Today we were granted permission to move into a little A-Frame house that my hubby's grandparents used to rent out. There will soon be four generations of Foxes living on the same acre of land! Ryan's parent's live at the back of the property, his grandparents' house is in the middle, and the A-Frame is up at the front of the land.
A while back Ryan's hours were cut at work, and since then we've had to rely on help from family to pay rent each month. My mother and Ryan's parents have been so very generous, and we've been able to live comfortably all this time. (Our tax refund helped a lot too!) We have been waiting and praying for Ryan to be promoted to full-time, but so far our situation has not changed. We've had letdown after letdown concerning other job opportunities as well, but never stopped trusting that God was in control.
We were still approaching the end of our rope however, what with our credit card creeping up to the limit, and no extra cash inflow in sight. We already drive only one vehicle, live in a one bedroom apartment (Sean's crib is in the dining room) and try to only rarely splurge on eating out or going to the movies. (Plus when any of us need, or erm want, clothes I only shop in the clearance section!) My point? Something had to change.
So while brainstorming the other day I happened to think of the unassuming little triangular building we pass every time we drive up the lane to my in-law's place. I remembered that Ryan had mentioned that a family used to rent it from his grandparents several years ago, and figured there was no harm in asking if we could do the same.
It's all very bittersweet however. We'll be leaving the place I was a newlywed in, the home we brought our little Sean back to. I'll be trading my beautiful garden tub for a tiny shower with no light, my walk-in-closet for the smallest closet I've seen, and lovely, modern fixtures and finishes for shag carpet, faded linoleum and appliances from the 70's. And yes, I had a good cry when I came to bed tonight about everything I'll miss. The pool! The gym! A washer and dryer!! Ah that felt good to rant a bit! I complained about my first world problems and I'm done with my moment of weakness. I know I can make this little teepee feel like a home, and I resolve to look on the bright side. Did I mention no rent? :)
Oh oh, I just remembered I forgot to mention that there is a huge possibility that we won't be able to get internet out there. If that turns out to be so, I do believe I'll have a nice cry for no facebook, no netflix, and no blogging! How spoiled am I?! I will keep you all posted.