Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Great Adventure

Did I say six of us? The dogs had a meeting and they're in too!
I LOVE to talk about our future plans to pretty much anyone who will listen...friends, family, coworkers, total strangers, you name it! In fact, most of you have probably been sucked into my excited jabber at some point! In all of my many "talking about myself (and our plans)" experiences of recent, most often the conversation goes something like this:
Steph: "So...we're buying a farm"
Totally random person...perhaps the Verizon guy who called to ask me to buy something from him: "What?! That's so cool!! So you grew up on a farm?"
Steph: "No"
Person: "So you have experience with farming?"
Steph: "Not exactly"
Person: "So you must be a really good gardener."
Steph: "No, I've actually never gardened in my life."
Person (generally said with much understanding): " your friends must have experience!"
Steph: "Mmmm not really."
At this point the person either starts getting really excited and super supportive and says something along the lines of "Wow, you guys are so brave! I wish I could do that!" or "Can I come?!". But every once in a while they feel the need to describe to me exactly how difficult it's going to fact, LOTS of people feel the need to explain that to me. Then sometimes they even follow up with all the reasons it's not going to work. I appreciate the concern and here's my response:
Between the six (I'm definitely including the kiddos on this one) of us we are resourceful, creative, good with finances (and not so good with finances), pretty dang handy and good with duct tape. We have a plethora of experiences, quite a few unique ideas, and lots of good intention. We are, for the most part hard workers, although I have to admit I loooove to sleep late.  Most importantly, every one of us has the heart of an adventurer and it is because of that that we will succeed...or not. Either way it will be a great adventure and we will be in it together!!
Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T.S. Eliot
Whatever your actions, it’s the intention you hold in your heart that truly matters.
-Dalai Lama


  1. So True! Great Post! I can't wait to visit you on the farm.

  2. My personal favorite which I run thru my mind every time I run into previously mentioned naysayer...
    "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." Henry David Thoreau

  3. P.S. Speaking of duct tape...I just finished constructing two chick brooders for our 25 (yes 25) chicks due to arrive next tuesday. Made out of recycled rubbermaid bins, borrowed heat lamps and duct tape! That stuff is really amazing.

  4. Good work on the chicken brooders!! Please say it was the zebra print duct tape. =)

  5. Sweet! I want to see some pictures

  6. I know you can do it!! I think it's so totally awesome. Serious about the horse shopping... ;o)