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We Bought The Farm – A Story Of Dreams Coming True

“If you were to examine our finances, peek at our credit and plan things out it’s really quite unattainable.  On the other hand, Handsome Hippie Hubby and I have never put much stock in the words, “that’s just not realistic.”  Things that are meant to be have a way of coming to pass.”

I wrote those words in August, 2013. I was talking about owning our own little homestead. (Read the original post.)

Today I am over-the-moon to share with you our big news.

We bought the farm!

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If you don’t believe in the power of thinking out your dreams and writing them down, speaking about them and praying, let me (since I’m a farmer now) plant a little seed.

I know not all of my readers are Christian, but I can’t share this story without including my faith. I hope that you will read it and be inspired and encouraged by it even if your beliefs aren’t exactly like mine.

The dream: “There is a sweet little house with a great big chimney and lots of wood and windows.”

The reality: The house is adorable! It was built around 1870 and has been very well cared for over the years. It’s been added to and expanded (indoor plumbing and all) and it does, indeed, have lots of wood and windows: Lovely, modern, tilt-in, multi-pane widows.  Anyone who has lived in a house with single pane windows from 1870 knows that is NOT the best part of a vintage home.

Sadly, the wood burning stove and chimney were removed years ago but maybe, in time, we can add them back in.

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The dream: “When you come in you can practically feel the love of the families that lived there before us. You can see their mark in the well-worn stair treads and the banisters polished from hundreds of little hands.”

The reality: This house has been owned, for the past 140 years or so, by a succession of people who are all members of the same family. They are the kindest, gentlest, most loving family you could ever hope to know. We feel as though we’ve not just bought a home but been adopted into this wonderful group of people who really and truly display the Love of Christ and everything good about being Christian in every moment of their lives.  They are the kind of people who truly and honestly love their enemies and give the coat off their back to one who needs it, without question or hesitation.

The dream: “…a room just for music stuff.”

The reality: Just part of a room. It’s a wonderful house but not very large. However, Sweet Hippie Daughter’s bedroom is much bigger than the average bedroom and one end is curtained off. She already has plans to turn it into a “stage” and keep all of her instruments there. Perfect!

No more need to practice in the noisy living room!

No more need to practice in the noisy living room!

The dream: “Not too far from the house there’s a barn with a corner set aside as work space for my random building projects.”

The reality: It’s just like that! With a work bench and pegboard all set up and waiting to be dusted off and put to use.

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The dream: “Around the edges of the property there are lots of trees, maybe even a full-blown “woods” and there is definitely some kind of water nearby.  If you listen closely you can hear the fish and frogs splashing.”

The reality: The yard is just under 2 acres and it’s almost an even split between gorgeous old-growth trees and lovely wide-open spaces. Directly across the street there is a river and, on the other side of the river, a woods.  A drainage ditch runs from our property, under the road, into the river: A ditch where fish and frogs were splashing the last time we were there.

She's already staked out her favorite climbing tree.

She’s already staked out her favorite climbing tree.

 

The dream: “There’s a dozen or so chickens in an especially fun coop, maybe a few goats and possibly a sheep.”

The reality: Our first six chicks have already been purchased and are being kept safe and warm for us until they’re ready to move into their coop.  Admittedly, their first coop is going to be a pretty generic “starter home” but we have all the time in the world to work up to “especially fun.”  Goats and sheep… maybe next spring. I think we have enough on our plate for now!

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A note about baby chicks: these may be the most entertaining creatures God has put on the earth. Who knew?! They are just about more cuteness and silliness than a person can bear!

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Extra bonus features of this house: It is outside the village limits, which means we get to have animals and we can put any size garden we please in any part of the yard. However, it is the FIRST house outside the village limits, which means our street gets plowed for us in the winter and we have BOTH city and well water. Hooray for options!

There is plenty of wide open space and fields but, the property that is adjacent to the back of our land is the school. That means that, basically in our back yard we have a football field and tennis courts, a track, several playgrounds and some excellent bike riding/skateboarding space for the kids.

Since we are close to town, Sweet Hippie Daughter will still be able to ride her bike to her best friend’s house.  Being isolated from other children was one of her biggest concerns about moving to the country. No such worries in this house!

Handsome Hippie Hubby has always wanted his own grape vines. We figured, wherever we go, we could just plant some but these are already mature!

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You may say that anyone can find a place that suits their dream if they look long enough. Perhaps. But I hope you’ll read this part…

Call it manifestation or whatever you like. I don’t get hung up on terms. I believe in God. I believe that He gave us all kinds of tools – from the strength of our minds and bodies to the vibrations of our words – to help us bring about the desires of our hearts.  With that in mind I call what happened nothing less than a miraculous answer to prayer.

We’ve lived in our current house for 3 1/2 years. It’s a nice little house inside the village limits. We’ve liked it very much but it was never “the dream.”

The house is owned by one of the churches in town.  Over the past several months they’ve been trying to decide what to do with the house. Renting has been OK for us and for them but it’s not their dream, either. Being a landlord can be costly at times. They are paying a property manager, taxes, maintenance, etc. Decisions have to be made by a council which can be tricky and time consuming. They have been considering various ways to use the house as a ministry instead of just a rental house. They didn’t want to chuck us out on our bums or raise our rent beyond our means, but still… they have been wanting to move forward.

We’ve been wanting to move forward, too. None of us have been quite sure what that was going to look like.

Several weeks ago they called us and told us that they would like to have some people come tour the house. These folks were from an agency that provides housing for homeless families in our county. We were assured that we weren’t being evicted or anything… the church council was just continuing to consider various options for the future.

Handsome Hippie Hubby and I talked about it. We knew we really weren’t in a financial position to call a realtor and buy a house in the traditional way.  “When it is time, when it is ours, it will come to us in a perfect way,” He reminded me.

Our prayers, together and individually, went something like this, “God, you know the desires of our hearts. Please lead us to exactly the right home. We don’t want to get in over our heads, so please let this work out in a perfect way that turns out to be a blessing to everyone involved.”

Stubborn mule that I am I started searching the classifieds and trolling the streets for, “For Sale By Owner” signs.  Of course, nothing came of any of that except some wasted gas.

The day after the inspectors came through our house I was working in the church kitchen with two other ladies. As we chopped fruit for an event we were hosting the next day we talked about this and that and the subject of houses came up. I told them that we felt it was getting close to time for us to move but we had no idea where to go.  “So, if you know of a house in the country, in our price range, that we can buy with our current resources just let me know,” I said, mostly joking.

“My daughter is selling the house you’re describing,” the one woman said. “In fact, I mentioned to my husband just last night that we should tell you folks about it because I know you’ve been wanting to move out of the village limits. She’s been renting it to a friend, but the friend moved out and she wants to sell it now.”

I smiled. That was nice. I’m sure it was a lovely home that we would never be able to get financing for.

Turns out God works His wonders in various ways and we’ll be closing on the sale any day now.  The daughter is out from under the vacant house she no longer wanted to deal with. The church is free to move forward with their plans and their ministry to the homeless. We have our little farm on terms we can afford.

One very happy Hippie family!

One very happy Hippie family!

Blessings upon blessings!

I can’t wait to share with you all of our adventures as we move forward into this new chapter of our lives!

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41 comments

  1. This is such a wonderful story! I am so jealous! The house looks and sounds perfect! I’ve always wanted to live adjacent to a park or a school with a great field. I am so happy for you. It really sounds like you will have everything you want, so many wonderful perks.Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  2. Mindie

    OMG I am so over the moon for you guys!!! We are so gonna come stalk you this summer for a picnic and to see your chicks!!! I know how you felt about the right one would come….. I passingly mentioned at a function that hubby and I had been house hunting when someone said “oh we might be selling.” Guess where we live! LOL Yup, when it is right, it is right. You have a beautiful property (I am a little jealous!) Looking forward to all your adventures there!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Thank you! Toddler-saurus Rex has a birthday in June so we’re thinking we’ll have to have a “come eat cake and see the new house” party. I’ll let you know what we figure out!

  3. Dawn

    Congratulations! That is so amazing! My husband and I were just at the soccer field this weekend and he gazed across the field to the houses just outside the village limits and said “it’d be nice to live there.” And we talked about how perfectly placed those properties were. Lol

    I’m so happy for you!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Thanks! We are super excited. The girl wanted to know, though, if we could ask the school to have the band do their early morning practice somewhere else. LOL! She’s going to have to adjust. Maybe we can boot her out there to march with them!

  4. I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing your story, as right now I am in the beginning (or I guess in the middle) of a big transition too, and keep waiting to know what is “just right” and without a question, what I should be pursuing right now- the house is just one part of it, but reading your story was very reassuring! Congrats on such a wonderful new chapter in your family’s lives!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Thank you! I’m glad it was a help to you. Transition times are always hard – even when we know they are for the best. I see you doing so much to help so many, though, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that all that love can only come back to you in 1000 positive ways.

  5. Jolene

    So happy for your family!!! We too long to own a piece of the country, but have realized it will only happen in God’s timing and through His divine movement. To be honest I have tried to make it happen – I’ve driven the roads looking for signs too! :) And recently I’ve begun to give up on the dream. Your post renewed my faith and reminded me that I have taken it back out of God’s hands and given up on my human efforts. God is great and I need to trust him with our family dream too! Thanks so much for the encouragement and reminder!!!

  6. Britney

    Oh my gosh! So fun! This would be so fun and I will have to live through you for a while until we can move to the country!

  7. dhysuick

    I am so happy for your family! Congratulations! I too beleive in the power of dreams turning to goals when you write them down. This is just further proof that it happens, Good Luck!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      I hope you do, too! I wish I could have you come decorate it for me! You’re always making such beautiful things I know you’d make it gorgeous.

  8. SO happy for you! I love it when God works things out like that. We have similar stories, including how we got this house. I know the feeling. God is awesome! A home you love is so important, and this one sounds like a dream. What a lovely Easter gift!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Thank you! It really is beautiful how everything works out more perfectly than we could ever plan when we trust.

  9. I am so glad that you let me and my family roam through your new house and share in your excitement. You already know that my boy really enjoyed free-ranging on your property the other night with your boy. I can’t wait to come and hang out with you outside in your yard this summer. Oh, wait. I forgot about the mosquitoes. Nevermind… :)

  10. I am so excited and happy for you. What a wonderful blessing for all those involved. It’s amazing how God provides for us when we ask him and really put our faith in his providing.

    I can’t wait to see more adventures from your new home!

  11. Dawn in Petoskey, MI

    Our God is an Awesome God!!! I am good friends with “the daughter-that-owned-the-house” and we have been PRAYING FOR YOU! What a BLESSING to hear both sides of this story and to witness God’s answers to many many prayers! HALLELUJAH. I also know “the Mom-working-in-the-kitchen” and several of the family members that may have worn down those steps a bit. Thank you for sharing, LHM, I have a very good feeling about you, and wish you and your family many HaPpY and hEaLThY years of “Bliss”

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It truly has been overwhelming to see this come to pass. God is good. All the time!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Hahaha! By your name? I don’t know how WordPress comes up with those. Your’s is just a stick figure outline from my end but sometimes mine shows up as a weird little pink amoeba.

  12. Vickie

    This is such an inspiring story! Congratulations! Will you be sharing pictures of the inside? I am kind of a nosy person and am in love with vintage homes, so please share pictures! My hubby and I are also just at the beginning of our new “sustainable” and “self-sufficient” lives. We bought 5 acres a few years ago and are slowly developing it so that we can build our new home there and homestead to the fullest. We do things as we can afford them – septic system, well, orchard, tool shed and outhouse :) – because we don’t want to owe anyone anything (of course taxes and insurance can’t be avoided) in our retirement. Well – hubby will be retiring at the end of the year, our house plans are going to the architect, and we will be visiting the county building department soon for permits. Hooray! I will be following along with your journey. Can’t wait to see that chicken coop!

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Whew! What a huge project you’ve undertaken! The satisfaction factor must be through the roof, though! I don’t have any good pictures of the inside yet, but when I do I will certainly share them. My favorite room is the living room, paneled with old barn wood. So pretty and so much character!

  13. AnneMarie Goodwin

    Liz, I want to thank you for writing such a beautiful piece. I also want to thank you and your family for taking what has been a very special place in mine and my families lives for so many years and continuing to love and cherish it. Just as you and your husband had been praying for the perfect dream house, my husband and myself had been praying for God to send the perect people to buy the house. I must admit, it was a little difficult to think about selling the home that holds so many memories for me and has been in my family for 140 years, but knowing that it will have so much love and laughter residing there in your family, washes all the difficulties and teary eyed moments away. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are the family that is meant to live there now. God had this planned all along and was gracious enough to reveal it in His perfect timing, for all of us! Welcome to the “family” and all the history that lives within those walls and the surrounding property. From our family to yours, we wish you nothing but love and happiness in your new home.

    • Elizabeth in MI

      Isn’t it amazing! My heart has been so touched by how many people have said that this was an inspiration to them. It’s really amazing hearing your side of things, too! It just makes it all that much better.

  14. I’m so happy for you and your family! God is gracious beyond our wildest dreams sometimes. I love that you are sharing this with us and how you give God the glory. Can’t wait to read all about the wonderful things He has in store for your family at your new home!

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