Well, we bought a farm. It’s a little farm, really – just 3 acres, with a barn, a silo, and some outbuildings. Some day, there will be a garden, and chickens, and maybe even goats. Right now, it’s a big field in need of a trim.
Oh, and the house. The house was built in 1913 and, boy, can you tell. It has so many charming features, like the original hardwood floors, and the beautiful wood trim, and the antique doors. It also has some less charming features, such as decades-old wallpaper, and windows in need of repair, and some exciting mold spots (just found those yesterday, actually).
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “So, David and Amelia are crazy. They bought a dump. Or at least, a money-pit. That’s nuts.” Well, yes and no.
I’ll be honest; when I first set foot in this house, I looked at David and said, “No.” Because I’m such a good sport, I stuck around for the tour. But when we got in the car to drive home, I reiterated my stance. “No.” David calmly reminded me that an old farmhouse was all I ever talked about, and that this house could be everything we’ve ever wanted. Well, it’s old and dirty and needs a lot of work. So, no.
For whatever reason, when I woke up the next morning, I suddenly said, “Maybe.” Then I went to run some errands, and dutifully listened to The Greatest Showman soundtrack (it’s on repeat in my car, from now until forever). The song “A Million Dreams” came on, and I burst into tears. David was right. This house could be everything we’ve ever wanted. It wasn’t going to be typical; I literally didn’t know anyone else our age who bought a house that needed much more than a coat of paint and updated decor. But, we’ve never turned away from a challenge, and this would be no different.
So, we did a thing. We bought the old farm, and the old farmhouse, and now we’re neck-deep in renovations. Stay tuned for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Be sure to check in here to see how we tackle each project, and how we recruit (trick) our families into helping us. It’s bound to be an adventure, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you.
They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say we’ve lost our minds
I don’t care, I don’t care if they call us crazy
Runaway to a world that we design