I graduated from NNU in Nampa, Idaho, in 2012 and have lived in the area ever since. In that time Nampa has become my home away from home – This is where Jesse and I got our first apartment together when we got married last summer and this is where I’ve worked my very first jobs as a graduated adult. We both knew this isn’t where we would stay long term, but we definitely enjoyed making it home for our first year of marriage.
When my Papa called and asked us to move to Kennewick and live with him, we (after many days thinking through it all) accepted his offer. We decided that right now was perfect timing for a change of scenery, so back to Washington State I go!! And I am so very excited to be back in my home state.
Papa is nearing 88 years old and was hoping to get a little extra help around his home. He’s still in such great shape for being 88 years old, but ever since my grandma died three years ago, his health seems to be slowly getting worse. This is where I come in – I have accepted his “job offer” to come and be his 24/7 caretaker. He is still very mobile and independent but he just wanted a little extra help with cooking, cleaning, yard work, driving and helping keep track of doctors appointments, doctors notes and other social events.
He and my grandma built their home in the 1950’s right next door to where his mother lived, and they have lived in that house ever since. Papa was born and raised in the Finley area and he has lived there his whole life – but that’s a story for another blog post some other time! :) Their Finley home has been like a second home for me and my siblings growing up – it’s where my mom and my aunt and uncle all grew up and where, generations ago, our family homesteaded.
The home itself is a two story house where the second floor is the main floor and the bottom floor (or “basement”) can be a second living area. We are going to be moving into the basement area and turning it into our own little apartment. [I put quotes around basement because I picture cement floors and creepy ceilings when I say basement, but it’s a Daylight Basement with lots of windows]
We had a lot of pros & cons to weigh out before making our decision but in the end there were significantly more pros than cons if we moved. So now we’re leaving Idaho, the place we’ve called home for the last 5-6 years and heading out on a new adventure in Eastern Washington.
Jesse & I are both happy with our decision to move but also very sad to leave friends and our church behind. I know there will be more moving in the future though, so leaving churches and leaving friends is just going to be a part of it. So now we get to join a new church and get involved to make new friends! I am also very excited to be living less than 4 hours away from my parents and brother (& soon to be sister-in-law). I haven’t lived this close in awhile and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone more often.
We already have about 65% of our things packed up and in Kennewick as of today (thanks mom & dad) and then next week Jesse’s parents are coming up to help us move the rest of our things. Our goal is to be moved in by August 1st. So it’s a very quick move, but luckily we have awesome families who are helping – and Kennewick isn’t too far away so it makes it easy to drive back and forth if we need too.
The next year will bring MANY stories to write about – so I am looking forward to getting all of Papa’s stories and memories written down so that our family doesn’t forget!