Tuesday, August 21, 2012

From There to Home

As much as I'd like to ring in the new house with a beautiful first blog post, full of wit and wonder, this is all I got: We made it.

Are you thinking about moving? I don't recommend it. It's just not fun, that's all. Because it's enough that you have to pack up every single belonging you own. And, you know, maybe your oldest will be hospitalized overnight 2 days before moving day - just for kicks. Maybe you'll miss closing on the new house because you're trapped in a hospital with a kid who isn't really sick. Maybe you'll shower twice in a span of 5 days. Maybe you'll start to scowl a little, just so your greasy hair looks more at home. Maybe you'll stop labeling boxes. Maybe you'll curse the day you decided to sew the curtains.

Maybe all of that will happen, or maybe it won't. But either way, you'll get all your business moved and then you'll realize you still have to unpack it all. And not in a philosophical sort of way. You'll actually have to take the crap out of the boxes and find it all a new home.

So, all that to say, just don't do it.

Unless God told you to, then totally do it.

All melodrama aside, moving day went off without a single hitch. Thank you so very much for the thoughts and prayers. We started at nine and had everything here by noon. Pretty fancy, right?

I owe a debt of gratitude to our family, church friends and regular friends alike - the very people who have supported us every step of the way on this seemingly ridiculous journey. They rallied around us and made our day feel as big and loved-up as we ever could have hoped. It felt important to be surrounded by people who really get it. They made us laugh, ignored the dust rabbits lurking behind every blasted piece of furniture, loaded the truck like a pack of rogue Tetris geeks, carried all the heavy boxes (and the light ones), watched the wilies, made lunch and dinner, and did it all with a smile. I wanted to cry several times that day, but I was too dang happy.

Also? My Mama surprised us by showing up at our door late Friday afternoon. I lost the bulk of my big packing day to hospital drama and she swooped in and saved us all, International Spy-style. I positively could not have done it without her. Pulling off her trick was not without consequences though, as she almost had to lie to cover her tracks. Almost. Upon close review, it was determined that she made short work of dancing around the full truth while retaining her full integrity. She gets an A+ for Vagueness and a solid A- for Believability.

Me: (upon reaching her on her cell that she never, ever uses) Where are you?
Mom: Oh, just out running errands.
Me: (suspicious and slightly hopeful) What kind of errands?
Mom: Well, first your dad wanted some milk. Then he wanted some cookies...
Me: (Since when does mom drop everything and run to get dad milk and cookies in the middle of the day???)
Mom: Oh, and we needed dog food.

The dog food is totally what sold me.

So, here I sit, in a house only partly unpacked. It's starting to not feel like a weird vacation home and beginning - just barefly - to feel like home, tried and true.

I walked the kids to school yesterday and felt so alive, joy seeping through all the tiny cracks. I love being part of this community already, the one that doesn't bother putting on airs, the one that probably doesn't know how. This right here is the life for me. It just feels right. It feels like the exact thing that our hearts have been moving toward.

I'm not gonna lie, the house is beautiful. It's more than I could have imagined. Much more than what we ever expected. That's the part of the story that I still can't wrap my brain around. But everything else is the part that waltzes my soul around.

Details to come, but you probably already assumed.

XO,
Flower Patchy

ps - Photo in honor of our 13th Anniversary today. I'll let you guess who the cheap skate is.

60 comments:

  1. you survived. glory hallelujah. when you say details to come, i hope you really mean lots and lots of pictures. and happy 13 years - you beautiful couple, you.

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  2. I'm so glad the neighborhood feels right - and makes your heart waltz :)

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  3. So gald things are going well!! Can't wait for pictures!! Happy Anniversary!! May you be Blessed with many more!!!

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  4. so happy to hear you so happy about your new home. glad the move went well and that you had plenty of help for it. best wishes for much happiness and good health for your entire family!

    kathy

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Glad your mom and friends came to help. Love the remark about the Tetris-like movers. LOL.

    Can't wait to see your new house and the curtains hanging up all pretty. But, I will wait. No rush. ;-)
    ~FringeGirl

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  6. Happy anniversary! Aren't moms great? And you are one!

    I was on vacation last week and missed the moving news. I'm glad you're in and getting settled. Can't wait to see what kind of magic you spin in that beautiful new home.

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  7. So happy to hear that things went well! Glad the oldest is okay. I could use a lot of the same words when describing our move. Praying that things continue to go well for you guys! We hope to see you soon!

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  8. Happy anniversary to you guys!!! It's our seventh anniversary today...such a great day to get married ;-)
    Glad you made it safely into the new house :-)

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  9. wohoo! and happy anniversary! :-) happy unpacking friend!

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  10. I HATE moving. My last big move did involve a swooping sister-in-law that allowed me to keep my sanity. Now comes the fun part of settling in and making your new house a home. Have fun!

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  11. Been thinkin of you lots Sista! Please don't be afraid to give a shout out if you need someone to come over and hang with the little man :) Hosannah would love to come and wrestle with someone......she's completely beside herself with no sisters at home. I'm not such a good playmate either! Wish I could've been there on Saturday - was wanting to see the new pad and check out the park - maybe sometime in the near future!

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  12. Happy Anniversary. Happy house. Happy Home!

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  13. Can I just tell you how happy I am when "barefly" makes it into a post? I've actually tried typing barely to see if I too make the typo, and I obviously don't. Bummer. So glad you made it through the move. Moving is awful. FYI, our little guy is home, we got him a month ago yesterday. He got his first black eye today so we're really home. And he called out for Mama, not Omma. Beautiful.

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  14. I'm glad to hear the moving went well. I really dislike packing AND unpacking. Haha! I'm looking forward to reading more about the house and your new community.

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  15. So happy for you and your family-you deserve the very best. Your blog is my favorite!

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  16. Moving is horrid. Except when the Lord is moving you. Then it always works out well. Glad to hear you're happily in your new house. Hoping it becomes your home very, very soon.
    (Looking forward to all the details and Happy 13th Anniversary!)

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  17. Moving is so hard! We've moved frequently and I always remember the too-tired-to-take-another-step feeling at the end of it. I hope you find a new energy in setting up your pretty new house!

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  18. Happy anniversary! And... what Buffalo wonderousness is in that bag?

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  19. isn't it just the best feeling ever when you feel like you are right where you should be? love that. happy to hear you all survived the move. last time we moved i cried all day long. all day. then eric almost fainted during the closing(s)...it was such a dumb day.

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  20. Congrats... i so love your heart in this journey! So love your heart for the lost and hurting. And feel like I need to say...God loves to bless your socks off with a wonderful new home in the midst of you following him !

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  21. Yeah, moving is pretty much the worst! But...organizing is fun! Kind of!

    DaNelle recently posted...Why I changed my mind about Homeschooling

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  22. moving.sucks. i get it. happy anniversary! we are 12 years on sunday!

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  23. Yay you're in! (Doesn't moving make you want to give up all your material possessions?) Enjoy your new home and I hope your sweet boy is on the mend.

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  24. "Rogue tetris geeks"....hahaha! I'm so glad you're finally moved and can hang your hat....if you can find the packed away hat rack. Your mom is the greatest! Everyone needs their mama during a move, especially with all the adventures that seek you out!

    I'm excited to see what all God has in store for you. And isn't it just like Him to give you a house better than what you had hoped for?

    See ya soon!
    xo

    ps I'm on your swoony reads?! :)

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  25. "being a part of a community that doesn't put on airs..." now that's the one for me! Kinda like this writing community.

    Blessings as He leads you through this time of transitions, friend.

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  26. Happy New Home, Happy Anniversary, and Happy Kettle Chippin'!

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  27. Happy move! Happy 13th Anniversary! Happy, happy. (hugs!) Love, Sally

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  28. Well geesh girl add in a few more major things...moving, hospitals, anniversaries...there's a lot going on over there. So glad you made it. Now comes the fun part. Can't wait to peek inside. Big hug and a high five.

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  29. It's been two years since we moved and I still don't look forward to the next one. Going to wait awhile--it's the worst.

    Glad to hear you made it and looking forward to hearing/seeing how you make your new house your home. Also how God uses you to reach your neighbors.

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  30. Hurray ~ you all survived the move. I'm looking forward to reading more about your new home and seeking lots of pictures too. So glad that you love your neighborhood and feel comfortable there.

    Congratulations and happy wishes for your anniversary.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

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  31. Congratulations on your anniversary! Glad you survived your move. I'm excited to hear more about your neighborhood and new life as you get settled.

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  32. I loathe moving. The last time we moved I just started throwing stuff away because I couldn't cope anymore. That came back to bite me in the booty for sure. So glad you had that joy-filled moment - I love those moments. On a weird side note, I have been listening to 'This is What you Do' by Bethel Music as I read your post and it totally fits!

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  33. I am so happy for you--not for the hard moving/hospital/yucky stuff, but that you are finally home. Love that you have people that "get it" and a really awesome mom too.

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  34. show us picture! show us pictures!
    when you get a chance of course.
    after you celebrate THIRTEEN years. whoooo hoot!!!!!!

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  35. ...darling girl..no one in your family is a cheap skate...for you give it all away...to anyone who happens to breathe the same air as you...may God rest His eye upon your house...and fill your home with love...blessings laney

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  36. We've moved 9 times in 16 years. I'd rather poke my eye out.

    Happy Anniversary cheapy.

    xxoo

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  37. More than once the words you write feel as if they are my own, but when you said this, "I love being part of this community already, the one that doesn't bother putting on airs, the one that probably doesn't know how. This right here is the life for me. It just feels right. It feels like the exact thing that our hearts have been moving toward" it was as if you read my mind and typed out what I LONG TO SAY. I crave a simpler, kinder not putting on airs life...I wish and need to pray that my husband sees the light and will choose this rather than the 18 hour work days he has been putting in since last December.

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  38. You're in! You're there! After all the tirednesses, you'll be so happy.
    xo

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  39. I am praying for your boxes to magically unpack!
    ; )

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  40. The "just don't move" advice is helpful.

    Only, did I mention I'm in the throws of moving? So, while I found myself nodding and saying "yes" out loud to myself, dang it, I'm moving.

    God told me to.

    But the advice...amen, sister. Amen.

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  41. I really don't like moving either. We specifically bought a big old fixer upper so that we would never have to move again. After 3 years of "fixing up", I'm not sure which is worse...

    Glad to hear you are home & I can't wait to see pictures!

    <3 fancyco.blogspot.com

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  42. Oddly, I'm comforted by the fact that moving for you sucked (is that a garage-only word?) as much as it did for me. All three times. I am OVER.IT. And also, I miss you. Let's catch up on the telephono because I want to hear your voice and swap war stories.

    PS. Still not unpacked over here...it's been a month.

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  43. You might enjoy the idea of spending your days in a greenhouse full of beautiful looking, wonderful smelling flowers, but if you want to make a living at it, you need to be a good business person, too.

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  44. welcome home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i've been so excited for this.

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  45. You're such a clever writer! Love your posts. Congratulations on your new home. Can't wait to see those green and orange curtains and your twin kitchen island. It must feel good to take a deep breath and know this is where your family will build memories and be the hands of Christ.

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  46. Oh, more than anything I am so glad you feel all content and joyful and where you are supposed to be and loving it all! After all the heartache, i am just delighted to hear that you are delighted - can't wait to see pics of the house, how cool it has exceeded your expectations! x

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  47. ps excuse my old country ignorance, but are those BUFFALO flavour crisps?? Surely no? Blimey.

    pps happy anniversary.x

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  48. An A+ for vagueness and a solid A- for believeability? Oh, I laughed out loud! Loudly. Your wittiness made my day. :)
    We are currenting navigating around boxes on an adventure of our own. We move in 9 days. I'm feeling the weight of it all fully. Glad you made it in one piece through it all. It gives me hope…
    Hapy anniversary!!

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  49. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary and Welcome Home. :)

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  50. Congrats on the move. Now that you're in you can forget all the moving junkola and focus on the fun stuff...decorating and laying everything out to make it a home!

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  51. Happy Anniversary sweet thing!

    Is Calvin OK?

    So, So, So excited about this new chapter in your life. There is nothing better than being smack dab in the center of His will!

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  52. I love you, Girl. That is all.

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  53. Oh man, here we are about to move! We totally wouldn't do it if God hadn't convinced us that our house hates us. I wish I could just wave a magic wand and be there with all our stuff unpacked. Hopefully things will settle down for you guys and you'll find the perfect spot for everything!

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  54. Buffalo chips? Like cow chips..or cow pies!! Romantic!!

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  55. #praisejesus
    holla! love you so. super excited to see this new chapter unfold. xoxo

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  56. 'Unless God told you to, then totally do it.'

    dangit.

    i'm glad you're on the other side, and settling. i'm near giddy for all that lies ahead.

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  57. Life is so much more exciting when you are living in the center of His will :) May the rivers of living water flow through you and sprinkle on everyone you come in contact with :) enjoy the ride

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  58. Shannan, you said it! SOMEONE in blog land (besides me...::big Barney Fife sniff::) has said it: life was not meant to be simple. Simple is over rated and comes dangerously close to whatever the opposite of God's will would be called. Simple can sometimes be defined as "my own will and way". Life lived in community is outta control, messy, and very tangibly Jesus. Thanks for rocking the boat ("you rock the boat, baby - rock the boat- you tip the boat over"). I heart the snot out of you! :-).

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