**Note: Pictures in this post have been taken from Realtor.com to show what the house will look like, minus the furniture.**
“They accepted our offer!” Husband Man replied as he checked his cell phone for the third time in a row. It was a tiring day, full of non-stop texting and signing documents electronically through e-mail from our realtor.
I wasn’t sure wether to smile from excitement or cry out of frustration about this good news.
With his retirement from the military and his non-stop job hunting, it had been a stressful few months for this family. Luckily, God ended up blessing him with an incredible job that would allow us to settle in and put down roots here in Albuquerque.
The next step in our grand scheme of things was to seek out potential places to live. Questions such as: “Do we rent or do we buy?” “Do we live in this school district or that school district?” and the ultimate question….“Do we live in the city or do we live mountain country?”–all came at us like a tornado sweeping through a dusty town.
We had been house hunting for the last few weeks and it was proving to be an exhausting ordeal. However, once our eyes saw this one, we knew jumping putting an offer on the table was what we needed to do.
How We Grew Up:
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a city girl. I’m also a military brat, however, if we weren’t living on a military base (which is basically a city within itself), we were living at least 5 minutes away from the city. Husband Man on the other hand, spent the majority of his childhood being raised in the country. We’re talking 4-wheelers, 1 to 2 acres of land, grass as green as the eye could see, where traveling to the nearest grocery/department store is an all day affair, and your nearest neighbor is your aunt or cousin.
His parents and family members still live there and when we travel to Mississippi to see them, this is where we go. It’s a deep rooted and grounded part of American culture that I had a difficult time understanding at first.
How We Have Raised Our Kids (so far):
My daughter and son, who are now 9 and 10, have spent their lives being raised either on a military base or in the city. Due to Husband Man’s active duty status, it was important to us that we either lived close to where he worked or live inside the city where places such as hospitals and grocery stores were easily accessible. The convenience of calling in a pizza delivery order at 9 pm, traveling 15 minutes to the nearest department store, and only having to travel 5 minutes to reach the closest ER were important to us back then.
Presently, just like most children their age, they have been raised on electronic devices as well. My son cannot go anywhere without his trusty iPad and my daughter has an addiction to DIY crafting and cooking videos on YouTube. On some days, you can catch both of them watching Netflix and streaming the latest episode of Lab Rats or Mighty Med. Social wise, our door bell rings 24/7 due to the huge amount of children that live on our street. Our kids are city kids….to the “T!”
Why Live in Mountain Country?
After carefully weighing the pros and cons of each of the questions above (to include visiting houses in certain school zones), we decided that living in the country, mountain country, may be the best decision for our family.
- Supposedly, high speed internet will be a thing of the past once we move. We want our children to learn what it means to be able to back away from their electronics for a while. It would be great if they can learn how to solve their problems without the help of Google (although I do have to admit that Google does help quite a lot in some situations).
- Social time for our kids will be cut down tremendously when we move. The door bell won’t be ringing every few hours on the weekends like it does here. Which is great because it will give mommy and daddy a break. It will also hopefully help our children realize that while being social is a good thing, it’s not the only thing that should matter.
- Family time has always been special to us, however, moving out to the country will give us time to really work on projects (such as landscaping and gardening) together. It will be able to give us that one on one time with each other that we wouldn’t normally have if we lived in the city.
- Safety is also an important thing we wanted to consider. The city we live in now is infested with crime. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the latest car jacking or the latest shooting or drug deal bust. Every city will have crime, however, moving out to the country will hopefully lessen this reality. This small town does have it’s issues, however, they are issues that seem to be on a far lesser scale then where we live now.
- Education and the school systems are also very important. Our daughter will be going into 6th grade this year, which means she will be entering middle school. Middle school is such a hard time for children in general. We wanted to make sure which ever school she enters, will be a good fit for her. The school in this town is not only smaller, but it gave me a ‘down home’ feel when I took a tour of it. Everyone was so nice and so willing to share their experiences that I felt right at home. Hopefully our daughter will too 🙂
About Where We Will Live:
For a little over a decade, we have followed my parents footsteps. Now it’s time to follow in Husband Man’s family’s footsteps. Unlike how he was raised, however, there will be a few differences with things.
The town we will be living in does have a few grocery/department stores that only take minutes to reach, as well as a coffee shop, a bakery, and a few family oriented restaurants. It’s country living with the convenience of living in a minuscule city, if that makes any sense. The closest big city is 30 minutes away and the second biggest is located 30 minutes on the opposite end. We also will not be around any immediate family so we are hoping God will bless us with making long lasting friendships that will feel like family to us.
Things About Mountain Country Living That I Have to Get Used To:
During the house hunting process in this tiny country town, I kept hearing the words “rattler snakes,” “mice,” and “coyotes” come out of our realtor and a few other’s mouths. I’ve also heard the words “well water” and “slow internet” quite a bit.
These are things my family and I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing 100%. We’ve seen a few snakes here on base, but they were never poisonous and we always had the base police come out and help us remove them. We’ve had a mouse in our house at one point, however, it was only one and Husband Man caught it. Coyotes do roam around the base at night and in the early mornings, however, we have never had issues with them and know to keep our small dog inside during those hours. As for slow internet? That only happened when there was an outage or when the company performed maintenance on the lines (which is very rare).
To be exposed to all of this every day is going to be a challenge for everyone in this house, especially me. I am not a fan of snakes and mice. Nor am I a fan of slow internet. We will be able to get cable/dish network so that is a good thing, however, everyone in this family depends on the internet for something so it will be a change for all of us.
Going from city to mountain country living is going to be quite the experience. I’m hoping the calm and quietness of this new lifestyle change will outweigh all of the things we are going to have to get used to.
— I looked at my husband after he told me about the seller’s accepting our offer and said, “I guess we found ourselves a house! Hope we are all up for country living because ready or not, it’s happening!” —
I sure hope we made the right decision!
Till Next Time…..