When I met Super D he was visiting Colorado from Missouri. He was visiting his dad for the summer. Our romance began. Fast forward and we are getting married, Super D moved from Missouri to Colorado to be with me and Sassafras. While we planned to live in Colorado I married Super D with the idea that we would move to Missouri. Super D loved Missouri and talked about it, a lot. That was where he wanted to be and raise a family. I fell in love with Missouri every summer when we would come to visit for 2 weeks. It was always such a beautiful place full of greenery and life. I always learned something and discovered new things daily. The dream of living in Missouri was born.
|Super D and Sweet Ma in Colorado during our dating days.|
Life marched on though and our dream was put on the back burner. We had a life, jobs, and family in Colorado. We bought a house and had our children and were living the “American dream.” A couple years after buying our house we had the opportunity to buy land in Missouri. Plus it was part of the land Super D grew up on. He was pretty excited and we jumped to do it. The dream was rekindled but then we had no means to actually build or make the move as there were no jobs in this part of the country that would pay what we needed to make our bills. Like most we had credit cards, car payments, and some other things financed that we thought we couldn’t live without. So we enjoyed the idea that we had our land for the future but we just didn’t know when we would use it. Life in Colorado was pretty good. For a long time we had family from both Super D's and my side close. We had adventures there too, of camping, 4 wheeling, and homeschooling. With my daycare we always had a slew of kids around to keep life interesting. Super D and I always liked the idea of raising what we could to eat and cutting our expenses where we could. I like to cook from scratch and make our food from whole ingredients. But there is only so much of that you can do in a house in the city.
|Super D, Sweet Ma, Sugarbug, and Sassafras in Colorado family photo of 2004|
The circumstances came about to be just right so that we could start the grandest adventure of our lives so far. With Super D out of work and not being able to find anything suitable, my side of the family moving to Oklahoma, and money being tight even with us being almost debt free it was time to explore our options. Our biggest expense was the house. We couldn’t afford the house payment, utilities, and food and have any money left over. We were in a rat race we couldn’t get ahead on and were tired of it. So the research began. Super D spent countless hours researching how we could get onto our land and live on it with the least cost. The dream of being self sufficient was born. We want to have a life that we work together as a family to build and maintain. We want to live off of the land we own raising our own food and supplying our own power. We want minimal bills so that any money we make is for surviving, improving our land, and fun. But we want the control of how much we need to work for others to make that money. Eventually, find a market for us to be self employed in some form. We are willing to fight for the time to enjoy life’s little things with our children as we watch them grow and learn. So our journey to Missouri begins in the dining room of our Colorado home as Super D researches and investigates and learns what we are to do. Breaking the news to his side of the family and friends isn’t easy. Packing up 10 years in the same house to move 1000 miles away is a chore! But this is more to share with you the adventures we have to get here and especially what we are discovering here in beautiful Missouri. Life at a country pace is so much more peaceful and when you look around you can’t help but be in awe at what God created and be thankful.
|Veiw from my front door in Missouri in Spring of 2012|