Have you ever had a dream that you held onto for decades and then at some point all the pieces fell into place for that dream to become a reality? That is exactly what happened for my husband and I this last year. In the months since I last posted, we sold our home in the suburbs and purchased a home on a small piece of property in a neighboring community. If you would have told me at the beginning of 2020 that we were going to make this move, I would have never believed you...but I probably wouldn't have believed anyone about a worldwide pandemic either. So, go figure.
Brandon and I have always wanted to own a home on property. And we had been talking about and saving toward buying property in the near future. Our boys are both in high school now, and we thought that when they moved off to college he and I would look for property then. We didn't want to unnecessarily uproot them from their schools and friends and so we figured we would just wait a few more years. But 2020 threw us all a curveball, didn't it?
With months of lockdowns in Washington state, our boys were both attending school remotely. My husband's work schedule and travel changed drastically. Add to that both boys were now able to drive themselves to where they needed to go (granted that has not been many places this year). And there was the added bonus that interest rates were at record lows and homes in our area were selling quite quickly. Brandon and I realized that we no longer had to wait for "the right time" to make the move. 2020 was the right time.
In late July we decided we would begin the process of getting our current home ready for market and start looking to see what was out there. We had a wish list of things we wanted in a home and property and thought that it would take awhile to find what we were looking for in our future home. We didn't even tell many of our friends and family what we were up to because we thought this process would take months. Honestly, we loved our current home so much that everything in a new place would have to be pretty spot on for us to take the leap.
I guess I should not have been surprised then when we found our new home in a month. I happened to see the listing pop up on Zillow one morning in August and took my learning-to-drive-son out for a drive by that afternoon. As soon as we came up to the house, I knew it was "the one." I sent a link of the listing to Brandon and called our realtor to set up a viewing appointment. The next day we were scheduled to see it. When Brandon pulled up the driveway, he said, "We can just write up an offer right now. I don't even need to see it" (of course we did go inside).
How could he say that? A little over twenty years ago, Brandon and I owned 2.5 acres in the greater Seattle area, and we had plans to build a home on the property. An across state move and a baby on the way prompted the sale of that property. The home we were standing in front that sunny afternoon in August also sat on 2.5 acres and happened to be almost identical to the home we were looking to build all those years ago. Our many years of dreaming, saving, planning had come full circle.
We submitted an offer that evening and worked even harder to get our home on the market. By the tail end of September, we were moved into our new home and our old home had an offer on it. All the pieces had fallen into place.
There have been many moments over the last few months where I find myself still in a state of unbelief that we have found this home, this property...that we are finally living in the country. It doesn't seem real that our daydream is happening now and not in the future. I feel so blessed to have this space. I look forward to the new dreams we can build here. The things we can grow. The animals we can raise. The family gatherings we can host. I look forward to spending the next decades here with Brandon as we enter a new phase of our life together.
So, I hope you will join me as we build our next phase of life on this land. We've been spending the winter watching the land. Seeing how the sun moves across the property and determining best where to place our garden. Discovering the deer, rabbits and birds that cross through and scheming how to enjoy them but also keep them from eating our future food. Walking around the property and envisioning a future shop/barn area, an area for an orchard, a pasture for some animals. It's all quite exciting!
Happy New Year!
~ Family photo taken by Katie Roskam