Wow I've heard of living off the grid before but I've never heard anyone talk about their experiences with it. I'm really impressed! I think I would love it for about a week, and then I would absolutely miss our freezer. Living in an Earthship would be our dream home, hopefully we will end up in one someday.
So it looks like I'm going to be relocating when I'm 22 weeks along. 5 months ago my DH and I moved 10 hrs away from all of our families to a new province. The adjustment has been hard because we went from a metropolis to a tiny town. While we love this town, we have come to realize that it will be very difficult for us to ever get a home here and there are very few options for renting. Our current apartment is a 20min walk (because we can't afford to run the car) into town, and a dive. I'm not working because we planned to get pregnant and have me stay at home with the baby so I haven't really met anyone here. My DH has a decent enough job, but we just feel like we will always be living on the fringes of this society, never actually being able to be full members of the community like we imagined.
So we recently decided that we need to move and try somewhere else before this baby comes because relocating will only be that much more difficult with a newborn. We have another, slightly bigger, small town in mind. It's another 10hrs away from where we are now, which means family would have to fly in to visit (not that I'm super keen on them visiting, as bad as that sounds). We have some good friends who are moving there this summer and they plan to settle there as well so it will be really nice to know some people. The town is also about an hour from a major metropolis so it isn't as isolated like the one we are in now. It also boasts having a higher ethnic diversity which will mean our kids are less likely to be the only coloured kids in the neighborhood (unlike our current town). So all in all the move sounds like it would be the best thing for us.
However, my DH graduated from university last year and he's still trying to figure out his career. Which means when we show up he will just have to job hunt like crazy until he finds something that can support us. It's a pretty scary prospect because we just recovered financially from this last move, and this time I won't be looking for a job at all.
I know we don't have it nearly as hard as some of you women do, but it's still been a struggle. We've been so consumed with trying to figure out our lives that we haven't been enjoying the present very much. We can't look to family for any support because they still want us to move back home, despite us saying more than once that we don't ever want to live there again, let alone raise children there. We plan to just surprise family with our new addresses after it's all been done.
WHEW! Thanks for listening, I really needed to let out some of my worries!