We are in the midst of transition. A transition that will span many months in all honesty. As we adjust to our little life here in Alabama we are learning to embrace a new normal.
Our home is no bigger than a 12’x15′ motel room complete with a mini fridge and microwave. While G is in three months of courses, the Army provides him a motel room and a meal card. I’m tagging along with the motel room but don’t get a meal card. I have been supplied with the Wootten credit card. Cha Ching.
All the things we really need to operate (work, grocery, gym, laundry) are within 1-2 miles from our room. So we have the ability to walk everywhere if we want to endure the southern Alabama humidity.
It’s amazing how quickly you can adjust to only living with a few things. After packing up multiple vehicles, watching a moving truck drive away with our household goods, to living out of a few bags – we have adjusted to a simple way of life.
Here are a few little things that help make our small box feel like home.
Ten Ways To Make A Motel Room Feel Like Home
- Our Bedding – We packed up our bedding and brought it to help this small, motel bed feel like ours.
- Smells – Doing laundry with our detergent and diffusing oils helps this room to smell like our home.
- Cleaning/Organization – Lame? Possibly. But when everything has a home, it feels like home. ?
- Our Oscillating Fan – The feeling and sound of our bedroom fan are oddly comforting.
- Removing the Bags – We immediately unpacked and put our bags in our cars so that we have “moved in.”
- Groceries – Stocking a mini fridge with the basics to have on hand helps you relax and feel like you are in your space.
- My Bike – This is oddly huge. If I can see my bike I feel more at ease. Being able to ride my bike places helps me feel like I truly live here.
- Pine Trees and Trails – Having so many memories in East Texas surrounded by pine trees makes me LOVE all the pine, including the smell of pine in the hot summer heat. Multiple walks a day with the pups down pine tree lined trails feels so normal.
- Our Pups – Piper and Roscoe have adjusted and have their places in this small space. I cannot imagine not having these pups here to keep us company and welcome us when we come in the door.
- Each Other – The reason we moved from our home in Killeen when we did to this motel is so we could be together. When the Army constantly provides opportunities to separate your family, you sacrifice to be together when you have the opportunity – even if it’s not the most ideal.
Living life together here in Alabama has been simple and quite enjoyable. Having the chance to spend time together working, helping G study (even if I fall asleep in a mock cockpit of a Blackhawk), and walking our pups all around Fort Rucker, Alabama is a gift.