The title of this post makes me chuckle because, in all honesty, I thrive on consistency, but here we are lol. If you follow me on IG, then you know we put an offer in for 60 acres of land. Never in a million years did we think that the offer would be accepted. We not only put an offer in, but I wrote the owners a letter. I talked about how having a piece of land to call our own was a dream for our family.
Come to find out, there were 5 offers. We weren’t the highest offer, nor the 2nd highest, but she chose us. She wanted a family on this land who had the same vision that we did. We stood upstairs in tears as our amazing realtor told us the news. We got it.
I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Mellisa Pendleton and my family & I viewed the beautiful property today that your family has owned for years. As we drove down the driveway, I couldn’t help to have butterflies in my stomach. We have prayed, searched, and dreamed about this moment for as long as I can remember. Dreams of chickens in the yard, kids swimming and fishing out by our very own pond, raising goats, and tending our new vegetable garden…giving our kids the childhood we could only dream of. As we walked the property, I felt a calmness roll over me and visions of where the tire swing would go, my children running through the sprinkler, and the holidays we would celebrate on this land. I want you to know that this property would not only be taken care of by my family, but the gift you would giving us is unmeasurable. This is not something we’re looking to sell one day; we want this place forever. We have 4 children. Kailyn is 20 and has just finished up her bachelor’s degree and is currently working full time and is in the process of obtaining her very first apartment. Ryder is 15 and is not only an avid runner but is looking into the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Jackson is 9 and is all boy. He loves hockey, anything outside, and enjoys anything his daddy does. Ella, “the baby”, is almost 8 and is obsessed with horses. Her dream is to have her very own horse since she has been taking riding lessons. I currently homeschool all 3 of the younger kids since all this Covid mess hit, but I had thought about it for years. When I saw the sunroom, I immediately thought about our very own homeschool room. One brimming with homemade suncatchers and artwork. I, myself was a RN at an OBGYN office before starting my own photography business 9 years ago. I am taking a break from work to focus on the education and care of my kids. My husband has been in the military for almost 17 years and works full time as a Supply Sargent at the Morrisville Armory. He is a hardworking man and is just as excited about this property as I am. I saw him walking through pasture, his mind racing with all the projects he wants to accomplish. I just wanted to give you an idea of who we were since I know you’re going to get more than just a few offers I’m sure. Thank you so much for the possible opportunity to raise our family in such a special place.”
Robert and Mellisa Pendleton
How? Why? When?
We always knew moving into our new home it wasn’t our forever home. Don’t get us wrong, we love love love this house, but we knew long term we wanted land. My husband looks occasionally at what is available and this property happened to be “coming soon.” He sent it to me and I immediately emailed the realtor. I know around here things go fast. Not fast, but lighting fast.
They were still in the process of getting the home ready for showings and I told them we would love to see it as soon as it was open. Fast-forward a week later and it was ready to schedule visits. If I’m not mistaken, we were the first family to see it. I can be a little forward 😉
This was on Wednesday and we requested it the following day because I was due to have surgery the next day after. We both knew when we pulled in. It was breathtaking, everything we had dreamed of, and a place for everything we had hoped for. Two barns/sheds to house whatever farm equipment was needed, plenty of land to put any animal we could ever dream of, acreage to garden, and two ponds to fish.
I literally had plans in my head as we walked the land. Chickens here, ducks there, oh that would be a perfect spot for horses…you get the drift.
The plans that we have for this land are going to be never-ending, but that’s the fun part. We can change our mind, fiddle here, change this there, whenever we want. It will be ours. The place we hand down to our kids. The home that will become our forever sanctuary.
Eventually, we will build our dream house here. There is a house on the land, but it’s quite old(thirty years old). Our plan is to renovate it to the best of our abilities, slowly. This will eventually become my mother’s home when the time comes.
We will start slow and steady and cash flow every project we begin. The budget has begun and I can’t wait. Do we want to do everything at once? Of course, but I also want us to keep on our debt snowball and do things right.
The current state of the kitchen on the top left. My plans, on the right with the exception of the countertops.
First things first are we have to figure out how we want to keep our dogs safe and somewhat contained. We have gone back and forth with building a fence for them attached to the existing house, using an electric fence, teaching them the “ok” lines of the property, but we haven’t decided yet. This is a large property and I’d love to think they would have some common sense to stay near us, but I’m not naive. I want them to enjoy having this much freedom as we will.
Next on the agenda is looking for a used tractor(as well as a zero-turn for the 3-4 acres of regular green grass acreage we will have). I would say those are the top 2 priorities at this point. After that, I have already requested to till where the garden will be for spring so we can have the soil tested, and make any adjustments we need to before the first frost.
We will then build a greenhouse and a duck coop. Yep, sweet baby ducks. I’ll write a blog post on why we (cough cough, me) have decided to start with ducks first before chickens. My goal for the garden this spring/summer is a Cut Flower Garden (yes, this is where I will ordering all my flower and pumpkin seeds), as well as growing all the normal veggies and of course…pumpkins.
This is our last move. We have no plans on going anywhere after this. We still plan on homeschooling, but all but one child have started talking about going back to “regular school” next year. It’s a family decision, but we will always take what the kids want into serious consideration. Scott has plans on getting all the land “ready” to grass growth for next year (it has been farmed on for goodness knows how long with corn and soybeans). We want healthy soil so getting it right will probably take some time since we don’t plan on using any chemicals on it.
I heard this saying last night and I have thought about it all day…” when you add a new species to your homestead, you invite 8 more.” I love that. It means that say you’re dealing with grubs in your garden…what eats grubs? Ducks, they eat grubs. There is always a better way of handling your homestead and we plan on exploring all those options.
That’s it for now 🙂 We move in less than 30 days. Off to an adventure of a lifetime.