Monday, October 20, 2008

Green Acres is the place to be!!!

Remember that farm we were hoping to buy? Well, we bought it this weekend! To say we are excited would be an understatement. I can't even begin to explain how relieved and happy we are to have gotten it bought. If you're new to reading this or have forgotten, it was sold on auction so we had no idea if it would be ours or not until the auctioneer said "SOLD!" and let me tell seemed like an eternity waiting for him to say it! But he did finally say "SOLD!" and we were the winning bidders.

I wasn't expecting the kindness that followed. The auctioneer asked for our names, introduced us to the crowd and asked them to "Give a hand to the new owners of this farm!" So, there we stood....a ball of nerves wondering if it was really real with all these people staring at us and applauding. The seller (an older man) and his family all immediately came up to us and introduced themselves. The rest of the afternoon, neighbors from surrounding farms would come up and introduce themselves and congratulate us as well. It really was such a great experience and a very nice welcome to our new life.

Several different people said how glad they were to see a young family buy the farm. One of the old man's sons said that he thought it would be easier for his dad to let go of his farm (he'd lived there for 62 years) knowing a young family was going to start their farm life there. I hope so. I hope he and his children know how happy we are to have their farm now. I hope they know that we will take good care of it and will treasure it for what it is. I hope they feel welcome to come back from time to time and revisit their homeplace. A place where so many of their memories were made....and so many of our memories await us.


MeadowLark said...

This post made me cry. We lost our ranch in 1981 to Farm Home (farm loan place)... this was right before Farm Aid became popular. My parents couldn't go to the auction because they were heartsick, but through the grapevine they heard who bought it and their feelings were the same - "I'm glad it's a young family". It didn't stop the pain, but it at least tempered it. Farms are living entities that need the love of a family to blossom and grow.

Conratulations and many blessings to you and yours.

Carmen Buller said...

CONGRATS!!! I have been wondering if you got the dream farm or not! We are so excited for you and can't wait to come visit. Where is it located? It sounds like a perfect place to raise a family and create lifetime memories!

Stephanie said...

Again, congrats! I am beyond thrilled for you. Will you have any contact with the family during closing? It would be nice to write them, or tell them how much this farm....their home....means to you...and how they are always welcome. I can only imagine the pain of letting go of such a place. Being as far away as I am is pain enough.

I'm looking forward to peach jelly next year...cobbler...pie..YUM!

LazyCrazyMama said...

Congrats!!!! That is so super exciting!!! And it sounds like you are going to have some great neighbors!!! Yay!!! How awesome is that!

GoteeMan said...

Yay... that's awesome! Hope it is everything you want it to be, and more..


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