One of my biggest dreads this past fall was living in the camper for the winter. Going outside and up and down slippery stairs to go to the bathroom, inadequate heat and just being cooped up in the tiny space, literally on top of each other. If I let my mind go there, the darkness would overwhelm me.
We were all so excited to escape for the holidays to my grandmothers home and our short jaunt to Texas, as Christmas got closer and our return date got closer, I could feel my stomach tightening with dread. Then I go the text. And we were homeless.
And as grateful as I was for the housing and the experiences we had…it was kind of a relief to know that we wouldn’t be spending the winter in the camper.
The housing we have been provided for these next weeks is beautiful! It’s newly remodeled and barely lived in (empty nesters.) It’s like living in a dream. I even got to soak in a bathtub for the first time in I don’t know how many years. After the last two years so scrimping by, tiny living and shared space, this has been such a blessing. And we’ve only been here a week.
We are not being charged any rent or utilities, but I am buying all the food and cooking and cleaning. I imagine this is what most people live like every day…but for us, this is totally new. Each of us has our own bedroom, our own bathroom (Princess and I have a jack and jill set up,) there is a pool table, washer and dryer, and we even have a dedicated school room. I admit it, we feel a bit spoiled.
But I am so grateful, overwhelmed, by thankfulness in fact. All I can say is that God heard my cries and he answered me, in a big, giant way.
It’s just temporary, but the respite from the daily struggle and stress has already worked wonders on my soul. And I know, that whatever comes next will be okay.
Continuing the job hunt, preparing to pack and move everything to GA and make it our homebase until work allows us to settle somewhere, and completely open to whatever comes next. And this weekend, we go to the Naval Academy in Annapolis where Gymnast will compete in the Navy Challenge. Wish us luck as we will be fighting the inauguration traffic both ways…ugh!