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  1. Cherylyn says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I can relate in so many ways. With a husband who suffers from chronic health issues it seems like we never even get enough room to breathe financially. We have 5 kids and wouldn’t trade them for all the money in the world. Big families are awesome and they make my life worthwhile. You’re doing great, and your post makes me feel better knowing that I’m not the only one who doesn’t indulge in the instant gratification we see all around us.

  2. Bethany C says:

    Amy, I am so impressed by your plan! It’s similar to mine (except somewhere in there I want to throw in, “Go back to school and get Ph.D; Write a book; teach again”), and you are way ahead of where I was at 24!
    You’re not “stuck” in Phase 1– you’re still working through “Research and plan for the future, store up knowledge”– and that is a good place to be!

    I sometimes get discouraged that my life has taken me so far from academia. I love my children, but there are times (like last night– I was reading a philosophy journal online and I felt so “left out,” if that makes sense) when i am so impatient for a time when I can also be doing something else. Alas, I have felt that way my whole life, and I’m realizing what a fruitless feeling it is. I’m trying to remind myself that this time has a purpose, and it’s purpose is not ONLY to love my children and raise them well but also to prepare me for whatever comes next in my life; I truly believe that everything has a purpose and is working together for good in my life. The challenge is to live that way.

    You’re doing SO well; I am so sorry about your crazy neighbors who are making stage 1 a lot less pleasant than it should be :(

  3. Kelley says:

    You have so much wisdom; I love reading your blog because you are able to put into words so much of what I’m thinking already. I love your 5-step plan. I actually would like to adopt parts of it because it just makes so much sense.

  4. Danielle says:

    I’m so glad you wrote this–I’m feeling the same way lately. I want our family to move forward so much (including more babies!) but there are things that need doing first, and like you, a lot of that involves money. It’s so hard to be patient some days, but I know it’s for the best. I hope you are able to move into a bigger (and friendlier) house soon!

  5. Morgan says:

    To echo everyone else so far-I feel the same way! Our life has been so up and down the last two years and now we’re stuck in a waiting game too. I’m sorry your neighbors are wackos!!! Hang in there!

  6. Kirstie says:

    I feel the same way too, and am the same age. Sometimes I just have to tell myself that I’m only 23 and that I can’t have it all yet. I have so much time left, but I want this roomy house filled with kids now. I want to be able to stay at home with my children, but there is no way we could survive financially if I did. I am praying to win the lottery one of these days haha.

    It makes me feel so much better to know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    It will happen. Maybe not anytime soon, but it will eventually.

  7. beth says:

    ever read dr suess’ oh the places you’ll go? my daughter used to freak out when i got to the “waiting place” part of the book. yet here we are still waiting 6 years since i first read her that book. . but gathering knowledge and experience where you’re at is most likely essential for success in phase 2. at least that’s what i keep telling myself, also “stuck in phase 1” of similar goals. if you can let go and “homestead” in a (sub)urban setting, the other phases will come. our goals are similar except the farm is a community effort in our vision. 1 warning: things fall into place quite nicely sometimes & opportunity passes without us knowing it was there. always keep your heart and eyes open, and keep breathing even when life threaten to take your breath away with it’s infinite wonders. if we all keep working at these goals perhaps our paths with cross, in a pasture to take out the cows! ha.

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