Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Waiting for a Dream to Begin!


Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
                         Anatole France


I went to another auction this weekend and I know I usually talk about the farmers who are leaving, but this auction changed my mind. This is not to say the person selling was not important just that after having a conversation with someone I had to meet this young woman and her family who were waiting to start their dream and I chose to focus on them. I truly enjoyed my visit with her and her awesome children.

This woman and her family were waiting to start their dream, the dream of farming and sustaining themselves on these eighty acres of land. I must say this land was full of, let us call it stuff, and needed a lot of work to get back to the farm it should and would be again. I truly know from past experience how much work that will require.
After talking with this friendly, strong woman and listening to her and her husband’s dream I have no doubt they will accomplish this long hard task that lies in front of them. Her very clever husband already knows how much work it is to start and keep going with a dream. He knows this because he is supporting one dream now that is working very well. He truly knows what hard work it will take for this dream.


They are driven, hardworking, and focused and I am positive they are going to make it. This story sounds so familiar to me. I have seen this look of determination and the spark that I see in her eyes in my own reflection long ago while living Our Journey. It was a very long hard road, and one that I now can look back and I do not regret taking. I do remember thinking I was never going to make it to the point we are now and sometimes wishing we never started “the dream” and wanting to quit, but we made it.

I want to wish this beautiful hardworking young woman all my luck and I have only two suggestions, ONE: even if it gets tough and I am sure it will, never give up it will work out and will be worth it in the end as long as your both love and respect each other and believe in the dream. TWO: try to write a journal, this is something I did not do as I thought I would never want to remember any of it, even though I will never forget. Others can and will learn from your experiences maybe thirty years from now and your children will appreciate it.
   

With a few cows, a couple of lambs, and I am pretty sure I hear a rooster, let the dream begin. You will be fine, just hold on tight to that sense of humour.
  
Later.                                                                      

23 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful reminder that hard work pays off and to never stop dreaming.

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  2. I.m sure you were inspiration, proof that reclaiming a farm can be accomplished. I hope you will keep in touch so that you can encourage them when happenings are rocky - to help them through any possible hard times.

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  3. How wonderful for them to meet a couple who have achieved their dream. It makes theirs seem more possible.

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  4. Your words ring true with me -- seems this way of life is a constant struggle, but if you love it and your family, it is definitely all worth it. :)

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  5. The barn does have charm there - I have to say thank you to all the farmers out there - it is getting harder and harder to do so kudos to them. sandie

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  6. Excellent advice. Wish I had kept a journal, too.

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  7. Thanks for Your email...
    I am think and pray everyday for Leontien...
    Greeting Lucy

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  8. That's good advice, Buttons. A neat focus on the new owners' dreams!

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  9. Dreams sometimes do come true..yours did so lets hope theirs does too :)
    Have a great day..love M xoxoxo

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  10. Ahhhh, Amen to that sense of humor...whenever we embark upon a new challenge it is most important to remember to laugh at ourselves and our cirucmstances an just know, things will be tough at times!
    Great post!

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  11. Buttons, your words are so genuine today. I grew up on a ranch, and then my Husband and I joined his parents on the family operation. We have been in the business for 8 years and your words are so true.

    I like your two suggestions.

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  12. Hi Buttons,

    Thank you for this post! My husband and I are gearing up (and saving!) to purchase a homestead and start living our dream too. Some days it seems insurmountable - we don't own any land yet, and we don't have any tools or other farm implements, yet we struggle to keep our 1/2 ton diesel pickup working. We wonder how we will manage with a tractor, and animals, and a large driveway to clear ourselves (we are in northern BC). Your post is inspiring, and reminds me today (which has been a particularly difficult day so far) to just keep my eye on the prize and slowly slog towards our goal.

    Thank you again,
    Mandi

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  13. Oh Mandi I can feel the pain in your post. I have so been there. I do know that things always seem to work out the way they were meant to be in the end. I truly wish I could help you more. All I can do is give you this {HUG} and you can email me anytime and maybe I can make things seem brighter in some small way.Never stop dreaming.
    HUGS B

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  14. Hi:) Thank you for your visiting my blog... Greetings from Poland:)))

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  15. Having a dream is so important! It sustains you through the tough times and tastes so sweet once it is accomplished.
    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Farming. It is very hard work. Work? More a way of life.

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  17. Such sound good advice you gave them B. From the heart too.
    Every good piece of luck to them.
    Young dreams - what would the world be without them!

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  18. Wonderful that you dispensed such great advice.

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  19. Great advice Buttons. Keeping a hand written journal would be a wonderful thing the pass down to generations. Sue

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  20. They have a dream and that is really very important. Because with a dream, great things might happen. And yes, a journal is a great idea. Sometimes when you are in the thick of things and things feel hard, it is nice to look back and see just how far you've come

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  21. wonderful advice, buttons. :o)

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