When Our Grapes Come In…

Two years ago, a lifestyle change? You would never have convinced me that our lives would take such a turn!

Back then, my hubby was employed in a well paying job, home educating was going smoothly, I even had all the children’s music lessons scheduled on 1 day (quite an accomplishment, as this was the most efficient use of time!). THEN….

Things began changing at the workplace and the question came up, “if we were ever going to make a life change–was now the time?”

Now to me, a change meant possibly going back to school (John not me!) or a company change. I never ever, and I mean never, dreamed that I would wake up saying “yes”  to a move across the USA to the high plains of west Tx to become farmers. Well, grape growing is a type of farming, viticulture to be more precise.

So, we put our house near Mobile, Al. up for sale, just in time to be too late. The market went downhill as soon as we did it!  Oh well, it has still not sold but I am sure there is someone, somewhere, that will see the beauty of living in a secluded pine forest, away from the busy city life in a large made-for-a-big-family house!  Where oh where are they?

Oh well, I find us now renting a small house (about 1400 sq ft) very close to the vineyard. I must admit though, the smallness is not so difficult to deal with as only having 1 bathroom! Now, maybe, to most people this would not present a problem. But, when you get 10 people, who have been accustomed to 5 bathrooms, faced now with only 1, day in and day out, it has its challenges!

The funny thing about this situation is, we are actually happy. I know it sounds crazy. But working together (and I mean hard physical labor) has been good for us as a family. I call this our “character building” time. There is such a feeling of personal satisfaction at the end of the day—if you can feel past the soreness of your muscles!

I find myself, surrounded by not only children, but 2 corgies, Sophie and Scruggs, a family milk cow, Buttercup, 2 calves that will eventually be milkers, and about 35 chickens. I say “about”  in reference to the chickens because they are difficult to count. I know a couple died and Buttercup stepped on one–she didn’t mean too!

You have probably heard the old saying, “when our ship comes in…”, well, our family saying has become, “when our grapes come in…”.

When our grapes come in, we plan to build another big house overlooking the vineyard. When our grapes come in…

Until then, though, we are enjoying our adventure together.

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  1. CHRISTINE says

    I like this post, Like you I moved accross country; Yes I make wine and Im growing grapes. just waiting till they come in (((HUGS)))

  2. bigguysmama says

    Wow, this is certainly an adventure! Your kids will certainly have tales to tell when they get older! Blessings to you and your family. I found you though the Mom Link Round Up.

    Mimi @ Woven by Words

  3. Dina-Marie says

    Thanks for the comment, Mimi. Yes, it has been and continues to be a character building adventure – for all of us!

  4. says

    Hello! I thought I left a comment here a long time ago, but maybe it never posted! We are similar in so many ways, yet so different. My husband and I are on our third year of planting our vineyard from scratch. We also moved to a home with one bathroom and I don’t feel that is enough for just the two of us!! And we just getting ready to start a family. We have loved it so far…and it has been an adventure. Looking forward to keeping up with you! I had some Texas Merlot a few months back and it was WONDERFUL! Are you planning to make wine too?


  1. […] Encouraging Development! For those of you who have been reading about our family’s adventure, I have an update. For my new readers, our family (with 8 children still at home) left our secure life in Alabama (with a paycheck) for an exciting life of starting a vineyard in west Texas (no paycheck yet!). This adventure started in Jan. of 2008 and if you would like further background on this adventure, please read “When Our Grapes Come In”. […]

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