Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Big Move

How do I sum up the last few weeks of complete chaos, trials/victories, adventures and stresses?  We went from a family of 4 to a family of 5. A family living in a modest home amidst boxes and items needing to be sorted into donate, storage or trailer to a family living in a travel trailer amidst boxes and items needing to find a home.  We knew it would be tough to ready ourselves for such a move with a preschooler, toddler and newborn, but goodness, I've never been less prepared for something so much in my life.

First, let me back up.  About a week before the big move we had two of our three cars inoperable for various reasons and the third was temporarily blocked by one of the broken vehicles.  This was followed by our plumbing backing up into our basement on a Sunday evening.  The fixes on the vehicles were either a fortune to have fixed or a time hog to fix ourselves.  The plumbing was what we thought we could fix but ended up costing us hours of trying followed by a moderately steep plumbing bill. All of this during the time period we were supposed to be packing the trailer and sorting the home.  Give me a few days and maybe I can laugh about it, but until then it was by far the most stressful part of this journey thus far.  Between having our vehicles and home cursed, having three packers and three movers show up to pack our not-yet-sorted home, and having the kids running around the packers and movers, it was a tough week.  (BTW, in my two military moves I have never seen more than two people packing or moving at a time, so we were a little caught off guard to have our entire house simultaneously being packed by six people.)

But we are on the road!  We may have left some things behind that Dad will grab when he is back to ready the house for showings, but we are wandering down to Dallas as I type this.  Our first night in the trailer was great!!  It may have been 20 degrees outside but our furnace kept all five of us,  plus Khaki, nice and toasty for the best sleep I've had in a week.  Hallelujah!  It's times like these that I'm reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."   Time and again He likes to remind me of this. 

The kids are being rock stars and the trailer, well it's still attached to our truck, so we must be doing something right.  Do you know the reminder the flight attendants give you after landing, "Your items in the overhead compartment may have shifted during flight"?  Yeah that one?  Well there are no flight attendants in our trailer, but our items in ALL compartments shift with every mile, bump and sway.  Dad learned that the hard way when he got a Tervis to the face after towing the trailer to the scales yesterday.  Live and learn my friend!  We will constantly be shedding stuff, adding securing devices and learning through trial and error on this adventure. 

After one of the most hectic weeks I've experienced I cannot explain the excitement I am having over beginning this awesome new life two years in the making! See ya later Nebraska!! 
The boys playing in their new room.

Packing the trailer on the street in -20 windchill.

We finally made it on the road.

1 comment:

  1. every great adventure involves a few bruises :). Congrats on the start.