So it all starts out rather chaotic, if I might say. We went through many trials and tribulations in the beginning. Our family started out with the bare minimal tiny falling apart house out in the middle of the country, broken down vehicles and tons of bills. Family feuds, you name it . Even with all of the outside interference of people who did not want to see any of us happy, we tried to do just that. During all of that, my husband, who had worked really hard at this company for twelve years, got demoted. So he quit and we started our own woodworking business. We had already built the shop for my stained glass business. We decided that we could do both together, eventually we let the stained glass go and concentrated on just the woodworking part. We made nice outdoor furniture, picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, you name it we made it. What we didn’t consider was the market, where we live was a very poor town. When I was doing the stained glass, I sold online so I could ship it anywhere, but with the woodworking we couldn’t. This was a when we learned to do our research from there on out before we started anymore ventures. The woodworking business was a fail, not that it didn’t have some great learning curves and bonding moments. We came to the conclusion as we were in a bad way with the bills piling even higher and higher. So we decided to go back to the grinding board, swallow our pride and get on with life. Then a blessing came our way, my husband got a job with a automotive company in the city an hour away. This seemed like a great thing and in many ways it was beyond a blessing. We found a house, relocated and started our new life. So we went from country living to a city life, a bit of culture shock at first but we all got acclimated fast enough. We acquired new stuff, a boat, a new car Problem solved right, wrong we got to into just living, having fun all the norm but forgot where we came from and where it came from, not the pay from the job but where it began and that was our faith in God. Now we didn’t stop having faith or stop believing, we still prayed, had church, etc. But the spirit and putting God first was just not there as much as it was before. Then one very early morning, we awoke with our oldest daughter running through the house screaming ” fire, fire” that was the end and the beginning , the blessing in disguise and the best thing that could have ever happened to us as a family and as believers. This is where we woke up! We had lost it all and oddly enough we were not scared or worried about where we going to go or what we would do next. It was with a strange and unexplainable relief to not have all of it looming over us and at that moment we all just looked at one another and my youngest daughter said “well it is what it is, we are all alive and we can start again”. At this we all kind of took a moment and then started our journey to where we are now and where we are going. I’m not going to say that we didn’t have moments of feeling a loss, we did. Hotels are great for vacations but we were never the vacation type still aren’t . But considered our selves bless to all still be with the ones we love and moved on. Please keep an eye out for the next step in our journey to a farm homestead.