it's over {and saying goodbye forever}

It's over.

No one was injured. My husband is amazing. The cars all worked, the children were happy and diligent workers, and we made it. out. alive. And let me tell you- there were at least two straight-up miracles of the Lord that we saw firsthand over the last week.

There are always lots of reasons to be thankful! :D Praise the Lord, for He is good! I'm so in awe that He cares about every detail of our lives, and even in the times that we feel completely overwhelmed and want to give up or lose it, He answers when we call on His name. He gave me more strength than I knew I had to keep going.

I'll spare you all the details of the last couple of weeks, but I will tell you this: the process of moving was extremely difficult for us this time around. 


It probably didn't help that I sorted through every single drawer and cabinet before I packed and organized it. That's not exactly what you're supposed to do the week or two before moving, but it was what it was. I didn't want to move anything I didn't need, you know? ;) And I didn't realize how much time it took to go through it all. We had so much stuff!!

Our house was pretty much in this kind of chaos until the end:


I even had the kids organizing their toys using the same throw-it-all-out-there method:

We love Lego blocks don't we? ;) Best toy ever.
And good news- I ended up finding all those pencils and pens I lost over the last 4+ years:


Packing up 7 people and all their junk was challenging for sure. :) We purged, sold, and gave stuff away at every turn and we still had way too much left. It's convicting to see how we've {mostly I've} collected more and more over the years. I remember moving to college with just a few boxes. And now we've got truckload after truckload...hmm.

But another praise...can I say- I'm so impressed with this man? He is a hard worker, and his boys are following in his footsteps. They were awesome.


And then, right in the middle of it all, the baby and I got sick. :( I tried to muster up a full smile after our closing, but I knew I couldn't really smile until Christmas... {a.k.a. after we were completely moved out}.


I felt like this baby looked here- physically and mentally... :) He was pretty good, but I had at least two meltdowns that I can remember. That poor Home Depot employee probably never expected to help a bawling female looking for metal #8 1/2 inch screws...


But, like childbirth, you know there has to be an end at some point.

And it finally came.

Empty and full of echoes, we said goodbye to our very old house one last time...

 




As much as we loved our house, it's comforting to know that walls, windows and doors don't make a home.

It wasn't too hard to leave it behind, because we know that no matter where we live, our home is where our people are.

And they're going with us on this journey. :)

Thanks be to the Lord for His help and for His many, wonderful blessings. It's amazing to me that we are entrusted with the bringing up of these eternal souls and that the Lord provides exactly what we need to do it.

He abundantly provided this perfect house for us, at just the right time and price we needed it. What a blessing our very old home has been to us over the last four years. It gave us a place to host friends and strangers...as well as a place to work hard and to learn how to remodel for years. ;)

Thank you Father, for your love for us. Thank you for our wonderful home, where you led my husband to salvation. Thank you for changing our hearts. Thank you for bringing us Zane there, and for giving our children rooms in which to run and play.

Thank you, Lord God, our abundant provider, for the sweet memories that we were given in our big, old dream house. You have been so good to us, Father. We praise your name for the good gifts you have given us. 

18 comments

Natausha Manis said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that photo of all the kids in front of the house!!!! So precious and what a special memory for ALL of them and of course you momma! God Bless you all on your new adventure and wherever the Lord leads you to your new home.

Bonnie said...

Have you told us where you're going and what's up? That house looks so sad empty. I'm so used to it with your lovely family in there. That pic of the kids in from is def a keeper!

Nicole Bushling said...

This is makes me so sad and I don't even know why! ;) I having been following along on your blog for a few years now and love all of your posts. I love Your honesty and transparency and the way you are always praising God though the good and bad. I will be praying for your family in this next part of your journey. I can't wait to see where you'll be next. :)

gail said...

Amen.

Kristi Butler said...

I needed to read this! We're up for a cross country move with our 4 ages 6,5,4, and 3 in the next 3 weeks. Closing in 2. I sooo needed to hear how normal all of these stresses are and also be reminded of the goodness, faithfulness and grace of our good God in the midst of it all. Great post. Blessings to your family in this first holiday season in your new home. :)

Ashley M said...

My husband and I are moving in less than two weeks and today I began packing! I'll be doing most of the packing by myself, and while it's so far been a very daunting task, your post certainly put it into perspective; moving the belongings of two is a LOT easier than seven!! Your pictures made me laugh - I called my mother today and told her that the act of "packing" felt MUCH more like the act of total destruction! This will be our FOURTH move in 2.5 years of marriage and I STILL have no clue what I'm doing!! But I'm trying to make this move very organized because we'll be doing it AGAIN in 4 months, and then again in 2 years, lol (THEN we'll be done!!!). God bless you guys over this transition period!!!

Kate Jacobs said...

Congratulations on all your achievements! You're always an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey. Your children are so precious. Your husband came to know Christ! Praise God! I'm praying for adult son to make that decision. God bless you and your family, and may your new home be a place where joy abounds.

Anna said...

I'm glad you survived your move! I know it's crazy. You don't really realize how much you have until you try to pack it up. :) And I have always purged before moving, but then unpacked boxes while thinking, "Why did I keep this?"

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Karen Reep said...

Prayers for your new adventure!

Angieleigh said...

Those empty house pictures are of the house they just moved out of. :)

Angieleigh said...

I would be lying if I said that I didn't shed a tear or two that y'all have moved out of that beautiful house that you had made a home! I so looked forward to seeing your before and after pictures and seeing the kids grow and...does that sound creepy? I don't mean to be!

I wish y'all nothing but the best and can't wait to see where God leads you next! I've been praying feverishly that y'all aren't "homeless" for long. Can't wait to hear everything! God bless you all!

Tisha said...

Oh my goodness! You moved! .... I can't wait to see your new place and read about all of your new adventures...but I'm kinda sad! I love your old house...sniff sniff...

On another note, I love the pic of all of your precious kiddos on the front porch! Such a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

You are very lucky. I look forward to seeing your new house.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your move!!!

Brandi Cody said...

"where you led my husband to salvation".. in your prayer, LOVE that!! Thank you for setting a wonderful example of a wife and mother :)

Sophie from France said...

Love the last picture! And i can't wait to see your new home!