Well, we’re still here. Just chilling in our house, cleaning it up for the occasional showing, and patiently or impatiently biding our time. It’s difficult to try and continue life as normal when most of our belongings are packed and in storage.
The new school year has started and I was hoping to be in our new place by now. Most of our school supplies are in storage, so I’ve really had to improvise to make sure the kids have things to do. I bought a few school supplies at Walmart, BAM, and on Amazon. We’ve also made up some of our own educational activities. Homeschooling doesn’t have to be complicated and expensive! Strangely, we’re enjoying this school year more than previous years. I think it’s something to do with the fact that we’re less distracted and I’m not as stressed.
I’m still continuing as an adult leader at youth group. One of the gals who participated last year has gone off to college. It’s strange not to have her there, but I continue to check in with her regularly as she has entered this new phase in life. We’ve also gained some new kids who were too young last year. The dynamics of the group have definitely changed!
Our house is zoned commercial, thanks to our neighbors at one time wanting to turn it into a bed and breakfast. That never happened (and our house has always been a single-family residence), but the zoning stuck nonetheless. Banks must be pickier about dispensing loans than they were when we bought this house, because we have been unable to find any that would be willing to loan on the house when it’s zoned commercial. Something about there not being comparable properties in the area…blah, blah. So we’ve submitted paperwork to have the house rezoned to R-2 (the same as the rest of our neighborhood) and will find out on September 28 if it has gone through.
The houses that we were interested in in our target city are no longer available, so it’s back to the drawing board. We’ll have to take another house-hunting trip, but will probably wait until we’ve gotten a concrete offer on this one.
For a short time after the house improvements were done, I was at a loss as to what to do with myself because my life had been so consumed with getting the house ready. I looked around and thought, What now? I’ve been trying to keep my mind on other things by doing more blogging (I have a couple of hobby blogs), reading for pleasure, and focusing on the kids’ schooling. So far, so good.
That’s about it. Not too much of interest to share–just that we’re in a period of waiting. The waiting is harder than the doing-phase, in my opinion.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUT TARGET CITY:
- for peace–it has seen some significant rioting this summer
- for fewer shootings–the homicide rate this year (through August 2016) is 15.6 per 100,000. (Compare that to 17.5 per 100,000 in Chicago.)
- for people in underprivileged neighborhoods to invest in their neighborhoods to make them better, safer places to live