Moving On and Moving Back

As I near the end of my degree, I’ve had to think a lot about what I want for my future. I’ll soon be beginning my ‘adult’ life, and I wanted to start making changes to ensure that I am living the happiest life that I can be. When I sat down to think about the greatest sources of unhappiness in my life, where I am living was the first thing that came to mind.

I was born and raised on the family farm. TheĀ landscape isĀ one that my family has looked upon for generations. I moved into the big city – at least it felt big to me – to attend university. I’ve been here for the past four years now, and I still haven’t found a sense of home. Edmonton is a great city, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t where my heart is.

I knew that I wanted nothing more than to be back on the farm. The peace and serenity is something that my country soul needs. My parents were thrilled to know I wanted to come back. Not only would I be close to them again, but all of my family as well. I can throw a stone from our farm and hit a cousin or an aunt or uncle in nearly any direction.

The one thing I wasn’t thrilled about was moving back in with my parents. I love them, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to move THAT far back. We came up with an alternative solution – one that would give me my own space but also allow me to be near to all my family. It was going to take a lot of work, but it was doable.

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This is where I lived until I was six. It’s across the property from my grandparent’s house, which is where my parents live now. When I first tell people that I’m fixing up an old trailer, I often get a puzzled look. It may not look like much, but to me the land that it sits on is a slice of heaven. Yes it’s a little – okay maybe a lot – run down and yes it isn’t new or fancy, but it’s mine and I love it.

Renovations have been coming along all winter now. There was a lot of structural things that had to be done. We put on a new roof, beefed up the insulation, and replaced sections of the floor. There’s a brand new furnace in there – now that the heat can’t escape – and that rotting deck is gone. With these major things finished, it’s now come the time for us to really get to work on the interior.

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As you can see, there’s a lot to be done before I can make a lasagna. I took these photos at the beginning of this past weekend, and we spent the long weekend listening to oldies and working away.

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There really is so much potential for this place. I can already picture my life here, looking out that big window at the barn and the fields. Nothing makes me happier.

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Also, look at the size of that bathtub! I see many bubble baths with candles, wine, and a book in my future.

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Not to mention the counter space in this ensuite bathroom. That’s right, I said ensuite.

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Possibly the thing I am most excited for – the closet. It’s huge. It extends far past that opening and there are those neat little built in drawers and the cabinet as well. Every girl’s dream!

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We did a lot this weekend, and it already looks drastically different than these photos – but I’m saving that for the next update! For now, I’ll leave you wondering what paint colours I’m going with.