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Thursday, March 01, 2007

On The Move

Hello friends...
Time is just flying by right now. We have not had ANY Internet connection at our apartment for a few weeks now due to technical difficulties. We've been going to coffee shops and the library every couple of days. So just in case you were wondering where I went...I'm alive and well, just not connected. Luckily, we will be moving again in a week or so, and we have free high speed wireless at our new location.

They're moving again?! Yes. We have decided to cut our housing expenses in half and move to a much smaller place even closer to downtown. We've been busily painting, tearing flooring out, painting some more and sleeping hard. We've also had out of town guests and more out of town guests and dinner guests, so we have been B-U-S-Y!

You can see the "before" photos here and read more about the apartment. In the coming weeks, I will take the "after" photos and you can see the progress! We're having a blast making it our own and I am ecstatic to be moving into a smaller space again.

Some of you have asked how we stay on the Compact while moving and remodeling. Luckily, our landlords have said they will help with much of the costs of the renovations. We have been buying most of the remodeling items new (paint, tile, etc). If it was my own home and we were paying for it, I would probably buy used. It's proving very difficult to find some household items used...but we are doing our best and having a great time! The thing that helps me the most is to have PATIENCE. I am usually able to find what I need or something that will work if I just wait. eBay is my new friend. I'm learning a lot about my character in this process because I am definitely not naturally a patient person.

I have many new topics to write about and discuss with you...but my blogs will be on hold for just a bit longer while we finish the apartment, move, and get settled.

Blessings...and stay warm!

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Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

Wow- I'll have to work on my patience as I wait for you to post those good posts you have waiting for us... have a wonderful move!

3/01/2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger ME said...

Yay! It is great to see a post from you. Best of luck on your move! Can't wait until you are connected again!

3/01/2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger km said...

Geez, I've so missed your blogs! It's crazy how much it helps me feel like I'm there with you. Can't wait to see the after pics! Take you!

3/01/2007 1:29 PM  
Anonymous JustJana said...

Oh!I'm so glad you're back. I've been faithfully checking daily, and I was actually beginning to worry about you. Sounds like your life is never short on excitement. I look forward to hearing more from you soon!

3/01/2007 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to getting some color tips and decorating ideas as you put together your new home! (I'm going to be painting the whole interior of my new house over the next few months.) So glad to know you are happy and well and getting settled into your new city.

3/01/2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger denise said...

*yay* you are alive! Can't wait to see before and after pictures. You always have such good taste :)

Miss you, mama!

3/01/2007 3:42 PM  
Blogger Julie Luse said...

Hey friend,
It's so weird calling you that because in the blogging world you are like a celebrity, but I think I can call you a friend, even though you are all they way in Montana!
Hey, if your interested, I'm trying to start this new thing called Thankful Thursday. It's really to help me and to help others remember the important things in life. I explain it on my blog if you wanna check it out.
okay, keep it real Sara, kiss Bella and Matt daily! :)

3/01/2007 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see what your going to post about! I was so excited when you popped up on my bloglines, I learn so much from you! I've been doing the oil face cleaning you blogged about and I love it! My skin looks so much healthier and I haven't broken out, which I was afraid of. Thanks for the great tips! I can't wait to see what the "partment" looks like when you're all finished!

3/01/2007 4:47 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I say hooray for you! I think it's awesome and can't wait to see what you guys have done. You are such an inspiration!

3/02/2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

We are in the same moving process together friend. Lets chat about decorating and stuff when you have a free second. Right now I am up to my ears in boxes.

3/02/2007 7:14 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Pivec said...

I've lurked on your blog for some time now; can't remember if I've left you a comment or not. Good for you for sticking to the compact! Best wishes during your moving in process and stop by and say hello when you're back up and running again! :)

Blessings to you and your family!

~Nicole at Golightly Place

3/03/2007 4:57 AM  
Anonymous turnip said...

Waiting seems to be a theme on a lot of blogs lately. I have noticed a lot of people simply waiting to find something used, or more "green" rather than rushing out to Walmart to get it now. I am amazed at the lack of patience in our culture...and I am guilty of it too! We pay stores a hefty environmental and financial cost to be open 24-7 and have immediate variety to fill our desires NOW. If we would only be more patient, we would save money AND the earth....I can't wait to see the pictures of your new place, even the before picture looks cute!

3/03/2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger Heth said...

Wow, lots of change! It's great to hear from you and I can't wait to see the after pics. You always work magic. Is your email still the same or do you have a new one?

3/03/2007 4:39 PM  
Blogger Mama Monk said...

hi sara--
i hope the transition goes well for you, and that bella adjusts quickly. can't wait to see what you do with the place--

3/03/2007 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck settling in! I loved the studio apartment I lived in when I was single, but I have to admit I'd never be able to downsize to that degree now with a family and my emotional attachment to the family home I inherited. I do admire your simple living, though!

Not much new here in Des Moines--Amy had a girl named Ashlynn, and Jessica from the API group had a boy named Cale. Erika's twins are cute!


3/03/2007 10:26 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Wow...that is great.

I am excited for you and look forward to all the progress and details that no doubt will be captured at every turn...

Have fun gettign settled.....AGAIN! :)

3/05/2007 1:09 AM  
Blogger fullmoonbaby said...

I came across your blog from another online friend. I can't stop reading. You're such an inspiration to me in my quest for simplicity. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful resources and stories. I'll keep reading!!

3/06/2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous MelanieMC said...

Sara, I love your new place! It looks great. I thought I had already posted a comment, but I guess it was on MDC, not here. I can't wait to see the after pictures! God Bless!


3/07/2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger Julie Luse said...

Hey Sara,
I love your new pic. looks like you are enjoying your dreads! Hope everything is great in Montana!

Julie :)

3/07/2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger Tharini said...

Hi Sara...I've been a silent reader of your space for the past severl months now. And reading your words has reminded me of my conscience and sense of duty. Thank you for being such a committed inspiration. And I couldn't think of a better person whom I could pass on the 'Thinking Blogger Award' to. For more details please check my space:

Thank you.

3/09/2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Have you read Radical Simplicity, Sara? I think you might be Merkel's lost twin.

Seriously, it is a great book. Lifechanging for me. (Just for example, I'm spending time out of doors each day, in a secret spot in my back yard because of Merkel. This continues to be wildly refreshing.)

3/09/2007 12:07 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I can't wait to see what topics you have for us!!! Good luck in the renovations!!!

3/09/2007 5:17 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hey Sara...I'm with you on the patience comment. We have been going through a lot of similar things with the downsizing and making life more simple. God has taught me so much through it. Good post.

3/09/2007 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Angie said...

Sara, I'm finally delurking myself. I have been reading your blog for several months now. It is so wonderful! I have since started buying organic food and body products for my whole family. That's not all of it, but we'll just say you have impacted me greatly. Especially you're relationship with Jesus.
In fact, if you remember, we ran into each other outside of Starbucks at Jordan Creek Mall in WDM, Ia. How funny, and such a small world. Blessings in your move and I pray protection for you and your family as you follow the path God has for you!

3/10/2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Angie! Of course I remember you! I'm so glad you delurked. And I'm so glad that you've made all of those awesome changes in your life. Keep in can always email me at msjanssen (at) hotmail (dot) com. Blessings!

3/10/2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger Pea said...


This is completely unrelated to this post, and I know that you are super busy, but I was hoping that one of these days you might post on "unschooling". I have a daughter about the age of Bella and I am now planning to homeschool/unschool her. I'm seeking advice everywhere, but you and I share similar philosophies about life, etc. Can you offer any anecdotes, advice? Thank you so much for all you have shared so far. I have learned so much from you already.

3/14/2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Good luck with the moving and renos. Lots of fun, but a big job nonetheless. Look forward to checking out your new posts once the dust settles for you.

3/18/2007 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, check out this article on micro-homes in Japan!

Laurie Belin

3/19/2007 8:56 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Laurie! What a neat article. It reminded me of one I read a few months ago in the Dec/Jan 2007 issue of Dwell magazine.

3/21/2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Wow. I just came across your blog. I have been thinking these same thoughts for so long and it's so refreshing to see someone else thinking and ACTING on them. I think that this is why so many unbelievers think of Christians as 'hypocritical' and 'stingy'. The pastor drives a BMW and his neighbor is going hungry. I think it's time for a change. I think that we are the generation to do it.
I look forward to reading more. Thank you!!!

3/22/2007 9:24 PM  

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