Max and Lily started third and seventh grade at their new schools. It was a little bit of a transition, but it only took them each about two days to find their stride. I'm so impressed with how brave Lily is. 13 is kind of a fragile time for a young girl and she has just taken in the adventure like a hero. Mr Max is still young enough that he had six best friends by Wednesday. Quinn stayed home with us for a week and then started his new daycare. The lady that runs it is a modern day hippy. She is peaceful and all the kids call her Nana. I love her. She's the best. I'm feeling so good about those kiddos right now.
I found us a rental house that is one mile from our inlaws and 1.5 miles from our new farm. I took the Zillow listings that had been on the market the longest and tests the realtors asking if their clients would be willing to rent their houses out for a few months. I got lots of no's but I got one yes and that's all it took. The house is a great rental. Very clean and in a great location. It's two stories which is a change for us, but the kids love it. We are so lucky that we found such a great opportunity. It actually has a master suite which has been a big adjustment for us! AND an attached garage, which I'm not sure I can ever live without. We have the lease till May, then they are going to list it back for sale and we can stay there month to month till our house is done. We hope our renovation is done by late July. Fingers crossed on that. I'm hosting our family Thanksgiving at my rental this year for the first time in my life. Excited and nervous.
We closed on our new farm on November 21st. We had the honor of meeting the old owner, who was such a wonderful lady. Her husband passed one year ago, so we did not get to meet him but he sounds like he was a really great guy. He collected cars and other "junk" which he had filled the barn with. She said his four kids worked every day for 1.5 months to empty out the barns. They still left us a few treasures, and I'll go into more detail about that another time. We had such a wonderful closing. I could have talked to her for hours. I told her that she or any of the family can come by any time they want to see the progress. When she left we hugged and she told me that she was so glad we were bringing life back into the place and that he husband would have loved it too. I almost cried, she was just so gracious and kind. No wonder that place has such good karma. We drove right out to the farm and just walked around smiling for an hour. What a great place.