A bend in the road

Our family, once again, is facing the prospect of moving house in a few months, and it’s going to be a major adjustment, as we’re going to live in a far more urbanized area than we wished to/expected to/considered part of our future. Some part of my heart is breaking within, as I realize we’re going to have to let go of a dream of greater space, solitude, and freedom… at least for a while. Rather than start a goat farm in the desert, as we had hoped for some time, we’re now preparing to move to the fringes of a small town, where we can consider ourselves lucky if we might still keep a few chickens.

Another big change is that we are leaving our beloved region of the Shomron, where we have lived ever since we married, and moving to a different area. Many of our friends are rejoicing in this prospect, especially following the brutal murder of our friend and neighbor, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, three months ago. I do have to say, however, that considerations of safety don’t have much to do with this decision. Our motives are more a combination of family, social, and financial circumstances.

I write more about this in my Mother Earth News post:

Life happens, and wherever we live, we can always practice simple living, DIY projects, reusing and recycling, and growing food at least on a small scale. Also, our journey is far from over, and who knows? In a couple of years we may find ourselves moving forward in the direction which we have been dreaming of for so long. Still, this present bend in the road finds me in a little bereavement, as I have to let go, for the time being, of a great and long time dream.
I will definitely give more updates on this as they come, and hope you all wish us good luck.
In photo above: a little town home surrounded by a beautiful garden. No, it isn’t going to be ours, but it’s something to aspire to. 

Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

10 thoughts on “A bend in the road”

  1. Anna: So sorry for you and your family. Just remember you are not giving up a dream – just putting it off a little longer. As you know we live remotely and have bears, mountain lions etc around frequently and others think we should live differently due to our age. My response is I would rather be killed by a wild animal than mugged or worse by some thug in a parking lot mall. Hang onto your dream and don’t give up on it because of present circumstances.

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  2. I feel your pain! We bought this house when we were married forty-three years ago, raised our girls here, and welcome the grandkids. We have a stream and woods – I can’t think of a better place to live and raise children. The Squire is no longer able to keep up with the property – we have two acres – and we really can’t afford to keep hiring local high schools student to mow and rake. The thought of moving away from here is heartbreaking. I understand very much what you are feeling! Hang in there and keep on praying.

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love G-d, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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  3. I am so sorry to hear this Anna…I hope you will find some hidden blessings after awhile in your new location. Mostly so sorry you must move so soon after a new baby!! I am nearing 66 now…and we have had to let go of most of our dreams over the course of the years…most were dreams like yours (that we were able to live for a little while). One tho’ we simply moved to this VERY small town in Virginia as we could not find anything else we could afford. We would have loved to have stayed longer than the 5 months we were there…but I feel those 5 months were the best 5 months of all our nearly 46 years of marriage…I would encourage you to keep your eyes open for the unexpected good things. Even ones you never asked for. At this stage of life, with our health issues and all, a good day to me is one I can find time to read a good book, or even a great weather day (we live on the edge of a rain forest…so mostly it rains). Blessings to you and your family dear! I will enjoy reading of your life wherever you go!!

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