From So Cali to So Dako?

Yup.

We’re moving!

Was anyone REALLY surprised??

Where or where do I begin?? I’ve sat down and thought about this blog over and over and it wasn’t until today that I felt like I was ready to share. Share my feelings. With all of you.

So how was South Dakota?? In one word? Amazing. More then I could have ever anticipated! God’s country to say the least! Being in South Dakota gave life to my dreams. How many of us can say that they have had a dream in their head and then SAW it come to life?? Not many.

And what did the boys think?
They loved it! 
We even got to see Mt. Rushmore!
So how did all of this come about you say? Well, as you know my husband is FROM South Dakota. Born and raised. The military brought him to California. This was the first time that we’d all gone back as a family. This was mine and the boys first time meeting Rance’s sweet family! It was awesome! I fell in love with them instantly and it seemed as if we’d known each other a lifetime. I also fell in love with the lifestyle. Not only the beauty of the land but of the people. Example: We pulled over so I could snap a picture and within 60 seconds TWO cars (Yeah that’s right!) pulled over to see if we were ok and if we needed help!! Are you kidding me?? People just don’t do that here in California. I’m not saying that people are BAD in California but it’s just different back East. Every time you pass a car on the highway, you wave. Really??? Yes, really! I couldn’t believe it! The hospitality and the good manners…unlike anything here. It was exactly the kind of place that I’ve longed to live in since I was a young girl listening to my Grandma read Little House on The Prairie books to me. The kind of place you can raise children in that some innocence still exists in their environment! 
We are a Christian family and we believe that all things happen in God’s timing. If he wants something for our life, he will make it happen. And he made this happen. Initially Rance had some interviews he was going to attend while we were visiting but we weren’t confident that he would be offered any positions or that we would find a place to live etc. Not only did Rance get offered a great job, we also found a place to live! His cousin had been searching for someone to rent their home for months and gave us the keys to the house upon our first visit! 
See the trees way off in the background? That’s where our house is!!
These things just don’t HAPPEN!
A job, a house, family close by, a beautiful small town environment in God’s country all brought to the table within a short window of a vacation????
That’s the Lord, my friends. 
God’s impeccable timing.
Oh how my heart aches to leave California. My wonderful parents. My supportive friends. The only place I’ve ever lived or ever known. But….and it’s a big BUT, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to continue to be a stay at home mom to our children and live comfortably in a place where the cost of living is nothing like it is here in California (No state tax either!) and thrive on the land! We have been struggling so very much here. I’ve been praying for an end. An answer. A way that I could stay at home, HAVE a home, Rance could do a job he loves, live comfortably and in a beautiful place. That’s a tall order. An order that if we stayed here, could not be filled unless I started to work full time–minimum. And even then, at what price? How would our children suffer? It would be a sacrifice. People do it, sure. But if you ask any one of your friends if they had the choice to stay home with their children I know that they would, IF they could. In our times it’s just almost impossible to live on one income. We end up paying other people to raise our children so that we can provide a roof over their heads, put food on the table and maybe take an annual family vacation. We pass each other by and gives kisses on the cheek as we rush to work, school and soccer practice. We’re overworked and underpaid. We gain weight on quick-fix, fast food meals because we’re so beat at the end of our days that we couldn’t possibly think about cooking. Weekends are filled with running all the errands that we didn’t have time to get to during the week. Sunday nights bring a rush to get projects done with our kids that we didn’t find out about until the last minute because we haven’t SEEN them  to know it needed to get done! These are all just SOME of the things that happen when both parents work full time in a home. I don’t know about you but I want more. I don’t want to settle for “that’s just what people do” to live. I don’t want the hussle, bussle or the pressure to “keep up with the Jones'”. I want a simple life. Call me old fashioned but I want to be the mom who stays home with the kids, cleans, bakes and waits for her charming husband to come home. I want to sit down to dinner every night as a family and hear about everyone’s day. I want to do homework with my children and help teach them all the things that they need to know.
*sigh*
I really could go on and on.
I’m sure you get the idea and feel my passion here.
I’m excited!
What will become of the Vegan in me? Well, I hope to still thrive. I’ll admit that I did have some wild caught catfish from the Missouri River on our vacation…
Now before you Vegan police out there take me out and shoot me, just listen. I call myself a Vegan but it’s my goal to consume a 95% plant-based diet. If you can do that, your a Vegan in my opinion. Because in all reality, unless you consume primarily foods from home that you cooked or grew, you just don’t know. You assume that people are telling you the truth. When you eat out at a restaurant that offers both Vegan and Omnivore fare you are taking your chances. Was the veggie burger shared with a grill that just had a bloody burger on it?? Were those steamed veggies swirled in a little butter before coming to your plate?? Was that pasta made with milk or egg?? You DON’T know. So really, your in the same boat as me. And I don’t feel bad. I know that it was organic fish out of the river and out of the 365 days of the year, one fillet of catfish isn’t going to make a lot of difference. Not to mention that it’s free to fish where we will be living and the river is within walking distance…if push came to shove, I’d fish to feed my family if I had to! 😉 
All logistics aside, I’m thrilled to share this new journey with you! I can’t wait to write blogs on my quests to find local fresh produce, vegan friendly food and how I stock up for the winter. All the fun soups and breads that I intend on baking when the snow is falling down all around. The beautiful pictures I’ll share of Fall as the leaves change and the air gets crisp. The sweet rosy cheeks of my boys playing outdoors during the holidays. It’s gonna be a long road and I need all of your support. Your in for a ride…my challenges, triumphs, breakdowns, prayers and recipes. It’s gonna be awesome. Are you as ready as I am?
Let’s do this!
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Gen says:

    I love you Reyna and will miss you greatly. I am very excited for you. This is an amazing opportunity for you and your family! Best wishes to you.

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  2. Thank you, Gen! I love you and will miss you. Anytime you want to vacation on the wild frontier you're welcome! 😉

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  3. Lady Nitro says:

    Hi Reyna, it's Donna from the e-mail the other day. What a wonderful opportunity for you! I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom for the first two of my three kids and it was great. Small town rural living is a great way for kids to grow up! Looking forward to reading all about your wonderful new adventures. Oh, and I made the Mexi-Asian wraps and they were a huge success!

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