Thursday, July 3, 2008

What's going on this coming school year?

Things are up in the air and I am not liking it. I am a planner. I like to plan. I like having a plan. Right now, I really don't have a plan. I had a plan, but there is so many things I don't have control over that are messing with my plan. I don't like it.

We still have not heard from UCDavis if we have a place to live. We've been on a waiting list for student housing since February for a move in date of August. Nobody is returning my emails to give me some sort of indication of where we are at on the list. We have to give a 30 day notice at our current apartment. We have to pack. We have to reserve a truck. If we are unable to move into the large apartment (594 sq ft!), then we need to somehow find a place to live there, while we are here. Sight unseen. AND most other 2 bedroom apartments I have looked into are anywhere from $250-900 more a month! We are on a fixed income and that is just not going to work for us. Besides, a lot of these places have already leased everything for the coming school year. I need a plan.

Homeschooling...we have decided to register with Natomas Charter School. The boys will be able to take a few classes there (like Latin, Art, Martial Arts, Music, ect.) a couple days a week and they will pretty much buy/lend me curriculum of my choosing (with the exception of curriculum with overt Christian content). It will also provide us with an instant community which is something we will need since we know no one! With that being said, I am not sure if we have been accepted yet. If accepted, I don't know exactly what classes are being offered and when. I am also a bit unclear as to what they will buy/lend as curriculum. Do they just supply the framework (the teacher manual, the student manuals, ect.) or the additional books to supplement and read along with it. It's making it impossible for me to make final decisions to what we will be using next year as well as how to plan my time during the week. I need a plan.

Jobs...I will need to work part time. I don't want to, but it really might be good for me. It'll get me out of the house and with other adults. I need that. Plus, we need the money. But, where am I going to work? Who is going to hire a homeschool mom with scheduling issues? Okay, I am probably borrowing trouble from tomorrow as far as this is concerned, but it is still on my mind.

It's just hard. This summer has been hard. We know we are not staying here. We know where we are going. We are doing our best to prepare for the coming school year, but it kind of feels like we're running in place.

That's all. Thanks for "listening".


Dawn said...

Brittney, I will be praying for you and your family. We have been in similar circumstances and God always comes through, though sometimes at the last possible moment. :) It's so very hard during the unknown times. We're entering our own again, as Dh has given notice without yet finding a new job. It's exciting and terrifying all at the same time.

TheTutor said...

I have been in your shoes twice now (moving with no ability to preview) so here is my advice: CALL CHURCHES (sorry for yelling). We found our last two places by calling churches in our denomination, explaining our situation, and asking if anyone knew of anything affordable. That's one of the purposes of the church, isn't it? For those with to help those without? You are without a home and without roots, so ask those with homes and with roots to help you settle in. Trust me, you are blessing them as much as you will be blessed.

Also, ask on the WTM board. I found another housing lead through there and also a lead on a job for me (which I ended up not needing... although sometimes I think a more regular paycheck would be nice).

We planned a little better on this move and asked EARLY and talked to LOTS of people. When we finally got here, it was like coming to family... people came to welcome us, help us move in, take us out to eat, invited us to picnics, showed up at our house so we could follow them to church, parks, etc. It was wonderful. We have been here one year this weekend, and 4th of July picnics will mean so much more to us now because of that first weekend here.

This can be such a crazy, scary, exciting, confusing, fun time. We will be praying for you. Enjoy it. You will be amazed at the great memories you are making.

Swim Chica said...

BIG HUG!!!!! I feel your pain. I so feel your pain. Mine was not that stressful...this time...but we use to move A LOT. It is so hard. I am a planner as well but I have learned to adapt. Your kiddos are small still. Enjoy the adventure! Breathe deep! Kiss your husband for this opportunity to live every moment.


Brittney said...

Thanks for your wonderful words of encouragement and advice. I really need to hear them.

Collin was able to talk to someone, but not "the" one in the housing department. She thinks we have a good chance of getting a place in August, but there are 20 other families ahead of us. What?! I am trying not to panic as she also said we will have a clearer picture of where we stand next week.

I appreciate you Ladies!

Lori Carr said...

I always wonder what I would be able to do if I had to go back to work. I am sure it would have to be retail at night. We could use the extra money. I feel your pain! Hope all works out for you all and that you hear about your housing soon!

Have a great weekend!