When we bought our farm last year the seller also had some back acreage for sale. We really wanted it. It has a huge fenced in pasture and a wooded area that has a little creek and a big creek that runs through it. We ran the numbers but just couldn't make it work with all of the renovations we had to do to the house. We told the seller we really wanted it but weren't able to at that time. He told us he could wait another year but then he would have to put it on the market. He contacted us earlier this year and said he was ready to sell. Terry and I talked and talked about it. The conversation went from "What are we going to do with more acreage? We can barely keep up with what we have." to "But it has a creek, and the boys could hunt down there, and maybe someday we could plant an orchard." to "Boy, it would really stink if someone moved backed there." My Dad strongly encouraged us to try to get it. "Once it's gone it's gone." So Terry and I went in with the "bless it or block it Lord" prayer. We closed on it about a month ago.
I am soooo thankful for this land. It really is gorgeous. The pictures don't do it justice (which, by the way, my pictures are coming up really blurry on the blog. they look awesome on iphoto. Oh well.) The kids are down there frequently. It makes me smile inside when I think of the memories that will be made by that creek. What a beautiful childhood. This was Henry's first time down there. At first he was not thrilled about the whole muddy mess. When it was time to head home he didn't want to leave. This creek bed is rich in fossils, so there is a lot of fossil hunting going on. I also think I spied some maple trees in the woods. I think they're sugar maples. I need to investigate that further, but wouldn't that be fun??