Moving and Downsizing

Life is a little crazy right now. On top of the usual that goes along with having a four month old (yes, he’s four months old already), we moved to a new apartment on July 27th. That marks our 6th move in roughly 5 1/2 years of marriage. The icing on this cake is my continuing job application saga. It’s been almost a year since I started applying for positions and I’m up to around 250 resumes that I have sent out. Still nothing.

Basically there are a lot unknowns in our life right now. I could get a job next week and we could be moving out of state. That makes it hard to sign a new lease on an apartment when you have no idea where you are going to be. Our former apartment complex wanted a minimum of a six month lease or they would charge us an extra $400/mo if we wanted to do a month to month agreement. Well, lets just say $400/mo was not doable. That led to me going apartment hunting. Again. We ended up in an older, cheaper, but still perfectly acceptable complex about two miles from our previous complex. This complex let us do a 3 month lease. We also downsized from a two bedroom 1,100 square feet apartment to a one bedroom 667 square feet apartment. Yup, in the last four months we have added a person and lost a bedroom.

The downsize meant that we put a ton of stuff in storage and, since this might be a short term home, did a “light” move. We are living off of plastic bowls, plates, and cups since glass and ceramic are breakable and a pain to pack (and repack). We also had to lose our beloved washer and dryer which anyone with a baby knows is a wonderful thing to have. Now we are back to trying to save up our laundry for large loads since it is $1.25 to wash and $1.00 to dry. We just pray that all the poo stains come out of Liam’s clothes since diaper blow outs are a pretty common occurrence.

I’m eternally grateful to the friends that came and helped us move during one of the hottest Texas summers on record. They moved us out of a second floor apartment and into a third floor apartment. It was not an easy thing to do, but somehow me managed to get it all done in a few hours and without any major mishaps.

All that to say, I’m very grateful we made the decision we did. Even though the downsize was and is a challenge in terms of knowing what stays and what goes, it has given us increased flexibility both in terms of future moves and it also freed up some extra income. For me, it also has been a reminder of the things that really matter. Sure, this apartment might be older and smaller, but I’m here with my family. We have friends who love and care about us enough to help us move during a brutal summer. I may not have a full time job but Laura does and it pays the bills. We can afford the roof over our head, gas, groceries, and even many things that aren’t “necessities.” Sure, we downsized but that does not lessen the fact that God has and continues to bless us tremendously. It has been very easy for me to lose sight of that in the frustration of not being able to find a job. On top of it all, I get great exercise lugging a growing baby up and down the stairs to our third floor apartment.

Here are some pictures and a video from the last couple of weeks of the Punklet.

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