Honestly, this has been a very difficult decision for me. I have decided to place building on our domain for the time being. I have spent an amazing amount of time looking at all the different types of homes that do well in this hot humid climate. I have spent time looking at new building techniques and ways to live "green". I have spent way too much time visioning the future on our domain.
The truth is that when I think about adding anything else to my plate, I am overwhelmed. My goal when I first bought the land was to drill a well and plant my fruit trees since they will take a few years to produce, but because the real estate market has bee soooo bad lately, my county has dropped the impact fees to half. This could save us about $5000.00. That is a lot of money, so I kicked it into high gear and found the dome home we could afford to do little at a time to start building before the impact fees go back to $10,000 again.
At this point, my body gave out and I got the worst sinus infection I have had in years. Thank you body for having much more sense than I. So after lots of prayer, I have decided to hold off on building and go back to the original idea of drilling a well and planting trees. I feel much more peaceful. In a few years I will have my family completely out of debt both at the office and home. I will put money into some retirement mutual funds and build a bit of a cushion. When I get closer to retirement and money is easier, I will build. In the meantime, I will plant and let everyone know as things begin to grow.