When we first moved here, we started looking for places along the Hudson, on the Jersey side. It was the best option for having easy access to the city while not actually being in the chaos of the city. Or paying the price of living in the city either.
We really liked the area and loved that we could walk along the waterfront and see the New York skyline (and feel safe). There is also a lot of things that could be easily accessed by foot (i.e. groceries & Starbucks...you know, the necessities) which would be great for me since we are a one-car fam and Luis would have the car most days for training.
However, when we started looking at renting an apartment there, we were less than thrilled with what it would cost to live in one of them.
When people tell you it's cheaper to live in Jersey they are right, it's cheaper, but cheaperrr doesn't mean cheap. Jersey livin' still comes with a less than reasonable price tag.
We moved our search to 30 minutes outside of the city, more in the boroughs near where Luis would train and, after much searching, and started praying that God would bring us an apartment that was within our price range, in a safe area and that wasn't completely isolated from civilization.
We thought we found just that in a little town called Wood-Ridge, but then God showed up and provided a place for us to rent from another teammate, who is currently on loan with another team. A place right on the water. Right by the grocery store and Starbucks and Wells Fargo and restaurants. And the best part of all? We would only pay 800 smackeroos a month for!
Un.Heard.Of in this area. That's about 1/3 of what the apartment actually costs and not even half of what we would have had to pay for the other place.
Our savings account is going to be so happy these next few months!
Since the guy will be coming back in Junel, he left all of his stuff, so the place is fully furnished with cable and internet already set up. This was a huge blessing, for me especially, because Luis was on a road trip all last week and I would have been in the other place with absolutely nothing but our 7 suitcases and the stroller, with the added restriction of not being able to do a whole lot on my feet.
Yes, we will most likely have to move in June, but 1. we never know how long we might be with a team since, in the MLS, players can get traded at any time so this is a good option for us since we still aren't sure what the team's plans for Luis are 2. it gives us more time to look around rather than feeling pressured to find a place right away 3. the money we will save by living here is worth having to figure out what we will do when, if, the other player comes back.
Besides, we're pretty much professional movers now considering we have had to be pretty transient in our short three plus years of marriage. (We have moved more times than years we have been married.)
The place is still a bit of a mess with all our suitcases and trying to organize it and make it feel like "ours" so I don't have pics of the inside just yet, but I will leave you with these shots I snapped from the comfort of our bed the other morning.
As I laid there watching the sunrise reflect off of the buildings and the water, I couldn't help but be overwhelmed by how God takes care of us.
He went and showed our little ideas up with something far greater than we could have ever imagined.
What a blessing to be in the area we wanted, at a price that you couldn't find anywhere in Jersey. Unless, of course, you were willing to live in an area that would make you fear for your life. We drove to one of those places---and we didn't stop. haha Luis took one look at it and drove right on by saying "I am NOT subjecting you to this!"
What a good guy I have. Another reminder of how, when we trust the Lord and let Him work out the details, He gives us something far greater than anything in our wildest dreams. He really does love to give us good gifts.
Happy three-day weekend! May you get to enjoy all the wonderful gifts God has given you, both the tangible and the intangible.