Monday, February 25, 2013

More on Moving

I have gotten a lot of questions about our move - both online and in person, so I thought I would share a bit more about the motivation behind the move. 

1. Where are you moving? We are moving a little farther south.  Not exceptionally far - but down closer to where we used to live.  It is where we had really established our lives - and frankly, we really really miss that.  We miss our church, we miss our friends, and the boys miss their friends too. 

2. Why? We were going to move out of this house (the farmhouse) at the earliest possible date anyway.  It is not a good place for us.  Sure, we have made some nice changes, but in the long run this place is bad for us.  I didn't blog about it, because frankly it just really upset me - but in December we noticed that Jacks front teeth looked a little funny.  The just looked darker than normal, and after talking to a few dental hygienist friends, we were thinking maybe he had damaged the pulp in his teeth in one of his many falls.  We took him to a dentist, and it turns out - no...his teeth weren't damaged in a fall - they were stained from something in the water.  Now...we asked the landlord on our first walkthrough how the water was here - and she told us it was perfectly fine.  After we moved in, we found that it stained our clothes in the washing machine.  But still...we always filtered our water through a Brita filter anyway - so we thought it was fine to drink.  Turned out that was not the case - and our three year old now had stained teeth.  I was so upset - I can't even explain it. Her response? "Well...you only have to deal with it for six more months"

Awesome.  Needless to say - we buy all of our drinking water at the grocery store now...and we don't wash our light laundry here at all.  Jack's teeth are looking much better since we stopped letting him have any water from the house - filtered or not.   

That was our biggest beef with this place, but other issues are that the electricity is spotty, the heat does not work well (which she somehow blames us for?), and so on and so on...

3. A question I get frequently is 'do you regret putting all of that work into the house, only to leave?' and honestly?  No.  Not at all.  The point of making this place feel and look like home has always been for the benefit of our family.  So that my kids and husband have a nice place to relax, and a comfortable place to call home.  And to take it to a spiritual level - God calls us to be good stewards of that which he has given to us.  And for this period in time, whether we like it or not, God has given us this farmhouse to call home. 

4. Where is Matt going to work? is another question that we get pretty frequently.  Well..Matt is going to keep working where he is working.  He has the opportunity to work from home a few days a week, and he says that he is fine with the longer commute in order to have our family where we feel it is the best place to raise our boys. 

5. What about gymnastics?  It cracks me up how often this question gets asked.  For now - we are going to keep Jack in gymnastics up here.  It is not an exceptionally long drive, and it will ensure that the boys get to see Matt's parents frequently.  A huge benefit of living up here has been building a closer relationship for the boys (and me to be honest) with Matt's parents.  They are wonderful grandparents, and I am more than happy to make the drive once a week to make sure that the boys get to spend time with them (the gymnastics class is sort of a bonus thing for us to do up here in this case).  As Jack gets older - we will see if he even wants to keep doing gymnastics, but as of right now he loves it.

Those are some of the most frequently asked questions, at least regarding the motivation behind the move.  So hopefully my answers have helped clear up a few questions.  If you have any more - feel free to ask them!

7 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to follow you on your next journey. You always do an amazing job decorating, so I can't wait to see what you do with the new place.

    Will you be painting the walls back to what they were in your current place? And taking your light fixtures and stuff with?

    I always hate that part about moving, having to go around and uninstall things. At our last apartment, we replaced the shower head, kitchen sink faucet, master bedroom light, and outlet covers, so it was kind of a pain to uninstall everything, and put the old, half working pieces back on.

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  2. Thanks!

    We will DEFINITELY be taking our lights down, and replacing the old boob light fixtures. Other than that, we will leave it as is (although Luke drew on the wall upstairs with a marker - so I will repaint that before we go). She doesnt care about the paint - and a lot of the rooms were several different colors when we moved in anyway so we couldnt really repaint that if even she wanted us too. The only other thing we did was replace the toilet seats...and eh...she can keep those! Haha

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    1. GOOD FOR YOU!! TAKE AS MUCH WITH YOU, AS YOU PUT INTO IT. THANKS FOR SHARING ALL OF YOUR CREATIVE HARDWORK INTO THE HOME AND SHARING THE PHOTOS. ALSO, THANKS FOR SHARING THE HONEST ISSUES FOR SOME OF YOUR REASONS FOR MOVING! I WAS LOOKING INTO PURCHASING THE PROPERTY BUT NOT AFTER DOING ONLINE RESEARCH AND COMING ACROSS YOUR BLOGS. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR MOVE!

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  3. It is scary how gross tap water can be... we recently switched to store-bought drinking water as well after reading some HORRIBLE things about out local tap water.

    I think this move will be so great for you guys! I am excited to see you next place and the adventures that come with it!

    P.S. Your landlord sounds pretty unbearable.

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    1. Its a bummer...because I think she would be a nice person to know in a different situation, but yes...she is a terrible landlord. She was actually just here today - and ended up getting so mad (because the heat doesnt work correctly) that she stormed out to her car and drove off in a huff. Eh...whatever lady - 34 days and I am outta here!

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  4. I'm sorry to hear that you have had some negative experiences in your current home but glad that you get to move on from here soon! Good luck with the move- can't wait to follow along : )

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  5. That is too bad about your landlord, but it seems like this will all be as it should in t-minus 34 days! Yay! We have rented our little homestead for about 2 years and have replaced quite a few things around the house. Luckily for us, the house was never taken care of til we moved in, so the landlord is pretty understanding. I think she is just happy to have someone take care of the place.

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