We’ve made our big move … 1,000 miles south to the Sunshine State! We’ve been here in the land of the perpetual vacation for six weeks now and are glad to be back! We lived here for a decade before, so this is not a totally new experience. We are currently renting a 1,500 square foot apartment, which is very nice, I must say. It is, however, much smaller than our former 2,600 square foot home. It has three bedrooms and two baths, so there’s plenty of space in theory. It’s just that we haven’t rented an apartment in 16 years! Our two teens (ages 15 and 17) will be very glad to transition into a house, that’s for sure. The interesting (and sometimes annoying layout) of our apartment is the 17 steps we have to walk up to get to our living space once you enter our front door! When you have lots of bags of groceries, this becomes a little cumbersome. You have to really want to come up or down to actually put forth the energy to do so! Haha!
One of the criteria in finding a suitable apartment was that it must have an attached garage to house all of our “stuff”! Well, this one does and, oh my goodness, is it ever jam packed! Despite selling and giving away furniture and household items, and being forced to leave behind furniture that wouldn’t fit in the Uhaul, we managed to pack a 26 foot Uhaul pulling an additional trailer. I honestly don’t know how we had so much, but somehow it accumulates over the years! It boggles the mind considering I’m a consistent purger and organizer. We managed to pack our little garage here as tight as possible and have only opened the door a handful of times! Don’t open the door! 🙂 Something may fall out! Haha!
We have put an offer on a house so we’ll see if that works out. It’s a nice, three bedroom house with a pool, which we’re all excited about! I, for one, am looking forward to the daily exercise. My husband and I are downsizing a bit and nearing the empty nest stage so we don’t want a large house. We’re really trying to reduce monthly expenses and concentrate on the things that really count. While three bedrooms will be smaller than what we’re accustomed to, the total square footage of the home is 2,300. So, it’s not a tiny house and it has an office space, which my husband will be required to share with his quilter/scrapper wife! 😉 Concessions must be made. Haha! Most of the houses we’ve seen are 4 bedrooms, so we’ll see what we wind up with. It would be nice to have that extra room.
The one constant in our lives is the homeschooling train continues its journey down the track. Our 17 year old daughter will graduate in May and our 15 year old son will complete 9th grade. That is the blessing of learning at home … there’s no new school or peer group to adjust to. We’ve already located a very nice library and have our handy, dandy tickets (or library cards) to “free resources paid by our tax dollars”. Our daughter is all registered to take the ACT test in the spring so she has been studying the big prep book for that. She’s a smart cookie, so she should do very well. Just a decade ago, we were walking this road with our older son, our first homeschool graduate! I remember thinking on the night of his graduation, that I finally felt confident that I could do “this”! And, so we have! … I should be graduating any day now…. 😉
Last Sunday we visited the fourth or fifth church since moving here and I think we all have decided it’s a keeper! So, thankfully, we will visit this church again this Sunday! We all really liked the way the pastor integrated so much Scripture and stories from both the Old and the New Testaments, and made it so compelling and relevant to our lives. He held even my teen’s interest with his great articulation, sense of humor and delivery. We liked the praise and worship and it’s somewhat close by. All in all, a win-win for our family! And, here I was about to give up hope…
Transition is tough but this time around, it hasn’t been bad at all. I think the reason for that is that God truly ordained this move and living closer to our grown son makes it all so very worth it! We have probably seen our older son 15-20 times over the last 6 weeks, which is more than we’ve seen him over the last 5 years!! Can you imagine the joy that resonates within this mother’s heart?! And when he texts asking about a favorite recipe….Ah, it does a mother’s heart good!
We all cannot wait to be finally settled, reunited with our boxes in the garage and make “heads or tails” of the things that made the 1,000 mile trek! It’s so close we can taste it now…But, not quite! Patience…
Life in transition continues, but before long, this quilter will have a rotary cutter in one hand and a piece of cotton in the other. Such joy awaits!