You may or may not recall this picture.
It was taken on July 17, 2012, the day we bought the car and closed on the 10 acres of land in the background. We were so thrilled. We knew at closing that the land was wet. We knew there would be portions that we wouldn't be able to clear, because they are protected wetlands. We knew we would have to go to great lengths to get a driveway through the wetlands. We knew all of this. And we knew it would not be an easy process. But the positives outweighed the negatives, and we knew it was the right step for us to take.
During the course of this week, some fantastic people have gone adventuring with us, onto the property, in an attempt to help us decide what our best (and actually possible) options are as we move forward. We are so fortunate to have friends with experience in land clearing, tree removal, heavy machinery, land preparing and concrete foundation laying, and I'm sure they know way more than that.
And yesterday, our sweet friends Robyn and Jasmine went strawberry pickin' with the kids and I, while our husbands were checking out the land.
The consensus is this: the land is wet. Sigh... It's wetter than we thought. As in, heavy machinery may not even be able to get in there to clear it without sinking, and even if they could clear it, it would take a lot (like 100 dump trucks full) of fill dirt to raise it up to a high enough level for us to use for farmland.
It's been a rough week. Physically, I've been fighting sickness all week. And emotionally, I've been struggling. I'm disappointed, and my heart is hurting a little bit, even though my head knows that it's just a piece of land. I've developed an attachment to that piece of God's green earth, and I wanted to raise my family there. And while we never have every step of our lives planned out, this bit of unknown and unsure is a little difficult. If you're a praying person, our family would sure love it if you'd join us as we seek God's will for our future.
And while we wait, we'll find joy in homemade strawberry ice cream!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight."