Monthly Archives: May 2010


You know how books start with acknowledgments? You know, without these people this book would not have been made? Well, we have acknowledgments and I haven’t been able to sleep so I might as well do something useful. Really we would not be where we are, about to leave this morning without these people. I’m getting teary eyed. Community. You know, this is what I would love to see more of. First, we really need to thank Rachel. If we had been taking those 4, 5, however many trips to goodwill, well, there would still be a whole lot more stuff in our house. We could not have done this without Rachel. She also took our chickens and our coop! I will be forever thankful to Rachel. Forever.
And our neighbor Greg. Oh my. Really. He is the one taking care of our dump runs. It didn’t stop there either. He is taking care of all the stuff that we are leaving. Words almost cannot describe what a weight this lifts from us. The generosity of people amaze me. Please forgive me if I make little sense, or if I forget someone, I am sure to remember them later, just really 2 hours of sleep and lots of butterflies in your belly, well, it is all pretty intense right now. Greg is another person we will never forget. Our neighbors ROCK! The girls love going over there. Gwendy loves Greg. It is so sweet. We would not be here without Greg. We are going to miss our neighbors.
And then there are the people who came over, took what they could whether it was a box to goodwill, our liquor, misc cooking stuff, anything and everything helped us towards our goal. And the small breaks of talking, seeing our friends for a little while is probably what kept me from banging my head against the wall. Moving 1840 sq ft into a 26 foot trailer, well, really take my advice, give yourself a little more than two weeks, okay? These people are much appreciated and I am extremely thankful to them. The fact that naming them all would take awhile also is amazing and I am thankful for that too. Again community. No one has to do a lot if everyone does a little. Packing a box, holding a child, shoving a rabbit cage into a truck and getting pee on you, this is how you know friends love you. And I do love all of you. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for helping us to our dream. Yes, I am crying now.
Really, without emotional support, well, that is more than half sometimes. I want to thank Amy for starting the thread about Valerie memories. Those lifted me when I was down, when I thought I could not put another thing in the box. Thank you for all of you who shared something. (UGGG!! packed too much, where are my hankies?) I hope along our trip we have internet because I would love to share memories I have with you.
Like I said, I was unable to sleep. Got up at four this morning. Going to switch my fb settings so I can post and receive texts. Just on my posts right now, it might be a little much to get a text for each post from my friends 🙂 Then it is on to wake up Jack, pack the last little things and head out. I’m asking for anyone of you to pray and keep us in your thoughts, driving is sure to be an adventure. Anyone would like to pray for it to be less of an adventure I would be thankful to. Driving is not my thing, terrified really, that accounts for my lack of sleep. I am hoping it goes well and trying to stay positive that it will.
So thank you, keep us in your thoughts and I will try to update as often as I can.


So Starts a New Adventure

and it is scary

and it is exciting

It is something that is for sure. We are starting new. Being reborn, following our dreams. It doesn’t seem like people follow their dreams anymore. It seems that we just like to stay where it is comfortable, where we know what is going to happen day after day, even if it is something we don’t like. Even if it is slowly killing us and our spirit. Seems like we should go back to following our dreams, yes, they make be crazy but greatness comes from crazy. So lets all try to invite a little more craziness into our life.

Our story starts this time with Jack getting out of the navy. A pretty big step actually. And of course there was the inability to find a job that was where we wanted, what we wanted, and that well wanted him. I think we have gotten a little picky after not really having much choice for the past 12 years. Or maybe it was not having much choice over what we were doing. Our dream for awhile has been to have more land, animals, livestock, garden, we want a farm. We figured that this was something to work towards. Something that in a couple of years after saving up some more money we would do. And I remember Jack talking to me as I was walking to my car after work, “wanna hear something crazy?” And he starts reading to me about a farm internship in Missouri. Oh it scared me. This is not something that was alright with me. It is scary. This is letting go of that comfort, the cushion, the well everything. This is opening up and letting go and trusting that it will all work out. Okay, maybe that is overreacting. maybe. But that is how it felt to me.
So we are interning at a farm in Missouri. We are selling everything, or very near to, moving into a RV and driving 1/2 way across the country to work on a farm. The girls are super excited, they enjoy the small amount of farm life we have had here, they want more. This is them. This is the whole family. This is us, this is our dream. In a few days, this will be our life.