Hey everyone! It’s been a hot minute since Justin and I shared any big life changes with you! Well, that’s changing now because we have some REALLY exciting news and I’m dishing out ALL of the details today!
Over the years, you have been a part of my life and ALL of my transformations. From having babies to getting engaged, The Jillian and Justin Show, traveling, and so much more, there isn’t much I haven’t shared! It’s been so amazing to share our life with all of you and I could not be MORE stoked to bring you along on this NEXT adventure of ours… are you ready for it!?!
WE BOUGHT A FARM!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! SO MANY FEELINGS!!!
You may be wondering, why a farm? Jillian, aren’t you busy enough already!?!? LOL
And the truth is, not only was it my Boomba’s dream for me to own a farm (ever since she put that bug in my ear, I have been longing to own one too!), but I believe Justin was MADE to be a farmer! There’s no denying he has always loved that rancher lifestyle.
Funny enough, I vividly remember the first week that Justin and I met like it was yesterday. From the very moment we started canoodling, we spent that entire week outdoors around bonfires and dreaming of a farm life together. He was constantly in a cowboy hat, and damn it looked good on him (Better than RIP, in my opinion, lol).
As soon as Justin and I finished renovating our current home, we absolutely loved it and felt like it was our dream home and property. We felt like we created this beautiful sanctuary but started to have feelings bubble up about our space; we felt we were missing something that was close to our hearts and roots. Since we were located in the inner city, we were actually quite limited with what more we could do with the space. We started longing for a space where the kids could explore, build forts, and get muddy. We also wanted to have some farm animals, grow MORE food, flowers, and maybe even host events; unfortunately, we just couldn’t do any of that with a residential property.
Over the last few years, we started searching for a property around 5-15 acres, located in Kelowna. While we found some stunning properties, they were pretty far away from my family, and I honestly couldn’t fathom being that far away from them. After many searches, we decided to hit the pause button as we weren’t really coming across any options within our desired area.
Last year when covid hit, it was extremely eye-opening for us. There was a time when we were worried about food security and what would happen to the economy. This made us realize that long term, we wanted to diversify our life and have the opportunity to depend on ourselves. To say the least, it was a time where we did a lot of reflecting, which always brought us back to our dream of owning a farm. So, with all of our downtime, we started to search again, and low and behold, it appeared.
It was actually Justin’s dad that brought this listing to our attention. To be honest, it was a little more work and a little bigger than we had anticipated, but we decided to give it a look anyway. When we got onto the property, there was something so magical that hit me. I practically started crying. I didn’t know it at the time, but I think what had me in tears was so many of the things that reminded me of my childhood, like the Saskatoon bushes, Aspen trees, wild asparagus, a 50-year-old rhubarb plant, a weeping willow just like the one my grandparents had in their yard. There was just something about this property that really spoke to us. Justin and I knew at that very moment that we had to make this happen. Over the course of 8 months, there were a lot of really tough conversations, doubts, worries, and financial stresses. But I knew that this is where we had to raise our kids and that this would be our forever home. So, we went through the motions and took possession of the farm in early 2021!
Other than being able to fully horticult and landscape the acre that we are currently on now, we’re complete newbies when it comes to actually owning a farm! I like to think that we are relatively fast learners, we’re not afraid of new adventures (especially a massive one like this!), but at this point in time, we have no idea what we are going to farm or HOW to farm; for that matter! 😂
We will try to bring you all along on this journey with us as best we can and document just about everything. At the moment, we don’t know what that will look like, it might be a tv show, or it might just be on Instagram, on my blog, Justin’s Instagram, and all of our other social channels. We still have no idea what we are going to farm or how to farm! So far, we have talked about growing grapes, a winery, cut flowers, chickens, honey, hosting a wedding venue, bringing The Jilly Academy to the farm. As you can see, there have been many different ideas tossed around, but we really don’t want to rush this process; we want it to be perfect, so we are just going to go slow, and steady, and whatever feels right will happen.
Many of you have asked if we will move to the farm, and the short answer is yes. We really want to make sure we do this right, so we will take some time to figure out what exactly we are doing with the property and where our forever home will live. Over the next few years, we will eventually build our forever home and sadly pass our current home onto a new family.
If you have any advice on what we should be farming, what we shouldn’t be farming, or what you would do if you were us, please leave it in the comments below! Without further adieu, welcome to the farm… our next and hopefully final adventure… famous last words!
And I know some of you may ask, but we still don’t know what we are going to call the farm yet. Mindy thinks we should call it Stinky Pee Farm as the wild asparagus is out of control and so abundant! LOL! 🤪 Let us know what you think we should call it in the comments below!
Don’t forget to follow along on our adventure and check out our Instagram Reels (here!) and Instagram Live (here!) all about the farm. Ps. If you haven’t checked out the latest Justin Show Episode on the Big Reveal, make sure to check it out (here!).
Mr & Mrs McDonald 👩🏻🌾👨🏻🌾