" in order to come true, don't we?  Most of our married life, Mr. Bill and I have shared such a dream but, since we don't play the lottery, we knew that it would take divine intervention in order for it to come to fruition.  Our dream was to have a big place out in the country to enjoy the solitude and beauty (and burdens) of country living, fulfilling my desire to have a custom-built home and where Mr. Bill could raise the cattle that he wanted to enjoy in his retirement.  It came quite by accident really.  A friend of ours, who lived in another state, was interested in investing in country real estate in our area and so I started doing his homework for him.  Lo and behold, only ten miles north of the little town we called home, there was a parcel of 160 acres up for sale!  The asking price was too good to pass up but our friend's wife put her foot down on his idea and so we jumped at the possibility.

It was, indeed, Divine Intervention that allowed us to purchase this beautiful parcel of property.  All the financial pieces fell into place and the home we were living in sold in only two weeks!!

This is the house on the property.  It was rather run down and the floor's foundation was termite ridden.  Since we were planning to build a new home, we knew we could live in it temporarily.  That "temporary" turned into 18 months!!  LOL

 A few months later, we were able to get financing to start Mr. Bill's cattle herd.  These mamas were the start of our growing operation, which was to raise mama/calf pairs.  Meaning....keep the mamas for breeding and sell the calves after they had been weaned.

 
There's just something so peaceful about watching cattle grazing and resting on the hillsides but seeing the baby calves romping and playing was always a joy.  By the way, the red arrow in the upper photo shows the NW corner of our property, which is 1/4 mile from our driveway.  Our 160 acres covers one-half mile north to south and one-half mile east to west...just to help you get your bearings ;)



We have four ponds but this one is closest to our house, probably 50 to 60 yards away, and gives us a beautiful picture come sunshine or even the occasional ground fog.



Our new home was built about 30 yards south of our temporary home that I showed you earlier.  It's in a spot that used to be a cattle pen.  We witness the most beautiful skies from our front porch!
 

This is our "hay" barn but we don't keep hay in it.  This is where we stall and feed our horses, as well as storing the tractor and some equipment.

 Our hay meadow provides much needed hay for the cattle until the grass starts growing again.  That's our house and outbuildings you see in the distance.


 Even during a rare heavy snow, the scenery is beautiful.  Luckily, Mr. Bill has a cab tractor to keep him out of the harsh elements when putting out hay for the animals.  I especially enjoy it when I don't have to get out in it.  LOL


The view from the other side of the pond, which is a favorite spot for some fishing or stone throwing with the grandkids.
 

 This is my most favorite view of the beautiful home that God has allowed us to build.  Now you're probably wondering...what does this have to do with changes in the wind??  Well, when we bought this place, our motto was that "God willing, this is where we would live for the rest of our lives".  That was 9 years ago.  I have shared with you some quick glimpses of what it has been like living the dreams that God has so abundantly blessed us with over those years.

But little did we know that health issues would develop that became a problem for both of us, which made living our dream more of an uphill battle.  Our joy was waning but it wasn't until a happenstance conversation that we realized that we were both feeling the same thing.  After much prayer and many conversations, last fall we made the decision to downsize.  Sell the property, cattle and equipment and to make our lives and lifestyle somewhat less of a burden.  Was it an easy decision?  No.  It was heartbreaking.  Was it the right decision?  Yes.  Coming to the realization that this is not where God intended us to live for the rest of our lives but rather a place where we could look back and be thankful for God giving us the opportunity, albeit shorter than what we had anticipated.

Over the last 6 to 8 months, we've been slowly sorting, purging and packing our belongings.   That's why you haven't seen me around since the first of the year!!  We have our property up for sale and, several weeks ago, we had a big auction.  I'll share those details with you next time.  If you've never participated in an auction, just think garage sale.....1,000 times over!! ;)

Now that the worst of it is over, I have time to breathe and slow down a bit.  Best of all, I'm able to start blogging and participating again! ;)

We are in the beginning stages of a new chapter in our lives and I look forward to sharing those with you.  In fact, we've already made the decision about what to do from here...but more about that later.

Until next time~

Photobucket
Pin It

9 comments:

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Wow ~ what an amazing story. Looking forward to hearing of your new path.

Kindly, Lorraine

Angie Chavez said...

God really did bless you with such a beautiful home, property and opportunity to live your dream. I know he'll bless the next part of your journey as well!

GardenOfDaisies said...

It truly is beautiful! I'm sorry you have to leave it sooner than you had hoped. Looking forward to hearing what you do next.

Melinda said...

We truely don't know what is on our horizon until it presents itself.

Will be back to see what is going on
with you.

:o )

vintage grey said...

A beautiful and sweet story!! Wishing you a wonderful and blessed new adventure!! Blessings, xo Heather

Cindy said...

Hello dearest Velma, I did not know any of this about your lives. Your farm house and property are beautiful, it must have been a vey painful decision, to sell it all. But, as you know and have stated, God's will is best.
Have a wonderful day and welcome back!
Hugs, Cindy

Jenny's Heart said...

Velma,
I am happy and sad for you at the same time.
I too understand change as we are in the midst of one here as well.
I hope your next chapter will be filled with all your heart desires.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful farm, how blessed you have been to be able to live your dreams for a while! God provides, and my prayer for you is that He will lead you in a new direction that will have it's own joys and blessings. I can't wait to hear the rest of your story:>)

Angie Schott said...

Hi Velma, I just accidentally happened across your blog after typing a friend's blog in the browser bar (obviously) wrong. I just love your writing, sewing, and especially this story.

In fact, I think God wanted me to see this. You see, my husband and I are in a situation with the home we bought about 20 months ago. We were just sure this would be our forever home. We even bragged to friends about how we would never have to move again. However, lately God is showing us that He has a different plan.

As much as I love this house, I love my Savior more... So off we go. But you're right, it is hard. We, too, won't be leaving for some time. I keep praying that God will make me hate this house by the time we leave. HA!

God bless you on your endeavors! I just love your property. Looks just like what we are looking for. Too bad we aren't quite ready and have too many loose ends to tie up.

Thank you for sharing your story. This accidental visit was definitely meant to be. Feel free to pop by my blog some time and send me a message: http://raisingstickyhands.com

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...