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View of a crane lifting cement panels into place for the basement of Mike and Sheilah Reskovac's new home Mike and Sheilah Reskovac
FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE: Mike and Sheilah Reskovac live about five miles away from their farm right now but have finally begun building their new home right next to their farm.

Building a new home for our growing family

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac broke ground on their new home last fall.

Mike: We bought our farm in April 2015. Since then, we have been hoping to build our house on the property.

Currently, we live about five miles away in a small patch town. At first, living away from the farm wasn’t bad. But over the past few years it has become a bigger inconvenience, especially since we’ve had children.

After Cole was born, it took me a while to realize just how much more time it took to bring him over to the farm. I would come home and ask Sheilah to come with me or tell her I wanted her to get out of the house. I’d tell her I’d be ready to go in five minutes, and she’d just give me a look.

I soon learned that if I wanted this to happen, she needed more notice and I needed to plan a little more on my end. Apparently, coming home and expecting her to go with me five minutes after she laid the baby down for a nap was out of the question. Not to mention the stuff that we had to take along: diapers, bottles, toys, pacifiers, blankets, a hat, extra clothes, a stroller.

When she started to ask how long we would be gone, I would get a little annoyed. “Does it really matter?” I would ask. The answer was how many diapers, bottles and toys do I need to keep him entertained?

I’ve gotten a lot better. I soon learned that a simple trip to the farm requires as much stuff as if we were going anywhere else.

I should mention (admit) that I took the boys with me once and forgot everything. Everything.

Luckily, I had a few odds and ends in my truck that got me through the trip. Since then Sheilah has bought me a diaper bag to keep in my truck with extra supplies, should I forget again.

Sheilah: With the addition of Caleb, the list didn’t get any smaller, only bigger: Cole’s blankets and stuffed bunny (he won’t leave the house without them), cup, snacks, hat, sunglasses (even if it’s just a little bit sunny), sunscreen, extra clothes for those potty-training accidents, blankets, toys, stroller, hat, coat and diaper bag. If I had a dime for every time I said, “This would be so much easier if we lived here,” our mortgage would be paid off!

Last summer, everything finally lined up and we were able to get a loan to start building our home. We broke ground in October and have been watching the progress unfold ever since.

View of Mike and Sheilah Reskovac's new home with exposed exterior walls and new roofBUILDING FAST: The house that Mike and Sheilah Reskovac started building last fall now has a roof. Soon they’ll be able to step out of their home and right onto the farm, rather than drive five miles.

At times it seems to be going fast and at other times it seems like we’re watching paint dry, but one thing is for sure: Soon we’ll be able to step out of the house, onto the farm and not have to have a million things with us. Maybe just one or two!

Sheilah and Mike Reskovac and their sons farm near Uniontown, Pa. Check out all of their "Two Hearts, One Harvest" blogs.

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