A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

Moving a Homestead

From this end of the move, from an emptying house with dusty corners revealed by furniture that has preceded us to the new place, I feel surprising trepidation. It all seems so enormous, so possibly unattainable.

From our new home, though, walking through the grass on a gentle slope that is beginning to become familiar, it all seems possible.

I’ve made lists and charts and timelines. What to fit in on our next few days there so that I can capitalize on spring gardening. Which fences must be built and which repaired to get the sheep up and return for the goats. And the chickens and the geese and the rabbits.

Moving a homestead is difficult, but it reminds me that we’re not starting from scratch. We’ve accumulated materials and tools and some experience.

This venture started without our realizing it. It started with nightly dinners and herbs in the window. It started with a whim to make country wine from drought-ruined plums. It started in a tiny apartment with two dogs and a small electric stove.

It started with books, a bounty of knowledge gained just for a fascination with something I wanted “some day.”

I’m thankful for our journey and our future. I’m thankful for this in-between time, in which I can look down upon our past and what lies ahead and be glad. Trepidation is okay, as long as it is accompanied by determination. And it is.

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  1. March 12, 2015    

    Big changes are always nerve-wracking, even when you know deep in your heart that they’re the right choices. I hope you allow yourself the room to feel these big emotions because they’re a part of the process of growing—and making your new home. The place you’re leaving holds special memories, and any grief you feel in leaving is valid. That sadness or trepidation does not diminish the joy and excitement of starting anew!

    • March 12, 2015    

      Beautifully said, Catherine, and true. For all the negatives of this place in California (a multitude) it is home, and leaving home always has an element of grief, I think. And you’re right on– that does not diminish the joy of moving on!

  2. Bev Bev
    March 12, 2015    

    So Beautifully Written. The pictures are gorgeous. Enjoy the journey. Can’t wait to hear more of your adventures.

    • March 12, 2015    

      Thank you, Bev!

  3. March 12, 2015    

    Beautiful and inspiring! Moving is always challenging, but moving a homestead, wow! Wishing you good luck. Exciting times ahead!

    • March 12, 2015    

      Thank you, Marion! It’s overwhelming at times, but full of excitement as well.

  4. suzanne suzanne
    March 12, 2015    

    Love this…..Best of Luck and Many, Many happy years !!!!!

    • March 12, 2015    

      Thank you so much Suzanne!

  5. jessica davis jessica davis
    March 12, 2015    

    I love your writting! This sums up how I am begining to feel as our move looms closer… Although I’ve only got dogs kids and poultry to move!

    • March 12, 2015    

      Thank you, Jessica! It is an intimidating and emotional process no matter how much there is to move. It’s reassuring to know that many others are doing or have done what we are! Best wishes to you during your move!

  6. March 13, 2015    

    Your journey is an inspiration! I have faith that we can set up an initial homestead but couldn’t visualize it. Because of you, I can see beyond an initial homestead to two and maybe more, as in helping others set up homesteads. A nasty divorce from my first husband has put my current husband (love of my life) and I in the position of remodeling a dilapidated house to sell before we can get to transforming our country house into a homestead. It seems like an indeterminately long process, but we will get there! I wish you well in your move! Thank you for sharing and please continue…

    • March 13, 2015    

      I wish you well on your journey as well, April! Thank you so much. I hope you get out to your country home soon!

  7. MM MM
    March 13, 2015    

    There is always a little bittersweet in any change that comes into our lives, and it takes a while to adjust, for sure! Looking forward to following along with you in your new homestead journey 🙂

    • March 13, 2015    

      Thank you so much MM! I’m happy to have you following along.

  8. March 17, 2015    

    Change has always given me a bit of anxiety. We’re in the process of getting our home ready to be sold. My mother has to come live with us due to monetary reasons on her part. I don’t want to see her struggle to make ends meet anymore. We can’t afford a mother/daughter type house in the area where we currently live so we’ll be moving about thirty minutes north. I’ve lived in the same county my whole life and I have so many friends here but I trust that this is where we need to be. As long as you have a calm feeling in your gut, everything will be fine. I know you’re going to love your new home. I’m so glad I found your blog recently. It’s been a pleasure reading your past posts. : )

    ~ Wendy

    • March 17, 2015    

      Thank you so much, Wendy. I agree that change is unnerving, and the hardest part about this for me is the unknown of what the future holds. I know it will be wonderful, but I don’t know how it will be, exactly, so I feel anxiety. I will check out your blog– thanks for sharing!

  9. April 9, 2015    

    Truly beautiful! Photos are breathtaking! Moving is always strange at the beginning but so nice when it’s all done. All the best!

    • April 9, 2015    

      Thank you so much! I agree, it’s such a mixed-up time with a great pay-off! Can’t wait.


I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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