the beginning of freckled hen farm!


one week ago today we bought our first home & hobby farm, proudly named freckled hen farm. 


i cannot describe the feelings we felt when this beautiful place finally became ours. signing all of the paperwork was honestly terrifying. this place won't be paid in full until we are 54 years old. we were a bit worried if we were making the right decision to own a home in luke's hometown at such a young age - are we settling for less? do we really love arkansas enough to stay? is living down the street from luke's family a smart decision? i truly believe everyone asks those really hard life questions right before making such a big decision. when my parents were saying their goodbyes as they dropped me off at college for the very first time, i remember wanting to jump in the car & go straight home with them even though i was confident i was in the right place making the best decision i could.


going to college out-of-state & spreading my wings as an independent was the best decision i could have made. owning our own home & sharing in this home ownership adventure together feels similarly. it comes with some of the hard stuff, but ultimately it is worth it & it feels so good.


getting that first layer of paint on our walls instantly calmed my anxious spirits & allowed me to take a few steps back & really soak it all in. this is ours. we are home.
 

 we have so many projects to finish before the week is up & we officially move in. we have had so many friends out to our new place bringing us food, cheering us on & helping us with remodeling projects. we have spent many sleepless nights painting cabinets, pulling up carpet & scraping popcorn ceilings. every finished project is so satisfying & brings us one step closer to living on our little hobby farm full-time.


thank you for all of the love & encouragement you have shown us throughout this project. it feels wonderful & we are so excited to see what is written in this new chapter.

for now, i am taking a little vacation from my blog. i will pick back up in this space on monday, august 5th. for now, you can follow along for quick snippets at IG. my name is @nataliecreates & our hashtag is #freckledhenfarmhouse

love,
natalie

17 comments:

Nicolette Gawthrop said...

hey- i teared up a little, here. (your college account) congrats, guys.

love the farm's name. love the farm name! reminds me of the three penny acre song, ole speckled hen (which apparently is a british beer.)

lots of love!!

Junque Rethunque said...

So exciting! It looks like it has all the basic bones you need to build a great home. And remember, you can always move someday if another opportunity comes along. :)

thubbard2011 said...

CONGRATULATIONS, NATALIE AND LUKE!!!!!!
Sending you happy, warm wishes from Little Rock, and rooting for you the whole way as you make this your home in spectacular fashion (per usual).
-Taylor

Rachel Weaver said...

I really look forward to seeing everything you have in store. You do such a beautiful job creating great spaces. You also appear to be really good at life. You live it well.

Nancy said...

Congratulations! So happy for you both. You will love being home owners.

Jen said...

How exciting! You will love having your own home. It makes all the blood, sweat, and tears that much more worth it. So excited to see how you transform it into your own. Keep us all posted!

Open Roads Mama said...

how exciting! congratulations!!!

Brooke said...

Tim and I too felt that way too before we signed. And I've felt that way before every major trip I've taken ~ it's just the nature of change! Enjoy every new thing you do to the place and focus on what you already have there and not just what needs doing, otherwise you'll never take a break! (aka advice I should have received when we moved last year :) xoxo

Caroline said...

How exciting! Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading about your journey here, And...I love the name!

Erin Smith said...

Congratulations! Everything happens for a reason and I'm sure you two will make the best of this wonderful opportunity.

Erin Smith said...

Congratulations! It's cliche, but everything happens for a reason and I'm sure you two will make the best of this wonderful opportunity.

Erin Smith said...

Congratulations! It's cliche, but everything happens for a reason and I'm sure you two will make the best of this wonderful opportunity.

Chelsea said...

Congratulations, Natalie! You and your family are going to fill this farm with so much love <3

The part you write about "even though i was confident i was in the right place making the best decision i could" hits the nail on the head. In the moment, we never know if our big decisions are the "right" decisions - all we can do make the best decision we can using what we know at that time! If we DID know everything that would come of our decisions at the time we make them, I doubt any of us would leave our houses ever again. Congratulations again, Natalie :)

Hollie said...

So many happy congratulations to you guys! Looks like a wonderful, warm, inviting place.

Kathie said...

Congrats!

Brittany said...

i love the name! very cute.

Kristen said...

Just found your blog --- love!! I have a question, were your popcorn ceilings asbestos? We have popcorn and I'm trying to get it all figured out. Thanks!

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