what we're looking for…

by | Jul 28, 2014 | Miscellaneus | 75 comments

We’re still waiting for our house to sell.  For those who think I’ll sell my house and we’ll move and it’ll be some big secret, you’re mistaken!  I will be shouting it from the rooftops when our house sells and we are getting ready to move.  I guess I may have to wait until the ink is on the paper, but I will let you know as soon as possible.

As I was thinking about it, I don’t think I ever shared what we’re looking for in our next place.

A lot of people have asked why we’re moving.  It boils down to two things.  The first one is our business, Mustard Seed Interiors.  We’ve been running it out of our home and basement and we’ve grown beyond that point.  Instead of renting a space that would force me to work outside of the home, we want to have a building on our property to work out of.  The second thing is that we’ve dreamed for a long time of living on a farm.  Our current house is not a farm and never will be.  We want our boys to grow up on a pretty piece of land with some animals, chores, freedom to build forts, explore, fish in a pond, dig in a garden or put their toes in a creek…whatever our new home ends up offering.

So, we’re looking for a house on about 10 acres.  I want an old farmhouse and we’re fortunate that there are a lot of them in our area.  We don’t want a major fixer-upper, though.  We don’t mind a place that needs some work, but not one that’s a dilapidated mess.

white farm house


Something like that would do just fine!

I’m looking for details like original floors, pretty doors, banisters, windows and beautiful light is important.  I don’t mind adding some of this stuff to a space, but it would be a huge bonus if it’s already there.

screen door


And I’ve already let Jeff know I want a dutch door.  And that’s that.  He wants central air.  (Men!)

We’d like a house that’s about the same size as our current one (2300 sq feet), but I’m not stuck on that.  I’m more concerned with how the space is configured than how much space there is.  It’s not something you can communicate to a buying agent, but I want the house to feel like home.  I’ll know it when I step in the front door.

With more land, we’re looking forward to having a garden for flowers, fruits and veggies.



And I want chickens.  I can’t wait to collect fresh eggs and just sit and watch them strutting and pecking.

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I’m hoping for a great old barn or out building, but, after looking at several, I’ve realized those would be more for fun and we really need a new building that’s squirrel-free, climate controlled and doesn’t have rotting floor boards to use for the business.  Ah, but they do make for pretty pictures.

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So, we’d like to design and build a barn-style building for our workshop, a studio space for me and a few other things.  I am so thankful that our current home has a great basement, but we’ve been bursting at the seams for a while and I cannot express how amazing it will be to have a dedicated place to work and create that’s not next to the washing machine and hot water heater, washed in fluorescent lights.  It’ll be so fun to plan it all out, so there’s an efficient work flow.

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I would also love to be able to host workshops and possibly even sales here and there.  Who knows, but it’s exciting to think about the possibilities.

I know there are a lot of “I wants” and dreams expressed in this post and there are days when I focus on those a lot and get really impatient.  But then, I remember that God’s timing is perfect.  I love the thought that He’s saving our home for the perfect family and is preparing the perfect place for us.  So, I’ve been pinning pictures that inspire me, so I’m ready when the time is right.

A girl can still dream a little…


  1. Yuko Jones | northfield fate

    I know you’ll find your perfect home, and it is going to be a charming farmhouse! (And I know you’ll make it even more charming). Good luck! Looking forward to following on your journey 🙂

  2. Anne Boykin

    Dear MMS, How exciting! All will be as it was meant to be, I’m sure. It will be tremendous fun to continue to watch your business continue to grow! Hugs, Anne Boykin

  3. Amy D

    It’s great you have pictures and a clear idea in your mind of what you want. I have found that when I visualize exactly what I want, I get it. Sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it takes awhile. Just keep visualizing and it will happen! Also, picture how you will feel in the moment you sell your house and the moment you walk into your new home–really try to feel those emotions. I know it sounds woo woo, but I swear it helps bring what you want to fruition! It’s happened to me so many times. Being truly grateful for what you currently have, like you are doing, and trusting in the timing, are important, too. Best wishes! Keep up posted! 🙂

  4. Jeanine Okio B Designs

    I want everything you want! Impossible to find in NY. I dream about moving to Virginia. =)


  5. christine

    I’ve always been a believer in dreams! And if you don’t have them, then they can’t come true. Good luck on your search. I know God is great and He has your best interest at heart. Best of luck and congratulations on the success of your business. You’ve done well and certainly deserve all that life has to offer. Keep up the great work!

  6. Megan

    Our house is on the market too, here in Virginia. It is so hard to be patient while watching homes we were interested in being sold. We’re moving to a farm and I, too, can’t wait for chickens!

  7. Rebecca

    If your perfect home is not for sale-write the home owners a letter. We did just that and the owners invited us over to view the inside etc. we all agreed on a price and move in date and we have been here ever since. Just a thought….

  8. Kim

    We are in the same situation! We have an accepted offer on a farm house property and are anxiously awaiting the sale of our current home (in the ‘burbs). As anxious as we are to start our new lives, we also must remember, all in His timing. I’ll be praying for your search and sale as well. Look forward to following along your future farmhouse journey!

  9. Jenny H.

    Marian: I don’t comment often but felt as though I should this time. I got butterflies while reading your post! I know well the feeling of waiting and anticipating that next step (my husband was active duty Army). Especially when that next step is a part of a long time dream. I am so excited to see what God has in store for you! I know it’s hard to be patient, but just keep going. God WILL be faithful, although it may not always end up exactly as we had planned. But he is always GOOD, and working for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose!

    I so hope you get that farmhouse (partially for the selfish reason of wanting to see what you do with it)!

    Patience, friend. Patience.


    P.S. You will love having chicky girls. They have such funny little personalities… And they really are easy to manage… And fun to photograph 😉

  10. Iva

    I love your inclusion of, ” But then, I remember that God’s timing is perfect”. I think that is something that we all need to remember in our daily thoughts when we have different aspects of our lives that we ponder. I can’t wait to see what you do with your new place and the inspiration that it will give us all. I think that new place will call for a newly penned book!

  11. Anita

    Sounds like my idea of perfection 🙂

  12. Marlene

    It will happen- you will be living the dream – I love the house in the photo–reminds me of my great grandmothers farm – chickens, farm house with 2 porches and barn – memories…Good Luck Marian, you deserve it.

  13. kristin

    Chickens are the best! Easy to care for and so fun to watch and hold. Be careful how many chickens you get–25 and we had to order bulk egg boxes from Amazon. For a few weeks in a row we had 12 dozen in our fridge and couldn’t give them away fast enough! An egg stand for the boys? 🙂 I wanted to share some things to keep in mind when buying a small “farm”. This is from experience. First, I totally see why you want and need the space/outbuilding! With the land comes alot of mowing. With that a need for new equiptment to mow. Just building things like a chicken coop from a converted shed required HOURS and HOURS of blood and sweat, and perhaps a few tears. Farm life is time consuming and can be hard work. It is fun but alot of work. My husband spent almost every weekend mowing. Luckily, the house was only 12 years old and a beauty so that required little time. The cost for upkeep, had we stayed longer, would have been a bear. Jeff is able to help you now with your bursting, thriving business. Too much to care for on the grounds and animals/buildings–whatever it may be–you will lose your helper. I share from experience and want the best for you. It is a great life to live on even a small farm. However, the requirements of time, energy, and money is something to consider. You are expanding for your business growth and with the joy of a new farm home I would hate to see you feel overwhelmed. And it is not a “once we get settled” or “get this fixed up” it will be easier. There is always something. However, you could hire more help for your business I guess! I am one of your biggest supporters for the “Mustardizing” of America. 🙂 This is not meant to be a “naysayer” note–only information and sharing from the heart for consideration!

    • marian

      Thanks so much for the advice and I really appreciate it!

    • Eliza

      Kristin has given some really good advice. Nine years ago, we bought almost exactly what you’re describing, Marian. It ticks most of the boxes on your list: we have 11 acres with a stocked pond, an 1840s farmhouse that is very well maintained, a 4,000sf barn, and open pastures. It’s heaven to me, and going to gather eggs or hang out with our goats is the very best kind of relaxing.

      But oh my word, it’s expensive and time consuming. We have dual incomes and no children, and I’m not sure we could have done it any other way. Mowing took many hours using the tractor until we bought a zero-turn mower (we split the mowing up over *days* so it didn’t seem so overwhelming). The front-end loader gave us back precious time, but was not inexpensive. Scraping and painting an old clapboard house is a fortune, so we do it one side at a time. You don’t even want to know how much it was to repoint old brickwork or to paint (or replace) a standing seam roof. We paint the barn and fencing ourselves to save money. Keeping up a long gravel driveway involves many tons of stone every so often and is also not inexpensive. Right now, I’m spending my summer off (as I do every summer) repairing wood rot on the house, and doing all of the other upkeep projects that I don’t have time for during the rest of the year.

      On the surface, we lead a “Pinterest life”, but every time I see magazine pictures of an immaculate and fashionably dressed woman holding a chicken or standing by a cow, I wonder what kind of staff she has on hand.

      This has turned into quite a ramble, and it wasn’t my intention for it to be a negative one. You’ve probably have thought of some of these things already, but I don’t think any of us really knows until you get into it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I’m not sure I recommend it to many, either. As someone I knew once described it, “it makes your heart sing and your head hurt.”


      • kristin

        Eliza (and Marian),
        Thank you Eliza. Your comment gave me chills. I only added my words at the end for those who may have thought I was being a fun sponge. Marian may recall my other stories of our property (being that we thought we had it all, such a dream) and how in the end our move and God’s plan is where we are now. And I feel so much better about where we are.

        I understand what you are saying and I think Marian does also. We want what is best for her and it is all so fun but as you live it, you know the serious work involved. Hey, as her boys grow older they can be helping hands and maybe the boys from youth group want to help out! I don’t want to discourage Marian, just give her food for thought. We care about you Marian and know you will chose what will work best for you and your family. If you are given the chance and you feel it is right–go for it! God will be guiding you along the way. 🙂

        • Eliza

          Thanks for replying back Kristin, and expressing much more gracefully what I was thinking! There’s no getting away from the expense and time, but anyone can do it, Marian can.

          With that, I’m off to hop on the mower!


  14. Karli

    Such a wonderful wish list. I can imagine being in a similar place a few years down the road if my little side business grows like I hope. (Thank you for all the inspiration you’re providing through the Building a Creatively Made Business course. You speak right to my heart!)

  15. Teresa

    I cant wait to see what you guys end up buying. You are very fortunate that you do live in a area with lots of farmhouses and land. The most frustrating thing about selling a home is to see something else you love and have it sold before you can sell your home but hopefully you guys will be in home stretch soon and get a “good” offer.

    Perhaps you will post a summary about your home-selling experience and some do’s and dont’s and what you learned in the process. Its a much different world in the real estate market than it was 5-6 years ago with all the craziness of bidding wars, easy loan approvals, etc.

  16. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

    Gorgeous inspiration Marian! I’ll be praying for you on this journey (whatever it entails).

  17. Leslie


    I know what you mean about bursting at the seams. I am so thankful for my basement space, but I’m already infringing on the garage. Now when I come home beaming with satisfaction from a great furniture find, my husband makes a face and says “Where are you going to put that?” It takes a little bit of the fun out of it. 🙂 I haven’t even really started building my business yet, so I can imagine that you must really be overflowing. Right now I’m learning and doing lots for family and friends, but I’ll get there some day. Thank you for being such an inspiration to follow your dreams. I follow your posts every day to get inspiration.

  18. Jen Hummel

    I just love, love, love this post! My husband and I live in a 100-year-old farm house in NE Illinois and even though there are things that about the house that aren’t perfect because…well…it is a 100-year-old farm house….it is perfect for us. We are also blessed with an old red barn. Swoon. We have 5 acres which is the perfect size right now for our little family — us, 3 dogs, 5 chickens, 1 rooster and a handful of pigs. And I will tell you now….you will LOVE having chickens. They are the BEST. Nothing better than farm-fresh eggs! Good luck in your journey of finding your new home-sweet-home. God has the perfect place in mind for you!!!

  19. antiquechase

    crossing my fingers your house sells soon! looks like a wonderful adventure is around the corner.

  20. Anita McKenna Murphy

    So with you on the dreaming quicker than the sipped of life thing. But they do come true and when they do its like no time passed at all. Do get chickens! I have had chickens on my vision board for years and I got them for my birthday this year. Best. Gift. Ever.

  21. amy

    Put your house listing on your blog. Maybe you will get someone who knows someone who is looking.

  22. Claudia Basinger

    I was reading your about your dilemma and wanted to give you a boost. I am a Realtor and this is the biggest emotional roller coaster you will ever ride. It’s like being pregnant and going into labor. You know it will come and when it does it will hurt. There are so many variables to a sale, but if you have a someone you trust handling your sale, you will be fine.

    All of my clients are still alive!

    Hoped that helped.

  23. Mary


    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and have admired you and your talents. You have such a vision for everything, including your future home. I know it will happen. I’m glad that you already understand God’s timing. My husband has been there, he understands his timing. Let me explain. He wanted to sell our home and build on a farm we owned (we farm for a living). I didn’t. The home we lived in was one we bought when we didn’t have two nickels to rub together, the only home our children had ever known, all our memories were in that house. A home that grew over time, beautifully landscaped yard with water fountains, beautiful trees and flowers. Walkways that we poured our hearts and souls into. My husband didn’t press the issue of selling and building, he didn’t keep nagging about it. He did take me to the part of the farm he wanted to build on a time or two. One quarter of a mile off the road, a beautiful pond and seven acres of this farm would be our yard and pasture. He would point out where the pastures would be, what kind of fencing he would use, how he would make the pond bigger, where the house would be, which direction it would face. I thought to myself all that sounded nice. But he had a vision, I had my memories. I may note that our children were grown and gone at this time. I got up one Sunday morning and looked out the kitchen window before going to church. It hit me, then and there. I told my husband if he still wanted to sell and build, I would leave. This was eight years ago and I’m glad my husband waited for God’s timing. We built a lovely low country style farmhouse that we designed ourselves and it truly is our dream home. I found out you can take your memories with you while still making more. Have you thought about buying a farm and building your dream home? Again, I know this will happen as the Lord sees fit and you will be blessed with all your hopes and wishes for a new home.

    God Bless!

  24. Rhonda

    When we moved from Iowa to Ohio 20 years ago we left behind our farmhouse on 3+ acres! We didn’t have any out buildings, or chickens, but we had a huge garden! Every year we would pick our bounty and I would can it, freeze it, whatever needed to be done with our over abundance of produce. I miss those days more and more, and the delicious meals made from all those fresh veggies in the dead of winter:) Good luck to you Marian, your dream will come true if you believe.

  25. Ann

    I think I want to move in with you!

  26. Lisa

    You just read my mind girl!!! That is my dream for sure…. I am so delighted for you and so excited to see what you end up with!!! Happy farmhouse hunting!!

  27. Ann

    For totally different reasons I find myself impatient and dreaming too. A while ago I downloaded the song “It Is Well With My Soul” and just hearing it helps. God’s time is perfect as you said. Just keep telling yourself that. Oh and by the way…thank you for the feature yesterday. It completely and utterly made my day. <3

  28. Tootie

    I absolutely LOVE your post today as I am looking for very much the same thing in a “new” home. I DO want a dilapidated mess though! Can’t wait to see what home God has planned for you and your family!

  29. Terri

    I believe in God’s plan too! But you have to put it out into the world
    so god has an idea of your wants and needs. 🙂
    It is good to dream out loud and share, especially when so many
    of us are sending positivity to YOU!
    We love being on your journey as you are so kind to invite us in!
    Besides, we want workshops and sales …..okay I want workshops
    and sales nearer to me.
    Peace Joy Love Happiness!

  30. Rowena Philbeck

    Love your post and your home. I use to have a house on 10 acres and with a divorce now I’m in town. Someday I will be back out in the country. I know your boys will love it. My kids did. Good luck with finding and selling your home. I follow your postings all the time and love your paint as well.

  31. kat

    Hi Marian, I’ve followed you since the beginning, never left a comment. Here’s my thought. The good Lord hears you, and now that you have put pen to paper and actually written down your desires, it is out there now, and He will attend to. it.
    I had chickens, way fun, lots of eggs agree with the previous lady comments, wow fridge wouldnt hold any more. lol
    I truly believe that if we are kind, kind hearted, mindful of all things, good things will come to those who wait! Whenever I’ve been “in need” or wanted something to change, I received the guidance to show me the way, look up! It’s there! I am so very thankful and appreciate all that I currently do have, tears are flowing now, I know you will find your place or possibly it will find you when you least expect it.
    Life is such a wonderful journey isn’t it? Hang in there, live each day, be patient, and I say this because, do as I say and not as I do, I completely understand, we want it expedited! lol hugs to you, following your journey, I may be moving someday within the next year myself. Who knows? xo Kat =^.^=

  32. Ter'e

    Thank you for your awesome post today. My house (in FL) is for sale, too. I’m wanting a home, in MO, closer to my kids. It was an awesome reminder “God’s timing is perfect”.
    I’ll be waiting for just the perfect family to buy mine, so I can move!!!
    Thanks MMS.

    • Gloria

      LOL Ter’e I need to sell and get a house in Florida close to my kids. Maybe MMS should start a house swapping group.

  33. KATHY B.

    Good Luck and God Bless!! Selling a house is a lesson in patience, thats for sure!!Hope you do have a space to sell items from, my hubby and I have not been down that way since 2007 and it will be time to visit Gettysburg area again!! Only reason I know the date is because I just found a receipt from LightenersFarmhouse B&B where we stayed!! I really need to declutter!

  34. Deborah

    Hi Marian

    Kristin and Eliza have hit the nail precisely!

    The situation you describe is one you can have and your boys will have an idyllic childhood. You put so much energy into your family and your business though, don’t get into something where you won’t have time for doing the things you want to do, and need to do to keep MMS running.

    We have 20 + acres of NZ and the time taking to upkeep the farm is massive. We both work full time, luckily from home, but the list of farm jobs and hobby plans is at least 3 years long. Trust me you won’t want to be repairing paddock fencing, sanding barn siding, cleaning out water troughs or finding a leak in the water supply, when you have all those furniture pieces calling to be painted and a book waiting to be finished, or a howling rainstorm.

    So unless you want to lose Jeff 😉 like someone suggested you would, and you will, because the small jobs will be endless, plan to be able to afford to get help. A trusted contractor or local odd job man and have him or her on a retainer!

    Our driveway is 2.5 miles long and even the shared cost of repair is steep, everything takes longer in the country and costs more to deliver, your don’t ever want to run out of milk (unless you have a house cow!) and think of the time involved if you will be taking the boys to sports events at weekends.

    I’m not saying this to put you off, just a reality check and in saying that, we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you can live with the three year to do list (we do), and have someone dependable to call when a 60 foot tree comes down across the drive (we do), you’ll manage.

    On the up side.. I have a new born lamb on my lap as I’m typing (with 8 others in the paddock), our contractor will be starting my MMS style garden ‘studio’ soon, my goats will start kidding soon (seriously cute!) and I’m sending ram lambs to market for a little income. I have every type of animal pooh on my gumboots and straw in my hair.


  35. Kari

    This is so similar to my dream, but here in North Carolina. I really hope to you do host sales or workshops b/c my MIL and I would love to see you when my family and I visit them in Dallastown each summer and some spring breaks! So excited for you!

    • Kari

      PS. I LOVE to look at all of the amazing farmsteads in Lancaster and Gettysburg, Glen Rock, all of those areas. Beautiful choices up there Marian!

  36. JeanFB

    As someone born and raised in northeastern PA, I can *totally* relate to your wishlist… it sounds absolutely idyllic! Someday I want to come back to that… but for now, we’re in Apex, NC!

  37. Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs

    Oh BOY we have the same dream! I work from home. I am working out of the back half of my garage and it is waaay to hot out there right now. I am also paying every month for a storage unit. I have rented shop space In the past and it can be very expensive and you have to sit there all day. I have always wanted to live out in the country where I can have a horse and a couple of chickens. I also would like a separate building that I could convert into a studio that I could also sell my work from. There is an old farmhouse in my area that I have been in love with for years. It came onto the market within the past year. It needs a lot of work and only has one bathroom but it does have everything else I am looking for. It is on two acres with a large old tobacco barn. PERFECT! The only problem is that selling our house would be a challenge and my hubby is not really on board. My daughter would also have to change school districts. She is a teenager and that could be hard for her. So, every Sunday I drive by my dream home on my way to the horse farm I work at and dream about it. I am a firm believer that what is meant to be will be! If I am meant to have my dream home someday it will happen.

  38. Jessica

    My Mom and I are also on the lookout for a place to buy. Of course, luckily or unluckily, we also don’t have to worry about selling a house. Although, I can imagine how stressful it must be to be working on both buying and selling a house at the same time. 🙁 But I just wanted to wish you the best of luck, and you’re definitely right – God will lead you to the correct home for your family and your business. <3

  39. Jenny B.

    Lovely wish list! I am dreaming of 1-2 acres and a house with a big white front porch. There are not very many in our area. We’re struggling right now because the almost perfect house is on the market, but it’s at the very top of our budget, and we haven’t sold our current house. Sigh… All in His timing…

  40. Mieke

    I was wondering what a dutch door is? I am dutch and live in The Netherlands and I am wondering if we have one?
    Let me know what it looks like . Anybody?
    Love reading the blog and waiting for the new ones every night!

    • Jenny B.

      I know a Dutch door as one that is split top and bottom. So, you can open just the top half and leave the bottom closed, or vice versa. They usually have a vertical latch between the two halves that holds top and bottom together when you want to use the door in the traditional way. We had one in our house growing up. It was the “old” front door, and we built an entryway / airlock in front of it with a new (more weather resistant) door that actually opened to the outside. I really only remember using the “Dutch” feature of the old front door once… when our golden retriever was having puppies, and her whelping box was in the entryway. We kept the bottom half closed, and opened the top so we could watch her progress. 🙂

    • marian

      Yes, as Jenny said, it’s a split door. In the US “dutch” can mean split or separate. I’m not sure where that came from, though! So, when I don’t feel like making dinner for everyone one night, I tell Jeff that we’re “going dutch”, meaning we’re eating separate things.

  41. Suzanne

    We’re waiting for our home to sell, too. Back in April, when we listed it, we NEVER thought we’d still be waiting for a buyer with August just around the corner… At times I find myself feeling antsy (since now we’re carrying two mortgages!) but I know that God’s timing is always perfect. 🙂
    And, yes, it’s fun owning chickens! They’re so pretty and their fresh eggs are delicious! Just watch out for those roosters if you end up with one – our boys have learned how to show him who’s boss.

  42. Barbara Moore

    I agree with you (except the chicken part….eggs? yes. Chicken poop? not so much.). Although the other ladies are right – it is a lot of work, expensive work. My grandparents were farmers and certainly weren’t well off. In fact they would be considered ‘poor’ by our standards today. Their work day went from sun up to sun down. And any thing outside of necessities was done without. But I still believe in my soul that farming is God’s work. I yearn for it. Unfortunately, I live in a suburb of Atlanta, and thanks to a dude named Sherman, there’s not a lot of anything old here. And let’s face it – I’m too old to mow pastures and mend fences. But I am doing my best to make my home in a plain old neighborhood as ‘farmhouse’ as I can get it. And you, Miss Mustard Seed, inspire me every step of the way. Hold onto your dreams, Marian. God is definitely listening.

  43. Sally Badnall

    Just finished doing your Creative Business course and am so inspired, not just from your videos, but from your journey to this point. Reading this post reminds me of how things are possible thru Him and gives me encouragement to weather the storms of the current setup phase and remember His timing is is always perfect. So thanks for your post, it s helped me remember that while I want my site up NOW and ready for posting, not to get impatient and just keep working away at what I can work on today. Good luck with your selling and buying journey. Will follow it with great interest…have a dream of buyin our own little property with workshop space too…take care and thanks a mil!

  44. tammigirl

    I can’t wait to see what you end up finding! I know it will be great and I am sure whoever gets your house is going to love it and be so grateful for all the love you put into it.

  45. Lia

    You keep visualizing what you want and you will definitely be blessed with it. My husband and I waited a long time to find our forever home and it was worth the wait. So I say good luck to you and your family! On a totally different subject, you mentioned in another post that you use a boxwood wholesaler and I have been looking for a week on the internet and can only find two. I am doing my first show and I would like to offer my customers the chance to own these beauties (I love, love, love them). Do you have a few wholesalers that I can do research on before I purchase? The two I found aren’t necessarily what I’m looking for. Thank you so much!

  46. Jennifer

    I wanna buy your house!!!! I know I don’t live too far from you hahahaha!

  47. Maryann

    I hope you find your dream home too and I’m sure you will. I live on acres and will agree with the other ladies that it is time consuming and expensive but I think if you have the bug to move on acres you won’t be happy till you do. Overall though if I had to weigh it up.. the feeling of living on lots of land and trees and space and chickens, against all the work and expense, I still wouldn’t change a thing and could never see me going back to a normal block of land now. I can’t wait to see what you will find.. good luck..Maryann

  48. Megan


    We just bought a little house on about an acre and have 8 chickens! We love our girls and now wish we would have looked more before we bought. I never thought I’d be interested in farming but it’s so nice to have space and to be able to let our son run! I can’t wait to see what you find.

  49. Maryetta

    Just wondering…. If you found your dream property, would you consider renting out your current home? Our family is considering this because we’d like a larger home, but the rental market is much better than the sellers in our area. I’m sure you’ve already thought of it and may not want the extra commitment of being landlords, but thought I’d mention just in case:)
    Hope you’re soon in your dream home:)

  50. taria

    What you are looking for sounds wonderful. I hope your home sells soon. Have you heard about burying a small St. Joseph in your yard to help you sell? I know it sounds hokey but we have sold 2 houses doing this. Both times got the highest prices in the neighborhood! Just a thought. Surely can’t hurt.

  51. Ronnda

    I love the picture of the garden! Can you please tell me the source for it. I want to try and find or make the border/fence around each plot in their garden. So cute! :O) Good luck on your house search. You will find it!

    • Sheila

      Ronnda – Check out the website waterwillows.com as they supply those exact woven raised beds. Have fun!

  52. Sara Jo Floyd

    God obviously has His hand on your business and I know he will bless you beyond what you asked for!

  53. Sharon F.

    You’re my kind of family. We have a small piece of land and I just love it out there. It’s quiet and it makes me really happy. I would LOVE to have chickens but this isn’t the right time for us to do so. Patience. Plan during this wait time. It sounds like you’ve got a sound basis for developing your country home.

  54. alison

    Have patience Marion, it will come. We were in a similar situation a few years back, living in the centre of Sydney Australia. We couldn’t see how we would ever get to live our dream, but we knew that somehow God would make it happen… we now live on 200 acres, 15 minutes from the nations capital city, we have cows that are calving (awww) breed two sorts of chickens (silver laced wyandottes and light sussex bantams) have ponies in our front paddock, 3 dogs and a cat, a creek at the back of the property and our boys have even built a fort! Every morning I give thanks as I watch the sun come up over the mountains that I see from my kitchen window as I pack the boys lunches. It is a delight to watch our boys grow up with plenty of fresh air and exercise, yabbies and trout to catch in the dams, bike tracks to build and then master, camp outs by the various dams and under shady glens around the farm. There is even lots of sheds to cater to my furniture “addiction” My only advice … get a BIG shed! Blessings to you and your family- you are such an inspiration to so many of us!

  55. Margaret

    Love your descriptions of what you want in your new home! And I do know God gives us the desires of our heart as long as He is the center of our lives. Congratulations on your new home to come. Thank you for sharing, will also be praying…

  56. Valerie

    We just bought an old farmhouse built in 1887! We are so very excited! Ours does need major renovations. But we have did a lot. We also got a bonus of 49 acres and a river!!!! A little PEACE of Heaven is the name of it!!! Hope you find your dream too!

  57. Nancy

    What a great plan! I wish you the best in finding what you are looking for. I’m not sure what is happening in your real estate market there, but I do know that when we were selling our house, the feedback I was getting (after I really dug) was people didn’t want it because they couldn’t make it look the way I did. I did the obvious, de-personalizing it, but it didn’t sell until I made it look like an inexpensive chain furniture store. I can understand, if you see something really beautiful and you can’t recreate it in the same space, you would forever live in a house that you don’t think looks as nice. The opposite of not being able to visualize their stuff in it, but always remembering what your stuff looked like in it. Just a thought. I can’t wait to see the farm when it does happen for you…and IT WILL.

  58. Tricia

    Lovely photos Marian. We too have wanted a piece of land to have a veggie garden,
    a few chickens and a place for our border collie to run. It took us 3 years to find the
    perfect place, a 10 acre piece of land in a small town in Kentucky. We just could not
    find a place that we truely loved, so we purchased the land and are now in the process
    of having our retirement home built. It is almost finished and we will be leaving California
    for the country life!! We cannot wait. It has been a long time coming, but with patience
    and a focus on what you want you will find the right place at the right time 🙂
    Best of luck to you and your family in your hunt for the perfect farmhouse!

  59. Erica H

    These were all things on my wish list when we sold our house last year. Unfortunately, I gave up trying to find it in metro Dallas/Fort Worth, and had to settle on another big, ugly house to renovate. But, next time – it will be a move to my sheep farm!

  60. Denise

    Hi Marian, Wonderful! We just sold our beautiful farm house property here on Vancouver Island as the year-round maintenance became a bit much. Now have 1/2 acre with a huge perennial garden across the entire back border (so much for less maintenance!) so we can go through our 60s with more freedom to go away on more RV trips. To anyone considering chickens, we recommend really thinking it through as they do get old. You are in for some great fun, kiddo! All the best with your adventure!

    Saanich, BC

  61. Heather@ viralupcycle.com

    Marian, I truly hope you find the home of your dreams and of course for the right price. I share a lot of your hopes and passions in looking for a home (when the time is right of course). Good luck!

  62. Carolyn Hecking

    We moved in our dream home in 1985. I have raised three boys in this beautiful English Tudor that I designed. We did most of the painting, staining, and decorating ourselves. It is situated behind the schools but in a woods so you have the best of both worlds. Many memories here in this home. I am happy for you to have this next adventure. I look back and have such good thoughts about this space. My son and I still live here. Enjoy your new home. It is just around the corner.

  63. Debbie Hale

    I want that screen door!


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