LONG-story-a-little-less-long: On Sept. 8th, 2008 we became the owners of 15 acres of paradise with a rushing creek running through it, views, and hundreds of state acres bordering it; and all only 10 miles from Wasilla.
The icing on the cake (or it may arguably be the cake itself) is the relationship we've developed with Tom, the seller. Because he chose to not use a realtor, we've been doing the negotiating one-on-one. He's a live-off-the-land 68 year old bachelor. We have a lot in common and I thank the Lord for all the opportunities we've had to share with Tom our relationships with God, and that he's been in our home often enough to see that our faith is not a religion, but a way of living and loving.
So we signed papers this Monday and we all went in a bit of a caravan to the Recorder's Office, then Tom took us all out to dinner.
We plan to put our house on the market next spring and begin building after the ground thaws. Everyone is so excited about the new adventure we're embarking on, and I'm looking forward to all the hands-on real-life educational opportunities this means for my kiddos.