|The first "ranch"|
The housing market here is very tough, but we happened upon a property one day that seemed to be just what we’d been looking for. We listed our house for sale, and after a tedious three months of showings and prayers to St. Joseph, we sold it and made our move.
|Aspens around the pond|
We’ve named our little hobby ranch, Aspen Springs for simple reasons: the property has several groves of Aspens on it (our favorite Western tree) and abundant water: two wells, a natural spring that feeds two ponds, and two irrigation ditches to which we have access. We have five acres just on the outskirts of town. We have neighbors, but they are not too close. The previous owner is a sweet older man who built the house 30 years ago and raised his family here. He was quite handy and kept things immaculate.
The house itself is around 5,000 sf (more space than we need actually, but we’re managing to fill it!) We have a huge garden, chicken coop, small barn, and an enormous steel shed. Best of all, we have many trees in addition to the Aspens (ash, poplar, cottonwood, willow, etc), almost all of which were planted by the prior owner. Right now we are surrounded in Fall colors and the birds are plentiful.
|A few of the young ladies|
In our few short weeks at Aspen Springs, we have settled in nicely and are really enjoying our adventure. The girls love exploring new parts of the pastures, visiting the hens, and bouncing on their new jumpoline (trampoline). Mark loves playing farmer on his new tractor, and Colleen is busy choosing paint colors and laying out the garden for next spring. We probably don’t know all we’re in for, but we’re keeping faith in our family motto, “The Lord will provide.” Thanks for vising our new blog - come visit again soon!