Our First Winter

Our First Winter

It has been a relatively quiet winter for us after what seemed like a crazy, busy, stress-filled Summer and Autumn. I am not even sure I really remember much of it! We raced to get the house ready for the coming Winter, and work suddenly screeched to a halt as our funds dwindled along with our energy and stamina. We have picked up working again and are almost ready to paint the upstairs, but the list of things still to be done is daunting. We are looking toward Spring with a mixture of excitement and dread- excitement for all the things that we want to happen, and dread for the work that it will take to make them happen! We have had a fair amount of time this Winter to reflect on the past year, and it still amazes me that we have gotten this far with our sanity somewhat intact! We try not to dwell too much on what we find ourselves missing- but we are acutely missing our ‘family’ that we made while in West Virginia. It has been hard here, to carve out a life for ourselves, build a house, and raise two small children without the support of those around us. We feel somewhat isolated and alone, which makes the stress of everything we are doing that much more intense. We take comfort in knowing that when we finally have our home completed, and begin building up our farm, we will have such an amazingly strong and tight-knit family. We also know that once we are back out at our property full-time, we will be able to become more involved in our community. This will help us to begin to build the strong ties that make a place become a home.