So I mentioned a post or two ago that there are some "exciting changes" coming to our family. I guess I am ready to post about those changes now that most of our immediate family & close friends know now.
We are moving...into Owen's parents house!
Call us ambitions, crazy, lucky, blessed, stupid, brave or whatever, this is the decision we've made after a lot of prayer and talking about our future. Don't you want to know how all this came about? Oh good! I'm glad you're interested.
As most of you know, Owen's dad Tom has been working for Sundt for the past several years. Since the economy has turned, there isn't a lot of local work, however Sundt has a contract with our Military to do renovations on bases etc. Tom and Joy have been in El Paso and in San Antonio for the past 2+ years. We all thought they'd be sent home after their last stay in San Antonio but God had other plans! They're being moved to North Carolina.
When I found out, selfishly I was frustrated...I LOVE having Joy around. She's the "glue" that holds our family together. She's the one who organizes family get togethers, dinners, holidays etc. Oh yea, and my kids absolutely adore her and ask daily if we can go to "grammas" house. Not to mention all the worry-free babysitting and "R&R" for me. And of course there are always "adventures with papa". Never a dull moment for the kids when the grandparents are around. I was bummed that our "short season apart" was becoming a longer and longer season.
I am not sure how it came about originally, a passing comment, a conversation or a joke, but it was said that we should move into Tom and Joy's house since it was so big and only Uncle Isaac was living there. Well, actually he more or less just sleeps there!
Owen and I talked about it...kind of like "wouldn't that be so funny if ...?" and then we kept talking about it and kept praying about it and it dawned on us that this was a good idea! We are not planning to sell our place right now, but rather rent it. We've been working out the details, cleaning out both houses, picking out paint colors, deciding where things can go and lots of other nitty gritty moving details.
Do you want to hear all of the pros of moving into Tom and Joys? Oh good. Me too!
- A new adventure for our family where we get to learn to lean on each other, both our immediate family and extended.
- Space--this home is just short of 3x's bigger than our current home, although we'll be primarily occupying the basement, we have access to all the common areas.
- When the grandparents are in town we have the rare opportunity to spend time with them. Our kids are going to create special memories while living there.
- In the same vein, living with Uncle Isaac...need I say more?
- Saving money
- Saving money
- Saving money
- Most importantly though we really feel like this is where the Lord is leading us for the next 24 months or so. There is no better place to be than smack dab in the middle of the Lords will!
The primary reason that we even began considering this is that it's been our dream to expand our current home...and each year the amount of time it was going to take us to save for the renovation kept getting slightly farther than we were comfortable with. Let's remember, we have 5 people living in 980 square feet (1000 if you consider the un-air conditioned laundry room!). But we LOVE our house and our neighborhood so at this point we feel lead to keep the house and save to remodel. Living at the in-laws and renting our home will cut our time in half.
We are grateful beyond words to Tom and Joy for letting us take this leap of faith! We are aware that this new adventure does not come without challenges. We (let's be honest, me) have talked about the difficulties and sacrifices that will come with this blessing. We ask that YOU, our family and friends would join with us in praying that this transition and season would be smooth and most importantly God honoring!