Hey friends. Happy Friday! I’m so excited for this new series “Real Life Dreamers” and the amazing stories many of you sent me about your big dreams. Our second story is from Sarah Kate who writes over at Nothing But Blue Skies. Her story is pretty unique and encouraging and I’m excited for you to read it! If you still want to get in on guest posting about your dream, msg me for more info! And with that I’ll turn it over to Sarah Kate.
When I saw Heather’s request for guest posters and that the topic was our dreams, I knew I had to submit mine. Not because I think it’s all that fabulous, or that it can change the world, but because I’m so VERY thankful and grateful to God that he’s letting me, and my family, pursue it.
Two years ago my husband and I were living in a city in Florida, working non-stop at our jobs, and barely fitting in time to be parents to our daughter.
Life had stopped being fun.
It had stopped having a purpose. We were just trying to make it through each day in one piece. We knew we needed to make a change, but we weren’t sure how, or when. All of that changed the night my husband woke me up at 2am and could barely tell me to call 911.
My 27-year-old husband was having a heart attack.
In the moments following the 911 call, my mind took me to places I hope I never have to go again. I thought I was going to be a widow. I thought my daughter was going to lose her father. My husband was rushed to the hospital where it was determined he had not suffered a full blown heart attack, but was warned in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t make some changes, it was coming.
That was our sign.
It was time to live the lives God gave us, and pursue our dreams.
More than ever it was apparent to us that life waits for no one. I already knew what I wanted to do; I just had to convince my husband that it was right for our family. So within days after Cory’s release from the hospital, he started looking for a job in Tennessee. We were going HOME. And we were going to buy a farm out in the country.
It took 6 months, but even in a horrible economy Cory found a good job. Our house in the city sold in two weeks in one of the worst housing markets the country had seen. When we got to Tennessee, I found a man willing to sell me his old farmhouse and land for a reasonable price, and he even threw in 10 extra acres of land for $1. And because of the lower cost of living in our area, we determined that we could live off of a single income and I could finally stay at home with our daughter. All of the good happening in our lives was overwhelming.
I don’t believe in luck. I believe you have to take action to make things happen.
And I believe that if God agrees with your plan, he will listen to your prayers and help you along the way.
It’s been a year now that we’ve been out here on our farm. It’s been a lot of work, and there have been days I wondered if we made the right decision taking such an unconventional path for our young family. Then I see my daughter learning independence by taking care of our flock of chickens by herself. And I see her learning all about God’s creation every time we look outside our back door to find our garden flourishing, and the seasons changing, and the baby animals being born at neighboring farms. This just feels right.
And we’re not done. I have dreams of turning this farm into a home for rescue animals of all kinds – horses, cows, pigs, and even llamas. :o) And that will be a whole other story. My advice to you is, don’t wait.
If you have a dream, start now.
Make a plan, and then act on it.
Life isn’t going to wait on you.
And if you feel you’re lacking courage to do something new, ask God for help. He was there every step of the way for us, and He will be for you, too.
Thanks so much for sharing Sarah Kate! You are an inspiration.