It’s time to share our news and plans for our recently purchased 25 acres of property! See it and hear it all in this video we had made to give you a glimpse into our dreams.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided NOT to share this. I mean, it is one thing to dream bigger than your britches, and another to share that dream with the world.
I’m sure there will be critics who say such a big venture is impossible or a really bad idea. I’m sure we will have plenty of setbacks that I will then have to explain. I can bet revealing our plans will invite opposition into our lives. But if there is one thing I’ve learned from 99% of my readers and followers, it is that you guys have my back.
Opening up and being vulnerable on this blog has almost always brought about encouragement and hope from you all! It is for that reason that I’ve decided to share it all! Whether it all comes to pass or not, I’d like to take you along for the ride. Whether our dreams come to reality or not, I want to encourage you to dream no matter what.
I invite you to watch this video below and discover what our land looks like (when not covered in snow) and listen as we explain the hopes and dreams we have for this beautiful 25 acres of land, that came about by nothing short of a miracle.
I’ll transcribe our talking points below, but I would really love you to also get the full effect and connect with our imperfect selves in this video!
TIDBITS “DREAM BIG” VIDEO
CAMI: It feels so vulnerable to share such a big dream with the world. I mean, it’s possible this is a really bad idea and we could fall flat on our faces . . . but I think we’d rather fail then live our whole lives with this dream and never do anything about it.
KEVIN: We’ve invested everything we had into buying 25 acres of property. It’s really the most incredible land. It’s sitting right against some incredible Utah mountains. There is wide open space along with hillside, trails, brush and trees, all overlooking the valley floor.
CAMI: The dreams we have for this property are so much bigger than a home. Way bigger than our budget, feels bigger than us. But because of the events that have led up to this, I have to believe our dream isn’t bigger than God.
KEVIN: We’ve really been working towards this dream for over 2 years now, when the first idea and desire came together. It was nothing but dead ends for a long time.
CAMI: We took our first big leap of faith, perhaps trusting too much in a “hot housing market”, moved into a rental home and put our house up for sale. Well, after 6 months of 2 house payments, we started to really second guess ourselves.
KEVIN: There was one particular night where both of us were so discouraged. We thought long and hard about moving back and giving up, or taking a different path. Little did we know we would wake up to a full price offer on our house, and unlike the first offer that fell through, it closed without any problems.
CAMI: We were thrilled, of course, but still without hope on the main thing we needed to really go after our dream. Property.
KEVIN: Nothing was working out. I was calling farmers, investors, cold calling and talking to as many people as I could that might have connections to land. Then finally, this land came about in the most unexpected way, at the perfect time, and at a price we could actually afford.
CAMI: It’s absolutely perfect for what we hope to do.
CAMI: Being a Interior Design and DIY blogger, I plan to take my readers and followers along for every step of the way. I just thought it might be a good idea to explain our dream and hopes, so it will make more sense when I tell them we are going to build a tiny pole barn to live in on our 25 acres.
KEVIN: While we do intend to build our forever home on this land someday, the main hope is to build a venue. A place for a variety of events and gatherings. To make this happen, we might have to sacrifice some of our own comforts for awhile.
CAMI: The way we see it, this is going to have to all happen in 6 phases. This all could take us 5 years. 10 years, I don’t know. We are just excited to start and hope to find plenty of joy in the journey – alongside the hard work ahead of us.
CAMI: Okay. So phase 1. We need to get out of our rent payments as soon as possible, so phase 1 is building a home . . . a small home . . . okay . . . a barn.
KEVIN: Cami is making it sound worse than it will be. We will basically be building a one level home using post beam construction and purchasing a pole barn kit for the exterior. This is actually a very affordable way to build a home, and getting more and more popular. With Cami’s eye for design, I think we can pull of a very nice, comfortable home to live in for awhile. Once we build our actual home, it can easily be converted to a studio, workshop or a rental.
CAMI: All of this will definitely entail a lot of DIY – which will be great for the blog!
Phase 2 is the venue, and we’ve picked the perfect spot for it where it has an incredible mountain view and valley view. Our main goal for this building will be to allow a place for retreats, reunions, possibly weddings and other special events. We just mainly hope it can become a place for learning, connecting, training, healing, celebrating, creating – really just be a blessing in the lives of many. It’s going to be a big endeavour, that we really have no idea how we will pull it off . . . but we are sure going to try.
KEVIN: Phase 3 is going to happen as soon as I can get it going. We want to take a few acres of this land and plant lavender. Not only will it add to the beauty of the land, but the harvest might also help us provide the means to do other things.
CAMI: Phase 4 will be an outdoor venue of sorts, just building off of the first venue and providing a variety of options for the types of events people might want to hold. Where we live, there seems to be an imbalance. There are many churches and civic centers where events are held, which aren’t always super glamorous, and then there is the other end of the spectrum where there are a few very nice, very pricey places to book. We hope to meet somewhere in the middle, and provide a beautiful, affordable, and unique gathering place. A place to meet both local needs and be a destination point for an incredible country experience.
KEVIN: If things go well, and we have room to grow, phase 5 will bring in a handful of small cottages to suit overnight stay and offer more commodities to the venue itself.
CAMI: If we are not too old to care or too worn out after all that, we will build our home. The home we’ve dreamed of to raise our children, who will hopefully not all be out of the house at this point! That’s phase 6.
CAMI: We’ve decided the greater purpose in all of this is really, to teach our kids to go after their dreams. Teach them to work, to serve, and to hopefully grow closer together by working and serving together. There is also a part of me that hopes to use this to make my work come alive. As much as I love my online job, I’d much prefer to create real tangible experiences to inspire others on a much deeper level. And Kevin has always had a great desire to homestead, build, work the land – all these things combined has created this dream inside of us.
CAMI: I told you it was a big dream, and I’m scared to death to put this out there. But God has moved mountains and worked mighty miracles in our hearts, so unless we get the promptings to take it another direction, I have to believe this is the path He wants us to take. I have to believe that all this is possible and that dreams are worth chasing.
Thank you so much for taking the time to discover our plans and dreams! I hope you’ll stick around and watch as we work towards our big plans. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below! Feel free to share a dream you have, so I can cheer you on too!
A huge thanks and big ol’ shout out to a sweetie whom I just adore, a girl who was my favorite kiddo to babysit growing up, and whose talents and creativity never cease to amaze me. Video and images all done by Shey, of https://www.sheyallenfilms.com/