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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My Country City Kids ~

Years ago, David and I began to desire a more simple lifestyle.  We began to search for land out in the country so that we could follow our plan of becoming more self-sustainable by growing our own food and raising animals.

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For some reason, we feel that God wants us to stay here in the city on our little city lot for now.  And as much as we want a place out in the country, we know that we need to be where God plans for us. 

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However, our desire for a home out in the country has never gone away.  Not only that, but that desire has been passed along to our children.  They often talk about “when we get our place in the country, can we have a horse, etc.”. 

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We live in the city but we are what I call “country-hearted”.  We live simply here on our city lot.  We grow some of our own food.  We hope to maybe have some chickens in the future.  I’m trying to figure out where to put a new clothesline and David is trying to figure out how to design it like I want it. We are “blooming where God has planted us”. 

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Last night, we planted our fall crops.  Kids were playing in the dirt.  Bats (!) were flying over our heads doing their echolocation thing.  (Which is very cool, by the way, but BATS!)  We were getting dirty but enjoying the pleasure that comes from growing your own food. 

DSCN6047 ~You think he had a little fun?~

And we realized that you don’t have to live in the country to live a country life. 

Start where you are.  Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you begin to live your dreams. 

Bloom where you are planted.

And if you want horses in your pasture…

don’t let little things like city ordinances or the lack of a horse stop you!

horse in pasture

 

11 comments:

  1. I like the idea of blooming where you are planted. As a city to country transplanted woman, I must admit it does have its perks ;0) but you already know that. But even bigger than that is being in Gods will. It may be that you are living, and blogging about this life to "be the light" for another weary soul who needs to be encouraged. You never know.....

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  2. Love the pasture.. how nice..lol.. tooooooo cute..

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  3. I could write a book about this post.
    this touches my heart in so many ways Adriane.
    God is already using your family in so many ways by the life that you are living right where you are. I can feel his joy and glory more than I ever have when I come to your blog.

    It's amazing I tell you!

    Your familys stands out so much In my eyes.

    I am with you 110% on this post. Matt and I have struggled over the same things your familiy struggles over and it's hard I tell you when your heart tells you that you want to be out in the country, free with land to roam on, but more importantly it's what God is telling us....
    that we must live and learn to be content in the place he has us for the time being....

    in a small home, on a small spot of land...
    simply living!

    To country living in the city!!!!!

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  4. I love that line... bloom where your planted. There are so many aspects of life you could use that in. Our goal is to someday live out in the country on a little hobby farm as well, but like you we are enjoying where we are right now.

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  5. What a wonderful post! Love the horse in the pasture! LOL We too long for a country home. But it is so true to make a home where we currently reside.
    Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Jill

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  6. We, too, are city country folks! Shucks - I dug up my entire tiny backyard and planted a huge vegetable garden. I have to laugh because I really really really want a clothesline (I even researched a bunch of them) but my hubs says it looks too WT. I totally disagree, but he won't install one. So I hang all my clothes on our back porch rain gutter. Come on - that looks more WT than a clothesline! Oh well, I think I'll get my clothesline next year. i will jsut have to install it myself.

    Oh - and did you ask me the question about Jillian's podcast? I can't remember - but if you did - comment on my post and I'll respond about it. Thanks!!

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  7. What a wonderful post! I was really needing to be reminded of this. We live in the suburbs and our hearts have been living in the mountains. It makes it very hard to "be content with whatever circumstances you find yourself in" like Paul writes. Thank you for showing us how you can bloom where ever God puts you!

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  8. Thanks, y'all for the comments. I appreciate you all stopping by. Glad to hear that there are other country city people too! :)

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  9. I love that line... bloom where your planted. There are so many aspects of life you could use that in. Our goal is to someday live out in the country on a little hobby farm as well, but like you we are enjoying where we are right now.

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  10. I could write a book about this post.
    this touches my heart in so many ways Adriane.
    God is already using your family in so many ways by the life that you are living right where you are. I can feel his joy and glory more than I ever have when I come to your blog.

    It's amazing I tell you!

    Your familys stands out so much In my eyes.

    I am with you 110% on this post. Matt and I have struggled over the same things your familiy struggles over and it's hard I tell you when your heart tells you that you want to be out in the country, free with land to roam on, but more importantly it's what God is telling us....
    that we must live and learn to be content in the place he has us for the time being....

    in a small home, on a small spot of land...
    simply living!

    To country living in the city!!!!!

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  11. Love the pasture.. how nice..lol.. tooooooo cute..

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