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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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!


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.