Our schoolroom, usually completely crammed with books, resources and whatever else will fit, currently looks like this:
Why? Because we are packing, and we are moving house!
We are currently on an incredible journey, where as a family, we have learned much about trusting in the Lord, stepping out in faith, and building our family relationships.
Although we had not originally planned to move so far north, in the end, we have decided to move to Grafton, NSW. The removalists arrive with the truck on October 16th - so we have just over a week to have everything packed and sorted.
It all still seems a little surreal - we have talked about moving for the past couple of years, and seriously for the last 4-5 months, but talking is one thing, and making it happen is quite another!
On our recent holiday to Grafton, Bill picked up some work in nearby Coff's Harbour, and the house-hunting began. We were knocked back on several houses that we applied for, but all along, I had hoped we would be able to find a house to rent that did not involve a real estate agent. We've always had private rentals, and life is so much easier that way!
A dear friend suggested I put an ad in the local paper, and on the morning that we were leaving to come home, we received a text message about a 4-bedroom house near Grafton. We drove out for a look, and later rang them to say that we would like to rent it - and they agreed to have us! It's a beautiful house on the Clarence River, and just minutes from Grafton.
After all these years coping with only one toilet (to share with our seven girls!), I'm delighted to report that we also now have two toilets, and two showers! I know that may sound funny to some, but it's one thing that has been quite a challenge at times - so it's delightful to finally have a house with two!
And, we have music teachers! Grafton has a lovely Conservatorium, and while we were there, we met with the staff and teachers, and we are very much looking forward to being involved with their various bands and ensembles. We will also be involved with the local choir, and look forward to meeting with our new group soon. As well, there are several art & craft groups, and I'm already in contact with a few ladies who are involved with scrapbooking, whom I am looking forward to meeting face to face once we arrive.
We also have the bonus of having several other homeschooling families in the area, and we are all excited to get to know these wonderful people more. And, I have two nieces just a couple of hours north of where we will be living - so maybe I can finally find some time to spend with them as well!
How it all worked out is a long, wonderful story that is still unfolding; and as I am able, I will share some of the exciting developments, especially in the area of our faith, friends and our family; our relationships with God and with each other have absolutely blossomed these past few weeks / months, which has been very special to witness and to be a part of.
For now, though, it is back to sorting and packing, and making ready for our move!