Monday, June 16, 2014

Suddenly....At Last!


Wall Art by Mike at Borderlands


There is a big black garbage bag full of  lotions, shampoo, empty lipsticks, old make up, barrettes, squeezed out toothpaste tubes, broken combs and half-empty sunscreen bottles on the floor of my bathroom right now. I step around it and it doesn't even bother me. In fact, it makes me feel good...accomplished. 



There are framed pictures leaning in stacks against the living room wall. There is a paint brush in my kitchen sink and the cupboards hold just a few dishes. Our guest room is full of cardboard boxes 3 levels high. I am looking at a roll of bubble-wrap in the living room that promises to be 200 feet long. Near the front door are containers with music CDs marked "donate" and "garbage." My clothes closet has just enough to be packed in suitcases for the next 3 weeks. The tall bookcases are bare and the garage is becoming emptier each day. 






Our realtor and a repair man were here about an hour ago and Layla (our disgruntled dog) cried with self-pity from her crate the whole time they walked around discussing this and that. The movers are scheduled, the house is sold and tomorrow we will begin researching dog-friendly hotels to stay in for our 3 day drive from CA to TX. The yellow legal pad that begins with the very first "TO DO" list that I wrote 9 months ago is next to me and it is Command Central for all my research of moving companies, our furniture inventory, the list of items in each packed box, and descriptions of furniture I sold on Craig's List etc, etc, etc.



My home is quiet right now. Hubs left for his last day at his CA job, Rocker Son moved out 3 days ago (He is staying here in CA and I miss him already!!!) and Layla is snoring next to me here on the couch. Though the house is quiet, my mind is not. Moving out of state is a really BIG DEAL! Especially when you've lived in a house for 19 years. 



SO MUCH STUFF!



But it is happening at last. I am proud of all that we have accomplished since we got the call on May 6th that there is a job for Hubs in TX that begins July 7th! After several months of wishing, hoping and praying, we have our next adventure just around the corner. We'll stay with Writer Son and Sassy Bride (and Little Sprout who will be born in the Fall!) for a few weeks while we shop for a new home near by. 



I have SO MUCH to say and SO LITTLE concentration right now. Thank you for your prayers as we figure out what our new lives will look like. At the same time, we need to tie up loose ends here and leave with love and grace. God has been very evident in these SUDDEN but looong-time-coming plans. I know He is helping us and orchestrating small blessings behind the scenes. We are tired and often feel overwhelmed....but happy at the same time. He is doing it, we are doing it, it's happening! 

I do feel much calmer now after talking to you guys. Thanks, should have done this days ago! Even though I did have to switch the pictures out just now, because I did not write about the subject I had planned to write about. :) 



Layla napping in her new travel crate. 





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17 comments:

  1. Definitely praying for you...traveling mercies, as we always say . I love that you listened to His voice, stepped out, saw Him move and move and move you...every which way to there! Excited to hear what ya'll do next

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    1. Appreciate the prayers very much. It is a stressful time for sure. I am excited to find out what we do next too!

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  2. Wow! Things are moving right along! So glad to hear that. Now, if Layla can be a bit less neurotic. If you find this process stressful, just imagine how stressed she is.

    Blessings and Bear hugs as you head into the future!

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    1. Yes, I am starting to see the connection between my stress and Layla's....so maybe I am the neurotic one! Thanks for the blessings and bear hugs!

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  3. Hmm... moving is it? That can be a lot of work but also it clears out all the unwanted stuff.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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    1. Hi Paps, thanks for the comment. I went to our blog and the lantern light photos were so beautiful!!

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  4. Best wishes. Nothing like a new adventure!!

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    1. Thanks Martie! Today after hours of re-inforcing the tape on most of the boxes, this adventure is mainly just tiring! But moving forward every day!

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  5. Susie: I am proud of you. We have lived in our house for 38+ years. If we had to/decided to move,I wouldn't know where to begin. God will guide you through all your adventure,

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    1. Wow, that is a long time in one house! Thankfully we made the decision to move many months ago so it has been a very slow process of packing and discarding things. Now that we are down to just days before the movers come, we are getting a bit more panicky and stressed. hanks for your prayers friend!

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  6. So proud of you. You are beginning such an adventure...you don't even know just how great it is going to be yet. But God knows. He has already gone before you to prepare the way, and He is going to go with you to light the way. I am so happy for you. I know you will miss your son that is staying behind, but he's young and able...I'm sure he'll be fine, and he may end up with you all eventually. Can't wait to see what God is going to show you when you get to TX. :)

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    1. Wow, you wrote this comment 3 days ago and you were so right! Lots of good things happening that I did not expect, as I have now told you privately! So fun!

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  7. I came across your blog randomly..And the first post i see if you shifting!! I understand your concerns..Its a big change altogether... sending best wishes for a smooth ride. I am a pet sitter by profession and just last month, i had a golden retriever by the name Layla with me for a week. The name caught my eye in your blog. Sending wishes to her too.. Loads of woofs.
    -cookininpajamas.blogspot.in

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    1. Oh my goodness, I just checked out your blog and my mouth is watering!! I have never had any of the beautiful foods and drinks on your blog, but they sure make me want to expand my boring palate! Thanks for coming by Gauri! Susie

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  8. Life sounds hectic Susie and I dont do hectic very well. Good luck with it all my friend xx

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I don't do hectic very well either, but it beats the boredom of these last 2 years of not knowing what to do next. Ha!

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  9. Phew! I can't believe it...Texas. You are off on another adventure...is all I can say is Phew. and LOve to you and the family. And a big hug for Layla.

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