My Dearest Xangaland,
I miss you all so desperately. As my life is quickly spinning beyond any control whatsoever I long for the early mornings of sitting quietly with my tea and visiting with you. I miss hearing of your daily routines and your not so daily happenings, your loves, your annoyances, your children, your pets, all the big things and yes all the not so big things. I miss you.
This last two weeks have been full. Of amazing things, happy situations, frustrations, setbacks, news … just altogether full.
First of all I found renters for my house! My Aunt Susan and her family have agreed to rent this house for the entire period of time we are out of the country. I can’t even begin to explain to you how much of a blessing that is just in and of itself. We aren’t charging them what full rent would cost here, just the monthly mortgage payment but it’s only about a 150 dollar a month difference. However when you consider the fact that I am guaranteed to never have any gaps in my rent it is well worth it! Even if we were lucky enough to only have three renters in the three years we would be gone there would have to be a month long gap in between with getting it ready for the next family and that right there is $1000.00 plus whatever the cost of the repairs. Who has that just lying around? Not me! Not to mention she will store some things for me and take care of my plants!! So I’m scratching her back and she’s scratching mine!
It is also such an amazing thing because this was my first house and I love it here so dearly and it breaks my heart a little to leave it. This will also be her first house all her own with no shared walls and she knows me and my heart and will take good care of this old girl that has been, not just my house, but my first true home. I know she’ll love living here as much as I do. Have I even mentioned that her son will be in hog heaven? With a city park literally across the street and a neighborhood full of kids, not to mention the school he will be attending is a top rated school in this city and he’ll be here just long enough to graduate from it completely before they move. What more could a kid want?
They are also getting ready to buy my car. I have a little 1995 Mercury Tracer that we can’t take with us to Germany and we were just getting ready to put it on the market and lo and behold it just so happens to be just what they were looking for and in the right price range too.
So all in all the two huge things left that have really been worrying me lately are now taken care of. In a wonderful way! Because not only do I have relief but my Aunt and her family, who sorely deserve a break, will be getting their first house and a new car in the space of one months time. God has truly had his hand in this! We are so excited.
Now the bad news about all of this. Well it’s not really bad news but… well you’ll see. They are renting an apartment at this time. Their lease expires on April 30th so the timing is actually perfect as Ryan leaves for tech school on the 25th of April. It just means that this last three weeks Ryan is here will be consumed by moving and packing… We’re going to be so very busy for the next few weeks. But really this is a blessing too. I can put away two months worth of rent into an emergency fund for my parents (who will be our stand in landlords while we are overseas) in case there are any repairs needed while we are away. This takes a huge financial pressure off of us while we are in Europe and will allow us to actually travel.
So I’m getting ready to move out of my home and into my parent’s house again. I never thought that the saying “They always come back.” Would apply to me but in truth this is the second time I’ve gone to live with them since I’ve been married! LOL I’ll have my own room with a TV and computer and I really don’t anticipate that two months to be very busy. My whole house will be packed up and in storage and I’ll just be waiting for the Air Force to take the next step, which they won’t until Ryan is home. So I’ll be on here a lot and making the baby blankets that I have on the docket at the moment, in hopes to get them all off before the move…
I will try to come by as often as I can…. I truly do miss all of you terribly. In a few weeks time though you may just be sick of me!
I’m not looking forward to being alone again….. And though it sounds like being with my family would be easier I don’t think so…. I’m a very solitary creature with a very habitual routine… I’m going to miss having a home to care for while he’s away…. But I’ve survived worse and I’ll survive this.
Good bye for now Xangaland.