If you’ve wondered why things have been so quiet on the blog lately, and haven’t been talking to me in person, you might be thinking that life must have been humdrum and boring, and not worth writing about.
The reverse is true; we’re coming up on changes so big and dramatic that I couldn’t post about them until the time was right…. and consequently, anything I could write about was so piddly in comparison, I just couldn’t buckle down.
About a year ago, Mr. Caffeinated’s folks approached him about coming back home to run the family business. This would be a really big change for us; Big Corporate Business has been his life and career for nearly 20 years. But… here was the opportunity to live near family, to work with family, to do something tangible and help to grow a community… and have some real job security, and to potentially grow a business into something that could again be passed onto the next generation… and not have to work 80-hour weeks with a 2+ hour commute every day.
Over the course of the last year, we’ve been sorting out the details. Preparing to move across the state. Inheritance issues. Medical insurance. Making sure that this is what the whole family needs and wants. Finding and purchasing a new house. Putting our current home on the market. Finding a buyer, and clearing all those little hurdles like inspection and assessment.
I’m so excited about our new place. It’s got plenty of space for our family, as well as a pasture and garden area, plus awesome front and back yards. I’m going to miss our current home; the lodge in the woods has been so great. It’s been fun to see it shaping up… and hard to know that this house, which was “supposed” to be the 30-year- house, will no longer be ours in the very near future. But our new place was designed by the previous owners – who built it – to do essentially all the same things we want to do, and is much farther along in being ready to garden and have animals than this one. So there are compensations. We even harvested grapes and apples there this fall!
Mr. Caffeinated waited until today, when we received word that our house assessment had passed muster. The buyer’s lender says that we are on track for closing, with no expected hiccups. Until we reached this stage, we couldn’t breathe a word online. Now, the resignation letter has been submitted and we have officially reached the no-turning-back point.
We are going to miss our friends and church here tremendously. I have a goal of coming back for a visit every 3-4 months, but it just won’t be the same. I do hope that everyone here will come and see us at our new place. We have guest rooms! If you enjoyed coming to see us here, you will surely find our new home even more fun to visit.
If you happen to have an afternoon on your hands, I could sure use some help packing… 😉
We move in less than two weeks!