Monday, January 27, 2014

I Spoke Too Soon

I look like the letter "L" in Hubby's size 12 cowboy boots.
Back in October I excitedly told you all (or Y'all?) that we were so happy to be moving to Texas to live near our married son and his bride. That post explains our reasoning and my excitement to at least be "Out of LimboLand At last!"  

In my enthusiasm and joy I spoke too soon. I forgot that when most people read the words..."We are moving..." they think that the writer is in the process of packing up the house and...well...moving. 

So in recent weeks we have run into friends and old work colleagues 4 different times who look at us in shock and say, "What are you doing here? I thought you moved!!" 

Who can blame them? It is an understandable reaction. But, wow, if feels very weird and unsettling, you know?  

I clearly spoke too soon. My excitement ran away with me and my fingers flew across the keyboard with abandon. 

Yes, we are STILL GOING TO MOVE TO TEXAS this year. But I get the serious heeby-jeebies when I imagine walking buyers through this house we've been in for 19 years. I am ready to move on, yes, but the house is not ready. The list of repairs, paint and new appliances is long and costly.....and pretty much overwhelming.

I do not know when we will move. But it will be this year...gotta be this year. I am so ready!  It is only January now and I hope that by summer we will be packing up and outta here. Pray for us? Thanks!

A few years ago when someone suggested we move to be near our grown son, my response was very negative. I knew we were finished in our current city but had no clue what was next for us. The idea of moving to "be near the kids" sounded like retirement...or giving up...getting old and done with life. So my answer was NO WAY. I will be 59 next month...not done...no where near finished! 

But somehow, some way, I believe that God prepared my heart to hear the idea one more time and see that living near family does not mean I am giving up on life and meaning. No matter where we moved, we would be starting over and finding new direction...so why not begin the next adventure near my son and daughter-in-law? 

So...I spoke too soon...but it is still happening...sometime in 2014. This beautiful home where we raised our two sons is going to get a bit of a make-over in the next few months and then we are moving on to the next chapter in our lives.....Thanks for your prayers.

Susie


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16 comments:

  1. Retiring? HA! You are Recovering Church Lady, NOT Retiring Church Lady. You ain't getting off the hook that easy, Lady! You are on the the next adventure. Whoohoo, grab your lasso! Praying and hoohaa-ing!

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    1. Some days I feel old enough to "retire" but, really? Retire from what? Ha!

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  2. I know EXACTLY how long it takes to move...we've moved far too many times in our marriage. The longer you're in a house, the longer it takes to move out of it. I will be praying you get all your repairs, decluttering and packing done by summer. All things in their season, right? And this is the season of preparation for the move--on so many levels. God speed means just that--God's speed!

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    1. Yah, the fact that we've been in this house for so long is definitely adding to the list of repairs and replacements needed. The bummer is that we will be doing things we've wanted to do for years....for someone else. Oh well, the neighborhood is still nice and I hope it sells well.

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  3. Susie: I don't envy you. We've been in our house going on 39 years. I'm a packrat. We have had some help clearing the clutter our of our basement and off our enclosed front porch last year. I'm glad you are going to be closer to your son and daughter-in-law. But, I know the interim work will not be fun. Prayers for you and yours.

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    1. Wow, 39 years? That's a loooong time in one house! Thanks for the prayers!

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  4. All in the perfect timing. I love new starts though. Sounds fun to me.

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  5. Yay....for you all. Or as we say here in TEXAS.... Yay for Y'all. God will open that door when His perfect timing is ready for the move...
    What part of Texas???
    Blessings,
    shug

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    1. Ok "Shug" sounds like a Texan to me! We want to live just outside of Fort Worth. Susie

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  6. From the "Recovering Church Lady" to "Retiring Lady"? NO, I don't think so. Eventually, I suppose, you'll be retired, but not retiring — like the Bear.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Well my understanding of the word "retiring" involves living off of the income from the job you are leaving, right? We are not in that position at all. Ha! We're both working in order to live and we're looking forward to a new place to do that.

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  7. Pack'em up and move 'em out! You will move and you are far from retirement, my friend.

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  8. What a treat to meet a soon to be Texan- whenever that may be!
    I am from South Texas.
    At this stage in my life I have realized that we may make decisions to change something, it may not happen immediately.

    Sometimes that is hard for me.
    Enjoyed visiting, and I am a new follower.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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    1. Oh my goodness Laura, I just visited your blog and LOVE it!! Thanks for following and check out this post...I know you will like it..Susie http://www.recoveringchurchlady.com/2012/09/for-love-of-blue-and-white.html

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