When it came to what what my Husband and I wanted to do for the rest of our lives, we really struggled with making a decision; we’ve never really been able to make up our minds, and kept bouncing back and forth between ideas.
Luke and I have become incredibly disillusioned with our country and its people since November (I’m sure you could figure out why if you put two and two together). We’re not happy anymore, we don’t feel safe, and we don’t have any confidence in it. And yet we’re stuck within the country and don’t have the option to leave; immigration isn’t an option for us on any level.
Last year, however, we learned that we were going to be inheriting 30 acres of undeveloped Heirloom land from other-in-Law. Needless to say, it didn’t make our decision any easier for us. Still, we finally settled: We decided to stay in Oklahoma and work on opening an Orchard- something which, at minimum, would take us about 8 to 10 years to accomplish.
But the two of us, whether we want to admit it or not, have agriculture in our veins; we grew up on Family Farms (albeit very differently sized ones), it’s what we know, and what we’re good at; it’s in our blood. But more importantly? It’s also something that we both enjoy. At one point, well before we learned we were inheriting the land, we were even seriously considering keeping a flock of Sheep on our current property.
It took me a long time to realize that about myself: That I actually enjoy farming. Despite ignoring it or denying it for years, though, I’m glad that I finally have. More than that, I’m glad that my Husband was so incredibly patient with me while I figured it all out and pulled myself together; the Gods know that the time between June and now hasn’t been particularly kind to me (including two mental breakdowns and one suicide watch). But the fact of the matter is that it’s always been a dream of mine to have Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Geese, Goats, Rabbits, Sheep, Cows, a big Garden, and an even bigger Orchard.
As of our 2 year wedding Anniversary yesterday, I’m happy to say that the answer to what we’re going to do with our life is finally all of the above… And by that, I mean that our little Orchard is no longer just an Orchard; because we’re overachievers, we’ve decided to have our Peaches and our Sheep (and chickens, ducks, cattle, and more), too. Yep, that’s right… We’re going all out Homestead- after our 5 year plan is finished here, of course.
The reality is, we can’t leave the United States- and honestly, we love the South too much to even consider it. The only other option for us that’s realistic really is to simply retreat- and there’s no better place to do so than the middle of nowhere on 30 acres of land. And what better way is there to use 30 acres of perfect, untouched, undeveloped land than a Homestead? I honestly can’t think of a better way, personally. Nor would I honestly want to!
So we’re decided. Over the course of the next few years, “Bright Arrow Orchards” will become “Bright Arrow Farm and Orchard”. And I’m not going to lie. I’m just a smidgen scared about it all because our largest hurdle will be actually finding a way to build a house out there- which will actually be the hardest part of it all since even the cheapest house will likely run us $50,000 USD after installation… And quite frankly, we have no idea how on Earth we’re going to manage it.
Regardless, the project’s a long ways out. As of right now, we’ll be throwing all our efforts into the same step that was required to start the Orchard: Clearing the land. And boy, that steps going to be a lot of work.