Wednesday, October 15, 2008

making goals a reality!


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Hubby and I have had a dream for sometime. We have always wanted a larger farm, a real farm! We have felt much peace and the Lord's leading on this... Anyways... Since May 2007 we have been on this journey and felt the hand of the Lord... The economy tells us to get out of the rat race... We finally put our place up for sale this June... AND.... drum roll...

We purchased a 40 acre farm yesterday! CLOSED on it! YUHP! ITS REAL and its OURS! This farm is about 55 minutes from our current home, north... It has:


a 100 year old farm house (white with a green tin roof) (nothing like we have now :) )

a 100 year old barn with two huge lofts to put the hay in (some fresh hay in the lofts already)

a saw mill

a work shop
a few bats in the barn

2 chicken coops

a windmill

2 silos

a cottage

another horse barn for the cottage
ok, quite a few bats in the barn... :)

the original corn crib

a 5 acre pond with 2 docks!

a small pond with Canadian geese

small hills
no bats in the house!

Did I tell you 40 ACRES!!!

9 fenced pastures!

a dairy parlor (in the barn, its a milk house)

a carriage house/shed

100 year old large trees

5 established apple trees!

a large established raspberry patch

a tool shed

3 established pear trees

and real root cellar

did I tell you 40 ACRES!!!!

and more!

Whats the big deal about the announcement????? you say???

ITS AMISH, A REAL AMISH FARM IN A REAL AMISH AREA! WE ARE GOING 100% OFF GRID! WE WILL NOT HAVE ELECTRICITY, WE GET WATER FROM A WINDMILL ENGINE... YES, WE HAVE 2 OUTHOUSES, outside of course :) No, we are not turning Amish...

Please continue to keep our other house sale in your prayers. We know the ecomony right now but we know God led us here not to leave us...



Come along with us on our journey living off-grid! I will be updating this blog from the local library starting in a week or so :) I am not naive to know this will be a huge challenge although, we have heated with wood for some time and embraced a lot of these ideas already... I think laundry will be the biggest of the challenge! If that's the biggest challenge, I think we can make it...

31 comments:

Kim said...

OM Gosh Angie, that is so cool. I will pray for your other house to sell. How fun. Does that mean no more blog??

Ashley said...

Oh my, that is SO COOL!!!

Brooke said...

Good for you guys! I think it seems wonderful....a simple pace of life. Please keep us posted! I love all the features your new farm has. The pond is just breath taking!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I KNOW you can make it! Girl...if I were 15 years younger, I'd be buying the other Amish farm that's for sale!

heather said...

congratulations! i have loved your blog for ages and this is such a perfect next step for your family... this is so exciting.

will you get a composting toilet? and how will you bathe or shower? sorry if those are personal questions, they've always been the two biggies for me when considering this kind of lifestyle.

i can't wait to follow along, i wish you the best!

Gracie said...

wow. You should write a book...maybe you will...:)

Mrs. U said...

Congratulations!!! How wonderful for your family!!! I'm assuming the photos are of your new home? If so, WHAT A GORGEOUS PLACE!!!

His,
Mrs. U

Abbi said...

That sounds very fun! I have always thought 40 acres was the perfect size as that was what I grew up on and loved it. It looks very nice!
I have never tried going off the grid like that. I think that would be an interesting challange.

a said...

good luck! what an adventure!

TEAM T OUTDOORS said...

Wow sis,
As I continue to drive in daily in the Rat Race I applaud your pursuit of your dreams. Who knows, maybe someday I will make the jump! I have always been thinking of this type of thing and know in my long discussions with you how deep this passion is in your soul. YOU ARE DOING IT! GO GET EM!

Bro Jitters

lindanuts said...

Just when I start to really like this blog....will you still be bale to blog from the library. I admire the Amish way of life but I do love me some electricity.....

Martie said...

This sounds like an adventure. It will be fun to follow your new life!! We just embarked on a new chapter with our life too - although not quite as "off the grid" as you all - it has been fun and challenging.

Praying for you.

Blessings,
~Martie

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I am so excited for you and am looking forward to sharing your journey!

Blessings & joy,
Lea

Homemakersheart said...

Wow Ang! It has been awhile since I've logged on. What a dream! It is good you are walking with the Lord and have your eyes wide open to the possiblity of some difficulties. This will prepare you. How fantastic!

Will you eventually modernize? Electricity, indoor plumbing etc? Oh my! After the video you did to show how the weather really is there...how do you go use the outhouse in that weather? Never mind...don't wanna know, LOL!

I wish you God's peace in your journey.

Pink Slippers said...

I'm hooked now to continue to read on!
Good for your family!
Wendy

Dawn said...

We live in an area very close to the Amish...
They just helped my DH finish our siding on our house.
Our place looks similar to yours. Only ours is in a village...the oldest home on the street. Not a grand house, but it is our home and it belonged to DH's grandparents before we moved into it 23+ years ago.
Everything sounds fabulous!!!!
You will have everything you "need" and then some.

K-Rissa said...

wow. i can't wait to read about your adventures.

Kristin said...

Oh wow I just found your blog through a friends, and I am soooo excited to read about your adventures! My husband and i want to do the same thing. What a wonderful property you've found! Congratulations! :)

slaterlife said...

This is what my husband and I want to do.
You got a beautiful piece of property. Congrats! I hope all is going well so far!

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Wow...You are living my dream, you lucky girl :)
I love your new home. I just found your blog and enjoyed my visit here.

Claudia said...

Kudos to you all! My husband and I recently retired to a 15 acre place in the heart of NW Pennsylania Amish country. I chanced upon your blog when looking for comments on Shetler's Wholesale Catalog, which one of my Amish friends lent me. Can't wait to read about your life in more detail now and will be a regular reader. What an amazing adventure! We are not "off grid" but I admire your lifestyle and am so glad you are documenting it. Best wishes from
Claudiajaggers@yahoo.com

Deb said...

I love your blog, I am so ready to get away from these high utility bills. 508.00 electric bill this month, have central heat and live in a mobile home. not underpinned yet.. just bought. would like to build a straw bale house behind me....thinking about it...

Countrymama said...

I read your post about the place you bought and almost cried. Off the grid and semi Amish is truly a life long dream that we're striving for. Please know how blesed you are.

Pam said...

This is truly remarkable...at first I said, "wait, how are they blogging without electricity?" and then I read what you wrote about using the local library. Can't wait to read the rest of your blog and catch up on your doings. Blessings to you and yours. I'm following along now. Pam @ Sallygoodin

LouAnne said...

Congratulations on seeing your dreams become reality!! I'm a brand new visitor to your blog and so glad to have found you.

amie4Christ said...

Wow!! May husband just took a trip to Ohio and we have always admired how the amish live. We have joked many times about doing the same thing ourselves. I so admire you for this! I just found your blog today. I can not wait to catch up. I would love to do this! I mean absoltly love to do this!!!

Nikki said...

Hi Angela. I'm reading your blog for the first time. Congratulations. I also believe in the power of heartfelt wishes coming to fruition. You know what they say...if you can believe it, you can achieve it.
I am curious. Why would laundry be a challenge since if I read correctly, you have been off the grid for a while and that will continue in your Amish community. What is the difference for it to be a challenge for you? How did you do laundry previously? I think I may have a solution for you to meet the challenge of washing your clothes off the grid yet with minimal labor and still have nice fresh clean washed clothes. Could you please describe how you did laundry before the move and also how you will be doing it now. Thanks. Nikki. ps I live in Australia and although I am not on a farm, I have sold my home, purchased a mobile home and am also going off the grid. The independence, although challenging and requiring self discipline is freeing. Looking forward to you sharing your laundry adventures.

Recycled Rita said...

Your farm sounds wonderful! I think I could live without the electricity but not the indoor plumbing! Good for you, what a wonderful life for your kids to grow up in! karen....

Craig Erik said...

My wife and I recently bought an old farmhouse. We are hoping to go off grid a little at a time. We are chronicling our journey in a website. Please check it out. www.quiettimes.webs.com

Lena ~ JOYfilled family said...

i'm completely green with envy. my man and i would love to make such a radical shift in lifestyle. meanwhile, i'll settle for following your journey and continuing to pray that God's will be done.

Pax Christi, Lena

p.s. feel free to contact me if you would like to take on a family as your apprentices. i'm serious!;-)

Heidi said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey. I look forward to each and every happening on your Amish Farm. Good luck with the laundry too.

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