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And we have moved!


Day 1 of the rest of our lives is upon us.  We have finally made the move from our very high priced hometown to a very small town three states away.  The last two days during the move, I have woken up feeling so much hope just overflowing at what the future holds.  We will be living with my grandmother as we get the lay of the land before seeking housing of our own.

And I got a sign that we were going in the right direction during our 8 hour drive loaded down with the last our of our belongings. I got a call regarding a job, one small town away that I applied for 2 months ago!  Woot, woot!  Don’t know what will come of it, but it’s right up my alley and super close to our new town.

All of our stuff is in storage for $125 a month.  It’s in a container that we can have delivered to us for a few hundred dollars or go pick it up at no cost.  We are spending the weekend with friends in Atlanta as Gymnast will compete here for his last regular season meet with his old gym.

We will return to Virginia for one week in March for Gymnast to compete at states near DC.  We have free housing for the week and will knock out orthodontist appointments and so on that same week. He will train here locally for the next three weeks and then return to his team gym for the week before states.  We are so blessed with their flexibility and willingness to work with us.

So for the next three weeks we will be getting the lay of the land, seeking work (Sea Cadet and I at least) and trying to get the kids settled in.

Oh, and one more thing…I now have a “guaranteed” 25 hour a week job at the one I’ve been working for the past year.  So it’s not full time income, but it is steady and more than I’ve had consistently.  (Both my part time jobs have committed to keeping me on despite the move, so I continue to have regular income.)  Will do a budget and goals post in the next month or so as the dust settles from the move.

Things are looking up.  I am filled with HOPE for what this move could mean for us…lower cost of living, more work and who knows what else.


    • Reply Hope |

      Thank you, Jennifer. It’s such a sense of relief to finally be making this big step after thinking about it for so long. It’s going to be an adjustment for us all, especially Gymnast, but I really feel this is in our best interest. A big weight already feels like it has been taken off my back.

  • Reply Rhitter |

    Hello Hope – I’ve been a faithful reader of your journey, but I believe that this is the first time that I have commented. What wonderful news for you and your family. A true testament of having faith and having perseverance in the face of adversity. I pray that you will have employment and are able to settle down quickly.

    • Reply Hope |

      Thank you, Rhitter, for your comment and well wishes. I covet your prayers as I continue my search for steady full time employment!

  • Reply TERRY |

    Awesome! So hope this all works out. Hope, have you ever read the blog about Boxcar Children? It’s a blog about a single woman with adopted children and though your stories are not the same, I have occasionally glimpsed parallel happenings between your story and hers. Goodluck with this next step on your journey!

  • Reply Julene |

    I’m so happy for you Hope and for your kiddos too. I also want to thank you for being honest about single parenting, working from home, trying times with housing and all of the other gobblety gook that you have shared. It shows us that life is real, life is hard sometimes and yet you can still get through it with hard work, persistence and prayer and come out well. I know your story isn’t finished yet by a long shot but I just wanted you to know that I’m appreciative of your honesty. As for your kids, yeah it’s tough for them too but I can bet that they’ll be stronger because of it. Great job mama!

  • Reply Cathy D. |

    Congratulations on your move! I’m so excited for you and your family! I also live in Georgia (east side of Atlanta) and the job market is so much better here than where you have been. Please take the time find a church and a church family that will love you and help you through this journey. Our church is offering a free job search/workshop series for people job hunting or wishing to change jobs and there are so many resources available. They are planning a job fair in a couple of months, for free, so let me know if this is something that might be of help to you. Sending many prayers and well wishes!

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