October was supposed to be a happy, peaceful month full of celebrating and joy. In our brilliant plans, we were going to have arrived at our new home in Utah, closed and moved in – all before my eighteenth birthday on the 10th.
Unfortunately, life rarely goes according to plans.
(I am sorry that this post lacks pictures. WordPress doesn’t work on the computer for some reason and it id a real pain trying to do it on the phone.)
As you all read in my last update, the house closing didn’t happen smoothly. At all.
The closing kept getting pushed farther and farther off. We found an airbnb and unpacked the U-haul into a storage unit (which was SO much easier than last time because of all of the heavy furniture that we’d gotten rid of before leaving GA). Daddy started work. We waited restlessly and anxiously to know if we would even get the house at all.
For a while there, it seemed like we would lose the house. Needless to say it was extreemly stressful on everyone.
During that time we did, however, have a lot of good times. We visited museums, had bake offs (which I failed to take pictures of), took glorious long walks with amazing views and played lots of Apples to Apples and Life.
We had imagined that we would be moved into our new house by the time that the cold weather hit. All of the clothes that we packed were for late summer Georgia – something very different from the weather here.
So we all looked quite ridiculous in summer clothes, shivering while snowflakes fluttered down around us. I think my ears and toes are still frozen from the amazing walks we took.
Aren’t those mountains amazing?! We get that backdrop to our daily lives. All we need is epic music playing in the background. I’m thinking LOTR… We could be living a movie. Our lives the past couple of months have been chaotic enough. 😂
We managed to have a really good celebration of my eighteenth birthday despite the house situation.
It started out with pastries from an amazing German bakery. The people there are sooo nice! They gave us a bunch of extra pastries. My birthday morning was filled with a giant box of pastries cut into a bunch of pieces.
We went to church which was good. We went to a Mexican restaurant for enchiladas. They weren’t open yet, so we walked down to the Dollar Store to get some last minute decorations and some sugar for the bake off later that week.
By the time we finished there, the restaurant had opened and was filled with people. We ordered and had a delicious meal.
There was a Native American art show at the Utah Museum of Natural History. That was amazing. The artists were all so talented and their creations were absolutely beautiful. We spend a while looking at everything and talking to people. Mama and Daddy bought me beautiful turquoise earrings.
We walked around the museum for a while before heading home – with a coffee break on the way. 👏
At home I did some plotting *evil laugh* while Mama worked on the cakes. Then I played Life with the boys.
Supper was leftovers and then we had amazing Black Forest cake. If you’ve never had it, you’re missing out. It’s chocolate cake with lots of cherries and whipped cream. 😋
We had candles but we forgot to get matches and they don’t keep those sort of things in airbnbs for obvious reasons.
So we weren’t sure how we would light the candles. No matches. No lighters. No gas stove. The ever resourceful Daddy got a propane torch and used it to light them. 😂 Definitely not normal but very effective and very memorable! That was sort of the theme of my birthday this year. 😂
We had presents and everyone was soooo sweet!! There were lots of certificates and gifts to come and lots of very sweet words and cards that meant a lot to me. 💖 (Thank you to everyone who made my day so special!)
During October we stayed in two different airbnb’s. My siblings
and me had a lot of fun watching Boss Baby series and other fun movies. 😊
We had hoped to celebrate Baruch’s 10th birthday in our new house, but that didn’t happen either. He had a really fun birthday, though with great gifts and a massive peanut butter chocolate cake.
After much frustration and worry over the house, we closed on the 15th! We still had a matter of waiting for the funds to go through and were on edge for the next weekish before we finally got the keys to the house! 👍👏 *tears of joy and relief*
We celebrated the closing with amazing Gelato and pastries. (We like sweets here a lot, you may have noticed).
We celebrated getting the keys with delicious bubble tea. We got it a lot in Georgia and it was a family favorite (but also extreemly expensive). But this place that we got it from here was amazing! Less expensive and the tea part was so much better and sooo flavorful. 😍😍
We moved into the house on the 23rd!! It was, of course, freezing cold and raining. 😂 But it was such a long awaited day. Several people from church came to help take the stuff from the storage unit and then moved it all into the garage! It went so fast and it was such a blessing. We haven’t had people to help us move for a really long time.
As of today, we still haven’t unpacked much. Daddy is building all of the bedrooms in the basement and we are sleeping in what will be the school rooms, so it is pretty hard to do much unpacking. I’m really looking forward to finding my winter clothes, more of my stuff (I’ve been living out of the stuff I brought in my backpack, lol) and I’m also really looking forward to playing with my gliders again. I haven’t for over a month and I miss them so much!
Aside from the house stuff, I kept very busy with a writing competition for the last 3 weeks of October. I’m really quite thankful that it came when it did becauae it gave me something fun and challenging to work on each day instead of brooding over the house.
I got a ton of writing done and I finished plotting for my next novel! By the end, I was so burnt out of writing. 😂 I got a one day break and then it was on to NaNoWriMo. 😆 We shall see if my brain can find enough power to get through November!
This month wasn’t easy and it wasn’t what we had expected at all. But in it we have all seen God’s hand. We are here, after all. We have a beautiful house in a beautiful place. We’re together. 💖
How was your October? Have you ever had bubble tea? Do you have a birthday in October? What are you looking forward to in November? Are you doing NaNoWriMo?