BIG News for Our 6th Wedding Anniversary!!
Tomorrow, Big D and I will celebrate 6 years of wedded-bliss. And I think I can say with confidence that I married the man God intended for me. When I imagined the man I would spend the rest of my life with, he was smart, ambitious, kind, generous, funny, charming, silly, unpredictable, loving, supportive, family-oriented, passionate, tall, dark and handsome and Big D is all of those things. I'm a lucky girl, but I tend to think Big D is the luckier of the two of us, teehee! (Click here for our love story!)
Now in our 6th year of marriage, we have taken a big step together with our sweet Baby RayRay in toe toward our future. And I'm so excited to share our BIG news with you today on my blog!
You see, ever since we started dating back in 2003, we knew we wanted to farm. At that time, we didn't know whether we wanted to milk cows, grow corn or raise hogs. We were shopping for the right opportunities. Since that time, God has really opened some amazing doors for us. We've been pretty lucky - it's not easy to get into farming at such a young age when you're essentially on your own.
Once we decided to raise pigs full-time and grow corn and soybeans, we knew we needed to look for sites to expand. One of the major reasons is because we live just on the east side of Indianapolis and we are "victims" (boy that's a harsh word!) of urban sprawl. We've been raising pigs on the original family farm in older barns that we've retro-fited to serve as a modern and safe environment to raise hogs. But these barns certainly have a nearing expiration date because of their overall age (one of the barns is over a 100 years old, no joke!). And because of our location, we cannot build any new livestock barns - we're too close to housing subdivisions and the junior high school.
So, we've been looking for that dream farm - our own little American Dream - one where we could grow our business and maybe even raise our family on. A farm we could be proud of, call our own and hopefully pass on to the next generation to carry on the family farming tradition. We've found a few farms here and there over the past 6 years, but none that were the right fit for us.
Well, I'm happy to report that we found THE FARM.
The location is perfect, the barns are state-of-the-art and there is even a large farmhouse if we would choose to move there someday (more on that later!). Also, there is even a barn just for me to raise my Jersey cows. I love it!! Now don't get me wrong this farm needs a little clean-up - mowing, picking up and so forth. But Big D and I have a keen way of looking beyond the initial outer appearance to see a penny that just needs shined up. This is our penny.
So for our 6th anniversary, we closed on our DREAM FARM yesterday.
A heck of an anniversary present if I don't say so myself. We of course celebrated with a bottle of wine and some snuggling with Baby RayRay. Big D will be back in the fields during our actual anniversary tomorrow, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to surprise him with the Pioneer Woman's Spicy Shredded Pork on a sesame seed bun, yep that sounds like a plan. And shhh don't tell him! Happy Anniversary Big D, love you babe!