It’s hard to believe we’ve already been here in our new home for one full year. This time last year we were just getting settled, the basement was under construction, and we were trying to figure out this new way of life in the country. There was definitely an adjustment period for me and I can remember spending the first month or two feeling very out of sorts and overwhelmed. And even though our move wasn’t too far from our old home, this is our first time (as adults) not living in a typical suburban neighborhood. A lot has changed in this past year and I’ve learned a lot, so I thought it would be fun to share some honest thoughts on one year of country life.
If you were around last year, you might remember me sharing that I had a lot of mixed feelings about moving to this property. On one hand, it was a dream come true to finally have land. We have about 10.5 acres here and I’m grateful for every inch of it! Being in the country, with open space around us was always what we wanted for our kids, so buying this place was 100% for the land. But on the flip side of that, I never really loved the house. I liked it, but there wasn’t a lot of character or personality to this house. I honestly struggled with that, because our last home was SO full of character. But now, one year later, I look back on that and know God had a plan for it all. Even though the house wasn’t exactly what I wanted back then, it’s what we needed. And slowly but surely I’ve fallen in love with it as we’ve been able to make it feel more like us. I’m so glad we took that leap of faith, even when it felt scary. If I had to go back in time, I’d move here all over again.
WHAT I LOVE:
The best thing about living in the country has been the feeling of peace I’ve found here. Honestly it’s almost hard to describe. It’s just quiet and calm, which is exactly what we needed and my favorite part of living here. The views of rolling hills have such a calming effect on me, which has been SO good for my fast-paced mind. And I don’t have to worry about things like the kids playing too close to a busy road anymore, or our neighbors watching everything we do. We have space to breath here. The kids ride on go-carts and 4-wheelers, the chickens roam freely around the property every evening, and the stars shine so bright out here. It’s simple living and I love it.
WHAT I DON’T LOVE
For me, the biggest downside of living in the country has been the daily drive to town for school drop off, groceries, or trips to the post office. We’re at least 15-20+ minutes from all of those things, so there are no more “quick trips” to town. There isn’t a Starbucks around the corner. No gas station down the road. And sadly, there are no more Mexican take-out nights either. That’s been an adjustment for sure–especially being further from the kids school. I wish we were closer to their school, but I’d say we’ve all gotten used to it. Another downside is the delays with getting our mail and packages. I don’t know why exactly, but everything seems to take a day or two longer than it should.
FAQ from Instagram Stories:
How far are you from quality healthcare?
There is an ER about 30 minutes from us.
Is it lonely with no neighbors?
We actually do have a few neighbors who are also on 10 acres lots. Thankfully they are very kind!
Do you feel isolated from social events?
Not at all. We drive to whatever we want to do, just takes a bit longer to get places!
How do you get past feeling vulnerable when your husband is away?
Oddly enough, I feel more safe here than I did when we lived in town with neighbors right next to us and constant traffic passing by (our old house was on a very busy road). We have a very private lot, so it feels super safe and secure.
Is it hard to get wifi?
Yes! This is something I have NOT loved about living here. We were with Comcast before we moved, but that wasn’t available here so our internet is run thru a private company in our small town now. It’s not the best! Plus our cable is satellite, which I don’t love either.
Is it too much quiet?
Nope, I LOVE it.
How many acres do you have and do you plan to get more animals?
We have 10.5 acres and YES, I cannot wait to get more animals. We’re actively looking for a good farm dog right now and I’d love to get goats after that.
Did you kids have to go to a new school?
Yes, they did. We’re in a much smaller town now and a smaller school, which we all love. They adjusted like total champs.
Do you feel closer to God?
I definitely do! I think it’s just the calm and peaceful feeling I have here that makes me feel more connected to God–my heart is very grateful.
Are you on a well and do you like that?
Yes, we are on a well. And I do like it! We don’t have to pay for water anymore.
I’m curious if the lack of trees ever bothers you?
Yes and no. I do wish we had more trees, but we have planted about 20 trees since we moved in last fall. But I will say, I LOVE being able to look out our windows and see all the open space for miles–that’s actually one of my favorite things about being here. Having trees super close to my house, with no views, makes me feel claustrophobic.
How many miles do you drive to the grocery store?
I’m about a 25 minute drive to my favorite grocery store.
Would you ever put in a pool in your yard with that beautiful land?
YESS!! When the kids are older that is definitely on my wish list.
Would you ever move back to town?
I don’t think I could ever go back to living in a typical, suburban neighborhood. Maybe one day when I’m older and want to downsize, but I love and need that open space around us right now.
What’s the next project you want to tackle?
Right now we’re working on the mudroom project and I’m not sure what will be next after that’s finished. I was so excited about the idea of turning our back patio into a sunroom, but the quote we got for that was over $50,000 so that’s definitely not happening anytime soon. Sooooo maybe more shiplap in the living room?!
Well I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Be sure to let me know if you have questions. I love chatting with you guys!!