We have decided to move back to Washington State to the Kettle Falls area. We’ve had some unfortunate things happen to us from the first days upon the purchase of our home (and with the purchase of our home) and over the course of the past year. We have just come to the conclusion that people and things are no different in Iowa, Pennsylvania or Washington State. Where different States used to be quite diverse from other States 100 years ago, by culture, ethnicity and religion, it no longer holds. We see the common culture that binds most people together here in America has to do with the television, movies, clothing and the places ventured on the internet. So, after going through most of the country last year and spending one year here in Iowa, we’ve come to the conclusion that it really is all the same.
Now we’re excited to get back to what’s familiar to us as I’ve been in Washington all my 42 years and Matthew from California for 26 years. We’re looking at an area that’s on what they call the “sunny side of the State about 7 1/2 hours from where we lived in Washington last year. There are mountains and valleys, lots of trees, a nice low humidity Summer, lots of snow in the Winter and a very hearty land for growing just about anything you want in the Summer. We are moving in less than 2 weeks from this home on March 15th and will be staying in a apartment temporarily as we look at 2 homes in that area (2 1/2 hours from Spokane) and then wait to close on one of the homes. Here are some pictures of Kettle Falls and the area:
Kettle Falls only has a population of 1,500 people and the nearest larger town of around 4,500 people that has a Walmart is only 12 miles away. People up there are largely into growing their own vegetables, meat and milk and using their own fiber for knitting, etc… We miss having a home as we did in Washington and just have never felt like it was home here. We used to raise turkeys, ducks and a few cattle here and there. We just do not have the room here outside in the barn or with the irregular, hilly land to live as we used to in Washington. My kitchen is about half the size here and I struggle with making room for the vegetables and things that they bring in the back door to wash up for the freezer. We’ve looked at many homes last year that were fairly cheap and would give us an extra $500 a month in our bank account, but we found that they needed extensive work such as new windows or the floors were quite crooked and we would end up paying such an extensive amount of money on some of these older homes that it just wasn’t worth it. So, we are looking at something that fits our lifestyle more. We’re looking for a real farm again and with a kitchen to support it. Being nestled in a community that is not apt to grow much over our lifetime, we hope to meet some good people to work with and some others to fellowship with too.
So, keep us in your prayers. We’ll take pictures on our way back home and I’ll post some here and there as I am able. We know what we’re in for and while things worked very well on our travels and wait for the home to close last year, I’m hoping it will only go smoother and we will never have to do this again. : ) It will be good to go home again.