After 13 months of living with my parents, spread out under three different roofs, and belongings in two storage units and spread around my parent’s property, we’re making another move. This one, as uncertain as the first, but with a decent grasp of what comes next, has us headed back south. Blaine does not appreciate the wind nor winters in South Dakota and the housing market has us priced out of any size acreage here. As disheartening as it is, we’ve made plans to move elsewhere. It’s time.
Blaine’s last day at work is this Friday, Eden’s is the following Monday. Tentatively, the plan is later next week we will take the camper and head to central Missouri on a mission to find a home and work. The housing market is significantly more forgiving and we know the area somewhat. Liberty’s decided this adventure isn’t for her and she’ll stay here with my parents until after fall fertilizer is done at the elevator. She promises she’s coming though. It’s super sad to consider otherwise. I’m sad to think of leaving her here even briefly. She’s an adult, but I’m not ready to watch her live far away!
We have dear friends who have offered to help us. Our livestock trailer, parked at their place, will give us quite a bit of mostly dry storage, and it will hold a couple chest freezers and that should make shopping for groceries and cooking a bit easier. My camper fridge and freezer is super small. I bought a table top ice machine with hopes that we can keep the coolers cold and give us a bit more cold space.
Camper space has given us opportunity to get creative. It has enough beds, but storage is limited. Each kid has an 18 gallon tote and their backpack to pack in. After a year of minimal living, most are finding everything fits with room to spare. Laundry will be an interesting dilemma. Creed is potty trained, thankfully and Lachlan will be going into disposable diapers. The kids think we should just wash laundry in the creek at the campground. I’m hoping we don’t come to that!
It will be hard to say goodbye to my parents. My hopes of having family close by and grandparents present for my children are gone. That’s really hard. But, we have hope for a future. My own home and space again, is a really good thing to look forward to. You don’t realize what a gift that is until you don’t have it.