Once again, the Joneses are packing our things and leaving for another adventure. Our time here on the Western Slope was a pit stop, hopefully to a home we’ll live in for longer than six months. I long to hang pictures on walls again and to decorate. We haven’t hung any pictures and only unpacked essentials since we’ve been here in Colorado. Living out of boxes for fear of adding more work to our lives, has not been much fun. I’m ready to feel settled again. I’m ready to have a home I can call mine. I’m ready to use my top of the line washer and dryer again that has been sitting in our garage for six months. I seriously can’t wait to do laundry in our new home!!
I’m also ready to live in a place that has, a true legit dollar store, a Sprouts, some different grocery stores, IKEA and a Lowe’s. It will also be nice that the kids’ school isn’t 17 miles away. Life is about to get complicated again but in an exciting fresh way.
While living here felt foreign to me at first in a place so focused on agriculture and mining, I soon found my place inside the classroom and in the hearts of the children I worked with. It has fueled a strong desire in me to do something with my life that makes a difference in the lives of others. That is where I feel the most fulfilled. I have felt a stronger bond with my own children since I’ve been working with kids and I want to continue making children and my family the most important things in my life.
We have made so many memories as a family here on the Western Slope. The great thing about this side of Colorado is that nature is right out your back door. You aren’t far from a lake or a 14er. Camping is an hour away, and there’s just so much beauty everywhere. We’ve done more outdoor things here in Colorado than we ever did in Arizona. He’s a snapshot of just some of our fun over the last six months.
So while I most likely will spend the last two months of this year getting settled in our new home, I know in the new year I’ll have a more focused direction and a plan of action, not to mention resources and opportunity.
On Monday we’ll be packing up life here on one side of the state and trekking over to the front range. I can’t wait to get our keys and step into our new home!
I will be grateful for these memories and the people, friends I have made along the way.
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