Master of Moves? Not Quite!
Thank goodness that I have some really incredible friends and family members who helped me! I'm so lucky to have friends who are willing to travel 600 miles one way to work their butts off and help me pack up all of the junk I've collected over the past five years. Let me tell you, when you're raising quadruplets, you accumulate a lot of junk. Not only does it take a lot of stuff to raise them, your time is also limited so without a lot of help, you can't go through your stuff and downsize like you ordinarily would. I am beyond grateful for my friends!
Once we got everything loaded and clean, we were in for a full day of driving. After a full day of driving, then we were in for another full day of unloading. It takes some pretty special friends to go through that.
And now, I have probably six months of hard work ahead of me getting us set up to live. I've also been fortunate enough to have been gifted a home that's been in my family for many years. Unfortunately, as it goes with old homes, it needs a lot of work - a good cleaning, sealing up some holes where little friends come in, lots of paint and some spit shine should do it some good. Eventually, I'm hoping to put in central heat and air as the idea of gas heaters and space heaters with four little ones scares me and put in new flooring in some of the areas as the old laminate tiles are peeling off and breaking. Way, way down the line, I'd like to add on to the house to give us a little more room and an extra bathroom but five people lived in that house when it was first built, so there's no reason five people can't live in it now.
Being a single Mom is hard no matter who you are. Being a single Mom to quadruplets presents lots of unique challenges that few even begin to understand. Lots of people are so quick to offer up their "simple solutions" to complicated problems but few people actually get the big picture to even try to (or want to) understand the unique challenges my family faces. Currently, I'm trying to settle us into a house - this time one that is more appropriately budgeted for a single mom of four, searching for a new job that will accommodate my crazy life, trying to enroll the kids in pre-k/daycare of some sort so that I can work, and still trying to maintain some what of a stress relief for myself so I can mentally survive.
I hope that you'll decide to join me on this journey. I'd love to be able to share with you the progress on the house, on life, raising quadruplets, and reclaiming the spark that was lost through some of the trials I've faced in the last few years.