FMF: My Homes Before Now


I’m participating in the Five Minute Friday challenge to write on a prompt for five minutes. Kate said “Before”.

It’s Time to Move

We recently learned that our townhome was to be put up for sale and since we weren’t in the position to purchase, we find ourselves having to move to a new place. We have found a place now but have a few weeks yet before it will be ready for us to move in.

This townhouse was such a Godsend for us. Being music lovers, we were thrilled to find that it was in the Harmony Community. A scripture that confirmed it as our home was Psalm 133:1

How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!

Harmony Townhome

I did some counting to see how many places I have lived before now. Yikes! It looks like this will be home number 17!

“So where did I live before?” you may ask. “I thought you were a farmer’s daughter. That doesn’t seem to be something that would move around a lot.”

Where did I live before?

Well, I’m married to a pastor. It turned out that we moved about every 3-4 years. Sometimes, we moved into temporary housing until we found something “Permanent”. Here are the places we lived before now.

  • 1990 Barnesville, GA (just south of Atlanta)
  • 1990-1992 Rossville, GA (Just south of Chattanooga, TN) [2 homes]
  • 1992-1997 Savannah, GA
  • 1997-2003 Milwaukee, WI
  • 2003-2015 Moultrie, GA [2 homes]
  • 2015-present Savannah, GA [retired]

Before marriage, I worked in Columbia, SC

I moved into an apartment for a year, then housesat for a summer before moving into a house with 2 friends. All about the same year our lives went in different directions. I met Michael, so I moved in with a friend until the wedding.

As a Farmer’s Daughter

It seems odd that we would move around as dairy farmers but it did happen. When Dad graduated from Ohio State University, he became an agriculture agent in Wooster, OH for a few years before returning to the farm with Grandpa.

Before I was born, my parents, brother, and sister moved into The Bishop Place, adjacent to the home farm place. Grandpa had purchased this as a rental property. We lived there about 3 years until the Kyle farm was rented, where we stayed until moving into the homeplace farmhouse in 1966 or ’67. This house has the majority of my childhood memories, especially since it was my grandparents’ home before it was ours.

Ohio Farm
Ohio Family Farm
Wisconsin Farmhouse

We moved the farm to Wisconsin in 1975. And the home farm was sold at that time. It was never an active dairy after that. The barns have been gone for years. Just this month, we learned that the house was being torn down. It’s sad because it had a lot of memories for all of us and it really was quite a historical home as well. (First farmhouse with electricity and running water west of the Alleghanies) Mom and Dad gave me some details which I shared on my memoirs blog. CLICK HERE

Mandy Farmer

P.S. I lost track of time. Kept getting interrupted. 🙂

About Mandy Farmer

Pastor's Wife (retired) &  Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.

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6 Comments on “FMF: My Homes Before Now”

  1. I’ve lived in many places,
    moved from town to town;
    did I leave some traces
    that were all my own?
    Does something there remember me,
    the paths on which I walked.
    the wild hell-raising ministry
    and the quiet times I talked
    of the things that I held dear,
    the Christ-life deep within,
    the joys and, yes, the mortal fear,
    the virtue and the sin?
    Are there yet fields I first plowed,
    or did I pass, a silent cloud?

  2. I have lives in nine homes. One I counted twice as I moved out of my parents home and then back into my parents home a decade later. It is interesting to take a walk down memory lane and remember all the homes I have lived in before. I hope you have a lovely day!

  3. I have found that though moving is a lot of work. I have liked that I have lived many places and know lots of people. I still have connections in all these places and I love that.

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