Another milestone at Six Little Acres

Considering what our family has been through in the days since Baby Wren was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, November 7, 2017 seemed so far away.

That was the date Ninja Man would retire.

Well, November 7, 2017 came. In between the day of the news (February 15, 2016) and what will now be forever known as Retirement Tuesday, Ninja Man and I have had a difficult path to navigate. In order to help our daughter and her sweet family, we rented our home out so we could afford to build near her at Six Little Acres without debt.

During that time there were too many trips back and forth to count.

It was also during that time we moved from the house to our 5th wheel RV. It was our initial plan when we bought it but we never planned to “need” to live there.

And during that time we renovated what has become home to all of us. Daughter and family are living here with us for now, making us a family of six.

While the “no debt” thing didn’t work out (we had to borrow some funds to get as far as we are), this place, y’all, is exactly what the doctor ordered. Especially for a family who is on the mend from their most difficult 21 months (and counting).

But on November 7, this guy drove up to the RV wearing one of two shirts I made for him to commemorate the big day.

Not being needed back at SLA right away, we stayed the week at camp, seeing friends and doing stuff campers do. Yes, there was food, bonfires, laughter and tears (me).

We headed home the Sunday after Retirement Tuesday. Daughter and family were so excited to see us and even celebrated Ninja Man’s big day with balloons and a banner. I LOVE festive decorations and this made me decide to have a banner of some sort on the porch year round. What? Yep. We are free from our former home’s HOA and I can make one out of anything I want so I’m gonna. By the way, our little princess isn’t in this photo but her mommy, daddy and sweet sister is.

We rested up Sunday and Monday for, well, we had absolutely no schedule whatsoever, so basically we rested up just because we could. For the first time in AGES. No alarms to set. No trips to drive. It’s been a very, very long and stressful 21 months to get to this point.

On Tuesday, this guy (yeah, he loves his shirt) was collecting branches for the fire pit we have yet to build. We are currently using just what we have, but with plans to have a pretty cool one later. One of those fires are ok to roast marshmallows on (grandLittle bait) and the other is we-have-no-clue-what-was-in-that-barrel-so-Heaven-knows-we-aint-cooking-over-it.

There was one little princess who was so excited to see her Poppa Bo. All of our grandLittles love this man so much. It just melts my heart to see them snuggle up to him.

So, after many, many difficult months and thinking it would never happen, we finally left this place where we have made lifelong friends.And this is also the first time we haven’t had to store BoTown, our RV.

I love this door. I love this wreath. I love Six Little Acres.

It’s good, y’all. Really good.

Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

Kathy Bo

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And it begins. 

It’s Wednesday, April 20,2016. But our renovation story began a few weeks ago. 

I’ve been semi-retired for a few years and my sweet husband John is hoping to have a date for retirement soon. 

Meanwhile, we have been trying to figure out just “how” this plan is going to come together. We have prayed a lot over it. We have considered so many options of where as well as how to live once we retire. 

Our first plan was to buy an RV and live in it as we travel the US. But when we took a 13 day trip (see my RV blog here!) we (ok I) said, “Well THAT was crazy!” And we decided that we would need a launching pad.  

 The “launching pad” could be anything from a warehouse apartment to an old church for sale. As far as settling down was concerned, we were as open as could be.  We didn’t have to consider being close to work or even good schools. 

This was truly a first in our 40 years of marriage. 

Suddenly we could think of just us. Well, sorta. 

We agreed that we wanted to be close to our two kids and their families. The problem with that was they live four hours away from one another. 

It was a few weeks after February 15 of this year that it became clear. We would retire near our hometown, just minutes away from our daughter and her family.  February 15 is the day her 17-month old baby girl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer.  She has a good prognosis and an awesome medical team, and we have FAITH that God has a better plan for this baby.  

 Since Baby Wren is having treatment and will be monitored for several years we felt it was a no brainer to settle there. Our daughter needs me now and when I drive the four hours to help, I’m blessed to be staying in a garage apartment at my nephew’s home. 

My daughter was the one who found this place and it is perfectly located just on the outskirts of my favorite town. Our realtor got the ball rolling, we made an offer and now we are just five days from closing. 

THE TRAILER

  There is an elderly man living there now. When we went to see it, it was dark inside, but even in that dim light, we saw that it needs a lot of work. It’s a 1983 double wide (shall we call it “vintage”?) and there are soft places in the floors, a porch on the back rumored to have never been attached to the house, a nice covered porch on the front, two wells and a septic tank that passed inspection just today. 

And there are birds. And old pecan trees. A pear tree, camellias and dogwood trees. And it meets all the requirements of us both. He wanted land in the country, I wanted to be near everything.  This little treasure is just 8 miles from all my favorite stores. 

Besides all these wonderful things to look forward to, daughter is planning a garden! We would love for it to look like THIS: 

 I can’t wait. 

After closing on Monday, I’ll head out to the new place and start clearing out whatever is in the way to see how the “bones” are. 

Best case scenario is that we can live in it after renovation (don’t worry, I’m all about Pinterest!). I’m already planning on using light colors to brighten the place up. Here are some ideas that blogger Elizabeth Phillips shared on her blog! Click Here to see it!

    
   
THAT is why I think we can. I’m so encouraged by Elizabeth’s blog and I eagerly await her next post! 

Next scenario is that it may not be suitable for actually living in but with a few walls knocked out and some linoleum thrown down, it will make a dandy studio. I’m an avid crafter- papercrafts, sewing, knitting and crochet- to name a few. I’d have plenty of space to set up a crafting classroom!

Worst case scenario is that it is an awful-no good-termite eaten-rat infested haven of doom and we just have to bulldoze it. 

I’ll have a better idea of that next week. 

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Thanks for following! God bless.

Kathy Bo