All my life, I have dreamed of living surrounded by nature. Especially as a young girl who aspired to be Laura Ingalls Wilder, I would long to live off the land, for a simpler time, for the slower pace. I didn’t think about that too much after we were married 21 years ago. Now and then, sure. But as our family grew older, and then larger, the thought would pop back up that all these boys NEEDED the ability to roam. To dig. Hunt, fish, climb trees. Build forts, fires, and treehouses.
We began to no longer fit into the cute regulations (and sizes) of wonderful HOAs. Even on our best behaved days, when we were our quietest, our cleanest, our best contained, by sheer mathematics, we’re obnoxious. I don’t mean that in a bad way, as if we’re not respectful or that we’re inconsiderate. I’m saying that even if eleven people speak very quietly when arriving home from a road trip or vacation at 2 am, we’re still loud. I’m saying that trash for eleven people might just often overfill the average size family bins and spill. And I’m saying there has come a time when our family just needs their own space.
Fortunately, that need and that dream collided and we have bought our family farm. We are so grateful. So humble. The boys already have a zipline in the forest. They’ve already gotten to know the fish in our lake. We’ve hung a tire swing under the The Big Tree. We’ve camped out there, explored there, had a birthday party there. It’s home.
We’ve dreamed and thought and prayed and mapped it all out. Our building projects will go in three phases.
Phase one is currently under way and we’ve already cleared and leveled the land where our first building will go. This building is a metal structure. It will look like what many people are calling a barndominium. The front half of this 50×80 structure will be our temporary living quarters, otherwise known as our guest house. It will be fully functional, with all the bedrooms we need, plenty of open living space, and a huge farmhouse kitchen that will serve our family well and also be the test/set kitchen for BigFamilyFood.com, which is also under construction. (Because who likes to ONLY do one major project at a time, right?) One of the things I am most excited about for this house is the huge front and side porch we’re building that will have a lake view. Bring on the iced tea and rocking chairs and porch swings. I’m also super excited about this spring, and planting that massive garden I’ve been dreaming of for years. Click here and here to see my gardening attempts in the suburbs in the past.
The back half of this building will be our “shop”, or the place where we park farm equipment like our UTV and tractor that we have been using to clear the land and move trees to the burn pile. I have a few plans for some organized shelves along the wall to hold containers for storage, too! Goodbye, disorganized garage.
Phase two will include building the barn and situating all the animals that we will be raising. Cattle and chickens are first on the list. I am so ready for daily farm fresh eggs! We haven’t decided yet if we want goats. Our chocolate and silver labs will be right at home, either way.
Phase three will be building our actual dream home on the other side of the property, and then any additional features like a pool, sports structures for the boys, etc.
We hope to have all finished within the next couple of years, but since we hope to be there forever, there’s no real rush. And having the boys dream and build with us, with plans for them to grow their own families here someday if they want to, it just makes it even sweeter.
Our dream is coming true. We have enough room for everyone. No worries if we’re too loud. Or too big. Or too rowdy. The more the merrier.
Welcome to Ferguson Family Farm!