Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Place we Call Home

About 3 years ago now, we made one of the hardest decisions we had to make in our marriage. It was something we did not want to do but after much prayer and discussion, we made the decision to move in with my mom. Little did we know, it would become one of the biggest blessings of our life currently.

A year before, I had quit my job to go back to school to get my teaching credential, I was almost finished and the job market didn't look good. Maxwell was looking for a new job and had been for a while and nothing was working out. We were living off our savings to keep things together.

My mom has a nice 4 bedroom house that I grew up in that she was in all by herself. She had talked about getting a roommate since she had the room but she was nervous about it since she would be sharing the space with someone she might not know. At that time, she offered that we could move in with her.  While I was very reluctant, we accepted, saying it was just for a short time, maybe a year until we could get some things figured out.

In that year, a lot changed! I did not find a teaching job, so I was subbing, Maxwell didn't find a new job and the economy was continuing to decline! We had a long conversation with my mom about staying in her home for a while longer AND if she would be fine with us starting our family while we lived with her. She graciously said yes and we continued to take over her home. Now, my mom was loving having people around and we were learning to enjoy the blessing God had given us.

After, two miscarriages and finally a healthy pregnancy, I decided that I just couldn't go back to work and wanted to stay home with our new bundle of joy. This hadn't been the plan originally but my heart changed a lot in that year. So, thanks to a lot of little stay at home jobs and my mom's lovely invitation for us to say with her, I get to be a stay at home/work from home mom! We would not have this opportunity if we were to stay in California and we are so completely blessed!

Over the last almost 3 years, we have slowly taken over more and more of her house :) We are starting to really make this home, as we don't see us leaving any time soon. And I'm having so much fun decorating and making this a place for us to raise our family for now.
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