Monday, February 08, 2010

Holy cow, what have we done?!

That's what The Man and I said to each other last night.

What have we done?!
We bought the farm.
Literally.
Yesterday we placed an offer on a farm and it was accepted.

We start the paperwork today.


If you knew how much I am not a farm girl, you'd laugh hysterically.
Seriously, I was like, "Okay now what's a silo again? And what's the difference in a tractor and a combine?"



This house isn't for us to flip.
It's to live in.


I am in so far over my head.
This is going to be an adventure!
The kids are super excited about it.


There's a creek on the property.
Lots of deer and wild turkey.
Probably lots of snakes and critters too.
Great.
I will scream like a little girl, the first time I see a rodent.
What did I get myself into?!


If all goes right, we'll move in less than a month.
The house itself is pretty similar to our current one.
An old farm house. 5 bedroom.
Beautiful hard wood floors throughout.
Original glass knobs on every door.
French doors into the parlor.

I'll have pictures of the inside soon.

Wish me luck!
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On a totally different note, please keep The McClenahans in your prayers today.
It's been one year since Baby Cora went to be with Jesus.
If you have a moment, and feel led to, please stop over and leave them a note of encouragement.

80 comments:

rentz said...

Wow! Congrats! Is it nearby?

C. Beth said...

It's beautiful, Beki! Congratulations!!

Shealynn Benner said...

OK. I am seriously jealous!! How rad are your pictures going to be in front of that barn?! Peeling red paint will make a SUPER AMAZING background! lucky lucky LUCKY! Just carry around a BB gun and shoot at the critters. ;)

raramom06 said...

I'm SO jealous--you are living my dream. Enjoy and God bless! Lori

Jody said...

How wonderful for you and your family! Congratulations!

Lisa K. of XSBaggage and Co. said...

What an exciting adventure! Love the chippy red paint on the barn, and the rusted farm equipment, will be fun photo backdrops!!

One month to move? You'd better get packin' girl!

Polka Dot Moon said...

How exciting!!!! Congrats :)

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

that is so awesome and exciting!!!

jen christians said...

That is exciting... My husband would love to love it!!!

Shorty said...

Can't wait to see the inside! I love glass knobs and hardwood floors. And, I'm dreaming of living out in the country someday.

Love the Decor! said...

How fun is that?!
you'll be a farmgirl in your jeans and cowboy boots before you know it. :)
Seriously, I am happy for you. It looks like a wonderful place to raise a family. If I can spend a week in Nicauagua with spiders and dirt you can surely live on a farm. I have faith in you girlfriend :)

Bailey said...

I'm jealous! It's beautiful, congratulations and enjoy it!

SugarberrySensations said...

Oh my goodness Beki - that is sooooo, so, so, so, soooo exciting! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! The pictures of it are just beautiful - what beautiful, beautiful land!!!! You are so lucky, and good golly, the memories the kids will have of living there will be priceless! =)

I can not wait to see the pictures of the inside!!! I will definitely stop over to offer encouragment to the McClenahans, my prayers are already with them!

♥Lori

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

So jealous! We recently had to sell our house in the country and move to town. Yuck! I am dreaming of being able to live in an old country farm house soon. Can't wait to see more pictures of yours.

Graceful Moments said...

You will eventually love the farm...I guarantee it! We have been on our farm (moved from suburbs) since 1992. It has been an adventure and we have loved every minute of it...in retrospect. Some of it wasn't all that much fun while it was happening. Just think how beautiful that farm will be covered with snow...and in the spring, you will be amazed and delighted by all the surprises you will find...wild violets, daffodils...who knows what will pop up to make you smile. Congratulations! You are going to love it!

Rockstar Mommy said...

Oo, I'm so jealous! It's gorgeous!

Natalie said...

Yay and wow that's awesome! You will love the country life - I grew up there too and absolutely loved the quiet! :) How fun and it is true your photos will be so cool next to that barn I am jealous - I love old red barns!!!

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Wow.... that's quite a purchase!!

We did something similar back in 2001 and if you ever need any "tips", "advice", or ... a shoulder to cry one (hee-hee!) just give me a shout! ;)

You'll love it!!

From one city-girl-livin'-in-the-country to another... welcome to the club! :)

Ruth

forever folding laundry said...

So exciting! That is one great barn. Best wishes on your new family adventure! :)

~Keri

Snowcatcher said...

How exciting!!! Congratulations, and may the closing and moving go smoothly!

Martha said...

It is absolutely just beautiful!!!! Congratulations...and amazing the original glass knobs and those floors!!! So excited for you and to share with us!

Kelly said...

*gasp* you stole my dream! ;)
I have always, always wanted to live on a farm. Many acres is it? Please do show more pictures. That barn is to *die* for. Lucky ducks! :)

HisFireFly said...

I didn't know a combine from a swather, but learned quickly. May the Lord bless every blade of grass, every squawk, chirp, and whinney.
You will find more treasures than you ever expected!

mandi said...

how fantastic!! my husband and i just sold our house last night so we can start moving into our HUGE mid century home on 9 acres of woods!! I keep asking myself what can i do with 9 acres! So far I have planned on raising chickens and domesticate myself...we will see where that goes!

Wendy said...

You get a gorgeous old barn?! I'm so jealous!!! That's it. I'm coming to live with you.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

My Dear Beki:
I want you to know that you have instigated a serious case of Farm Envy in me today! I'm a country girl - through and through - and left 90 acres and a too-big house to live here in Florida on 3 no-so-private acres. My fondest wish is to, not only live on a farm some day, but to have a barn as wonderful as yours to turn into our home! Suffice it to say, I'm seriously jealous!!! ;-)

My prayers will be with your friends today on their awful loss. I hope God heals them to leave them with only happy memories of their child.

Blessings,
Donna

Laura said...

WHAT???????
How could you make this sort of decision without asking me first!

Can I just say, great for you and POOR POOR ME.
Literally....POOR me. I am poor.
I wanna buy a farm! I want one!!! ME ME ME!!!!!!!!

I am having a jealous tantrum.

Gypsy Rose said...

Looks like a great place for the kids. 5 bedrooms, I am so envious. I have loved living in the country. My advice-check out the county 4-H program with the county extension agent. We love it! and you will learn so much. Keep chickens besides the fresh eggs that are so good for you. There is something relaxing about watching chickens. By the way 4-H is more than animals and gardens, we do rocketry and photography too.

SGreen said...

Congrats!!! We live on 20 acres and it is wonderful. You will do great and will be amazed by how quiet it is at night. And how beautiful the stars are!

Whitni Ann said...

Hey, now when you're setting dates and locations for photo shoots you can just tell them to meet you in your backyard! Lots of beautiful photo ops there.

On another note, I can't believe it's been a whole year since Cora died. I never met her family or anything, I live all the way in GA, but I remember it touched my heart so deeply the way so many people in the blogging community got together and raised funds for her playground. I'll keep them in my thouhts and prayers.

Zoie @ BnBbyGilliauna said...

*Smiles* Buying a place is a HUGE thing! And completely scary.

The pictures look terrific though. Congratulations! I can't wait to see the ones of the inside.

advocatemom said...

I heart that barn! And a creek! Awesome!! Congratulations.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh! I LOVE your farm....and you can have chickens and goats and....

Gorgeousness!

Sylvia C. said...

That's awesome! I am so happy for you all!

best,

Sylvia

Ruth said...

no WAY!!!
as if!
that's so cool. can i please live in your barn?? i'm not scared of rodents but you can keep the snakes...

Kasey said...

i have the farmhouse...i just need it on a farm;-)
congrats...it'll be amazing.
xo

Shuggamom said...

Beki,
I'm like everybody else JEALOUS!!!!

What a dream come true. Y'all will have a blast living in the country and being a country girl.
I bet the kids are sooooo excited.

So HAPPY for y'all.
What a Blessing,truly from GOD!!

Love,
Stacey
Cold and rainy East Texas

Beth said...

The place looks *amazing*!

Trasie Bressler said...

Oh I am so Jealous! I love love love the farm house but I love that barn even more......Can't wait to see the inside!!!!!

Mindy M. Harris said...

Cool dude. I'm diggin' the farm thing.

Practically Perfect... said...

Congratulations!

Debra from Bungalow said...

That is so cool! I would just love to live on a farm...horses and
alpacas and a couple dogs, some chickens....I'm jealous!

dirtyjeepgirlie said...

What a lucky girl! Beautiful! And all of that farm equipment and the barns? AMAZING backdrops! I'd give anything to have that red barn for pictures!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh I'm so excited for you girlie! Since I am a FARMgirl I'll have to live vicariously through you until I get one of my own someday:)

Heather said...

that's so exciting. if you need help moving let me know!

Sew Gracious said...

Looks just like you! ;-) Congratulations!

Jeanneoli said...

Your new house looks amazing and the property is going to be so much fun for the whole family!!!

Country Dreaming said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to the next post.

Melinda

amy d said...

how fun is that!!! i need to move just so i can clean out my house, but i would just end up wanting my old house back. ...and i love that barn, but don't wanna know what's been living inside it :)

Christina said...

Wow! You are braver than I am. :)

I can't believe it's been a year.

LittlePeanutShop said...

It's beautiful! You are so lucky - have fun!!!

YaYa's Funhouse said...

It was meant to be...the boys are going to LOVE it.

I'd love to have a place like that!!!
Consider it a blessing.

Courtney Walsh said...

I just found your blog and it made me SMILE!! I always claim I want to live on a farm, but I'm like you--I am NOT a farmgirl!! Still, what a FUN adventure! :) Looks absolutely perfect! Good luck! I can't wait to see more pictures. :)

Michelle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVEthe barn! I'm a farm girl at heart living in a big city and I am so jealous!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Thank you guys!!

It is about 5-6 acres.
It's nearby, but will put my kids in a different school district. :(

Not excited about that part.

And I can't WAIT to have nice weather and start up my photography business again, have people out and do pictures out there! Any locals interested, please let me know...

Maple Memories said...

Congratulations, Beki!! I'm guessing the photographer in you is going nuts right about now!! Have fun with it...critters and all!

Tara said...

oh my good~ness, that is so exciting, it looks gorgeous! I think I would scream at the sight of a rodent too, so you can call me when it happens, I will be understanding! Congrats and good luck!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

CONGRATS!!! That is so awesome!
I am just imagining all the awesome pictures that you can take on a farm! Wish we had that here in Cali!

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Congratulations on your new adventure! What a great oppurtunity for your children to grow up on land with all it's possibilities. Enjoy!

kraftykash said...

What a great place for you and the kids to grow up. Its truly beautiful!

Erica said...

beki that's so exciting! the first thing i thought when i saw the barn was photo shoots!! :) that will be perfect! can't wait to see the house & how you will decorate ;)

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Anonymous said...

I'm breathless...you mean we won't be seeing or hearing from the local PD anymore? With your absence the block will be sooo boring! If you say so, I guess I believe you can survive the country...after all, the backdrop is designed by the Creator and should make for some good pix!---Trenna

gina said...

oh my gosh?! ALl this AND growing your business?! I wish i lived nearby, I'd love to stop in and hope some of what you've got rubbed off on me- for now I'll have to settle for reading your blog. It sounds lovely and looks like a great place for kids to grow up! Are you actually going to be farming or just living there?!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Gina, I wish you lived nearby too! I could use the help.

We'll do some gardening, but not any real "farming". We might get a goat or something for the kids. Plant some veggies. There are already fruit trees on the property.

"Farming Light" - That's what it'll be...

The Sieberts said...

GREAT place to take pictures!!! love it!!

The Sieberts said...

GREAT place to take pictures!!! love it!!

Nicole R.J. said...

Your new property is beautiful! Oh the photos you'l be able to take! Congrats!

Rebekah said...

You're going to love it :)

Maybeads said...

Wow, that's so exciting for you and your family! Congratulations! I can't wait to see more pictures.

Whimsical Creations said...

How exciting! Congrats! I can not wait to see more and hear all about your adventures on the farm! =D

Nan said...

Wow!! Congratulations! Never say never right? :^)

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Beki, I lived in a farmhouse growing up -- it was just for a couple years but it was my most favorite house of my life, other than the one we are in now. I keep telling my Dad I want to go back and find it. I ADORED it. Now you have me convinced I have to try to find it. :) I cannot wait to see the inside of this house!!! Congrats!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I grew up on a 40 acre dairy farm. There is no other life quite like it. And I've mourned living on a farm since moving away from home.

The house before this one where I am now? It was my own dream 5 acre hobbie farm. Ah well... life took a different turn.

If you need any pointers on hobbie farming, I'm your girl! :)

Donna

the whyte's said...

i LOVE it!!! i'm a suburbs girl simply cause i'm close to target, but that is my absolute dream scene. wichita is great, but i really want to live outside of town. i am just starting to take photos and i'm wishing i had my farm now!! what a beautiful scene.

justastonesthrowaway said...

There was a time in my life that I would have said you could have a farm and no thank you!

But today I am someone totally different and I am so stinkin jealous!

Esther Littlefield said...

Looks and sounds amazing! We are in the house selling/buying process right now too, and it's all so scary and exciting at the same time. Congrats!

The Double Dipped Life said...

What a beautiful new home and land! I can just picture the kids running around all day, playing. Good luck in your new home!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beki, that sounds SO exciting. This looks like a gem of a place. I can't wait to see pics of the house! Hope you'll tweet it so I can remember to come by.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Great photos--you know you bought it so you could take more photos of it, haha! And redesign the inside. Congrats--have fun!