img_8439The last quarter of 2016 brought about rather big changes for our family. Our only born left for college, we moved 6 hours south to Austin, and I closed my store.

We had dreams of moving to Maine once Frodo graduated High School, but he decided to stay in TX for college, and with in-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates being what they are, we put those plans on hold. We still wanted to move out of our small though and considered Dallas, but after a few visits to Austin, we were sold! So here we are.* We still dream of Maine, and probably will even more once summer comes around again, but are enjoying life here for now.

The closing of my store has been somewhat harder. It was my identity for so long. I was the soap lady. It was where I lived 7 days a week. I still have my business and am still making soap, but on a much smaller scale and with a few more challenges. Although it is quite nice to be home more with The King.

 

*”Oh so you followed your son to college? People have actually said that to us.”
No, we found a town we love that happens to be near his college.” As a mom, of an only child, I’m certainly not hating the fact that he’s just a short ride away, and as a “starving college student” he’s not hating the fact that he can come home on the weekends and be fed.