I have always been the one in the family that was born in the wrong generation...I'm June Cleaver in the modern world! I have always wanted to be a mom, I sew, crochet, make my own blankets, make some of my own clothes, make the kids' play clothes, make my own curtains, wear aprons on a daily basis, grow a garden, love the country, etc. I'm not a materialistic kind of person...unlike the rest of my famiy! I have always wanted to be a mom and a wife. My husband recently decided he wanted chickens, so we agreed to get three. Well, long story short, we now have 26 chickens! Yep, 26...far from the 3 we had agreed on! Any way, now that we have chickens I can't stop thinking about moving to a hobby farm or ranch some place! If I could do it, I would sell everything we own TODAY, pack up and hit the road! I did that once before, about 14 years ago, and absolutely loved it! My husband and I are both Veterans and are so used to the traveling that we just want to be 'free' again. We want to live off the land, stop and smell the roses and raise our children in a place where people are pleasant and appreciate the finer things in life, a place where your hand-shake is your word and you can allow your children to have a little freedom without having to follow them up the street while riding their bikes. I found a house today that needs lots of fixing up, it's in a town of 300 people and it's only $15,000! I desperately want this house...heck any house with a few acres surrounding it...but I know if I sold everything we own I wouldn't even come close to having $15K!!! Like I said, we are simple people and don't demand the material things lots of people have today. We are soooo close to being out of debt; not including the van or the house we only owe $5,894.48!!!! The problem is I get so sad when I think of having to spend one more minute living in the city near our families who think we are 'hillbillies' and don't talk to us much because we don't want to be like the Jones'. Any advice on how to lift my mood, accept that we HAVE to live in the city or how we can get the heck out of dodge in a hurry! I would be happy to go to work but we just can't afford $2,000 a month for daycare! My children are my life and not only can I NOT afford that kind of money for daycare, but there are so many weirdos in the world that it's not worth letting someone else raise my kids just to live in the country.