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Real Life Dreamers: Sarah Kate

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. 

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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.

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Thanks so much for sharing Sarah Kate!  You are an inspiration.

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25 thoughts on “Real Life Dreamers: Sarah Kate

  1. What a sweet story Sarah! 🙂 What a trying situation to find yourself in. IT’s so beautiful that you went for it and just gave it all up to God and He led you right to where you wanted to go 🙂 He agreed with your plan! Life on the farm sounds awesome!

  2. I LOVE Sarah Kate and I love this story! It’s just what I needed right now actually. I am so happy that everything worked out.. clearly God supported your visions and was there helping along the way. I am glad Cory is ok!!! One of my dreams is to visit this farm someday lol. 🙂

  3. Thanks again, Heather, for letting me tell my story over here! I love this series you have started and I can’t wait to read other blogger’s stories as well! Have a wonderful weekend with your family! :o)

  4. Sarah Kate, is just a wonderful person and I’m blessed that I have met her through bloggyland. Best advice I’ve heard in forever! … “If you have a dream, start now. Make a plan, and then act on it. Life isn’t going to wait on you.”

  5. What an amazing story and courage to overcome a scary situation and make it through to follow your dreams!! Sarah Kate is always pushing herself in every way, she deserves all the good that comes to her!

  6. Hi Heather, nice to ‘meet’ you!

    Sarah Kate, what a great inspirational story. I think you and your family made a wise and wonderful decision. So happy for your family. And I love that line where you said that if God agrees with your plan, He will listen to you and help you along the way. I believe that too. 🙂

  7. This brought tears to my eyes Sarah Kate! What a wonderful story and I am so very happy your husband is ok and that it wasn’t too threatening. You are an inspiration for being so brave and chasing your dreams. You live a beautiful life, in a beautiful place with a beautiful family xo

  8. This is a BEAUTIFUL, totally inspirational story! I am so glad you followed your dreams, and God obviously put those dreams there in the first place, seeing how it worked out so beautifully. Yay! I love reading stories like this.

  9. What a wonderful and inspirational story! Thank you for sharing! I think that it is awesome that you want to use your farm for rescue animals! God works in mysterious ways!

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