Monday, October 29, 2012

The Big Move

It has been a busy fall!  In August Jason was offered a job in Colville, WA (only 30 miles from Canada).  After a lot of deliberation, we decided to take the job and work on our dream of starting a homestead.  We moved up here October 10!  Right now we are staying with friends while we look for a home.  On November 1, we will move into a furnished one-bedroom apartment because the friends we are staying with are moving away.  It has been kind of a whirlwind.

Most of our stuff on our driveway while the movers categorized and organized it.  Gotta love the Transfer of Station from the USDA!

I had to quit my job teaching.  :(  As a teacher it's always tough to leave your students, but I feel like I abandoned them since it's so close to the beginning of the year.  As far as I know, the administration still hasn't filled my position and my students have been acting out for the subs.  :(  So far Washington won't let me apply for a teaching credential because I don't have a permanent address.  Once we move into the apartment, I can finish the application and get fingerprinted.  I am not sure about my teaching prospects up here-there IS a population of Russian immigrants but not a lot of ELLs in the schools.  Also it's pretty rural-Colville has 4,000 people and Kettle Falls (where we'll probably buy the homestead) has about 1,000.  I have heard from 2 people that the Spanish teacher may be retiring at the end of the year.  If I can't get a permanent job, I can always sub and work hard at being self-sufficient on the homestead.

Maybe we'll get a yurt for the homestead!

In the meantime, I have been sewing up a storm!  Before the move I made a few dresses and right now I have been making baby pajamas (so many friends having babies) and I am sewing a dress for the 9-year old daughter of a good friend.  Most of our belongings are in storage, but I kept out the sewing machine and some notions.  I will let you know as soon as we get our homestead and let you know about the progress.

Baby pajamas from Amy Butler's Little Stitches.
In the meantime, if you have ideas for what I should do to meet people and not go stir crazy without a job, please let me know!


  1. Ah. I've just read all your blog posts amber. love it .. and just a little bit jealous, brewing your own beer, sewing your own clothes..i need some of your energy!! Claire Morris xx

  2. Thanks Claire! As soon as we get the homestead, I would love to have you come for a visit! I miss all my Brits!! Send my love to everyone when you see them!