This weekend, we went down to “the farm.” Two brothers own it together. One of them is married to my sister-in-law (and has been for 30 some years so we say it is Aunt N’s farm). It is a small property of land. At one time, I believe they did have animals out on it. They haven’t since their own children have grown up though. With as much work as they are doing out there, maybe the will again.
But it was BEAUTIFUL. And peaceful. And just what I needed.
I almost didn’t go. Doc and Professor are still so deep in trauma (especially fear and defiance and food issues) that I didn’t think I wanted to take them anywhere. And my three have been trying to deal with their own issues triggered by the littles’ issues (probably a good topic for another post). And taking a baby sounded like WORK. And did I want to deal with certain family members? And really, I just want to stay home.
And then I needed to take broccoli and cheese casserole. But while we were shopping, hubby told me to make a dessert too. All while the house is a mess and I have five children who need me ON THE FLOOR.
I suggested hubby take Tumbler, Swimmer, and T-Lo. If our young adult children wanted to go, they could. But in the end, I just couldn’t bear backing out.
There were a few little hiccups, but it was WONDERFUL! Absolutely, perfectly, amazingly awesome! And I got some of the greatest pictures! Well, the best pictures were the less “staged” ones, but of course, those have family member kids, foster kids, etc. I sure wish I could share pics of Professor, Doc, and Little Lamb too! But here is a good sampling 🙂
This last pic is Daddy with his little ducks. Doc hadn’t yet changed into the outfit I had planned for the day (she had jeans, boots, solid black long sleeve and a pink jean jacket). But she’s cute both ways!
I had recently read a book (oh, I meant to do a review of that book) with a dairy ranch as the main setting. Since then, I had done some research about finding such a thing. This trip definitely bolstered that interest. The house wasn’t huge (doesn’t need to be really); but can you imagine the freedom my kids would have outdoors? Plenty of room to climb trees, shoot cans, fish, play with sticks, making crafts with pine needles, whatever. And no traffic. And your neighbor is down there if you need him, but not 1/5 an acre over. And the dogs could run and play. And I could BREATHE!
Would it be so perfect ALL of the time? Something tells me we’d still have a little stress 🙂 However, it does seem like it would be a whole lot easier to relax in such a nice, and much slower, setting.
So I looked at land again yesterday. Still costs money. But maybe it will be an option at some point. Maybe if they make the adoption tax credit refundable so families like ours got any of it (I’ll explain about that one day. I made mention of it HERE.).
Well, my sister-in-law has said we’re welcome to go down as we wish. And I WISH! LOL I’m asking hubby to ask her about a certain several days. And then she also said she’d like to do a get together family wise every couple months. Good! Honestly, I’d go back TODAY if I could!