The secondary and hidden reason was for my wife and I to go look at a few rental homes in the area without the kids knowing. The overall idea was to move now and decide down the road whether we continue renting in the area or build on our property. That way the kids don’t have to move schools again.
So we lined up several homes to visit on Saturday and my folks graciously agreed to keep an eye on the kids.
But the night we arrived, after I troubleshot a problem with the new electrical service to the trailer, I had to get something from the truck while my wife was getting the kids settled.
I stood there for a minute listening to the silence of nature, which of course isn’t really silence. I watched the clouds scuttle across the sky with the landscape lit by the full moon. And right there the thought crossed my mind
This is where we’re supposed to be.
My wife and I proceeded the next day to look at the places we lined up (or in one case try, since nobody showed up to let us in) and there was nothing that would work for our family. Great stress and frustration was felt by all!
We headed back to pick up the kids, and after hanging out with my folks for a bit we went back up to the trailer so I could do some more work while the kids got some down time.
Once I was done my wife and I went and looked at the area we had cleared with a dozer last fall. And long story short, my wife and I came to the conclusion that being there was the right thing. We really came to it separately, which was important so that neither one of us was really influencing the other.
I don’t think we’re under any misconceptions that it’s going to be easy, but we’ll plow through it.
Lots of challenges ahead, and you’ll hear about them. In fact, I’ll have a survey for you later this week that’s related.
But it’s the right thing to do. And finally, I feel at peace with where we’re going. It’s a good feeling.