It’s a busy week so I thought I’d pop onto the blog for a bit of an update!
On Saturday, we move, to our new-to-us home!
To tell you it’s a relief, would be a HUGE understatement! We only found out last week that yes, we would have a home to move into at the end of the month. How it all came about, I’ll have to share at a later date in greater detail. I’ll share photos too. The place is amazing. After what we’ve been through at the current farm, the new place makes it ALL worth while.
Not just because we’re moving to a fantastic huge fairly new home, on 87 acres. Mostly because of the friends we’ve made along the way. Since we had been getting close to a very desperate situation of less then two weeks to no home (seven of us with our horses, dogs, cats, ducks, and budgies) we had become close to a lot of people, in a very short period of time. People who were calling us with info on possible leads, people who brought us to homes to check out as possibilities, people who would simply check in with us to ask, “How’s it going? Can I help some how?”
We’ve been here just over 2 months (well the family, dh had been here since Aug.) , and already we feel completely knitted into our new community, very tightly. Especially within our church family. We’ve made such great friends, so many of them. It’s been absolutely amazing. All the stress is made worthwhile because of these new bonds.
We ended up finding a home on our own, but even that is a story of it’s own. The support along the way however, has been incredible.
And now, this week, the new journey begins. Tonight, the horses are being moved to a farm owned by new friends until we can get things set up at our new farm to bring the horses home. Another friend is trailering them there for us, however, it’ll be Joshua and I loading the horses tonight. This will be our first experience loading without ‘professional’ help. Say a prayer for us please? Alesia’s horses didn’t get on the trailer real well last time. Lacey especially. That was with a professional. I’m trying NOT to worry, but the thought of loading horses isn’t one I love. Getting into a trailer with a misbehaving horse, with 3 or 4 other horses already inside that trailer? Not fun. Working through my fears though. We’ll get’er done.
When our friends offered to let our horses come pasture at their farm we agreed. However, believe it or not, as much as I love the idea of them having pasture to graze on, the thought of our horses not being right outside our window is really sad to me. For more then seven years now, every morning I can look out at the horses and see that they are all alright. I like that. I told dh I feel right now, the same way I felt when Alesia, our eldest was a baby and we first moved her from our bed to her crib. Her crib was RIGHT THERE, but I felt like she was going to be SO FAR away. I actually cried in Graydon’s arms that night.
I got through it though. She survived too. And I’ll get through this. The horses will most likely be fine, and most likely will love being out to pasture. Bandit, our ‘hard keeper’ will most likely thrive with endless amounts of food to eat that the four mares can’t keep him away from. We’ll visit them as often as possible, and in the meantime, we’ll be planning their new home, at our new home.
I finished this week’s instock early so that Heather (our wonderful new assistant at the Emporium!) could then take over and put the items up in the shop through the week while we’re moving. Dare I say, I don’t think we’ll be missing a beat in the shop with Heather online to help us! This week we’ll have EIGHT pairs of size 10 dundies! And FOUR new colorways of pads available! The dundies have been going fast lately! I was also asked about adding dundies in swimsuit fabric. It’s something I’ve considered for myself in the past, since the high waist dundies fit me SO well, yet I can’t seem to find a bathing suit bottom to fit me the same. It’s an idea I’ll be working on after the move.
Today, once I’m finished snapping photos of the new items this week, I’ll be packing up the sewing room! Tonight, when we drop off the horses, these same friends are lending us a great trailer to use for the move. We’ll get to load my sewing room up into the trailer, and into the new home possibly Friday. Hopefully quite easily! The new sewing room is MUCH bigger then any I’ve had before, so it’s going to be fantastic! There should be enough room there to put the ENTIRE business in one space. In the past I’ve always had the shipping area near our desk top computer, which was always in our living space. Not ideal, but you do what you need to do. In the new home I’ll be putting our desk top computer in the sewing studio, and ALL business will be taken care of right there. My plan is to lock the door on the weekends and stay away from work.
That’s my plan.
I don’t always do well at sticking to my plan, but family time and business time have to start being put into their proper priorities. So this is the plan.
It just happened to work out that my husband’s shift rotation gives him SIX days off this week! His last night shift is tonight, and then he’s off until Tuesday morning. Our hope is to be very close to settled into our place by the time he goes back to work.
At the same time though, I also realize we may just want to spend time exploring our new area (there’s a small lake just down the road!!!!) and maybe we won’t get it all done this weekend. And that’d be ok too.
Later today we meet with the laywers to draw up the paperwork for this new home. The owners have agreed to rent it to us for now. It was for sale though, and that is their goal, to sell it. We want it. It’s so much more then we ever dreamed, huge house, huge land. So hopefully our home in BC will sell so we can finally feel settled, and this can become our home. Finally.
I’ll get back to writing “Our Long Way Home” at some point. For now, I’ve had to set it aside. It was becoming too depressing, and maddening. The issues we’ve had to deal with in the home we are in right now, and the way it’s all been handled, and we’ve been treated by the landlord, were enough to cause my blood to just about boil every time I sat down to write. I need to wait until I can look back on it all. I expect once I’m sitting in my new beautiful home, that time will come.
For now, we’re onto the next step of Our Long Way Home, in hopes this is one huge step to the FINAL step when we can finally make it our own.