Hi friends, I am so, so happy to share this news with you. As you may know, my husband and I have owned 16 acres of land for about 4 years. We have dreamed of building a home and starting our own family farm, but it always seemed out of reach. We are finally making it happen and building our farmhouse (Sugarberry Cottage), but that is not all I want to share with you.
Changing our priorities
We always had this idea of what we needed in a home, but after living in Texas for about a year and a half we came back to Oklahoma with new priorities. The time we had in Texas made us realize that we just needed each other. We just needed family, not the stuff. We wanted to do what we love. What we are passionate about. This lead my husband to spend a week in Missouri learning the art and science of permaculture design and for me to begin my yoga teacher training. We didn’t think we could do these things at the time because we had two toddlers (before M was born), but we did it so we could learn and grow.
During this time, our home in Texas was still for sale. After several offers had fallen through, we were discouraged. Finally, 8 months after we moved, we closed and said goodbye to Texas forever. We were so thankful that this season was behind us and we were ready to move on.
After several months of thought, we finally decided to build our dream home on our land. Our dream home is about 1,800 square feet with 3 bedrooms. I cannot tell you how many people have said it will not work. It’s too small. What about a play room? Your kids will hate sharing a room. The list goes on and on. I know everyone means well, but y’all, my husband grew up in an 800 square foot house with two other siblings (they built a larger home when he was a teen). We can totally do this! Plus, I think it’s so cute so cute. I can’t stand it!
We decided on a smaller home because we hope to pay it off before we are retired. We want to live, not just work. Plus, we have 16 acres of play space! J will be doing a lot of the work himself. I’m not excited that he has signed us up for painting, but it will save a lot in the long run!
This post isn’t just to say, YAY WE ARE BUILDING A HOUSE. I hope it encourages you to pursue your dreams and stay positive. Make it happen. Strive to live your passion. Yes, we still have our day jobs, but we have more than that. We want more than that.