While I have been dealing with a mighty cold, our dear Victor was recently hit by a loudly roaring stomach bug! He woke up sometime around 3 AM last night and just… well you know. It was everywhere. Much like when Stargazer or Honeybee get bugs Victor gets walloped too. So we did our best to clean up our room and attempted to get more sleep. As you may know, that never happens to me, I can’t ever get back to sleep!
At the first sleep, I do reasonably well. That is until I wake from one of my many repeating dreams. Any further time awake adds to my inability to fall back asleep. The only exception to this seems to be during the day. I feel that some days I may suffer from a form of narcolepsy because I will find myself waking up when I don’t have any memory of going back to bed.
So what’s a Mum to do? Well rather than trying to go to bed early tonight, I’ve decided to write a little. It seems like it has been ages since I talked with you all. Most of that time I have been recovering from surgery, dealing with my Dad’s near-death experience, dealing with various household chores and trying to play the “real estate game”. Occasionally our good Lord gives me a bit of time to paint. Other-times like tonight He has suggested rather strongly that I continue to write and search out the questions that my heart seeks to answer.
One of those tough questions is “Where to from here God?”. Another is “How will we afford it?” and “Where do we start?”. I still don’t quite know the answers to any of these, but I can say that after I had nearly come to giving up the Land Search, I realised that there was one form I had not tried. You see, while Victor and I had sold privately, I didn’t even think to try to find a private vendor. So when I set out to do just that God showed me one that fit our needs and our desires to a “T”. It was pretty much exactly what we had asked for, and it is in our budget range.
The land itself is flat pasture land which means it is easier to build on and more straightforward to farm. It has 3 phase power and water to the boundary. It has lovely and close mountain views on three borders as well as shelter belts to protect from harsh winds. It is fully fenced, and it is within the “25-minute drive” cut off from Rangiora/Woodend that I strongly desired. Best of all it has NO covenants.
I hope to be able to show all of you the land. As Victor stated, our offer was accepted. It was a perfectly straight-forward arrangement. The landowner showed us the property, and then a little while later we said we wanted to buy it and he drew up the agreement, and we both signed it. We still have much due diligence to do before we confirm, but I’m hopeful that God with His full knowledge of our needs will help us to achieve our goals within our time constraints.
If any of you homesteaders have any advice for where to start once we have the land and house, please feel free to share a comment below. I love hearing about how every unique family has gotten their footing. Victor and I are very eager to get back to our roots so to speak and start living more wholesome lives. The rat race doesn’t serve us well!
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