Monday, March 9, 2020

Bittersweet...

Steve and I sit on the sofa - the same sofa our daughter was born on 10 years ago, the same one that sags in the middle because her two older brothers have used it as a trampoline well before she was born.  The sofa is covered with stains - not from the birth, but from one and a half decades of living.

Anyway. Steve and I sip our coffee on this sofa while the sun comes up over the Eastern ridge, lighting up the tip of a snow covered mountain looking like a pyramid. Over the 18 years we've lived here at our homestead in the wilderness, we've watched this spectacle many times. The view was better earlier on, when the Sequoia and Alder trees were smaller and didn't obscure the view of the ridge as they do now. 

Trees do a whole lot of growing in almost two decades. And so have we.

We've done so much growing that we've outgrown this life for now, and that's why we will move in a few weeks.

I kept telling people that they'll have to drag me out of this house on a stretcher when I'm dead. Now, I'm ready to leave it while I'm still very much alive.

We raised our children here (and lots of other animals). We've grown literally tons of food in the garden. We taught numerous kids and adults homesteading and wilderness skills here. Several friends got married here because it's such a beautiful, special place.

There are so many memories on this land.









We love this place with all of our hearts and souls and minds and spirits, and yet, it's time to move on to the next chapter.

Our kids have grown from homeschooled, barefoot, constantly naked-in-nature little hippy people to almost adult (Kai), teenager (Luke) and pre-teen (Eva), and they are definitely not interested in running around the woods naked any more.

I don't blame them.  They need more opportunities, more exposure to a different way of living, other opportunities, a better school system, more peers.

That's why we decided to find wonderful renters who will take care of the homestead, while we live in the Skagit Flats in an area that's famous for its foodie vibe. I bet the money we used to spend on gas now will go to the local bakeries.

I can't show you pictures of our new place yet, because the official closing date is the end of March, but I can't wait to share it with you!

I'm excited about the location! And the great kitchen! And guess what? I'll teach cheesemaking classes in it! Also? I'll show you on the blog what you can do with a blank slate, because let me tell you, the new land doesn't have anything on it.

So stay tuned.

Wish us luck with the moving. Luckily, we have two teenage sons who love lifting weights, so carrying furniture shouldn't be a huge problem!





21 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read your new posts from your new place. What an exciting time for you.

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  2. I wish you all the best in your new endeavors and in you new place. Which town will you be in or close too?

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    1. It's really close to Bow Edison! Close to the salt water!

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  3. Have enjoyed my ride with you for a long time. For some reason this made me sad and it should not as what a great adventure in creating a new life and learning new things and meeting new people. Wishing you the absolute best in everything as you move forward.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. It's okay to feel sad... it's a big change. I'll keep sharing whatever I learn, so keep hanging out with us!

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  4. One door closes and a new exciting one opens. You will make this place special too and will make it your own. I can't wait to read about your new adventures and plans for the new place.Soon your new place will have memories you will cherish and love too. Congratulations and I hope your move goes smoothly.

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  5. I will miss seeing you all bicycle past and your visits when you came to our sales. Blessings on your new home and new adventure.

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    1. I bet we'll still bike, since we'll still visit Marblemount! Wave to us next time you see us!

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  6. Corina und Steve.
    Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Glück in Ihrem neuen Abenteuer und viel spass.
    (michaelyoder@msn.com)

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  7. Corina and Steve
    I have to admit that I cried a bit when I read this blog. Don't get me wrong, I am happy for you but I will also miss the beautiful pictures you share. Best of luck in your new place and I look forward to new pictures.

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    1. Awwwww! Awwww!!! That is so sweet! Not that you cried, but that you care. I promise I will continue to share beauty and whatever wisdom I can!

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  8. Good Luck! Very exciting! Can't wait to see pictures of the new place!

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    1. Hi Renee, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your loyalty! Happy to share new pictures!

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  9. My best wishes to You All in the next chapter of your lives! 🙏❤✌

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  10. My family will be moving to that area and have followed you in secret. Will your renters be of the same interests and have visits/classes as you did?

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  11. I wish you all the best of luck. May the new place bring as much richness and happiness as the "old" place did. May it bring to you what you hope for, desire and above all need.

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  12. Wishing you and your beautiful family a smooth move... :-)

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