Give us our Daily Bread… to stock up on?

Sunday Class Notes

Sunday Class Notes Taken This Morning, Sorry about my handwriting.

Today’s Sunday Class was interesting, it’s too bad class was short. We got hung up on “give us our daily bread part”.

I’m somewhat of a survivalist. I was on of those y2k nuts, at least until I was sure that companies did heed the warning and hired plenty of programmers to solve the problem.

One comment that got us talking was that there was only so much you can prepare for, but sometimes the inevitable happens. Then what?

Praying for your daily bread is probably all that you can do and trust God will provide it.

Note: There’s something to be said about being prepared. Mike had his savings and I had bought in bulk, allowing us to stockpile a little. It all came in handy when Mike wasn’t working anymore. However, I believe God had a hand in it. Mike was able to pick up random work that allowed us to pay our rent, and the current job that he has now came in the nick of time.

I still have a hard time letting go. It’s not that I should sit back and be lazy. It’s just that our funding (and space) is limited. I’m doing all that I can to NOT buy in quantities that would make the local food pantry jealous, or fret on the fact that we have no property to live off of in Texas, and trust that God will provide.

In Texas

We finally made it to the “Texan RV Park” and after all the problems getting here, what could possibly go wrong? Let’s see…  The internet is awful, only because we are too far from the WAP. Fortunately, that could be resolved by getting an antenna booster.  Unfortunately, we aren’t spending on anything extra until Mike is working again. It’s in the 90s and our air conditioner quit and now… it’s raining and nothing seems to be able to dry out.

On the bright side, we made it in one piece and the camper is still intact, minus the AC. Pfft, who needs AC in September anyway? Oh that’s right, we’re in Texas. It does seem that we have brought the cold with us. It’s supposed to be in the fifties at night for the next few days. Maybe by then we will have the AC fixed.

Until we get a booster, I’ll probably be on only twice a week.  This is when I have to do laundry and the internet is stable and fast.  I think one of the WAPs are there. This will mean no Skype for a little while longer, but I will be posting to my blog.

 

We finally made it to the “Texan RV Park” and after all the problems getting here, what could possibly go wrong? Let’s see…  The internet is awful, only because we are too far from the WAP. Fortunately, that could be resolved by getting an antenna booster.  Unfortunately, we aren’t spending on anything extra until Mike is working again. It’s in the 90s and our air conditioner quit and now… it’s raining and nothing seems to be able to dry out.

On the bright side, we made it in one piece and the camper is still intact, minus the AC. Pfft, who needs AC in September anyway? Oh that’s right, we’re in Texas. It does seem that we have brought the cold with us. It’s supposed to be in the fifties at night for the next few days. Maybe by then we will have the AC fixed.

Until we get a booster, I’ll probably be on only twice a week.  This is when I have to do laundry and the internet is stable and fast.  I think one of the WAPs are there. This will mean no Skype for a little while longer, but I will be posting to my blog.

Two days of Chaos

 

Plane taking off

Plane taking off (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Two more days and my husband and I will be off to Texas to look at houses and jobs. I’m not exactly looking forward to this. For one, I have a slight phobia of flying, Second, being pregnant, I do not look forward to the security scrutiny that I may have to go through. It didn’t help that I browsed YouTube just before making this post.

 

To minimize the trouble, (and to travel light), we had decided not to bring toothpaste, lotion, or any other liquid. I’m even going as far as to not bring my water bottles and just pay the crazy price after the security checkpoint.  When we get to Athens, we’ll stop at Wal-Mart and pick up a gallon of water from the dispenser as well as all the other goodies we decide not to take.

 

We also took care to make sure that the hotel has a coin-operated (mini) Laundromat so our clothes will also be limited. I think we will be able to fit all of our clothes in a small bag, with the help of some Ziploc Bags (more on that in the next post).

 

We will be dropping my kids off at my Sister’s house, but the dogs are supposed to be picked up by my Aunt and grandmother. My sister is concerned about her dog and Togo as they didn’t get along the last time they met. Unfortunately, I’ve tried a few times and I hadn’t been able to get ahold of my Aunt.  Tomorrow is probably my last chance; otherwise, I’ll have to figure something else out.

 

We will have our neighbor keep an eye on the house while we are gone as well as take care of any packages that won’t be put on hold by the postal service.

 

Tomorrow we will be gone some of the day as I have a midwife appointment to check on the position of the baby. Then we have to do shopping to buy some traveling supplies and some clothes for the kids.

 

We leave Friday. There is so much to do in so little time

 

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Onward… To Where?

OpenStreetMap Logo

OpenStreetMap Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in Vermont, which has a very high cost of living. Unfortunately, we no longer have the income that allowed us to stay here for so long.

We have been considering our options, or at least the options we wish we had.

  1. Stay here, get a lower income job, get a garden started and maybe bribe the neighbors with free eggs so we can have a few chickens.
  2. Move to Texas, which has the most cities with the best cost of living in the top ten according to Forbes  (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mim45gjje/methodology/), easy homeschool laws, warmer weather, and low unemployment rate.
  3. Move to Indiana where we have some property already, also with decent homeschooling laws, a lower unemployment rate than Vermont, and a longer growing season… well, theoretically, anyway. This year Indiana had more snow than Vermont this year and as Vermont was thawing, the Midwest ended up with another 8 inches.
  4. Go way off the deep end and just travel around the US, blogging (video blogging?)  all the way (traveling with 6 kids – once the baby is born – should make an interesting blog, right?). Think a modern day version of “Promised Land” expanded with three more kids.

The problems (coinciding with above)

  1. Our current house costs more than what we can earn locally, even if we manage to get all of our food from our .33 acre lot.
  2. Our We have a mortgage on the house which makes it difficult to get a mortgage elsewhere.
  3. Mortgage on the house… we won’t be able to build on the property before next winter, meaning a few years
  4. Mortgage on the house… That trip won’t last long. I honestly think we can do it, and I dream of doing it once for about a year with the kids

The one thing that is throwing a wrench in any of these options is the house we currently live in. If we stay, the the mortgage is more than what most companies in the area are willing to pay. It would be difficult for me to find a job so close to my due date as most don’t offer maternity leave until you have stuck around longer than the “probation period” – usually three months.  I’m due in two.

All isn’t lost, however, as we have come up with some other ideas. Come to think of it, options 2, 3, and 4 are more feasible than option 1 because we might be more likely to find a renter than a buyer. In fact, that is what we have been talking about lately. We shall see as time progresses.

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