Just a year ago, we looked at this property for the first time and we fell in love with the land. COVID was still a mystery and quarantine forced us to ask the question, "What do we want?" We had always wanted to live on a good amount of land in the country off of Oktoc Road somewhere.
We weren't sure if we could afford this property, but when Clare and I search our hearts and discover what we want...we go after it and trust a way will be made.
It hasn't been an easy year for anyone. So. Much. Change. And so much opportunity for reflection and heart-gripping growth. This past year alone we've: sold the first house we ever owned, bought our forever home, lost our kitty Rumi, lost our beloved friend Inger, lived through a renovation with a two-year-old and four animals, had a LOT of challenges business wise, Clare moved back to having her own clinic doing what she loves, I started working again after three years, I almost lost Clare again, Clare's mom moved in with us, her mom also had some serious health issues and we almost lost her too, Merit started daycare and has changed in oh so many ways, we've had so many hard conversations with so many different people, we have had to hear some hard things and say some hard things, we've had relationships shift and deepen, and so much more.
At the end of every day, no matter what has happened, I am grateful that I am home with my little family. I am so proud of the life we have created and I know I will grow prouder still. All of the tough and challenging moments always bring me to "seeing" clearer and they push me to open my heart further - even when a part of me wants to close off.
Ultimately, I've learned in such a profound way that connection to myself, nature, and to others is what makes my world go round.
Here are some pics of summer emerging on our property.