My Christmas present this year from Hubby were our three pygora goats. Well, when he made the decision to finally do this (I have been wanting goats for years!!) It was sudden and we just did it. Unfortunately we didn't have a barn or anything for them. What we did though has worked wonderfully and we are getting the permanent shelter up this weekend.
When we purchased our house ten years ago, I was 9 months pregnant with our fifth child. At the time we were living in a two bedroom house and knew we needed something with just a little more space. Ten years ago the housing market was at the top, and there was only a handful of houses for sale in our price range. We also wanted to get in the country, but at that time had NO crazy dreams of becoming "hobby farmers". Real estate in Michigan right now is BAD and we couldn't sell our house unless we were willing to give it away. So we are making do with what we have.