Oh, the changes…
It has been so many months since I last published anything on here! The reason? SO MANY CHANGES!!
At the end of July, I accepted a position as a school counselor in Wisconsin. We were thrilled to be moving so much closer to family! As you might be able to imagine, that also meant we had very little time to pack our things and move. The school year was right around the corner. We had just about given up on moving closer to our families this year.
We had one month to put our house up for sale, find a new house, and pack like crazy. Oh, and plus that whole part about having young children…
We made so many trips back and forth from Minnesota to Wisconsin, we were actually getting used to not sleeping in our own home on a regular basis.
Finding a new home
Finding a house was tough. Incredibly tough. We made so many trips to look at houses, and it seemed like we always came up empty-handed. Two offers on two homes, and we still did not have anything to show for it.
Finally, a few weeks before school was about to start, we found our home, and they accepted our offer. The only trouble was we needed to wait until the end of September to close on the house. Four weeks without a house to live in…
This might be easier if we weren’t moving over four hours away, and our parents weren’t still over an hour away from our new location.
Some really awesome people
Believe it or not, those four weeks without a home were amazing.
Now, when I say that we were living in a one bedroom, basement apartment with a family of four, one might think I was insane to say that it was amazing, but it really was.
We got lucky, incredibly lucky.
A new co-worker of mine and her family offered to let us stay in a basement apartment below their home. They live on and run a resort. They also happen to have two young children, as well.
Yes, we were definitely cramped, and we certainly missed having our cat and dog (they got an extended stay with Grandma and Grandpa), but we had a lot of fun.
We also made some pretty great friends, too.
Apartments even have the best hiding places.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to go kayaking and paddle boarding after work each day?
We will forever be thankful for the amazing month we had, and the great friends we made.
The new house
The month that we stayed in the little one bedroom apartment flew by a lot quicker than we would have imagined. We were actually pretty sad to leave. (We even joke that they could have been rude to us or something, so that closing on our new house would have been a more joyous event). 🙂
The day finally came, and we closed on our new home. The following day was incredibly busy and stressful, as we had to drive back to Minnesota and get all of our belongings out of the old house.
Did I mention we still hadn’t sold our old house? Very frustrating.
We quickly settled into life in Wisconsin (and can openly cheer on the Packers again), and settled into our new home.
Another settling that occurred during this time was my fibromyalgia. Here’s something not new: moving is stressful, starting a new job is stressful, worrying about finances is stressful! Stress + me = fibromyalgia pain
Over the last few years, I have gone through some of the worst flare-ups I have had in all the years I have dealt with it. This flare-up included.
It is now November, and I’d like to say I have it under control and that things are better, but I cannot.
Beyond the aches and pains, dealing with stomach issues, heart palpitations, anxiety and panic attacks, and just feeling exhausted all the time, these last few months have been incredibly rough on my body. I do hope that eventually things get better, and I start to feel a little more ‘normal,’ but for now, I am just taking things one day at a time.
I am still getting settled in at work. There are still some boxes that haven’t been unpacked. We weren’t able to move everything with us, so some of it is still in our old house. Oh, and we still have not sold our house! It’s been crazy, and stressful, not to mention painful, but it has absolutely been worth it.