Wagons East (Adventures in moving a big family from the city to the country!)

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Did you ever have a dream, a wish, a prayer, something you asked the Lord for once upon a time, but then life changed?  Did you forget to cancel that request?  Well, the Lord remembers and sometimes revives old desires, causing them to bloom into a magnificent reality you really couldn’t have imagined if you tried.

Such is the case of my life.  When I was a young person, probably 15, I fell in love with a little spot in Maine called Palermo.  And I thought I would love to live there someday.  Fast forward to growing up, getting married, moving to Mongolia, moving back to California, eventually to Los Angeles.

And then somehow (the Lord knows all the inner workings of the spirit) God caused my husband to deeply desire a life in the country and to raise our children in a different context than the urban one in which we have spent most of our marriage.  Our shared dream became something altogether different than what we originally imagined.  So that we prayed, “Lord, if You will….”  And He willed.

Last week we bought a farm.  In Maine.  In Palermo.  And have started the process of making it into what we have dreamed.  Six days ago, we loaded up the family (plus a friend who is coming along to give us some more man-power) and headed East.

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Camping somewhere in Utah after a long hot day on the road!

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When you undertake a big road trip with a big family there are certain things you do differently than others.  For example, stopping at parks along the way to let everyone run around and eat the lunch Mom made instead of fast food.Wagons East

It’s the best way to start the next leg of the journey refreshed and ready to go!

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Somewhere in Colorado we saw a Farmers Market.  Bought fresh peaches and enjoyed them by a stream.  This is how you road trip.

Homesteaders

Our family, homeowners and homesteaders!  Meet Kylo Farm:

Kylo Farm

Extra points and mad props to those who can tell me why we named our little farm, “Kylo.”

Our house, which was built in the 1830s, sits on 19 acres in rural Maine.  Some wooded land, some farmed land, with a barn, stable, chicken coop and various outbuildings.  It needs a lot of love and a lot of work.  Thankfully, our family doesn’t shy away from either.

This morning as my husband and I enjoyed our coffee in the back yard, next to our hand-dug well, my 9 year old son walked outside, having just woken up.  “Oh my word!  Did it rain last night?”  “No, honey.  That’s called dew.”  It’s going to be very interesting transitioning from a city life to a country life for sure!

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.…”  Isaiah 55:9-11

Stay tuned….


  1. Andrea - August 24, 2014

    Ohhhhhhh Daja!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t visited BlogSpot in quite awhile & am shocked to read that you have moved …. to Maine, of all places… a place that I have dreamed about visiting (& possibly moving to??) for many years (perhaps decades) now. I am sooooo happy for you & oh my goodness, what a change for you & your beautiful family. When I dream of Maine I only dream of Maine in autumn…. beautiful colors of the trees, the brisk cool clean air, peace.

    I wish you all the happiness your lives can hold in your new abode. May you be blessed beyond measure!!! I look forward to hearing future tales of your adventures in your new home. God bless you~ Andrea XOXOXO

  2. Good on you!!!  First of all…..might I say that you are living my dream?  I have three wonderful kids, but always wanted 6 – 8!!  And I have ALWAYS wanted to move to a farm.  I grew up in Ohio around farms and gardens and have longed to return and leave the LA scene behind.  You are certainly in good company with fellow Maine residents, Martha Stewart, Beckman Boys et al.  Might I suggest that you follow fellow Maine resident at “Widow Wilson’s Farm” on Facebook.  Have fun and embrace it with gusto……..your kids will love it.

    • Thanks so much for the encouragement and recommendation! Will check it out!

  3. Natalie - August 21, 2014

    Keep your love on!!!

  4. Wonderful!!

    We have LOADS of pictures from our month-long trip to the Midwest this summer from lunches in parks. We TOTALLY do that. And buy produce from farm stands and farmers’ markets along the way. In fact, I had to remind my little girls (ages 8 and 5) that the primary focus of our trip was NOT to check out every little town’s park in the state of Illinois. “We’re not here to visit your cousin’s PARK. We’re here to visit your cousin.” Ha! (That said, the best city park of our visit was College Park in Winchester, KY. The worst was 13 Acres Park in Mahomet, IL.)

    I’m so excited for your family. I only wish we could be your next-door neighbors!! I’m really looking forward to reading about your projects in the home.

    Love from our family to yours. 🙂

  5. Sheri - August 21, 2014

    What an exciting adventure. Talking about you travel out to Maine reminded me of many road trips we took with the kids, stopping at parks and sites along the way. Maybe we’ll have to visit once you get settled in. 

  6. What a wonderful adventure! I look forward to seeing and hearing more.  I have never been to Maine, it looks lovely. 

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