I’ve tried a thousand times to type up a post explaining what is going on in our lives right now. Our lives have changed drastically in the last few weeks.
I mentioned before that Brandon was changing careers. We had it all planned. We were going to stay on our farm. He had a couple of good job offers on the table. He applied and was accepted to a great graduate school just a few minutes down the road from us.
Everything was planned.
But sometimes plans change. After a few weeks of talking, praying, and soul-searching, we decided to just explore the possibility of moving closer to family. Brandon and I grew up in the same town and our families are still there. We left ten years ago as a young married couple because we wanted to see America, and it was amazing! We have had so many adventures. But now we have children who desperately miss their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. And when it was just the two of us and we had no real responsibilities, it was easy to make trips home whenever we wanted despite the distance. Those long distance trips get a lot more difficult when you add kids and animals into the mix.
So we agreed to explore the possibility. Neither of us really expected anything to come of it.
Yet, here we are.
We left our kids and dogs with my parents and went on a road trip around Arkansas, checking out different cities and interviewing for jobs. The day after we got back to Ohio, our number 1 city/job called and made Brandon a fantastic offer. He accepted.
When you’ve been planning a specific path for over a year, it is jarring to suddenly find yourself on a completely different one! The next ten days (yes, TEN days!) were an absolute blur as we rehomed our farm animals and worked to get our home ready to go on the market. My parents drove up to Ohio to rescue us, and somehow we got almost everything done.
So now we are living in Arkansas. In an RV. With two kids and three dogs. My parents were gracious enough to keep our sweet stray cat, Fran, for me until we get a home. Everyone else went to new farms. Hopefully they will all stay put, as some of them are still on our same road, ha! I hope they don’t try to go “home.”
The move isn’t fully over. Our farm is on the market, and my brother and I will be going back and forth to take care of the place and move our remaining household goods.
I wish I could say that I’m fully confident we made the right decision, but I’m not. My gut tells me it was the right thing for us, and I generally trust that. But my heart really misses our farm. I poured my heart and soul into that place, and saying goodbye to it is beyond painful.
So what does the future hold for our farm dreams? I honestly don’t know. I do know that I will garden wherever we end up next. But with Brandon working full time and going to grad school, we have talked about how we might need a lower maintenance lifestyle for a few years. We aren’t ruling anything in or out at this point though. We won’t start searching for a new home until our farm sells, so we have some time to figure out what we want this new chapter of our lives to look like.
In the meantime, we’re making the best of full time RV life! The boys and I started our homeschool back full force, with a simplified RV-friendly plan. We’re exploring our new city and connecting with old friends.
Closing the book on one of our favorite adventures ever is not easy. But I’m excited to see what our next one holds.