We find ourselves in an unusual place.
It’s a bit of a long story, but basically we sold our house with the long term hope of buying land in the country. That’s something we’ve always wanted to do, and now especially with boys, we see the benefit of getting them somewhere they can shoot their BB guns without taking out a neighbor’s window!
Divinely timed, selling our house allowed us to spend the next year and a half helping our daughter and son-in-law who are in the Army and stationed in another state. They needed someone to rent their house while serving our country, and rather than take a chance on a stranger destroying it, we decided to fill that role. Now, we sit at their house and as time nears for their return, we wonder where we should go next.
Our first intuition is land! We pour over Realtor.com like it’s a new book everyday. We’ve already spent countless hours and days driving to listings that proved only to present their one good side for the internet picture. We’ve emailed realtors and let friends know we are looking and hope that our “forever place” will present itself soon.
We’ve also considered staying where we are. The neighborhood here is very nice and we would be near both of our grandbabies. That in itself is sooooooo inviting! I sure do love my grandbabies!
There is a practical draw to live near my husband’s office. Gas is so expensive! We are spending at least $500-600 per month for gas right now. Commuting long term just doesn’t seem like a realistic financial possibility.
New and old friends make the choice hard as well! Why can’t all of our friends just move next door to us wherever we end up?!
All these possibilities and thoughts also bring up more ideas:
- We could serve a year at a Christian camp. A recent visit to a nearby camp made this an idea that would be both ministerial and serving. I can think of lots of reasons why this would be a good idea, and might teach our whole family the importance of serving others.
- Instead of buying a house, we could buy an RV and travel. Since we already homeschool, this would not change the boys’ education. It might, in fact, actually enhance their studies! There’s no better way to learn than “hands on”. We did a smaller version of this in the past couple of years where we studied Daniel Boone and Pioneer explorations and then spent our vacation walking where he walked in the Cumberland Mountains. There are a few situations that would need to be addressed for this option, mainly the need for my husband to stay employed! I dream of the possibilities that his employer would allow him to work from the road, via internet capabilites and we could do this for a year?! Hmmm…..
- We could go abroad……naaaah! I’m not much on world travel, although I’m sure there are many beautiful places to see. Still, with so much violence and problems going on worldwide and having to be responsible for the safety of my children, this does not seem like a good choice. Besides…….it would definately be too far from my grandbabies!
- We could try and buy the smallest, cleanest house we could find and then finally, maybe, have extra each month to use for short travel excursions and fun times. Our kids grow up so fast. We’ve already seen the missed opportunities we had with our now grown daughters all because of debt and our insistence to chase the “American dream”. Two incomes, loads of credit card debt, a nice big new house, but no time to spend as a family contributed to the realization that this is not how life is supposed to be! Over the years, we have paid our debts (almost all of them), and have begun to learn how to live on little. This has enabled me to stay home with the two boys and be available to spend time with and help our daughters and grandchildren. We have learned it is much more fun to love on our families than just giving them “stuff”. I’ve even thought of doing the tiny house thing, but then I remember how much I love to cook and all the appliances, dishes, and pans I’ll need 😉
So….here we sit, months away from a move to “Somewhere, USA” doing “something” that would make the rest of our days fulfilled. Are there any other ideas for us out there in Blogdom?