This is a little story that started 17 years ago. It coincides with my “Valentine Story” blog post earlier this year.
In 1992, Dino and I were just married and living in our little starter home. We had always talked about building a bigger log home on some acreage (they were all the rage back then). I had grown up in the country and missed it, but we still loved our little brick house on the dead-end of a street. During the next 5 or 6 years, I had the idea of buying land to build on. We could buy the land and then build later after we paid it off. It was a crazy time. I was off and on fertility drugs that made me sick, and my hormones where out of control. I think Dino would have given me anything to make me happy. Through a friend of my mom’s, we found a small 10 acre wooded plot of land. It was perfect. Then my real happiness came right in the middle of purchasing this land, I found out I was pregnant. I had prayed for this for years, and it so happened that I had just stopped taking the fertility drugs the month before. It was really a surprise.
We were not sure what to do, building a house now seemed crazy to take on. In the end, the price was so good on the property, we couldn’t pass it up. We decided to buy the land and not build, but to stay in our house and raise our little girl there.
16 years later….
I don’t know if it is me getting older but I went through a weird time last year, becoming restless and sometimes sad. Lydia was getting older and will be leaving us to live her life soon. I know that was weighing on my heart. The other thing I noticed was although I love my little house, I could not take the background noise anymore. As I said before, we are on a dead-end street with woods and a creek beside it, so no one would ever be able to take that away, but beyond that is a highway. That noise never stops. Plus, with a fire department and a hospital close by, sirens are going off daily. Every weekend, I would ask Dino to drive me to our little woods for the day. We would build a fire and start dreaming again. We didn’t want to get into debt at this stage of our lives so buying a house in the country was out of the question. We had this 10 acres, Dino suggested we see about building a little cabin on it somewhere. That was last March…..
And that is were our next journey began.