PicMonkey-Collage-House-TourI totally feel a little Robert Frost-like today.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh.

Somewhere ages and ages hence…

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I….I took the one less traveled by.

And that made all the difference.”

It’s true.

We are walking on the road less traveled.  You know…the one with horse barns and cows and acres and acres of green pastures and hay trucks and miles of fresh air.

That road.

And I love it…..but did you ever wonder how we got here?

It’s simple.

We closed our eyes and held on tight to each other and stepped out on faith…..

…..and jumped.


I’ve told the story before.

And I’ll be telling it….“ages and ages hence.”

If you’ve heard it already….know that I adore you and your incredible patience.

If you are new here….I hope you enjoy our story.

I wrote this post is for everyone who ever dreamed about taking a leap into the unknown.

Family Room

This is the story of our dream.

You see….we lived in the hustle bustle world of a big city with all the lights and fanfare that a big city has to offer.  There were restaurants and shops and movies and plays and museums and malls and lots and lots and lots of stuff.

And everywhere you looked, there were people pushing and shoving and climbing to the top, arms overflowing with everything they could grab and hold onto.

And my husband was on the fast-track in a tall skyscraper in the middle of that big city with all of its fast-paced allure and overwhelming responsibilities.  And although we were happy with our hustle bustle lifestyle….we were so busy. 

Maybe too busy.

Too busy for each other.

Too busy for our family.


But amidst all of that busy….was a dream.

A dream of a place where life was simpler.

A place where our children could run and breathe and grow without all of the constraints of an overwhelmingly fast-paced lifestyle.

A place where the all of the busy and the hustle and bustle and the noise and the clamor could end in a screeching stand-still.


A place where you could see the star

Fireplace With Baskets But the merry-go-round was spinning faster and faster.

Life was becoming one giant blur, sailing by at lightning fast speed.

And we felt like we spent all of our time and energy just trying to keep up.

Gray Hutch

Then one day in church, the pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Just Jump.”  He spoke of listening to your heart and the Lord and if you felt like there was an insurmountable dream….you shouldn’t let the “no’s” overwhelm you….you should take a leap of faith…..

….and jump.

And we heard his words and they spoke to the very center of our hearts.

And we wanted to jump as far and as fast as we could.


But we were afraid.

We were so scared.

We couldn’t just jump off the merry-go-round.

Or could we? 


The doubts were swirling around and around in our heads.

But there it was…..a still small voice saying…..


Not “jump” in all caps, but “jump” in tiny, small, timid, little letters.


And so we did……

…..jump, that is.

We jumped from the hustle and bustle and busy to a still, quiet, beautiful countryside with acres and acres of land to run and play and….



It has been six years since that first jump and our family continues to grow and thrive.  The move has had its challenges and blessings.

Sometimes I miss the hustle and bustle.

I miss the convenience of a drive-thru diet coke.  And sometimes it’s a little hard when everyone knows your name (and all your business).

Truthfully, sometimes I miss the busy.

And then I walk outside on a crisp, clear, June night….take a deep breath….

…..and I see the stars.

PS  To see the rest of the house tour….click here.

PPS  My wonderful, incredible friend, Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage is having a link party today to showcase everyone’s house tours.

I’m also sharing this over at Kim’s.


  1. Image for Terry Terry

    I have always admired your home. It looks expensive yet welcoming and interesting in it's details. What a great story teller you are.

  2. Image for Mary W Mary W

    I love your home and your story. You are so brave for making the decision to leave the city and for actually doing it! It looks like it was such a wise choice for your family. Now will you please come to Michigan and fix my house?

  3. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    Well, I have visited you many, many times but had never heard your story. Thanks for sharing it- it is scary to take those leaps-how well I know. But....what a blessing the Lord had in store for you. I love it- xo Diana

  4. Image for Tammy Killough Tammy Killough

    I love your home...and your story. We have lived in the country since we married over twenty years ago. I don't regret one moment of bringing my children up on a farm. The memories and time spent there are priceless...and can't be replaced by any convenience of town life. You did the right thing...and your home is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!~Tammy

  5. Image for Melissa Melissa

    If you don't mind my asking, what kind of job did your husband have that you could just "jump" and move to the country? Did he keep the same job or was it a change in his occupation also? I so enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Image for Phyllis Phyllis

    Love your story and your home. I have some of the same white cups, plates, etc.with grapes on them. They belonged to my grandmother.

  7. Image for Angela Angela

    Such a beautiful home and a beautiful story! Everytime I read it, I just want to sit down with you and hear more details as I know there have to many more to tell. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend, Karianne!~~Angela

  8. Image for Jen (Arriving) Jen (Arriving)

    This has always been one of my favorite posts. Mostly because not everyone "gets" us. Heck, our kids want to outright throttle us right now as they are about to be taken away from the life they know for something only their parents can visualize. It's not easy taking that leap and it's even harder when your feet are still up in the air before they've hit the other side. But it's worth it. Every time it's worth it. But you get it. You totally get it. And that is a true comfort to me. Truly. ❈

  9. Image for Stacey Stacey

    Your home just amazes me! We've been in our current home one year and it seems that I'm so slow. How do you choose all of your accessories and where on earth do you find them out in the country?

  10. Image for Milisa Milisa

    I sooo loved reading your story again. I go to your blog every day!!! Not kidding :) I was born & raised on farm in Arkansas. Have never lived in a big city. You are such an inspiration. Have a great weekend!

  11. Image for Eileen Eileen

    I'd be curious to know if your husband switched occupations or if he commutes to the city? And I'd love to know the paint color in your room with the GROCERY sign. It's so soothing. I love the gray door with that color.

  12. Image for Susan Susan

    We've "jumped" a lot through the years with hubby's job and I know my life is enriched for it. How sad I think it is that when that voice says jump, some people hesitate. I've always looked at it as an opportunity to see another part of this beautiful country. Fingers crossed, we may make that jump again if we sell our home. Your home is so inviting, warm and welcoming. XOXO

  13. Image for Marty Walden Marty Walden

    I love this story no matter how many times I've read it. You have such a positive attitude but I know it wasn't easy or without fears. Your home is beautiful, your projects divine, but most of all, you are genuine and that's what we all love. Looking forward to my blog review next week!

  14. Image for Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)

    Oh sweet lady, we are similar. You will never regret jumping. The heart beats of our story is so much the same, but with a tiny different detour. We jumped from WI to NC with my parents and my brothers/spouses and bought land together. Our jump from the big suburbia living to a generational "homestead" is nearing two decades now. The Lord has seen us through many growing pains, but it's so exciting when the first of the "kids" (my niece) has just gotten married and wanting to pick out a place to build their own house on this jumping land of ours. I envision that crafting house with some of your grand babies in it. :) (But now, we're just getting ahead of ourselves.) It sure does go fast though, doesn't it?

  15. Image for Regina Regina

    Sometimes your posts make me giggle. Sometimes they make me smile, take a deep breath, and sigh with contentment. This was that time. Thank you for sharing of YOURSELF in your posts. Somehow, I think if you hadn't "jumped," we wouldn't have the joy of knowing you. :) Have a fantastic, sunshine-filled day!

  16. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    KariAnne, I never get tired of hearing you tell a story, or seeing your beautiful home. Do you write books, I think that may be a gift you've been given. Love all of your stories. You have such a wonderful quality about you, that just makes others feel good. Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. Jeannie

  17. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    What great story!! Your home is so gorgeous and welcoming, it makes me want to sit and have a glass of iced tea or wine and read a book. Cynthia

  18. Image for Debbie Holt Debbie Holt

    I love your posts, and your home. I have very similar tastes. What wall color did you use in the room with the "grocery" sign? I'm looking for a creamy color with yellow undertones and just can't find the right one.

  19. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I love your home and all that it inspires. We also made the jump almost eight years ago. From a DC suburb to an island on the Chesapeake Bay. We bought a house built in 1891. One day I hope it looks like yours! Thank you!

  20. Image for Steph Steph

    I love this! I have house dreams that I really hope happen some day and when the time is right, I think I'll just do what you did and jump right into my dream. Great post :)

  21. Image for Katie Ricker Katie Ricker

    Your house is one of my favorites in blogland. You have such wonderful taste. We have lived both lives and when it comes down to it I prefer the slower life and time with family. Nothing is more precious then time with those you love. Money is temporary status leaves but Family is forever. There are things I miss about living in a bigger city and things I don't and vise versa for a small town. God brings nice people wherever you are and it is a risk. At times I have felt like I was a corporate missionary going to meet and befriend people wherever the Lord took us. I don't like being so busy that I miss doing this because of such a demanding job. Your kids will remember your love and your time. I love your sign "I Hope You Dance" Can I ask were you got that from?

  22. Image for ZoeAnn ZoeAnn

    Thanks for sharing your story and your house. You are living my dream in the country... with horses in the back yard. ONE OF THESE DAYS PERHAPS. In the mean time I will live vicariously through your blog!!

  23. Image for Katie Katie

    What a beautiful and inspiring story! We moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta a couple years ago, but I don't think that jump was quite far enough and we are itching to jump a little further next time :) Thank you for sharing your story and your home. I really enjoy the stories you tell and the way you write. Have you ever thought about writing a book? ~Katie

  24. Image for Miss Charming Miss Charming

    I never tire of looking at your beautiful home, Karianne! It looks full of comfort and love. Great inspiration for following your dreams. I think that first step is the most difficult but "the jump" can surely be worth it!

  25. Image for Tausha Tausha

    You know that I love you, but know I love you even more! How did you know that we are battling with this very same thing! Thank you for sharing your heart today. You have made my day better. I so wish that we were neighbors-we would be awesome together! Happy Weekend!

  26. Image for chrissi chrissi

    I so love your story. My parents were "jumpers" and I pray that when we hear the whisper we will be brave enough to jump too. ♥

  27. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    I never tire of reading your story, Kari ~ the gift of a simpler life that you're giving your children is priceless and will keep giving back to you and yours forever. We're inching ever closer to our own JUMP as our kids are growing up and leaving us... our goal is a simple life to share with our someday grandbabies. :) In the meantime, could I come hang out with you for a spell?? ;-) xo Heidi

  28. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    You jumped through that hoop of fire and made it out to the other side of a bucolic life of family and home....and you have made such a beautiful home and life together with your hubby and raising your family "down the road less traveled"....Just love seeing your home Kari....Have a great weekend!

  29. Image for aimee steckowski aimee steckowski

    i adore you. no, really. i do. the leaps -- -taking those leaps and jumping out of faith. not knowing the road ahead or the outcome or the destination but letting God lead... because being in the wrong place is still being in the wrong place! love this story. so glad you share all of your stories.

  30. Image for Ahrisha @ JoyouslyLivingLife Ahrisha @ JoyouslyLivingLife

    Isn't the country wonderful? For all the reasons you listed. . and more. I have lived in both places and LOVE the country. My favorite part here in Lancaster County, PA. is the Amish horse and buggy's that pass by the house on a daily basis. The sound of horses hooves is still one of my favorites. Make it a great day, my friend. ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    1. Image for Tammy Tammy

      we jumped...and I know with all my faith that we will land softly with grace and in time, all will be right.

  31. Image for Lori Lori

    I'd read this story over and over... because truthfully getting to the busy of where we are is the furthest from our own dream but it's closer to home than we were... So I am waiting on the Lord to allow us that jump!! And I will wait and wait, for His timing is better than my own!! Enjoy your stars!! And as always your home is beautiful!!!

  32. Image for Erin Erin

    Two of my favorite quotes... Jump and the net will appear. Burrows “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” Goethe

  33. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Oh Karianne, you ALWAYS inspire me. This post is .....I don't have a word. I have to say though, that my HUBBY is the one who FINALLY jumped. I had been NAGGING him for at least 15 years to move. He HATED the idea. We had been in our home for 29 years, had COMPLETE privacy but I was LONELY!!!! Finally we did it, took that leap of faith and it IS the best thing we did in MANY years. Our story is not typical, lots of STORIES and baggage here...... so being here is GOOD for us. I love your story, your BEAUTIFUL home. and would be willing to BRIN G you the soda from the drove through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  34. Image for Pendra Pendra

    We are celebrating our 37th Anniversary this month and have just "jumped" or started a new journey into a new "forever" home to us... it is 44 years old and has not been decorated since then, so we are taking a BIG leap of faith that we are up to the task and have come a long way in a short amount of time, but I need to "Pendra-ize lots and lots more! Thanks for all your inspiration, there is not a room in your home that wouldn't be a dream come true for me! Hugs, Pendra

  35. Image for Vee Vee

    Gosh, a pastor could lose a congregation fast that way! = D Loved this story of how you came to be a country gal.

  36. Image for Heather @ new house new home Heather @ new house new home

    We made "the jump" two years ago from Toronto to a small town. We live in town so still have some of the conveniences like drive-through cokes, but the change has been immense. From corporate world flying all over the nation to full time home renovator, gardener and blogger. Life is grand.

  37. Image for kath kath

    How sweet and whimsical your description of your decision. Your home is staged beautifully, like a catalogue...so where do the kids live and touch things and spill things and make the memories? As a young mom, I wanted white furniture with jewel tone accents. My mother, now 91, warned me then: children never throw up where they are supposed to. So I switched to pretty chintzes when pregnant with my 2nd child, because she was right :) These pictures are such a lovely retreat and you are so creative, it encourages all your blog fans. So happy you get what so many of us would like, space, quieter living, and cleaner air. Blessings to you:)

  38. Image for Dianntha Dianntha

    I enjoyed your story. I know that when you hear that voice you have to follow and I know you are happy you did. Your house is so lovely. Dianntha

  39. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    We don't have a lot of things in my small town. But I wouldn't change it. I grew up in the hustle bustle of Southern California. With everything within arms reach. I don't miss it. At all. Life in my little town is just perfect for our family.

  40. Image for Trish @ Uncommon Trish @ Uncommon

    As just one of your raving fans, I can say that our lives have all been blessed by your "jump". Thank you for being brave, for taking a chance, for putting it all out there for us to see. You are one crazy amazing lady! Take care, Trish

  41. Image for Marty@A Stroll Thru Life Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Your home and your story are so interesting and such a fabulous reminder to listen to the still small voice of the Lord. I would love for you to link to my ongoing party "Inspire Me". - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/06/168th-inspire-me-tuesday.html This is truly an inspiring post. Hugs, Marty

  42. Image for Barb @ The Everyday Home Barb @ The Everyday Home

    You, my friend, are quite the awesome story teller. I just want to hear more and more. And when it comes to your house, well more is not enough either. How blessed you are to live in such a dream home. xxoo PLEASE come over and share your post at our Home{work} Wednesday Linky Party. :) xxoooooo

  43. Image for The Hill Hangout The Hill Hangout

    Your home is lovely and your story is even more beautiful. Sometimes the BUSY drowns out the still quiet voice of God. I'm still learning how to quiet myself so I can hear, while living amongst the noise and chaos.

  44. Image for Heather Heather

    I'm so glad you and your family took the 'jump' Karianne, not only for your family's happiness but also so that I could get to know you, my sweet friend!! 'Two roads diverged in a wood' is one of my personal favorite poems; being a military family we walk along the 'road less travelled' as well! It's a great road to be on in life! Your home is absolutely stunning KariAnne - every little detail, I can tell, you put a lot of thought into! Building such a cozy and gorgeous 'nest' for your family is a marvelous achievement, our families are the most important thing in life! xo Heather

  45. Image for The style sisters The style sisters

    I love this post...your story is inspiring...JUMP...love that! Your house looks so soothing and beautiful...you must love looking at it everyday. Come link up to centerpiece Wed. And share this post on my blog http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/06/dr-suess-party-and-centerpiece-wednesday.html Karin

  46. Image for Jan Jan

    Lovely story. We too jumped off the band wagon and found our little piece of the dream in Northern Michigan. It takes a lot of faith and a lot of brave, and for some reason, not everyone makes it. Congratulations on making it!

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