I promised you all that I would let you know what our family’s plans were, and I am happy to say that we have an answer now to what lies in our long-term future. After much deliberation (which you can read about in detail in Brittny’s entry in her family’s blog) we have decided to plan on moving to China. However, that doesn’t mean we currently have a specific plan or an official job offer to get us there. We just know it’s where we need to end up in the imminent future.
So that meant we canceled the pending offer on the really nice house that we were about to commit to buying. Now we have about a week to find an apartment that rents out for short-term leases or month-to-month contracts. So this hectic stage of our life is not over quite yet.
Sometimes I think God tests our resolve to do His will at the more inconvenient points in our lives. That way it is a true test of our actual character. It was particularly intriguing to me that we tried by every means possible prior to the point-of-no-return deadline on our house contract to gather data and find out at least a little more about our options so that we could make an informed decision. All of these avenues we pursued were dead ends, and I believe it was to let us make a decision by faith. It is good to know that we are headed in the right direction.
This post is covering the crazy weekend we just had! Set up shop and unpack everything, because we are not moving again for a long while! I’m not trying to complain here, and I will say that I am glad to be in a place that I absolutely know I will enjoy and love, but man alive–this weekend was super exhausting! Let me give you a run down on what happened.
Friday morning I wake up and start packing everything we have into some boxes that Brittny got a hold of. That takes the majority of the day. In the meantime, I set up the utilities and I headed over to the new apartment to check everything out and get the keys from our landlord. I think it is a very good idea to get an idea of how you want to organize your furniture and things in the new place before you start moving it. It makes for a much smoother transition, in my opinion.
Then Saturday morning I wake up, go grab a U-Haul truck, and bring it back to the apartment to load things up. Some friends show up at 11:00 am and we load everything up and then have it all unloaded by 2:30 pm that day at our new place. We made really good time! When we were moving all by ourselves the last time around, it took us a full week with multiple trips in our cars to get everything transferred! I am definitely an advocate for U-Hauls and boxes to get everything done all in one go! Then I get a call from the Criddles who needed help moving all their stuff from storage into their apartment. I know how much I hate moving things all by myself, so I was happy to help out, but I was soo sore by the end of the day. And don’t even get me started on my Internet woes!
On the plus side, it is wonderful to be in a place that feels like our home. This past summer it was like just being guests in Amber and Cody’s place, and while it was a nice place, we like the feeling of permanence and pushing in our roots a little. Our new apartment is also a really nice place. We’ll post pictures as soon as we are fully unpacked!
On the last note for this post, I thought the new bed would take some getting used to, but that hasn’t been the case. I absolutely love it! It feels really good!