She went to Penrose, Colorado, a small, unincorporated town 45 minutes south of Colorado Springs, to a five acre piece of irrigated land with her husband, two boys, six goats and two dogs.
She is me. I am her. I am The Goat Cheese Lady, beginning Chapter 2 of the life I am fortunate to be living with the family and animals I am grateful to have.
This new beginning is leading us down a road that we are confident will be the best for ourselves, our marriage, our family, our business, our finances, our stress level and our smiles. We are now the 100% complete, hands down, debt-free owners of our 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1080 square foot house, and barn complete with five acres of currently-used-as-a-hayfield land irrigated with snow melt runoff from Pikes Peak.
But the question begs to be asked:
If you were ever in our last house and enjoyed the breathtaking view, you might just enter our new house and secretly wonder…WHY on EARTH did they give up the spacious, window-laden, deck-skirted house they had to move HERE?
I hear you, and I might ask myself the same question if it weren’t for one simple fact:
1. Our mortgage payment was $2300.00 per month at our 1 1/2 acre farm and 3400 square foot house in Colorado Springs. (aka: the old house). You read that right: $2300.00. (Which, as a side note…we paid on time every month we lived there…to answer the question my son’s friend asked….”did anyone ask you to move?”….No. We made a grown-up decision to live WITHIN our means, which meant choosing to move.)
One of our goals in life is to be DEBT-FREE.
By selling our house and using the equity to BUY this house and land…without a loan…with cash…all-money-down…we are now free of personal debt. And we plan to stay that way.
Some other reasons we chose to move…We didn’t have enough space to increase our herd size to 15, which is what we want to start a cheese creamery. There wasn’t room for horses at the old place. We wanted more land.
We have lots of plans for our new farm, I’ll share them with you in the near future. We also plan on having classes again, and I’ll let you know more about that too.
Keep your eye out for future posts on: How We Moved Our Farm, Cooking With My New Pressure Cooker, Moving In, Fixing Up, Downsizing To A Small Kitchen, Converting The Hayfield To A Food Forest, Starting Up New Chickens, Starting New Ducks (a first time experience for me!), Kidding Season (coming soon!), and Introducing Our New Goats!
It’s good to be back, and I’ll look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon!
– The Goat Cheese Lady