Saturday, April 11, 2015

Moved to Texas, y'all

I'm starting up my blog again, moving "Raising the Rhyne Brine" ( >> THIS BLOG IS MOVING !!! << and starting fresh at "Rhyne Farm" ( 
This blog post has better pictures on the new site... please visit and follow me there! 
I haven't blogged in 2.5 years, YIKES! See my last post here! We have been so busy, remodeling the Seattle house, selling it, and packing up and moving to Texas.  Life has been a complete whirlwind. 

Well, to sum it up, back in 2010, we moved into a tiny 920 sq ft cottage house built in 1916.  It was old and so gross.  We had 3 children at the time, Carter was 4, August was 2, and Luella was 6 months old.  Magnolia was born 1 year later. Four children in such a tiny house in a city that didn't stop raining was quite a challenge.  Add a never-ending remodeling disaster to the mix, and a husband building a web app company from home, it was nuts.

  It took us 3 years to get the place in tip top shape and sold in 3 days with a multiple offer bidding war.  It was great but crazy.  We had to pack our whole house into a moving POD, to be shipped to a storage facility in Texas, and we packed up our minivan with clothes for 2 weeks and headed to Texas, plans for the first 2 weeks in Texas, but no clue after that.  We found the most gorgeous piece of land, 14 acres, small cottage, 2 huge barns, and a little guest house and made an offer 5 days after stepping foot in Texas.  It took us 6 months to close with the bank because it was such a unique property, half finished cottage, and multi-residence, (I'll talk more about that later), but it was so worth it.  I designed an addition for the house, we found a builder, who turned the cottage into a real home (blog more on that process later too)... but we are back in the blogging atmosphere.  We have 29 chickens, a fully furnished 3 bedroom guest house, an outdoor kitchen/ bbq, and are hoping to get a garden going soon.  
I'll talk more about our actual move, living in a 2 bedroom apartment with 8 people for 6 months, the struggle with the banks to finance our dream, living in the guest house, building the dream, and everything else that we've been up to!

I'm so glad you came to visit. I hope you can really come to visit us soon! (See our guest house here) We'd love to have you!

If you are going to be dreaming anyway, DREAM big!