Chasing the Dream

Aren’t we all dreamers of one kind of another?  Whatever the dream, however, it’s not likely to come true without a little help from the dreamer.  Nowhere is that more true than in my family.  Each of us has had our own special dream and has taken the steps to make it come true.  

Right now a  daughter and her family are doing just that.  They have given up a business, left a home they loved in a small town surrounded by a big city,  separated from family and friends to move to Tennessee country where they dream of having a garden, chickens, a big dog and maybe a goat and a horse.

A barn waits for the eventual animals, but  before all the dreams can come true, there’s lots of work to be done.  Getting the new house in order is a first priority, and that’s quite a project as I discovered when I went to lend a helping hand.

How do you bring order out of what appears to be total chaos?

Just where does all the stuff that comes out of boxes go?

What to do with furniture that fit spaces that are no longer available?  You have to believe there’s a place for everything.

Thinking that getting just one room in order would be an incentive to keep going, we did get the living room together, and it provided a calm oasis.

Outside, the challenges are just as great.  There’s plenty of brush to be cleared and stacked on a pile that will be burned when it’s not so hot and dry.

The girls are willing helpers and jump at every opportunity to drive their new tractor mower.

For the really hard tasks, the son-in-law has already bought a tractor and is excited to be the owner of a refurbished 1967 John Deere model which  made us all feel like we had gone country!

So the dream begins.  Remember, whatever your dream, chase it and make it your reality.

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18 thoughts on “Chasing the Dream

  1. Franklin is a nice little town and I know their home will be lovely once they are settled in. It looks like they have made a wonderful start.

  2. Hard word around here for sure, but a happy, fulfilling kind of hard work. Thanks for helping us get started. Brave of you to enter into such chaos. We look forward to many happy shared memories here! xoxo!

  3. What a fun new adventure and beautiful room! I used to dream of living on a farm, with chickens, cows & goats until I remembered my grandparents’ farm and how much work it was 🙂 Love the newly refurbished tractor!

  4. Wonderful and exciting! A lovely positive post. And the smiles say it all 🙂

  5. Billie Keirstead July 15, 2012 — 9:46 pm

    We just passed thru the State of Franklin yesterday on our way to pick up our granddaughter in Virginia. I thought it looked like a beautiful place. I think they will love country living, as we do when we are in our little town in NC. It’s a good life and I am so happy for them pursuing their dream. Oh, and that living room is just so charming.

  6. They are blessed to have your physical help and emotional support. Great progress. Love the finished room and family pictures on the tractor. Great shot!

  7. Delightful post! You are a nice mom to help out so much…I love your daughter’s living room.

  8. Thanks so much for your visit and knod comment about my Craft Room!
    I admire your daughter and her family for pulling up roots to go after what they really want out of life! That is a wonderful thing and congrats to them!


  9. Hey Linda,
    So glad your were able to see their dream and help them settle. God Bless. Terese

  10. Good luck to them! My nephew and his family left NY to go to TN too. She is a doc at St. Jude’s. They were here last week, they do miss their families, and the beach.
    They hope to move back one day.

    1. I’m thinking this move may have captured their hearts so it looks like we may be making more trips to Tennessee.

  11. Oh how wonderful, I love the tractor and all that goes with a fun!! The very best for the family in this wonderful place and with Lulu’s help it’ll look great in no time! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Certainly, the tractor represents the beginning of a new lifestyle!

  12. It looks like a beautiful place! May they make many happy memories there 🙂

    1. Already on their way to memory making!

  13. I’d say that looks like one very happy family getting started ( with Lulu’s help) on their exciting new future. What a wonderful place for Lulu & the rest of the family to visit!

  14. Do wish them luck from me! I think it’s great that they’re brave enough to follow their dreams, good for them! Maybe Celi over at The Kitchens Garden can help you? She and her husband started a farm etc and her blog is amazing.

    1. So good to hear from you and thanks for the blog tip. I’ve passed it on to my daughter.

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