Well, after much prayer and discussion, dh and I have decided to move our family into a smaller space. We have our eye on a couple of places right now. We will be renting either an apartment or town home for a few years so that we can actually save some money instead of just scraping by (a lot of the time, we are barely even doing that).
So, we will be going through all our stuff in the next couple of months to decide what's really important. We have accumulated so much "stuff" over the years, and the only reason we have kept it is because we have the space and it's more convenient than going through the hassle of getting rid of it. We have some relatives that can store some of our items until we get back into a house, like expensive tools and the lawnmower, snowblower, etc. But we will be getting rid of A LOT of stuff, weighing out whether it will be worth it to have to pay for extra storage (which hopefully we won't have to do...we will have a garage included in rent) vs. buying it again when we are in our house and need it, or just plain get rid of it all together. There are a lot of things that will fall into that last category.
I am actually getting excited about this. Being in closer quarters and not having so much STUFF to take care of, I will be able to spend more time with the kids, training, teaching, nurturing, and just plain building a better relationship with them. Same for dh...any extra hours he gets will be just that. It won't be necessary for him to be away at work so much so that we can barely scrape by. We will actually be able to SAVE money (imagine that!). I'm really excited to see what the Lord has in store for our family through all this.
Well, the house work basics are done, the kids are taking their naps, and I'm going down into the trenches (otherwise known as our basement) to get to work and start sorting!