Woke up this morning with a sense of peace about a MAJOR family decision.
We have just returned home from a magical month long adventure eastward. (I will post pics and adventure details soon!) While on the road we visited friends who live on a farm in SE Ohio. It just so happened there is a rental property on that farm that potentially we could rent in the very near future. We fell in love with the area, but more importantly the people of the community. During the trip we began investigating the potential move. It’s been the most serious we’ve been about moving with a pending lease renewal in a long time. Each year our lease has come up for renewal, let’s say in the last 5-6 years, we have a family discussion about it. We may even go as far as investigate potential move-to areas, but ultimately, we have stayed put. The cost of a move, the decision to move, the process….. just about everything about it has prompted us to extend our lease for “just one more year.”
This spring we asked for a short-term summer lease so we could figure out what we’d like to do. It feels like it’s really time but we just did not know when and where. Phoenix has always been high on the list, but we know absolutely no one there, it would be a vast difference, and let’s face it…. interviewing for jobs out of state is just pretty much impossible. And so moving would mean moving with a little moola to rely on, and that’s just never really been in the bank for us in the process.
So, coming up at the end of this month, our lease is over once more. We have the option of extending til spring of 2017. This last journey is one of many 4-6 week long journeys I have done with the kids. Each time I am on the road with the kids we fall in love with the adventure, journey, experiences and do not want it to end. I read about fulltimers through FB and blogs over and over with deep envy thinking ‘one day’….. but one day does not seem to be coming.
While we investigated this potential move SBJ was able to check out local employment opportunities and some things look promising. The hitch is that the rental home needs a great deal of work. Much of which does not appear to be able to be done by September 1st. So we are looking at least some sort of gap in housing. There are temporary housing options we could consider, but frankly I’m weary of moving a family of 7 just to have to move again in a short bit of time. While we await word on what may transpire on that end, we venture home and settle back into the typical (or not so typical) routine.
We’ve been gone a month. This is not the first time we’ve done these long adventures, as I mentioned before. This trip however was perhaps the last nudge needed to bring us over the cusp?! Driving back to Chicago I felt a growing sense of a deep dark lull I wanted to kick to the wayside but finding extremely challenging to do so. Instantly we returned, unpacked and showered, I was on the computer investigating ways that we just take off in 4 weeks. Just four short weeks, sell and store all we own and hit the road full time till things pan out as they may be intended!?!?! Sounds nutzo, eh?
BUT as I diligently look into vehicles we co-habit the idea feels more and more feasible! All I need to do is secure a vehicle larger than our van, and get rid of all of our SH#@! No biggie. Clear out and make way! I can do this! With no rent looming over our heads, this IS a feasible feat. (Of course is scares the you-know-what out of me!!!) But it IS feasible!
I lay down to rest last night and woke up with the massive rush of “YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” We CAN do this. This will work out. I simply need to tell our rental company “no” we are not renewing and ALL will fall right into place as it should. To hold onto the lease out of fear is what will hold us back from moving forward. So, we…… after 12 years of living here….. are *not* going to renew our lease. We are saying no to the tie, and YES to the adventure!
Now I gotta start purging!