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Our family is growing!

No, we don’t have a baby on the way, but we are planning an exciting new addition in the spring!

source: Wikipedia

These are Indian Runner ducks, and we’re planning on adding a pair of them to our family just as soon as the weather warms up. Aren’t they the cutest!? :D

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We won’t be forgetting this one.

Just as the dust was settling on our move, and the blog bug started biting me again, it started to rain.

and rain…

and rain.

The devastation is horrible. I couldn’t possibly capture it in a blog post, but I’m sure many of you have seen it on the news.

I haven’t been to work since Tuesday, since my route to work looks like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We lost our basement carpet, and there’s quite a huge mess on our property from items that have washed down from the neighbor’s yards. I can’t imagine what may have washed onto our property from the neighbors’ yards.

Here was our yard at 8am…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and again at noon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water came so quickly the night before that my parents didn’t have any time to save their basement. Their fully finished basement, that is. When all is said and done, it could be thousands of dollars in damage. But then, lots of things were lost that can never be replaced. My late grandmothers Christmas ornaments, family photos, antique furniture. You just can’t put a value on those.

But you know what else holds immeasurable value? The fact that we all made it though safely, for one thing. But also, watching all your neighbors, new and old, come together and help each other out without a second thought. Crowds of people in the street, handing each other a beer or cup of coffee, offering food, grabbing shovels, lending equipment, trying to save each other’s belongings. Just being friends. It reminds you that what you have is so much more than what is stored in your basement.

There’s always a silver lining, isn’t there? ;)

The week wasn’t a total bust, however.

There were LOTS of puddles to play and jump in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, my little man’s new mower was delivered! (Really, it’s Daddy’s. But don’t tell.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a good thing, too, because I have a feeling there’s going to be a ton of grass to mow!

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Are you flooded, too? Are you OK out there?


 


 

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A new life for us.

Well, my small break from blogging ended up being a whole lot longer than I had expected.

Even though I had tons to write about, I honestly just didn’t feel like it.

I’m not sure why. I should be jubilant. We’re finally in our new home, and a whole world of possibilities awaits us, but I’m feeling… weird. :???:

Maybe it’s because we still have the old place to deal with, and we have to replace the entire septic system to the tune of about $10,000 before we can sell (which I have NO idea how to even start.)

Or, maybe it’s because we gave up TV, my internet service is spotty, and I’m really, really not used to having a long weekend away from work. Although I should relish the break, I’m feeling seriously disconnected. :(

It could be because we’ve discovered our new pink-rose encrusted bathroom is merely a facade, and it doesn’t work at all. Until we can renovate, I’m resigned to using the basement shower, which is nice – except for the creepy crawly centipedes down there. Yeah. Not cool…not one bit.

It doesn’t help, either, that we missed out on this year’s garden due to trouble with our settlement date, and now it’s nearly fall. All our really big plans for the new homestead won’t start taking shape until the spring…which seems lightyears away.

There are lots of reasons why the past week has left me feeling a little funky. I had no idea where to begin a blog post, because I couldn’t wrap my head around what exactly was bugging me.

But then yesterday, I think I figured it out.

We went back to the old place to tend to the lawn and pick up a load from the garage, and it hit me.

Like a ton of bricks, actually.

An overwhelming sadness for what I was losing. Who knew I’d care AT ALL about leaving that old, raggedy, broke down shack? I hated that place! Truly hated, at times. My husband and I fought over it. We never had people over, because there just wasn’t room. We had spiders galore, I didn’t trust the safety of the heat or electrical systems. The ceiling almost fell in on my head. The kitchen was awful. I could go on and on…

But, when faced with leaving, I remembered. I remembered the first time I went there with my husband-to-be after I hadn’t seen him for nearly 2 decades, and I remembered remembering the love I had for him as a silly teenager.

I remembered the summers we spent there, getting to know each other again, planting the garden and seeing the fruits of our labor, talking about how, someday, we hoped to raise our children to share that same love.

I looked out at the overgrown garden, teeming with weeds and who knows what else, and I remembered the day he proposed to me there, under the trellis filled with purple-flowered yard-long beans.

But most of all, I reminisced about the last time I had seen the little nursery quite that empty. It was when we were getting ready to welcome our son. I sat in there and rocked, dreaming about him, in the same chair I would sit and rock him in for endless hours over the next 2 years, nursing his little self all hours of the day and night.

The first two whole years of his life were spent there. I became a mother there. The most important, life-changing, self-affirming moments of my entire life happened there. My son’s first days, first steps, first words. And yes, my little boy’s love of being out in the garden, plucking the first pear tomatoes and eating berries by the fistful started there, too. He didn’t know it was a rickety old house that his mama was ashamed of. He just knew it was the place where kitties played, birdies sang, fish swam in rain barrels and good things to eat grew abundantly.

We moved further out into the country with very specific intentions, and we look forward to fulfilling our dreams here. But that doesn’t help so much this week, when the isolation is very new, my community seems so very far away, and my memories are locked up in an old, empty mobile home with only a few odds and ends hinting at the new lives that were started there.

As we got ready to leave, my son bolted up the hill toward the garden as he always has, looking for tomatoes to steal. I followed behind, stopping at the blueberry patch on the way. A sweet surprise – the last handful of the season’s berries – waiting for me. I choked back not just tears, but a full-blown sob as I picked them. My little man squealed with delight as he popped them all into his mouth, and I realized that while we planted many seeds at that old place, we get to take the most important ones with us.

Now, back to blogging. Onward and upward!

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News! I have news!

Wow…what a week it’s been!

First…do you notice anything? (My husband always cringes when I ask that…)

You guessed it! Lots of changes are underway here at the blog. You  might notice a few of them just by looking around, but the biggest change is that I’m now self-hosted!

I had been considering making the switch for a long time, but I was just a little too intimidated by all the techie stuff to take the plunge. And I had no time. But then, I was contacted by Joseph from BlogTweaks and he offered me a great deal to take care of the switch for me. I couldn’t turn it down, and now it’s done! My blog had zero downtime, I got really great service, and I even learned a few things along the way! I’m SO glad I did it. If you’re considering the same type of switch, contact Joseph and he’ll give you $15 off!

Just visit BlogTweaks, send a message through the contact form, and mention my web address to get $15 off the regular price (which is already pretty low.)

In my opinion, it was worth every penny! :)

So I’ve made a few changes to my design, but I’ll probably keep tweaking for a while. One thing that will definitely stay, though, is my new GFC box. I wasn’t allowed to have one through WordPress.com, but I can now! I hope you’ll follow me! Sadly, I also lost all my email subscribers in the switch, but I’m hoping to get many of them back through word of mouth, some timely tweets and a bunch of carrier pigeons (I mean, how DO you tell your lost email subscribers that you’ve lost all your email subscribers?) If you happen to be a subscriber, please resubscribe! And if you’re new to my blog, there’s no time like the present, eh? ;)

The timing of this switch is great, too…because there will be some MAJOR changes going on over here in the ABCGP household.

drumroll please…

We bought a new house!! :D

Yup. We finally did it. It’s been a few years in the works, but last weekend we bought the cutest little house at auction, along with 6 acres of land!

It’s difficult to really express how I feel about the whole thing. I guess that’s why it took me a whole week to blog about it. I’m really overwhelmed with a lot of different emotions, but all of them lead to my being completely elated at the thought of a new home! Living in our tiny house has been tough for a myriad of reasons, and I was wearing thin, but it’s all worth it now. I always knew it would be, but now that it’s real, I’m jumping out of my skin to close and get our keys!

We’ll be living just a few miles from my parents (our childcare.) Sure, we could have moved closer to my job and cut down my commute, but that thought just didn’t feel right to me. We’re moving to a pretty remote, rural area, but it just feels more like where we want to raise our family…with some earth beneath us to put some roots down in. I feel like we stuck to our core ideals and chose a modest house that is well within our means, while at the same time providing our son with a great place to grow up, and that makes me feel like a good mom.  I just can’t stop thinking about all the things we will grow and learn on that land, and I’ll appreciate every second of it.

Plus, it will give me lots of great things to blog about! You know what they say about buying a new home, right? That’s when the new baby decides to show up! (Cross your fingers for us!) :)

I don’t have a lot of pics yet, but I can share the view from our new deck!

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