So let’s see. What has been going on around here? Ummm Packing, cleaning, packing and…wait for it… more packing!!! I have boxed and bagged more things in the last few days than I have since October. My goal is to have only the ABSOLUTE necessities out and everything else ready for the two massive Uhauls that will fill our driveway on Saturday. I had the kids each select 10 days worth of clothes and the rest of their things have been packed (or almost packed). I have everything in the bathroom packed except for towels and toothbrushes and one tiny basket with soap and shampoo/conditioner. I have the kitchen almost completely packed as well. I may have gone a teensy bit overboard in there. I even packed the silverware and only kept out one fork and spoon per person. Not ideal when the breakfast dishes are still unwashed in the dishwasher. Oh well. I guess that the point is that it is coming. Moving day is right around the proverbial corner.
It is weird because we have literally known that we would be moving for 7 months. I have had 7 months to prepare my house and my brain for this move and yet, I am totally, undeniably unprepared for what will take place over the next week and a half. I guess that sounds about right. I am nothing if not the world’s most talented procrastinator. I am actually procrastinating as we speak. Instead of packing up my own closet right now, here I sit. Coffee and laptop in hand, decidedly not packing up my closet. But I figured that I would clear the clutter from my mind and then work on clearing the clutter from my closet.
Ok, so here is the latest. I have spoken with the principals at both the Catholic elementary and jr high schools. They were extremely kind and both of them invited me to bring the kids in to visit the schools once we are situated. I am hoping that will help to put them (and me) at ease. I know that the whole moving thing is going to be difficult for them, but hopefully this will help. Isaac is my biggest worry right now. He is really struggling with leaving his friends. I have to say that I know just how he feels. His group of friends is a really smart, funny, nice group of boys. They are just really, really good kids. And I like their parents. That says a lot. I also know that it is probably the “best” time for a move, given that he would be moving up to the high school anyway. But it still sucks. As for the girls, they both make friends pretty easily, so I am hoping that they will adjust smoothly. Gia is pumped to wear uniforms. ( Funny, right?!?) And has informed me that she can “totally rock a knee sock.” So there’s that. lol Hannah goes back and forth between being excited to move and cursing us for ruining her life forever. But honestly, that would probably be happening anyway, even if we weren’t moving. Stupid hormones… The little boys are pretty easygoing and I think that they will adjust pretty quickly. So many of their things have been packed away for so long that unpacking will be a little bit like Christmas. I made a major mistake by packing up some toys in front of Jonathan. He had a little bit of a meltdown until he realized that I was packing his things to take with us, not to give away.
And then there are my three older kids. My biggest concern is that they feel like the new house is home to them. That is why I think that it is really important that we all move together. I know that Jake was disappointed and was hoping to basically stay here for the summer with grandparents so that he could work here and hang out with his friends and girlfriend for the summer. I know that we were not super popular when we squashed that idea. But I truly think that it is the best thing for our family as a whole to go into this together. Jake will be commuting to Point Park in the fall and Coley will commute to Franciscan (duh). DJ will be the only one leaving to live at school. But he is working at the conferences this summer and has the summer to settle in.
My husband will be thrilled to not have a two hour commute each way every single day. Our gasoline budget will shrink considerably with his 5 minute commute. The little car that he drives each day will probably sigh with relief not not have to face driving through Pittsburgh each day. I am looking forward to having a husband who isn’t falling asleep at 8:00 from exhaustion. It will be nice to have him around for an extra 3 hours and 50 minutes every day.
I will miss being 20 minutes from my family. I will miss my amazingly awesome friends. I will miss our loving church family. I will miss living in my little country home and sending my kids to there little country school. I will miss a lot of things. But I am also looking forward to this new adventure. I am looking forward to settling in to our new home. I am looking forward to having more than 1 and a half bathrooms. I am looking forward to having a little bit of space in our home. I am looking forward to see what God has in store for us.
When we started out on this crazy journey, we put our future in God’s hands and it is exciting to see what he has planned for us. That is why, even though I absolutely hate change, I am 100% on board. We believe without a doubt that this is God’s will for our family. It might not be easy, in fact I can promise you that it hasn’t been easy. But in the end it will all be worth it.
Now that I have decluttered my brain and I have refocused my efforts, I guess that it is time to jump back in to my packing. Those boxes aren’t going to fill themselves. (if only…)
Please pray for a speedy sale of our home. That is the last piece of this puzzle.