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Farm Fresh Wishes and Chicken Feather Dreams

on April 7 | in Our House | by | with 8 Comments

Daniel sent me this chicken coop photo to drool over today. I added it to my bookmark folder which is wistfully titled after the street my dream house is on.

Photo credit: Treehugger

Real Me = Real Dream

If you would have told me a few years ago that my dream house “must have” features would be a chicken coop, farmhouse sink, and great room for entertaining I would have thought you were nuts. Back then I didn’t have many friends and my main interests were television and sleep. A lot of that was because my health was so poor that I hated socializing. Hanging out with friends almost always involved eating together, and eating at restaurants caused me severe GI pain.

After I got well my heart said “Yes!” to everything, but it is taking time to leave behind old habits. I am still learning to be open with who I am, not just what I believe. It’s easy (for me) to take a stance on an issue, but it’s harder to let people see me. I am an oddball. I know it. People tell me often, too ; – )

Surprise, Surprise!

It shouldn’t surprise me, but it really has: The deeper my friendships have gotten over the past few years, the more I realize everyone is weird in their own way. Maybe I am just very blessed, but NONE of my friends are cookie cutter Barbie wannabe’s. Each one of them is one-of-a-kind.

I have a friend that I know I can call at 4am if I need to (I actually have). She lives her life with passion and conviction. She’s fierce and compassionate at the same time. To know her is to respect her.  Another friend of mine is my inspiration for mothering. She is my favorite person to talk to when I am discouraged by my lack of competence in this area. Another friend of mine never fails to be kind to others despite a long season of personal hardship. She is so determined to be cheerful she even smiles when she cries. The list goes on and on.

The circle gets wider, too. The more I really know people, the more I want to know them, warts and all (both mine and theirs). I used to want a big, beautiful house to make up for my insecurities. Now I feel like I need this house so I can love on all the people I have come to know and cherish (plus the ones I will meet!). Normally I don’t think a big house is necessary for entertaining, but because we want to share our passion for raising goats and chickens, gardening and nourishing food in the the suburbs it pretty much is.

Open House

Today I got an email from someone who wants me to email her my recipes. I’d rather invite her into my kitchen so that I can show her in a few hours what it has taken me years to learn. In my dream house this would be totally possible. In our current house, not possible.

I hope I am not the only person alive that dreams about chicken coops and farmhouse sinks.

Photo credit: Southern Living

But even if I am, I don’t care. I want this house, this life, more than I can put into words. And I want to share it with you, in person or via blog.

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8 Responses to Farm Fresh Wishes and Chicken Feather Dreams

  1. Stephanie says:

    Now I am drooling over that chicken coop! I’ll have to send that to my husband. Architect nerd…he’ll love it. :)

    An no, you are not alone…
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday =-.

    • Heather says:

      Stephanie, this morning in my small group several women shared a similar vision to ours. It simply amazes me how many young families are moving in this direction.

      One of the main things Daniel and I want to do is make our journey public so that people who want to embrace this lifestyle will not be intimidated to do it even in a suburban setting. I hope we get the opportunity!

  2. Allison says:

    I hope one day soon you get your chickens. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be raising chickens but we now have 40 or so and I absolutly love it.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Allison. You wouldn’t happen to have a blog, would you? I’d love to read about what it’s like to raise 40 chickens! We will not be attempting anything that bold ; – )

  3. Mae says:

    Ok
    So I read this this morning before Bible study and thought…how strange that she came to this after reading our chapter this week! HA! But you cleared that up this morning.
    I wanted to say this earlier, but decided against it, and feel better about it now.
    So here’s my encouragement to you-

    You’re honestly, opacity, and sincerity were absolutely refreshing to my soul. The things you want ARE for ministry. God places these desires in our souls, you know that. And with something as beautiful as yours? Friend, prepare to get your butt blessed off, IN ORDER to bless others.
    It really comes down to your heart. I think it is absurd, and sinful[!] to go out and buy a brand new sports car, and justify that with “I have a van that I let families use.” Your ministry should not be used as a weight to balance out your greed. Does that make sense?
    Your heart is aching to fulfill it’s purpose, not build false idols in your home that can be “put to use” for ministry.

    As for Eamon and I, we are finally out of the season of “bare minimum”…or nothing…and in a stage of growth. But because of our long season of drought, we know we don’t need that much water…how refreshing is that!

    And as for young families wanting this lifestyle, WE DO! Weekly the Brownings and the Burkes get together for dinner and scheme pipe dreams of chickens, exotic herbs and spices, beautiful fabrics, ah…
    .-= Mae´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday =-.

  4. Cindy says:

    I love this post! I can’t wait til you are blessed w/ your dream home… And, I’m praying it’s before our firsts start kindergarten :), you know why… That sink picture is absolutely dreamy! Thanks for sharing this morning. You bless my socks off! I think your heart is totally in the right place, the Lord has a perfect place for you (and time to give it to you), and you already are blessing more people than you realize. You have taught me SO much. Love you!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Isn’t He Too Old?! Part 1 =-.

  5. This is SUCH a cool post, & I’m sort of in love with that sink!

    Moving presents equals parts excitement, scariness, and just plain nervousness all at the same time (for me anyway), but after reading this post, I realize just how excited I am for new possibilities. So thanks. :)

    Great blog! It was nice to meet your husband & chat about blogging, living natural, etc. You & your daughter are just lovely! Congrats about the baby on the way, can’t wait to read more.
    .-= Lauren From Texas´s last blog ..I actually digested a huge gust of wind. =-.

  6. [...] way I want doesn’t mean I am going to just sit in my aforementioned suburban neighborhood and drool over chicken coops online. Zoning laws prevent me from putting chickens and goats in my backyard, so I make a point to do [...]

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