I had never been in so much darkness.
The only light came from the sliver of moon and the millions of stars I could see above me.
Once I managed to unlock the front door, I stepped inside.
It was even darker inside.
I was never a big fan of the dark, but that night, in that dark, I was scared. Heart-racing, palm-sweaty, scalp-tingling kind of scared.
I groped around for a light switch. All I could find were windows and empty space. A space that had looked so pretty in the daytime was now frightening. In my haste, I swumg my arms about. I couldn't even find a wall, let alone a switch on it.
After what seemed like 20 minutes, I tripped on a step and found a wall. My fingers found the light switch and I threw it on.
Better. But it's still mighty creepy.
I unloaded the van and got out of there as quickly as I could. Back to my husband and sleeping children for our last night in our home.
The next morning, we were starting a new adventure. One that completely changed our lives.
Ten years ago today, we moved our young family to the farm.
We did not set out to be farmers. We just liked the house. It has been an adventure we never would have dreamed we'd be taking when we exchanged wedding vows.
TEN YEARS! It just blows my mind. It is officially the longest I have ever lived in a house, including the years I was a kid living with my parents.
Exactly one week after we moved in, we did this:
Star turned four years old.
That child will be starting high school in the fall!
We have seen and done so many things in these 10 years.
For a couple who actually discussed which of them was going to be allergic to animals in order to get out of having a pet, we've come across a whole lot of animals!
Both the expected...
|Buttercup with one of the cats that came with the house. This was taken the second week in the house.
|Our first pigs, with Buttercup and Giant.
|Star and Giant holding the kittens that came with the house.
|One year we were in the migration path of the butterflies. Hundreds of them descended on our property and stayed for a few hours.
|Nine puppies from the dog we thought was fixed.
|Woodpeckers abound at our house!
|We were shocked to find a bald eagle in the field across the street from our house.
The chores my kids have are vastly different than the chores their friends have.
|Giant helping Bryan fix the barn roof that blew off in a storm.
|Turken putting the eggs away.
|Giant collecting grass clippings for the garden. (I have no idea why he is doing this chore with his church clothes on.)
|Cuckoo helping Bryan plant the garden.
OK, lots of struggles.
The pigs alone gave us more struggles than we ever envisioned.
It's also taken lots of money we didn't expect to keep this old house not only comfortable, but inhabitable.
|New septic system. We had to start from scratch, since the old one was just a pipe leading out to the field.
Our kids have grown up in fresh air.
|Phoenix and Buttercup
They've gotten filthy dirty while having good, country fun.
|Star on our (broken) rope swing.
We've made memories they will hold onto their entire lives.
(No, not just memories of dead animals!)
|with our best friends. These kids spent 7 years of their lives growing up almost as one family.
|Giant playing on a tree that fell across the driveway
|Turken and Cuckoo playing in the rain in their pajamas. Both born after we moved to the farm.
10 years 6 months ago we couldn't have predicted the direction our lives would take.
I'm not even going to try to predict where we'll be in another 10 years.
But I do hope dead pigs, wolf spiders, and bats will not be involved.
I'm linking this up with Jessica and Katie at Sweet Little Ones. I just learned about their Tuesday Talk link up and thought I'd give it a try. Feel free to join in!
Have a lovely day!