Today was eventful. I had a meeting with two good friends and a Homeschool Cover, so it is official. My kids will be with me 24/7 starting in the fall. I am so excited and nervous all at the same time. Excited about the adventure the Lord is taking us on and nervous that I may not fit the bill of “teacher” even though I did go to college for four years to be one. I am thankful that he will equip me with what I need to know when I need to know it and that this is HIS plan and not mine. I was always the one who said, Nope, not me. I could NEVER homeschool my kids. Oh boy. Never say Never.

Not only are we homeschooling but we have just about decided to put our house on the market. There are still some things that need to be done to get it ready to sell, the biggest challenge is my basement and all of my thousands of wanna be rehabs. I have furniture and craft stuff galore down there. A garage sale is coming soon.

So where are we going? Only the Lord knows but for the longest time, probably since I first got married, 17 years ago, I have wanted a farm house with land. About two years ago, I blogged here about my style and showed you a picture of this farmhouse out of Country Living that I just adore. You can read that post if you missed it here. ( this isn’t my house, just an inspiration for one I want to build)

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I was born and raised in the suburbs but deep down I think I have always been a country girl at heart. I have always had a love for those wide open spaces, chippy white decor, sweet tea in mason jars and a front porches with rocking chairs. I want my girls to be able to lay out under the stars and see them all. I want to fall asleep to crickets and katydids at night. I want to get my hands in the dirt and grow something and okay, this might be a little out there, but I want chickens too!

We started our search last weekend and found a beautiful peace of property. We stood on it, prayed about it, walked it, loved it. I don’t know if this is THE one, but we are walking through doors and asking God to be the one to open and close them.

This little girl right here is ready to take it on. She is more excited than all of us. She is my outdoor girl. She would live out there if I would let her. She wants to raise bunnies and help with the chickens and her only request has been to have an upstairs. Sweet Sweet girl…

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My oldest wouldn’t let me take her picture. Go figure. I did get a group shot though, haha. She has not quite decided if she is going to like this or not. She’s just along for the ride.

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I think we all liked this land a little more than we thought we would. We will just wait on the Lord and see how he moves because I don’t want to go anywhere he doesn’t want us to go.


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I told you things are shifting and God is moving! 2013 is sure to be a great year. For everything there is a season and I am ready for this next season of our lives and to begin this crazy new journey with my amazing family and I sure do hope that you guys come along for the ride. Restore Interiors goes country?? I hope so!

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  1. Bring on the chickens….LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

  2. So excited for you!! loved the vision and plans you have for your family out there! Praying for wisdom and guidance. Here for you every step of the way!

  3. I am so excited for you and your family!! Looking forward to watching this new life unfold… So thankful God crossed our paths to allow me to enjoy the adventure!! And yes… CHICKENS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh, how very exciting! What a dream come true, I have always wanted a house with a lot of land, for my kids to go out and explore, and of course, a farmhouse like the one you showed would be wonderful too. As for homeschooling, I gave that a thought as well, it sure is hard work, but if you give it your all, you will succeed, good luck!

  5. How exciting! I am currently living in a city but I have been thinking about career change and moving to country. I love a farmhouse with some land. My two dogs will be so thrilled….

  6. I envy you your move to the country! We’ve been a homeschooling family for 7 years and I can tell you in all honesty, you can do it! You don’t have to be a teacher because homeschool is nothing like brick and mortar school (unless you want it to be.) You just have to have the desire and let God lead you and you will do great! (My oldest daughter is a public school graduate, we are homeschooling our youngest 8th grade daughter.)

  7. How exciting for you and your family. There’s nothing like waiting for the surprise packages God delivers to us.
    I just started homeschooling my 2nd grader this year and I was terrified at first. I can’t tell you what a blessing it is! He has progressed further in 6 months than he did in the two years he was in conventional school. I’m sure you will enjoy it! Congratulations on taking such a leap. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I was grinning the whole time reading this post because you are several years behind us but seem to be walking a very similar path. We bought land several years ago, built a home, started homeschooling, and YES we have the chickens (my absolute favorite part of having land!) and we also have a few horses and donkeys and goats to boot, snicker. It is a wonderful life, a life I know is not for everyone and the Lord has many, many plans, but I am thankful that He saw fit for this to be ours. Excited for your future. It will be so fun!

    We home school using a Christian online program and it has been a wonderful fit for us… we have homeschooled for almost 6 years now and currently have a Senior, Junior, and 5th grader. It is if you want to take a looksy. I also have my teaching degree but this program helped with the lesson planning/material which was a real challenge for me and was a great solution. Just thought I would offer this info in case it would also help you!

  9. Praying for God’s perfect plan in your lives! Chickens, rabbits, dirt, and stars…. Sounds pretty good to me:)

  10. This could be my story, our lives are so similar right now! Not the part about buying land but about home schooling for the first time and moving! (I AM hoping for that wraparound porch, though…..) We have to move out of state because of my husband’s job and we don’t want to go! It will be hard for all of us (we have 3 kids). Keep telling myself that it’s God’s plan. And my basement is totally the same as yours! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yikes! I just started home schooling my youngest who is 9 because he is 2 grade levels ahead….we’re doing cyber school and I’m very impressed with it so far. Funny, I graduated from law school but am apprehensive about teaching my own son! And I, too, said I would NEVER home school. Funny how life comes around like that:) Guess we have to let Him lead us. It’s just hard sometimes to sit back and enjoy the ride. Best of luck to you and your family. Sounds like a GREAT plan!

    • Oh Kathleen that is awesome. Isn’t it weird how we think we are inadequate to teach our own kids but we could teach other people’s kids? And you, my goodness, an attorney with major brains. You go girl. Thanks for the encouragement!

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