We’ve been living in this beautiful house for a year now. The neighborhood is amazing, the area is beautiful and the weather is perfect most of the year. It really is the perfect house for us…which is why it’s been so hard to decide to move away from it all.
I’ve learned over the last few years that I’m not a good “work from home” type of person. I need to get out and have a change of scenery to keep my sanity. I love my family but to be honest there are times when I just need a break. I was definitely the sort of person who enjoyed a little alone time every now and then and right now that is just about impossible
I’ve been exploring the option of going to school or finding a job. I have been thinking about getting a part time position somewhere just to have something different to do. The problem though is that I have no way to get out of my house except a little shuttle service that will take me into New Braunfels. If you’ve never been here it’s just the usual smallish town that has no work opportunities that appeal to me. It all boils down to the fact I’m stuck in this house. I have so many things I want to do but as of right now Jesse is the only way for me to get around and pulling her away from her business and bringing along all the kids just isn’t working out. It’s adding stress and making things much more difficult. It’s not fair that she always has to give up the things she is doing for the things I want to do.
Being blind isn’t hard. It’s actually rather peaceful. What is hard is the fact that I have extremely limited independence in an area like this. I thought I could deal with it, that I would be okay trading my ability to get out for this amazing house in a beautiful area but the reality is that I feel like a prisoner and I can’t do it anymore. In the past year I have been given the opportunity to attend a few adaptive athletic camps and this move will give me the chance to train for competition. By being closer to public transportation I will also have a better opportunity to further my motivational speaking career.
Jesse and I have been talking about this for a while now. We’ve tried to work through these issues and we’ve explored options available to us. With lots of prayer and thought we have decided to sell our home and move.
Since we have decided to relocate we have decided to move closer to family. After what we’ve been through we both share the mindset that family is more important than anything else. Where we live right now we’re lucky to visit Jesse’s family once a year. People have constantly asked us how the new house is and how we were liking it. We both love this home but would like to be closer to family and be able to visit. It’s been harder than either of us imagined being so far away from the ones we care about.
We would not have this opportunity to explore our options had it not been for the amazing charity of Operation Finally Home, Tilson Home Corporation, Vintage Oaks, and all of the donors. When we first found out about this house we had more than one person with OFH tell us that they aren’t about tying the families down to one location but that they’re about giving them a new lease on life and setting them up for the rest of their lives. That’s the reason we didn’t have any paperwork requiring us to live here for any length of time. They simply wanted to help, no strings attached.
We are so grateful to OFH, Tilson, Vintage Oaks, and everyone who has given us the ability to do what is best for our family. If it wasn’t for the generosity of so many we wouldn’t be able to do this. OFH has given us the ability to make the most out of our lives and we can never thank them enough.