July 27, 2016
Moving out of the house we had lived in and loved for eleven years was a long, tiring, emotional ride, especially for me and Abby.
Three very important things made it worlds easier.
1.) Movers. Yes, they are expensive. We didn’t want to
spend the money. But, I’m SOOOOOOOO glad we did. Some of you out there are saying DUH. But, I didn’t realize how much we needed them. I can’t imagine trying to do that ourselves. Their experience and efficiency made everything go smoothly.
2.) Cleaning lady. When our agent suggested hiring a cleaning lady to clean the house once everything was moved out, Joe and I again saw dollar signs. But, that was the best $100 we’d spent! After a long day of moving (they weren’t done until 5:00) and now facing an empty house and the tears that went along with it, it was better for us to just go. Just get on the road. So, that’s what we did.
3.) Ma’s House. We moved out on a Wednesday and Joe had to work Thursday. We had a room reserved at our new favorite hotel, Staybridge Suites, in Wilmington. From Williamsburg, it would take us about five hours to get there. My mom, Ma, suggested days earlier that the kids and I come to her house and spend the night after the move. I quickly refused, not understanding the super-emotional day we’d have, not getting the idea that driving 5 hours after a full day of moving would be extremely exhausting, you know - me not getting it. But, then I reconsidered. The kids and I drove to her house while Joe and Brownie went on to Wilmington. I’m so glad we did that!
We made it to her house at 8:00. Grandpa had chicken and lots of food for us. And for the first time in ages, we relaxed. Like seriously. We watched dumb movies and ate and dozed. The three of us slept in the same room, slept good, and woke to the smell of bacon. Ahhh!
With all the hard things about the move, it was easy to take joy in whatever made it easier. It’ll be a great home for a new family, and I prayed for them as we pulled away.
“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.”