Life this year has been moving along at a steady pace and has felt fine, but then suddenly June seems to have just gone by in a flash, and I can’t quite believe that here we are already in July! We are feeling joyful, blessed and incredibly happy in our new chapter and already seeing many more reasons why it was (and is) a good choice for us!
June for us of course will go down in the family history books – it has been massive (and therefore super busy too)! We sold our first home in Leeds, moved back to East Yorkshire, and moved in with Grandma all in the first weekend. The following Monday the kids started a new school in the village we’re moving to (which they love), we attended the funeral of my awesome Granddad, and then Megs turned 5! Alice sprouted some more teeth and conquered climbing the stairs, and finally somewhere in there we managed to squeeze in a couple of beach trips and Go Ape too!
Despite all of that craziness, sadness, farewells and lots of adventures, we still failed to get a family pic along the way and so this months photos were quickly taken on the lawn at Grandma’s by one of my sister in law’s! I actually really love them though and as they capture this month perfectly – fun, crazy and a new back drop for us!
This isn’t our permanent home, but rather a pit stop along the way whilst we wait to exchange on the new house. Originally the plan was to be here for 2 weeks, which for one reason or another has quickly become 4 (and soon to be more like 6!!). We are of course eager to get to the new house, but we are happy here too and it works just fine! Ethan gardens most mornings before school with Nathan’s mum and we have loved (mostly) school runs on the trains and big family dinners!
Therefore I look at us all in these shots and see that they are ideal despite being last minute, because this is our current home and a view we wake up every morning and look out on. This is where the kids play morning and night, learn from and hang with Grandma, and where we started our chapter in East Yorkshire. They mean we can look back on June 2017 as not only one of craziness (and tiredness for daddy), but the month we lived with Grandma!
We are loving our new chapter though and whilst the move to our new house is taking longer than anticipated and we are still hoping for a new Job for Nath, over all it’s all good. I feel way more relaxed and free, and we all feel happy and content. That sounds weird saying that, and I feel weird writing it as I loved Leeds and my life there too, but I can see that life here is already way better for us all and that we definitely made the right decision.
Things are happening that I never even considered before and just the other weekend as I kicked back in the sea (and again as we drove through the countryside) I realised how much better and free my life felt now. I feel tired still but more relaxed… I even commented to Nathan just last weekend; “is it weird that I feel like we’re always on holiday but this is actually our life now?“, and at that point we realised it was what living the dream felt like. Of course there are still stresses and exhaustion from life, and so many things we need to sort…the days are as mad as always (especially with taking the train most days to school and Nathan still commuting to Leeds), but this is all temporary and the weekends spent on the beach, seeing family lots (both for hang outs and midweeks play dates), lots of lovely scenery, date night picnic’s in the meadows and having the kids even more happy and settled in school, are all worth the trade off!
In just 3 weeks we will have a 1 year old, be in our new home (at last) and the kids will be breaking up for the Summer holiday’s. We have way more craziness (and decorating) ahead, but I am excited to start sprucing up our new home and spending the Summer exploring our new county with the fam!
Goodbye June – you’ve brought huge and wonderful changes to our family and we are enjoying every moment.
In June we are grateful for
* Grandma letting us move in
*Our lovely new Church family
*Lots of sunshine
*A great new school and Community
*Megan and her presence in our family
*Being blessed with a fabulously brilliant Granddad and having the opportunity to remember his amazing life and example.