I expected our return to be hectic. I expected to be running around like chickens with our heads cut off as we frantically tried to line up a place to stay and get stuff out of storage and arrange for the kids to go back to school and do all those other things I knew would pop up. But dang! I did NOT expect to feel like I’ve taken my head and crammed it into a blender turned on high. Brain puree.
Our plan had been so reasonable. Because we didn’t know what our long-term plans were, we would rent a house with a 6-month lease while we figured things out. At that point, we would either hit the road again or kick the tenants out of our house. It sounded so… I dunno – easy, perhaps?
But once we got here reality struck. Finding a 6-month lease on a house is impossible and we aren’t willing to sign for a year. And we started feeling really badly about kicking out the tenants – they’ve made the house their home, after all. All of a sudden, our world had turned upside down and sideways all at once.
Fortunately, our property manager had a small apartment sitting empty, so she’s offered to let us use it for the time we need. We can be there two weeks or two months or however long we need. What a godsend! We will be moving a few mattresses and a couple pots and pans in there and will basically camp out until we find something a bit more permanent.
But still – that’s only a band-aid. A temporary fix to get us out of the tents. The real problem still remains.
We’ve also come to the realization that we don’t need a 2000 sq ft house. I mean – we’re only four people! What would we do with that much space? We had two empty rooms before we left on our adventure, and would most likely have four empty now. Our house is just too big.
Wednesday afternoon as we batted around options with our property manager, the idea of a new house came up. “I know someone who just bought a house two weeks ago for $50K,” she told us. “It sold in 2005 for $169K.” Hmmm….
Thursday our real estate agent headed out to check out houses; Friday she took us to three; Friday afternoon we put in a bid. How’s that for moving fast???
I seriously doubt we will get the house we bid on as we put in a real lowball offer. But still – just the very idea that we’ve only been in Idaho four days and have already put a bid on a house is blowing me away. We typically aren’t quite THAT spontaneous!
And so – our reentry into American life has been a whirlwind and we’re still caught up in it big time. We have to sort out the housing thing and talk to the schools and get some new clothes for the boys and go through all our junk in the barn and figure out what we will throw away and… It doesn’t seem like it will ever end.
But it will. And then we’ll be wishing it hadn’t.