Friday, April 17, 2009

Excitement is in the air!

I hope I'm not writing about this prematurely... but I am just so excited I don't want to wait.

I may have mentioned that Daniel took a trip with our friend Terry up to Kentucky this past week.  Well they are still there, and they spent a few days looking around for land because there are 5 families including us that have this crazy dream of living together.  We all have a desire to live simply, on land that will provide our own food, where we can school our children together, and just be cool like that.  ;)  You could sum it up pretty well by saying that we all think the Amish are pretty darn awesome (minus some religion issues, but you get the idea).  

Anyhoo..... after 4 of the 5 husbands (#5 is still down here in TX making sure all the women and children are ok!) looked at quite a few properties in central and eastern KY, they found this one.... and I believe Aimee and Nathan will be making an offer on it in the next few days (you can read about their adventures with this on their blogs)!!  Wooo hoo!!  The asking price is 75,900 but they plan to offer 70k.  Divided up between five families means that each family pays around 12k, maybe a little more if they don't accept our initial offer.  Isn't that awesome?  Land is so expensive if you want to buy it alone, but in a group it's actually affordable!  We could have it payed off in just a couple of years.  Very exciting.  :) :)  Of course I'm trying not to be too excited since we haven't officially made an offer yet... so we will see.  I will keep you all updated.  

This is really amazing to me because we've talked about doing something like this for at least 2 years now.  Daniel is constantly searching the internet for land and ideas.  I never thought we would ever be able to do this, but it has been very clear that this is the direction God is taking not only Daniel and I, but other families as well.    We are so excited!  You can certainly pray for God's direction for us as we start to actually live out this dream.  We would greatly appreciate it! 

Have any of you ever wanted to do something like this??  What are your ideas, plans, insights??  

In other news, Jenny blogged about guerilla gardening yesterday, and I really like this video clip.  It's such a good idea to just take over little neglected plots of land to make them beautiful and productive again.  This video makes me love people, too, because it takes a cool person to go sneak out in the middle of the night to plant a garden!  

Oh and one last thing... Daniel is eating dinner tonight with Joel Salatin!  More on that later.  :)


Paige said...

Wow! Congrats! Are you all planning on some of you moving now with you and Daniel moving next summer?

Melissa said...

Yeah! I'm excited to hear about how this dream takes form for you guys.

Nathan and Aimee said...

Hi Kristin! I just got home from supper with the Pikes plus Joel Salatin! Yummy pastured turkey!
I am so excited too!!!! Love, Aimee

Luanne in Ohio said...

So glad Daniel gets back tomorrow! Has Ezie crawled yet?

Love, Mom

jenny mae. said...

some friends of ours are doing what you guys want and i applaud them! they, along with i believe 3-4 other couples bought land and are one by one building totally sustainable, off the grid, earth ships to live in. i think 2 of the 4 homes are done now. every year they cultivate the land more, plant more trees, and so on. it's sort of a 5-8 yr plan i believe before everyone lives there full time and the farm is operational, know what i mean?

Daniel, Kristin & Ezekiel said...

Jenny-- It's so nice to hear that there are other people out there trying to do the same thing. I like the idea of a long-term plan as things are getting set up. I'll have to talk to our group of families about that. We still aren't sure what to do about housing-- one family wants to build a cob house, and I really want a yurt. We'll see what happens... we are getting more and more excited! :) I think we should probably look into earth ships too, I've heard great things about them.

Paige-- there are 2 families who will move there now (including daniel's brother Josh and his wife), and the other 3 families are all military down here in texas, so we will all be moving up there over the summer of 2010 (us in april, another family in july, and the last family in august I believe).

Sarah said...

If Daniel is willing to write about that dinner, I'd love to hear more about it! What a neat experience! I hope you all get the land that you want.

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