Cale and I first started talking about the farm on our second date. He asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up (I was 30 at the time, but I knew what he meant)! His dream was to own a blueberry and chicken farm. His Papa (grandfather on his mother's side) was a farmer. Their family would visit his Papa's farm often where they got to help feed the cows, gather chickens at the neighbor's and more.
I, on the other hand, did not dream of farming from a young age. When my mom talked about getting chickens - I was not a fan. I was also not a blueberry fan because I had only had what was available in stores. The first time Cale gave me some blueberries from the bushes at this house, I said "thank you" and took them because it was the polite thing to do. I hesitantly put them in some yogurt for breakfast at work one morning and quickly learned the difference between store bought and fresh blueberries. These had taste and were sweet!
After we were engaged, we began the process for looking for a wedding venue. This is where the venue piece of the farm puzzle fell into place. We learned that there were not a variety of venues that we were looking for and it seemed like a good addition to support a small farm.
Cale and I dove into looking for land to build a farm and wedding venue soon after we were married. Thankfully, we did not know what we were getting into so there were limited fears to keep us from pursuing it! The land we bought was wooded land. We cleared the area for the barn, our house, and the fields. The barn was built first, followed closely by our house (I was expecting our youngest daughter Peyton at the time and we moved into the house the day before she was born - we obviously do everything at once). We also began the process of planting 750 blueberry bushes. There was no water on the property when we first planted the bushes, so Cale and I spent several evenings filling 5 gallon buckets with water at the house we were renting nearby and driving them over to water the plants. Thankfully, that only lasted a short while before water was installed and turned on!
We learned a lot along the way and have lots of stories to share, but we are so thankful for where God has led us on this journey and all He is teaching us!