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Move Complete


I moved over Labor Day weekend and the move is now complete!

I’m about 90% settled into the new house. The kitchen was the first thing to be set up, then my room, the kids’ room, and living room. I’ll be using the 3rd bedroom as an office (the girls are sharing a room), but I don’t have any office furniture yet and am in no hurry to get any so it’s kind of in a state of disarray (I’ve been working in the kitchen at the bar). I’ve been keeping my move costs as low as possible, but random stuff still comes up. I left the router and modem so I had to buy a new one, for example (also – when TH did routers and modems start costing so much money? I thought that was going to be like a $20 purchase. Bahaha!)

But, where I ended up having to spend some money, I’ve been able to save in other places. My Mom gifted me a dresser for the girls’ room (side note: I initially wrote “my mom gifted us” and had to change it to “me.” Kinda sad….still getting used to the whole “solo” thing). And my sister/Dad (sis and I share POA for my Dad’s estate) gifted me the washer/dryer set. Woohoo! All the really important “big” stuff is complete.

The only “big” things remaining that I’ll need include: some type of coffee table for the living room (it’s looking pretty barren with a single couch and that’s it, but no rush on this), and eventually a desk and chair for the office. Thanks for the tip from a reader to check out the university’s surplus store! I’ve already seen several desk/chairs for really cheap (like, $25 for read wooden desk!). I don’t have a truck that can transport the big pieces at this point, and I’ve been fine working from the kitchen for now, so I’m just not worrying about setting up the office at this point. Maybe I’ll pick out a smaller desk or borrow a truck from a friend at some point. For now, I’m fine as-is.

It’s incredible how quickly the new place has come to feel like “home.” Even with no decoration, nothing on any walls, and still piles of boxes (albeit, in the office only), this place just feels like “mine.” I mean….I’m renting so technically it’s NOT even mine…I’m just a tenant. But it FEELS like mine. The girls and I made cookies one of our first days and took a plate over to the neighbors so we could introduce ourselves. Feels like our neighborhood.

I’m relieved with how well the transition has gone (knock on wood). I’m sure there will be tough times (emotionally), but right now we’re still flying high on the excitement of a new house, new neighborhood, new neighbors, new parks with new amenities, etc. etc. etc. Good times. <3

Happy Saturday!


New Job and a New Outlook


I am slowing shedding the feeling of shame I’ve been carrying for the last couple of years since we moved out of our home and into the apartment.  For the first time in a LONG time, things are really looking up!  It has been a really rough time, especially since December when everything changed so suddenly.

As I mentioned in the comments of my last post…I GOT THE JOB!!!

It’s full time, full benefits, work in an office…real life job!  And the way it happened could not be any more providential!  Here’s a little back story.

When we began our Christmas visit with my grandmother, I spent a great deal of time applying for jobs…everywhere, all over the world.  Well, I had been through this before, know the holidays were not a good time to be in the job hunt, but I continued to persist.  The job I got is one of those jobs.

Then while we were in Texas visiting my immediate family over Christmas, I got a text from our ‘landlord’ that the camper we were living in had been damaged and was no longer liveable.  Can you say full panic mode!?!  Up until that point, I had planned on us living in the camper until April when we could 1) wrap up the school year and 2) finish Gymnast competition season at Regionals.  Then was planning to move to GA to my grandmothers or travel for a bit.

With nowhere to live any longer, the timeline moved up for the GA move, but I was able to secure temporary housing in VA for a month while Gymnast finished his regular season meet. And to give us time to pack up and get things into storage and so on.  My grandmother graciously let us move in with her with first week of February.

On our trip to GA with our final load of belongings, I got the call. They were interested in my varied skill set for a brand new position, but I lived in VA. Oh, how funny, I’m was actually driving down to GA with our last load of belongings to complete a move to a town, that is literally one town over from the corporate base of this company.  They headquarters are 12 miles from my grandmothers home, 12 miles!

Our first three weeks in GA were filled with in person interviews, personality test, reference checks and phone follow ups, and our last Friday night there (before we returned to VA for a week) they called at 4:12pm and offered me the job, met my salary requirements and I start NEXT WEEK!!!!!

The timing of the call, the timing of the interview process and the start date…after over a year and a half of searching, I can only say that God had a hand in this.  But there is more, this company gives back to foster/adoptive charities (hello, near and dear to my heart,) the owners actually know some of my extended family (small town but wow,) and one of their goals is to empower women/moms.  Holy cow, can it be any more perfect!

Granted, this will be a BIG adjustment for my little family.  I will be going to an office for the first time in 13 years. My grandmother has insisted we remain with her for at minimum another month while we adjust to the new life and she will help with the kids.  She’s watched us homeschool all these months we’ve visited her over the past couple of years, and is comfortable with keeping the kids on track to finish out the year.  We will have school on Sunday evenings where I will give assignments for the week and then we will meet a couple more times during the week to make sure we are on track.  It’s not going to be easy, but I am confident we can adjust.

I am keeping both my part time jobs for the time being both for security and to help me get back on solid financial ground more quickly.  All jobs are aware of the situation as far as me working them all.

And just a small financial win…okay two wins. Maybe three.

  1. I was able to replace the tires on my car, yes, I waited until it was dire, but I paid in cash!
  2. The kids have all received a small stipend for some summer clothes and are looking forward to getting to shop. (They have had a couple of weeks to make lists and think through needs and wants, etc.)  This is especially crucial for the two youngest since they hit major growth spurts this year, so nothing old fits.
  3. I have almost $500 in an emergency fund, consistently saving 10% of any monies received.

I am so grateful for this community and the constant encouragement. I’ve still got a wait until I get my first paycheck and see how all the deductions and so on work out before planning a budget and starting to look for housing.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers this week as Gymnast will compete at his state meet this week, his last with his current team…it is bittersweet and he is really struggling with the move the most because of it.  And then we will return to GA to start our “new life.”