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Settling In

We’re finally in our new house and settling in. It’s been a little crazy these last two weeks with the traveling, last minute packing, more traveling (with four kids and three dogs), waiting for the moving truck, and finally the process of unpacking.

We’re no where near finished with unpacking. The little boys’ room is a disaster with almost all of their things still in boxes, and we have no bed yet. BUT, the kitchen is completely done, and that makes me really happy.

My kitchen…I could wax poetic on it all day long. It’s by far the largest kitchen I’ve ever had, and the one with the most usable counter space. Did I mention the GIANT island with the butcher block top? I’ll make sure to post photos soon.

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We spent the whole first weekend cleaning up outside. My kids are real troopers, I tell ya’. They mowed 2 acres of grass with two push mowers over a period of two days. The good news for them is that we do have a small riding mower coming from my dad. The bad news is we had a lot of rain the last couple days, and it’s going to need to be mowed again before that mover gets here.

We’re all finding that we have some adjusting to do. Even though we’re living our dream, it’s so different from what we’ve lived for so long. How odd is it to not be able to walk to the library like we did when we lived here before or hop in the car for a quick 5 minute drive to Target like the last place we lived.

Here, the nearest large store is a half hour away, and it’s a 5.5 mile drive to town. I’m sure it’ll be easy for me to fall back into the routine as that’s exactly how it was when I was growing up. The kids–not so much. I’ve already had to tell them ‘No’ several times when they’ve asked to do something simply because the drive alone would cost more than the trip would be worth.

Then there’s the issue with internet. We don’t have it at our house (and most likely won’t in the foreseeable future), and our cell phones haven’t been working at all. Sadly, I find myself getting just as frustrated with that as the boys. It only makes me realize that this move couldn’t have happened at a better time for all of us.

In my last post, you may remember me talking about how I was thinking of going back to work. A week ago Monday, right after we closed on our house, I had an interview for a position that would allow my family some financial freedom and relaxation on the fiscal front.

I haven’t heard back from them yet. I did follow up with them yesterday and was told they’d be making a decision very soon. I’d love to say that I’m confident the job is mine, but having been out of the job market for 6.5 years now, I’m not confident at all. I know that whatever happens will be for the best. And, if I happen to not get the position, at least I will have gotten my feet wet with the interview.

My husband and I have set some pretty ambitious goals for ourselves and our little homestead. The first thing we’ll be doing is fixing up a room in our corn crib for our chicken flock. We were going to to get some chicks this week, but it just so happens my dad got some laying hens last week and realized he may have gotten a few too many so I have 10 chickens headed my way.

We found that we have a small asparagus patch, rhubarb, and raspberries. I’ve never done much with rhubarb, but it looks like I better start.

We did get a small existing garden patch tilled up (Sweet Pea did an excellent job of this). However, it rained buckets before we could get the potatoes in the ground. Hopefully the soil dries out enough for us to plant those this weekend. They are already growing. There are also raised garden bed plans in the works to accommodate the rest of the things we want to grow this year.

We are continuing with our money saving efforts here. I am going to be making all our bread again as well as branching into other things such as tortillas. They can’t be that hard, can they? I’m also ramping up efforts to replace more things with homemade versions. Anyone have any luck with homemade dishwasher tabs?

So that’s where we’re at here. How have you been doing these last couple of weeks? Anything new with my Homies?

And We’re Outta Here!

It’s been no secret on this blog that my family and I haven’t enjoyed our time in the city we moved to in January 2013. Due to that, I’m ecstatic to be able to announce…

WE’RE OUTTA HERE!!!

Yes, my husband has gotten a transfer…and it gets better!!

We’re going back to Iowa-to where we moved here from-the place we absolutely LOVED with all our hearts.

As is usual with transfers, the word came suddenly and J’s move is quick. He has to be at his new store on Monday. The kids and I will follow when we have found a house. Fortunately, it’s different this time since we don’t have to schedule around the kids’ school year. We’ll have time to find a place that suits us and not simply a place to move into.

We’ve already decided to concentrate our home search in the community we moved from. We’ll be moving back to a place where we know people, where we feel we belong, where we have connections, and have tiny baby roots already established. We’ll be going back to a church family we grew to love and a community that strives to better itself.

The kids have decided to go back to public school this coming fall. I have mixed feelings about it. I’m beyond thrilled that they’re so excited to see their friends again after they felt so isolated here, but I have misgivings about the new curriculums being used. If it doesn’t go well, we can always return to homeschool.

Punkin is perhaps the most enthusiastic at this point. He’s 14 and able to get his scooter license when we move back. In addition to that, 14 1/2 year olds can get their school license meaning he’d be able to drive to school if we let him. I’m pretty sure he’s all packed. Lord help us.

After knowing for the last week that we were going to be making this move, my husband and I have looked at each other several times and asked, “Can you believe this is actually happening?”  It’s what we hoped for, what we secretly begged for, and what we openly prayed for but we were also resigned to being here for another year and a half or two years.

Do I have any regrets for having moved? Not really. I am sad that the kids felt like they didn’t belong at their school, but homeschooling this year was incredible and I’m ever so grateful for having had that chance. J also had the chance to move up with his company. If we hadn’t moved here, he wouldn’t be going back to his previous store as a manager with a whole lot of experience from the many challenges he faced here.

I do regret not meeting two of my blogger friends from Decatur. Melissa from Forever Fitting In and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings…we still have time to get together. Starbucks on me perhaps?

To finish, I want to tell you a little story. Two weeks ago, I had just started shopping for our stockpile. As I was putting things away in our little pantry, I called my husband in to see my haul. After I pointed out all the things I’d accumulated, he said, “Good! Keep buying that shit. You know the minute we have a ton of crap I’m going to get transferred.” Well, that proved to be correct. So, let me give this a try…

Honey! Go ahead and buy that lottery ticket. You know the minute you do we’re going to be millionaires!