A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had some pretty big news to share. Apparently I like keeping you all in suspense, because it’s taken me this long to share it! So our exciting news is — WE’RE MOVING BACK TO RHODE ISLAND!!
We actually made this decision quite some time ago, however, we needed a few things to fall into place, and share our news first with our family and friends. But this is will be such a fantastic move for our family, and we couldn’t be happier.
We purchased 4 acres of land on a beautiful lot and will be building our dream home! The lot is located on a cul-de-sac road, so really perfect for the kids to grow up on. There are a few other houses on the road, but it’s not overly populated in the least.
We visited a couple of weeks ago, and the land has already been cleared, and the digging process had begun. Since that time the forms for the foundation have been set — and for all I know, the foundation could be in already!
We had a little family photo shoot when we visited our property. I think you can tell in these pictures how happy we all are.
So you might be wondering what prompted our big move from Connecticut to Rhode Island. Well, honestly it all goes back to our car accident 2-years ago (and yes, I know I still need to write Part 3, it’s coming, I swear). So about that…I’m still not back to where I was before the accident. And honestly, I probably never will be. I broke 14 bones in the crash — including my neck in two different locations. With all of the trauma my body sustained, I have permanent lasting damage. I am still unable to drive a car. While I am currently physically unable to drive, emotionally, I don’t know if I will ever be able to again. As I type this blog post, I am typing with my right hand and left thumb. Due to the spinal cord injury, I have constant numbness and tingling sensations in my left hand, making it impossible to perform simple tasks, like type.
As hard as all of that is to accept, it sure beats the alternative. I’m alive and here for my children. I consider myself very, very lucky. If you were to hear all of the details of my story, you will find it miraculous that I survived — that we all survived. So in all honesty…I am thankful.
Rhode Island is where I’m originally from. My parents and brother are still there. In fact, my parents will be living with us. They will have their own section of the house with their garage. We need the extra help. We are also installing an indoor pool so I can do my aquatic therapy at home. This will be huge for me and so incredibly helpful. Keeping up with the water therapy is crucial to maintain what I’ve got back. Every single aspect of our home will be wheelchair accessible.
We will be moving to Rhode Island at the end of August, so Lincoln can start the school year there — where he will be going to school with his cousin who’s in the same grade! They’re very excited about this, and I just love that they’ll grow up together!
I posted a photo on instagram the other day with the hashtag #allenshomesweethome. I hope you’ll follow along on our exciting adventure! I’m looking forward to sharing this experience and blogging about it all!