Another reason I've hesitated to write this here, is that it's not really an exciting move for me. Mark has taken a job that he loves. I am excited for him. But I am also sad. Sad to be leaving family...my whole family lives here--parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. I LOVE living close to my family. I love the kids being close to my family. I love that my kids can play and have sleep overs with their cousins. I love that we get to have lunch with my grandparents a couple of times a month.
I'm also sad to be leaving friends that feel like family. I have been seriously blessed by some amazing friendships here. I don't know how people, especially stay-at-home mom type people, make it without friends. And we've been through a lot together...I was thinking the other day that our little life group at church has really been through it. We've had members that have had miscarriages, lost children, lost spouses, lost jobs, been through divorce, struggled with their faith. And we've shared the joys of new babies, healing, new jobs, and on and on...I've created some precious bonds with the people here.
I'm sad to leave my home. I love this house. It's not the greatest house; it's not special in anyway. But, we have lots of memories here. We've put lots of work into making this house our home, and I will miss it. I will miss museums and the zoo. We have museum and zoo memberships and we go several times a month. We are taking a lot of special memories with us when we go. I'm sad to leave all of my "stuff." We will be staying in Mark's parents' house, at least for a while, so most of my stuff will go to storage. I know it's silly to be attached to stuff, but I am. It makes me feel at home. Plus, I really like to decorate and make things just the way I like them, so it will be a challenge.
So, on Saturday, we will be packing up and leaving to move to the woods. Seriously. The woods...30 minutes from a grocery store. Not another house in sight. I love being in the woods...the smell, the peace and quiet, the solitude...but living there? I feel a little claustrophobic just thinking about it. Y'all pray for me. And pray for our kids. They are sad. Watching them leave the family and friends that they love is even harder than my own leaving.
So, please keep us in your thoughts on Saturday. It is bittersweet. Mark has been gone since the end of July. So, I've been here...keeping the house clean for showing with potential renters, packing, and caring for our 3 kids by myself for the better part of a month and I am tired. So, for that reason, I am anxious for Saturday to get here. But, Saturday is when I have to leave...it doesn't seem real yet. Pray that we make friends quickly and settle in easily. Pray that we find a church that we love quickly. Pray that I am able to feel at home and relax. Pray that someone rents our house pronto!
Sorry for the bummer of a blog update...but that's where I am now. Now that all the sad is out there...you can anticipate all the good with me...new friendships, new experiences, etc.
To end on a happy note, some pictures of where we're moving. It really is pretty.
|The Cabin that is on the property|
|The View from the back porch|