The last year has been a crazy ride to say the least. We moved from our beloved little town in Illinois to an Indianapolis suburb and never really felt, “at peace.” We knew that our sweet little country town in Illinois still had our heart. We absolutely loved our neighborhood, the charm of the little downtown, and the fact that it only had a couple of stop lights!
It always takes awhile to get adjusted to a new place, but this time it seemed more difficult. Even though we had a great support system with family living 10 minutes away, cousins to play with every Sunday, and some sweet girlfriends that were always there for me, it was still hard. And not to mention, we had awesome church that we got plugged into, but we still weren’t at peace. Have you ever felt like that? Like no matter how plugged in you get, or how many times you go to the zoo or on a play date, you struggled. (I wrote a little bit about this here.)
Come to find out, we simply aren’t city people and that’s okay.
One of my favorite books that I read during this season was Death by Suburb. I’ve read this book before and it takes place in Wheaton, Illinois where we used to live. It’s a great book for everyone and if you live in a suburb, you can totally relate to this book on some level.
While we made the best of living in the suburbs and enjoyed all the fun family activities, (as well as Costco and Trader Joe’s!) we felt that another change was coming.
God had been laying on our hearts for us to move back home. When we would come visit the family farm, we both left feeling like it was right. We both felt at peace. Life was better, more simplified. We could breathe again. We felt free. We were happy.
I’ll never forget the day that we went to our property and I just broke down and cried. I cried because this is who we are, this is where we want to raise our kids, this is us.
Our own little country road…
Its amazing at how we both feel like ourselves again. We’re both happy, filled with peace, and our kids are loving the country life. Both girls want to get cows and chickens this spring and we couldn’t agree more!
So where are we living, you might ask. We live about 30 miles or so outside of a Bloomington, Indiana. Its the cutest, littlest, most sleepy town in Indiana if you ask me! The busiest that our little town ever gets is when we have the volunteer firefighter fish fry and horse pull every summer. (It’s seriously the highlight of the year!) There are no stop lights and the girls love to drive into “town” to go to the local hardware store with daddy. They love picking out a piece of candy, talking on the older farmers who are playing cards and listening to the stories of yester years. Nothing has changed in the last 30 plus years of when my husband went there with his daddy and uncle!
Some people don’t understand why we want to live in the county. Some people think it’s crazy that we only go into town once a week to get stuff. But you know what, that’s okay. You don’t have to understand. We’re more at peace, more content, and are simply country people. We visited some friends last week and she had a saying on her wall that said it the best, “A day in the country is worth a month in town.”
The last few months have been a whirl wind and we are finally feeling settled in. The next few months are going to be full of planning, building, and soaking in the fall season.
So- if you have any building ideas or tips, I’d love to hear them!