I'm pretty well fully moved in here, now. Got a desk for my machine, and we rearranged the room and cleaned up to make room and to make it our own. True, we are still living here with the rest of her family, but it's a start on having our own life. That will truly begin, though, once we can move out on our own.
Needless to say, this is a new stage for both of us. On my end, it's learning the day-to-day things that come with living with anyone, much less with a partner. Plus, I have the added step of there being other house-mates, and a family to boot. gotta learn my way around them all, and fit in without making myself at home, if that makes sense. For Jessica, though, it's a whole new level of weirdness. Not only does she have that same 'learn your partner' as I do, but she's got the added stress of it being a very new thing. We've had more than a couple of discussions and moments that boil down to the paranoia that comes with waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak, and this on top of the stress she has with her family, anyway.
This makes it sound like a ball of frustration, but it's not. Things are actually very good, both between us and in the house. I'm doing what I can to make sure that the house knows I can be depended on to do more than just hide in our room and curl up with Jessica, but to contribute to the house. I'm forming good relationships with the others, even when they don't necessarily deserve it. I'm helping out wherever I can (spent a chunk of yesterday cleaning the gutters, for instance). I need to get going on the whole "looking for work" thing, but it's only been a few days since I go there, after all.
Meanwhile, as far as Jessica and I go, we're learning where we connect and how, and finding those things that we each do out of habit and why as well as discovering where we don't have to do so. We're being great support for each other and making plans for the future. I'm going out of my way to reassure her that I'm just as serious about us as I've said. I really do have a great feeling about us, and I'm in it for the long haul.