” I think you should look for some land ”
– Gayleen Rae
This is the story of how these 8 words changed my life.
In July 2017, I reconnected with a friend of 30 years earlier ( Thank You FB ) , and we discovered that ,after years of searching for one another, we live just over the ( Large ) hill from one another. Only the Grand Mesa (in Colorado) stands between us ; the largest flat top mountain in the world
Soon after we reconnected , I went over the Grand Mesa to visit Gayleen on her farm. I was enthusiastic about her farm and land and said as much. She replied ” I think you should look for some land.” What I said in response was, ” Hmmmmmm “, but my concurrent silent thoughts were ” WHAT !!!! I don’t have money for THAT ! I am going to live where I am till I DIE !! ( I’m 57 ). What is she THINKING !! Why did she even SAY THAT !!”
Shortly thereafter I found myself browsing the internet ” Looking for some land“.
The rest of the land story is rather typical , if you don’t count Mother Teresa and the log cabin from Heirlooms for Hospice.
Let me try and explain who I am along with the land story .
I have this little wooden group of amazing people ( Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, Gandhi and Harriet Tubman * ) who travel with me and I photograph them in different places ( i know… i know )
Sometimes they have a group hug , because it is needed
Let’s get back to the Point :
While I was looking at the land and working out financing details and price etc, I decided to place Mother Teresa on the land to bless the whole area up there, regardless of whether I got the land or not. So I set her up there one day, in the middle of the 5.65 acres along with a little cabin that I had found at the local Hospice store.
She sat up there with a few followers ( who later fainted in the heat ) but she kept her Silent Vigil for 5 months …
It snowed one day in January , and this is what I found on that cold and snowy morning…..
I ran over and began to dig….
There she was , Brave Soul , undaunted by the frigid temps and essentially being buried alive with nothing to do but Pray and wait until help appeared.
It was at that moment that I knew that I would own this land. I knew that her tenacity was equal to mine and that somehow everything would work out.
And it did.
* wooden figurines purchased on Etsy from https://www.etsy.com/shop/goosegrease