Life is interesting. It changes while you are not looking. If you had asked me a few years back if I ever thought we would leave our beautiful little backyard homestead in the high Rockies, I would have said no. And yet here we are, embarking on a new journey.
This little farm has served our family well over the last 9 years. We have improved it and built it into exactly what we wanted. It has brought us such joy and we have counted ourselves very blessed to be able to live here. But our life has shifted in many ways over the years that we have been here. We have three acres, and really are only able to homestead one of those acres due to the terrain. Our homesteading dreams have long outgrown this little space. But more than that, our youngest child has extremely rare, life-threatening medical issues. The pediatric hospital is 2 hours away. For the first few years of his life, the doctors were hopeful they could fix his issues and that he would eventually not need the hospital except for once-a-year check-ups with his specialists. It has become clear that that is not what is going to happen and he will continue to need the pediatric hospital and his specialists often.
It was time for a change. We need to be closer to the hospital, and we need more space to expand this homesteading life that brings us joy through the trials. And so, we are moving. We are trading in our 5-foot deep spring snows and cool mountain air for hail and 100-degree days in August. We are trading in pack rats and black bears for prairie dogs and rattlesnakes.
This is going to be a huge shift for us. We have been “High-Altitude Homesteaders” for a very long time. Our farm has been an efficiently set up, 1-acre, backyard farm in the mountains. And now…..we are going to have a 30-acre farm out on the open prairies! Many things will be easier…longer growing season…less predators…warmer climate…pastures for the livestock….etc. And yet, it will be very different and there is going to be SO much for us to learn.
We are very excited for this new adventure! We want to learn new ways of homesteading. We want to increase all our homestead production and feed our family off the land more than we can here. AND…we will only be 45 minutes from the pediatric hospital – which will make hospital life much easier. Now we will view the high Rockies, that we have called home for so long, from afar.
We plan to take you all on this new adventure with us. But for now, even though I just got back from a blogging hiatus, I need to be off the computer and working on getting our entire family, school, farm, and business moved and settled in a new location. So I will say good-bye for now…but I will be back again soon with an entirely new journey to share.