Country Living - Are you cut out for it?

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A portion of our back yard, we have 49 acres mostly forest with many walking trails. 

If I am being really honest when I shared with my family my plans to move out to the country with Branko they all rolled there eyes in disbelief.

"You are not cut out for the country!!"

Who gets to decide that?? Nobody will know if they are cut out for country living until they try. I knew I had to give it a chance. Branko's first home was much smaller with only 2 1/2 acres of land and small house. He did most of the outside yard work and I helped with mundane things like gardening. 

When we moved to the new house it was pretty clear I would have to step up my country living skills! I cut the lawn for the first time on our riding lawn mower. I can actually admit (shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh don't tell Branko) it was relaxing! 

My current biggest helping hand is to ensure the firewood is stacked under the porch. Branko does so much that it's important I help where ever I can. Funny enough, I find this oddly relaxing as well. I kind of hate when he does it. He doesn't stack the wood neatly like I like too and that drives me a little bananas. It's so quiet here that doing this work provides me with some much needed exercise and time to reflect. 

The reason I wanted to share these thoughts with you today is because I always get asked..."so do you really love it out here"....and my answer will forever be YES. If you have any doubts about moving to the country whether it be the yard maintenance or commuting or how your kids will get to school OR gasp where do you get your groceries, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email. I am more then willing to share tips I have learned over the years that has made living in the country the same as living in the city.

Lastly.......DO your research! If you found a home you love test it out early one morning to see what the commute might be like or drive to the closest town and check out the local shops. 

Now for some fun I made a little video so you can all have a little laugh and in an upcoming post I will share some of my favorite outdoor gear to ensure I am always warm!