If you follow along on social media you've probably caught a glimpse of our home and realized that we don't live "in town". Ryan and I live in a small community outside of the city limits. I may be biased, but it's the perfect patch of home. We have large pecan trees littering our 5 acres, lot's of flowers and a stunning view of the sunset every single day as it settles into the fields across our street. It's quiet and we immediately slow down out here. Our home balances out the fast paced days of work and the store in downtown Wichita Falls.
Our kids run wild and get to explore to their hearts desire out here. Growing up in the country on a farm spoiled me into seeing home differently as a place of rest and wandering and I have loved watching our girls grow into that as well. I seek beauty and stillness in the fields and trees versus the hustle and traffic lights among the pavement and I can see their child hearts coming alive in our backyard as they do the same.
With the many blessings of living rural, there do come challenges. We have to say no to a lot of extracurricular activities, invites to swim or spontaneous hangouts. Growing up, I never participated in gymnastics or ballet. I played sports, but not until I was older, more towards middle school. I know this is going to be a big challenge for our family as the girls are already seeing their friends in multiple sports and extra activities. As much as I want to give them those experiences, I also have to be realistic that we don't live conveniently close to everything. We live 25 minutes (also 25 miles) away from most things in town and we are still learning the balance of what to prioritize in town outside of work and school.
Ryan and I love our home and the work we have put into making this slow open-field life our reality. We spent last weekend hanging a pile of frames that have been sitting in my office for 4 months and now I feel like our new home is finally put together as I see the journey in pictures of how we got here.
I'll be working on a home tour soon so stay tuned! I love our overly white house away from town.