When our children were younger, we took the plunge and moved out of town and into the country. We were blessed to have 5 acres and no real neighbors so that we could "be" however we wanted to be. It was peaceful and beautiful.
Once that time was past and we had to move, we again were blessed to find a home on 5 acres to rent that was not quite so far out of town, but still far enough to be considered "out there".
We've been pondering this a lot lately, however, because we are finding that as the kids get older and are doing many more things out of the house than before (oh, things like work, college, social activities, sports), living "out there" really has its drawbacks. When you look at both sides of the coin, it really is hard to justify living in the country at this stage of our lives, but the thought of being back in a town, or a subdivision even, is just so hard to swallow once you haven't had neighbors for 10 years and have had as much room to roam as you want.
The way I see it, there are positives and negatives to both sides. Living in the country, you get space, and more space, and no neighbors that can hear you being a family, room to roam, and a lot of space (did I mention that already?). So, to summarize, once you've had space, it is hard to give that up. And I don't mean interior space, although that is hard to give up, too. I mean the outside space, where you can laugh and sing and dance as loud or as long as you want to without anyone seeing you (not that we do that all the time, mind you). Oh, and usually it is a bit cheaper to find housing "out there".
The downside to the country is that everything is usually so far away. With gas prices being what they've been lately, having to drive farther to everything gets expensive. There are also less opportunities for employment in the small towns out in the country.
Living in one of the suburbs, however, gives you so many more opportunities for employment (even though it is tough around here, there still are more jobs). It allows you to be closer to the things you are involved in which means less time driving and less gas money.
It does, however, bring smaller yards, the necessity to remember you have neighbors when you're having dinner conversation, and higher rental prices.
We've been pondering whether it is time to make the move back to a more populated area because of the amount of time we spend in the car and the fact that we have more people looking for gainful employment. What a tough decision this is proving to be. Our heart is torn as we so enjoy the peacefulness of our area. I was hoping that putting it all down on "paper" might make it more clear, but alas, it hasn't. I would appreciate any words of wisdom and prayers for clarity that you would be willing to share.
Thanks in advance and God Bless!