I’m feeling a bit more settled these days although we still have a l-o-n-g way to go. I’m grateful that we’ve passed beyond the frantic OMG-where-are-we-going-to-sleep stage, but that’s really about all we’ve managed to do.
For now, we are hanging out in a small apartment where we can stay as long as we need. Four mattresses adorn the floor and I’ve got *gasp* four pots/pans in the kitchen. We couldn’t find any bowls or plates in the barn, so I rounded up four of each from the dollar store.
This means that, in the span of one week, we’ve gone from being a one pot/three bowl family to actually being able to sit down at the table with each of us eating from a bowl. And a plate, if we choose. If we had a table…
We don’t yet know anything about a more permanent living space, but will be looking at every house in our budget that comes on the market. We’re hoping our dream house pops up, we’ll put in a lowball bid, and it’ll be accepted. OK, OK – maybe we’re dreamers…
The other major hurdle we need to cross is the decision about what to do with the boys’ education. We could continue to homeschool, they could go to school full time, or we could come up with a combination of the two. Boise Public Schools are great and are more than willing to work with us to find the perfect program for our sons.
The challenge is that both Davy and Daryl are quite advanced compared to their peers. Daryl has already completed the traditional 11th grade math program, and Davy has completed 9th grade math – which means we’ll have to make some special arrangements for them. We could send them to the high school for math or perhaps enroll them in a special math/science center here in Boise – or continue to homeschool in that area. We’ve got more appointments scheduled to talk about options.
I keep telling myself we’ve only been in Boise for a week, and these things take time – but dang! I want it NOW! No – I wanted it yesterday.
I’m grateful for the simple pleasures we’ve managed to unearth. Davy has his Legos and Pokemon cards; I have my blender (fruit smoothies for breakfast – YIPPEE!!!). John found his computer. Daryl is just going with the flow, counting the days til he can return to school. We’ve got a roof over our heads and comfortable mattresses to sleep on. I’ve got a stove where I only have to turn a dial and *poof* it’s hot. A refrigerator keeps our milk fresh.
We’ve come so far.