I have wanted to live on an acreage since I was seven years old. I took my first ever riding lesson that year.
Eventually my parents bought Deputy - a senior citizen Quarter Horse X Arab. I rode him in riding lessons/summer camps, my dad took him cattle penning, my mom took lessons on him and my brother occasionally trail rode him. I so desperately wanted Deputy to live in my backyard (so I could feed him carrots out of my bedroom window….for some reason).
Me stylin' and profilin' in 1992-ish
When I was 12 years old my parents re-located for work. In our new city we looked at a few acreages. Nothing fit the bill. Over my teen years they would still look at one here and there. Probably more than they told me (because they didn’t want to get my hopes up/I was incredibly annoying about it).
The time came to buy my own place. I was 22 years old and settled for a little condo close to my work that would allow me to get a dog.
I had started thinking about acreages again when I knew I was dating the man I would marry. I allowed myself to add to my herd (hello Henry and Mystic!) because I hoped an acreage would be in our 3-5 year plan. I worked part-time jobs to afford them, dreaming that one day they’d be in my backyard. We got married and included our weird equine family members in the photos.
I did not even try to hide my crazy.
Then the economy started to go downhill. My husband’s job was uncertain. After a year of waffling he took a new position at a company that sounded more long term. He was laid off after two weeks (so no severance pay…hurrah). He was out of work for 8 months. It was a stressful time for both of us and I started to feel like we’d live in the condo forever. My acreage felt very far away.
A few months ago my husband got a new job. He thought we should chat with a mortgage broker about buying a house. To be honest, thinking about a bigger mortgage and the stress of selling/moving gave me anxiety. But I agreed to get some information.
I found out yesterday that we're approved for enough money to buy a modest acreage. And the monthly cost will be pretty comparable to my current mortgage+condo fees+horse board payments.
Late this winter or early in the spring, my condo will be listed for sale. And my husband and I will begin shopping for an acreage once it sells. I’m trying to not get too carried away with excitement, as our acreage budget is truly quite meager compared to what exists in the market. But I am hopeful!