Okay okay - I said I would post this last week and failed. One unexpected downfall of moving to the country is no access to Internet. SERIOUSLY. It's completely a first world problem and I adjusted - but man that was not something I anticipated!
We each have our own personal reasons for leaving New England. I will certainly share those individual reasons at a separate time. As we are a married couple - we make decisions together and these are the main reasons that overlap ...
1. We both have the same vision of how we want to live our lives.
Matt was raised on a small-town farm. Think Garden. Chickens. Pigs. Canning. It's truly a part of who he is.
I always loved the outdoors and animals (not including winter or insects). Matt taught me about the way he grew up ... Garden. Chickens. Pigs. Canning. ... And I have been in love ever since.
We both share the dream of a farmers life - growing our own food, eating eggs from our own chickens, and having fun on our own land.
This is the most important reason - we share this dream.
2. We love nothing more than hanging out at home.
For better or for worse - Matt and I love being at home. Not small apartment with no grass and crazy neighbors that you have to share the driveway with kind of home. A house with privacy and space to stretch out. Freedom to have our fun: have our friends over, cook outside, blare our music, stamp around the kitchen, rip our quad, drink our beer, plant a garden, shoot (Matt's) guns, have chickens, and allow our dog to run free without concern for offending others ...
Don't get us wrong, we love a good night out at a local bar or great restaurant with our friends ... And those are all a quick drive down the road or a 20 minute shot up the highway. But we will take a night in the kitchen cooking our favorite meal and drinking our cheap wine while listening to country music over dinner and drinks in the city any night ...
You may be saying to yourself "Sure. Those things sound great. But Kansas??"
3. You cannot get this in New England.
Let me say that again. What Kansas has to offer cannot be found in New England. One fact that cannot be ignored is the cost of living in Massachusetts (and all of New England) continues to rise. If Matt and I were to purchase this exact house with this amount of land in the area that we wanted (Southeastern MA) we would be looking at houses a minimum of triple what we paid in Kansas ... or, we would be sacrificing how we want to live and raise our family.
There is also something very special and unique about the area we moved to, about 50 minutes south of Kansas City. Matt came to know it over 20 years of visiting and hunting with his best friend. I fell in love after a few short years of traveling with Matt. The people are selflessly kind. The pace of life is slower and simpler. The air is cleaner. And the beauty of the heartland is unmatched. There is a sense of peace and calm out here that one can only understand through experience.
We both know we will forever hear the New England vs. Kansas debates. One thing we are grateful for is that both our families still live in Massachusetts. This allows us to continue to visit the area we grew up in while we plant our roots in the heartland. You can take the guy out of Boston but you can't take the Boston out of the guy!
Our friends and family are always welcome to the farm ... And hopefully will leave with greater love and appreciation for the flyover state we call home ❤️