Full House

One of my immediate goals is to clean out some clutter around this house. With the building of the addition last summer, and all of the trickle-down projects that happened in the wake of it, there still always seems to be a task in process, and a pile of tools and supplies taking up residence somewhere in or around the house.

A lot of painting happened inside over the late winter months. Almost every room in the upper level needed to be touched up or fully repainted after the new ceilings were done. Most recently, Jack finished the trim work on the new windows in all of the bedrooms. The spare bedroom became the temporary storeroom for tools and supplies that would be put to use again soon.

The indoor projects are pretty much wrapped up now, and we need to start focusing on redoing the landscaping in the back yard. (And the privacy fence that needs to be rebuilt, and the tree that needs to come down, and a host of other little things.) And I want the inside of the house back in order, not only the areas impacted by our recent home improvements, but the closets and storage areas that have begun to overflow. (I think it’s just inevitable after twenty-nine years in the same house.)

So yesterday I began to tidy up the spare bedroom. And actually, there’s a more compelling reason for cleaning it up than the simple fact that I can’t stand the clutter anymore. We need the room for its actual purpose. So someone can sleep in there.

Oldest son Jaeger is moving back home! With his dog, Dacotah. YUP! We’re going to be one big, happy (or insane) family again.

Call me crazy, but I think we’re going in the wrong direction here. These kids of ours keep moving BACK home again. What’s wrong with this picture?

Okay, so Jaeger’s move back home is a temporary thing, and actually, I couldn’t be happier. He’s been living in Fargo, ND for almost ten years, since he started his freshman year at NDSU. After graduation, there was a job waiting for him and he stayed. He was only four hours away from home, but still … four hours! I can’t tell you how often I’ve wished he lived close enough to come by for a Sunday family dinner or to just hang out together on a weekend.

Late last year, Jaeger started feeling stuck in his job and decided to start looking for other opportunities. When he said he thought he’d look for something closer to home, I was thrilled! A few weeks ago, he interviewed with a company in downtown, Minneapolis. He was told that the next time they called, he would know if he made it through to the second round of interviews. The week before last, he got the call he’d been expecting. We all had our fingers crossed for that second interview, but even better, he received an immediate job offer!

I am so proud! This sounds like a really good company with lots of room for growth and opportunity. Months ago, Jaeger switched the lease on his apartment in Fargo to a month-to-month agreement. We knew that when the right job came along, he wanted to be available to start right away and we agreed to his moving back home if necessary. So now that has happened and in June, he’s going to come back for a while, just until he can get settled and find a place of his own.

I’m trying to see this as an adventure. There will be five adults in this house and I know that’s going to be a challenge at times, but all too soon, I know this nest is going to empty out again. So I’m going to enjoy this full house while I can!

 

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5 thoughts on “Full House

  1. Well, there’s a BIG difference between our-adult-child-is-moving-in-to-sponge-off-of-us and our-adult-child-is-moving-in-temporarily-because-he-landed-a-great-job-nearby. Great news! I’m sure you’re thrilled. Five adults and two dogs! This should be “fun”.

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  2. Woo-Hoo!! Nothing like having adult kids living under one’s roof on a temporary basis! They’re old enough to help out and don’t need to be diapered or chauffeured to and from activities, ha!

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  3. That’s fantastic news! And what a great reason to declutter your house. Or at least the spare bedroom.
    We’re doing the opposite. It’s official that we’re leaving the kids behind at the end of this month. With mine, I think it’s a good thing. It forces them to become independent and figure things out on their own. It won’t be long though, and I’ll be wishing they lived closer. Sigh, now that I think about it, it won’t be long at all. 😦

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  4. This is great news. So happy for you all. I hated being way from family, and it took me a quarter of a century to move back. I’m so glad your son has done it much sooner. He won’t be sorry. We lived with my mom until we found something, too. Only took 3 weeks for us. Congrats and welcome home to your son.

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