It’s spring. Flowers poking their heads out after a long winter’s sleep, trees budding, and the Doddema’s preparing to move yet again. It’s our way of deep cleaning.
There’s nothing wrong with the current house per se. It’s a beautiful 5 bedroom/3 bathroom and the landlord is exceptional. The exception: it’s very expensive. $1800 per month expensive.
We decided to search early as our lease was nearing its end and living in an university town, housing for our family size is a commodity. While many houses were available in our price range not all measured up to our normally low standards. A few of the places we looked at probably should have been completely renovated or torn down!
Then we found the ad. The place is perfect for our family. The view is amazing as the mountains are visible in every direction. There are some downsides such as all the bedrooms being on the second floor, unfenced yard and a super steep driveway. Looking on the bright side, the stairs are few! The kids barely stay in a fenced yard anyways and the driveway can be used during the winter as a giant sledding hill! Another positive is that this place will save us over $500/month!
The move is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday (18 April 2009). We’ve already talked to church members and should have enough manpower to help with everything. We get the keys on Tuesday and being as niave as we are….we plan on moving the boxes over and unpacking before the big day. Kara won’t have that following Monday off so having the kitchen fully functional is a must as well as the laundry room!
I would like to take this time to personally thank all those that helped to make this place a reality for us: Linda Peterson (Kara’s aunt), Nannie Stewart (my sister), Kathy Hammond (Kara’s mom) and Kristi Norton (Kara’s sister). THANK YOU!
For those of you that don’t come by that often our new address will be:Bernard & Kara Doddema 2749 Meriwether Missoula, MT 59803
I’ve taken some photos of the place before the move-in. I’ve always wanted to do the before and after shots. Here’s my chance. Click on photo below to be taken to the house images.