Where do we go now?? An exciting change of scenery.

eiffelAs I write this from the comforts of my bed, I cannot believe that tomorrow will make 1 month since me and the hubby got married. We have been so crazy busy with so much stuff going on that to be honest I completely forgot about it until I sat down to write this blog post! I am currently fighting off a nasty sinus infection and the hubs is suffering from a kidney stone. No Bueno. Needless to say our week has been interesting so far! I wanted to take time out to sit down and let my readers know where we are headed next, and what happens with the blog from here on out.

As most of you know, I have been phasing out my bridal business over the last year to do some soul searching. I have still had offers here and there to do a few weddings and I have to admit, weddings are totally my passion. If the right situation comes along then by all means will I still pursue it. I would like to concentrate more of my efforts on my blog more. I want to expand my audience and writing is something that I simply cannot live without. I wanted to update everyone on what we have been up to these past couple of months outside of the wedding. We were lucky enough to spend a lot of one-on-one time the 6 months before the wedding talking about where we wanted our futures to go. We both agreed that working traditional 9-5’s just wasn’t our thing and we wanted to find a way to connect more with each other and be totally centered. For the past year we have been in search of a new house. Well, not just a house really but a home for all of us. My current house is too small and the hubs house is in a different city about 30 mins away. We both agreed that we wanted to strip things down and simplify our lives but the more houses and subdivisions that we looked at, the farther away we got from that ideal. After trying to fit a square peg in a round hole for more than a year, we decided that what would be best for us is to build a house. So we started looking for properties that might work. We had two options really…..buy a smaller tract of land closer into town or venture further out and buy something a little bit bigger. We opted for the latter. farmThe husband’s family still currently owns a large farm and I grew up on one. My parents were organic farmers so I know a thing or two about working the land. After months of wrong properties, we finally found the one that truly spoke to us. But it hasn’t been easy. It’s been a month long fight to get it. The farm has been in this one particular family for over 4 generations and still has the original farm house on site. With over 50 acres there is plenty of room for my horses and a custom built farm house. We’re still trying to figure out what to grow although we are seriously toying with the idea of strawberries and sunflowers or doing something crazy all together, like running a local winery.  The thought has always appealed to me and I know the soil here in our state is fantastic for vineyards. We frequent several of them and have toured Hinnant winery in Pine Level and Biltmore in Asheville. I cannot wait for the both of us to feel better so that we can also tour Adam’s and Duplin. We’re trying to get as many ideas as possible to make the farm profitable again. Now granted we have one more hurdle to cross before it is officially ours but I just have this feeling that everything will work out just fine and we will be exactly where the Universe wants us to be. We just had the soil tested last week so it will be a few weeks yet before those tests come back letting us know the quality of the soil. The farm has stood empty since the last heir died 15 years ago but a local farmer was leasing the land to grow corn. So I know it can’t be that bad. As for the barns on the property now sadly they are too worn and termite eaten to save. We may attempt to save some of the wood from the big barn to either use in our new house or use as the flooring in the 100 year old farm house already existing on the property. It has stood empty for a very long time and has been very neglected. I am hoping that we can save it and remodel it for it to become either a home office or the tasting room for the winery. All of this is very stressful yet very exciting for us. I know nothing of wine making except that I love to drink it so my learning curve is very steep. I also know that it will take quite a few years working the land to get it ph balanced to grow vines in. Still, we are very happy about this little adventure that we are undertaking! We hope someday soon that the hubs will stop working full time and just be at home on the farm with me working. Not to mention we will have created this amazing legacy to pass down to our families once our time here on Earth is through. I’m so happy that we can preserve this family’s legacy and turn it into something of our own!

That’s what I’ve been up to in a nutshell. Hoping to get the green light for the farm in the next few days so that we can do a bigger blog post about it and post lots of pictures of the house and the land. This blog may change little bit over the next few months as we tackle this new project but I promise to keep things interesting! On to bigger and more exciting things for my new family!!!!

Many Blessings….Gigi

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