I am taking a deep breath and enjoying the day today. How about you? I recently wrote a post about my struggle with keeping the JOY in Christmas this year. The struggle has been real but I am winning,
Last week Chris and I packed up and moved out of the house we have been renting in Dothan, Alabama for the past 11 months. We had furnished that house with the thought in mind that we would be buying a house in Dothan or a beach house in Florida. When that did not make any sense to do any more due to Chris’s travel and our realization that we wanted to buy a house in North Carolina we were “stuck” with even more furniture than we needed.
Throughout this past year we have definitely gotten rid of a lot of possessions. We gave a lot of furniture and household items away in Mason City. When we moved to North Carolina we have continued to give even more away and now we were faced with moving more furniture into our already crowded house. So we got rid of some of the items in the house in Dothan and rented a Uhaul and made the trek to North Carolina.
Today I feel like I can finally breathe again. The stress of the past year has lifted and I am feeling much lighter in a lot of ways. It is a truly wonderful feeling.
When I look back on this past year we have been through a bit. That might be an understatement. I usually try to take it all in stride but you know what? This year was pretty phenomenal when it all boiled down to what we did. But we made it and that is what I always preach. The sun ALWAYS comes up and we always make it through tough times.
We had some great help on the other end in Dothan loading up the UHaul. Chris works with some amazing people who helped us muscle the furniture into the truck. We could not have done it without them. We had a great relationship with our landlady and left the house in the capable hands of her cleaner so I did not have to add that to my to do list. And then we started the drive to North Carolina which went amazingly well. I followed Chris in the rental car and we found our way home through the windy roads . We had an early morning Starbucks stop and even though I spelled my name it did not translate to either the person who made my sandwich or my drink.
But now we are home and happily settling in. We hired a couple of guys from a moving company on this end to unload the heavy stuff off of the truck and that was probably the best money we have ever spent. It took them an hour to relocate furniture in the house and move new stuff in off the truck and it saved us a lot of wear and tear on our bodies which was a very good thing.
Now I feel like I can take some deep breaths, relax and enjoy the rest of the week. We are going to have a simple Christmas with just Aaron (and grand kitty Diego, of course) but it is going to be so wonderful. Truly wonderful.
It has been a year of change but a year of huge blessings. Once I remembered to relax and just enjoy things it got much better. Oh –and having a wonderful work family for Chris with the Dunbarton Group has made a world of difference. We enjoyed a lovely dinner last week in Enterprise at the Historic Rawls Bed and Breakfast and you know what? This group is family to me and I am so happy that we are a part of this amazing and talented group.
If you are feeling less than calm this week take a cue from me. Step back, take a couple of deep breaths and just reflect on the blessings of the year. I am pretty sure you can come up with a pretty nice list.
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So pleased to hear it all went smooth and you can breath again! It has been quite the year for you as it was with us last year. I still can´t believe we survived it all. We went to Northern Spain for a few days to meet my Spanish publisher and see another part of this diverse country. It was a good relaxing get away. I will make a Christmas dinner for my in-laws tomorrow. Off to get the groceries but feeling pretty mellow for this time of the year. A nice change. Sending much love Betham!! (you should see the names we get on our cups over here. Too funny.)
Yes—you definitely have me beat on the move thing since your move was international. 🙂 So happy you had some time away to relax and yes—feeling mellow at this time of the year is an amazing thing, isn’t it? I am going to just go with it!
For this deeply “nested” person, even the prospect of 3 months in TX seems a tad daunting (I know this is a bit difficult for you to grasp as our…..yours and my…..lives are polar opposites). I do some self-talk and remind myself to take a few steps back to see the “big picture” and our pending trek almost disappears!!!!! LOL!!!!
So happy that your tasks/travel were completed safely and with satisfactory results. Time to relax, haul out those family holiday recipes and have fun!!!! Hugs always…………
Oh no–I get it. It is daunting to think about being gone for 3 months even though it is an amazing and wonderful thing! You do have to do that pep talk and get your head around it, don’t you? When do you guys leave?
Beth Ann – so glad you are back and feeling settled! I, for one, am very happy you chose NC as the place you want to be! I can’t believe my luck (fate?) in having you and Lali just about a mile away! Perfect!
So glad your final move went well. You sound content, really content.
I’ve been trying very hard to take things in stride this holiday season and just go with the flow. I’m trying not too stress about the million and one things that are on my mind before our trip tomorrow. Instead, I will try to take things as they come and enjoy this blessing of a family trip, one which we haven’t had in way too long. Have a merry Christmas!!! xoxo
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!! A family trip sounds fabulous and I am sure you are going to have a blast!
So glad that you got everything moved! Enjoy some time at home 🙂
YES! Can’t wait!
Merry Early Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you as well! Miss you!