Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tales of a Tract Home: The Waiting Game is Nearly Over

I can hardly believe that today is our last full day in this townhome. This temporary living situation has been both a blessing and an interesting adventure. We are so deeply grateful that we were able to live here rather than in a hotel. I cannot imagine the logistics of both Brett and I working in a hotel room, while attempting to care for and entertain two rather bored children. Finding this place was nothing short of a miracle.

Tomorrow we are hoping to move into our home: the kids into their rooms and us into the basement until the flooring is removed.

While I never imagined the pathway this moving journey would take I've observed a few things:

* I don't do well with change. I've been nearly paralyzed in our current situation, and it makes me wish for a better way to adapt to change.
* We all need our own space. Thankfully this townhome did have a place for all of us; although, Brett, Katelyn, and I were all sharing the downstairs making for a very busy office space.
* I don't care for "mystery smells." Both the townhome and the new house carry their own unique mystery smells. I HATE it. It affects the way I feel, and I'm always going on a search to discover where the smell is coming from. Thankfully we believe that updating the floors in our new home will help with at least that mystery smell. Fingers crossed!
* My kids and husband are incredible. This has NOT been easy. It's been chaotic, unsettling, up and down, disappointing, exciting, and so much more. That they have all been as patient as possible and even helpful and kind just speaks volume to the quality of their personalities. I'm really grateful for their attitude about the entire experience.
* I am totally out of shape. The first couple of moves we made, my sweet husband was out of the state starting his new job. That meant packing, loading, and many of the tasks fell to me. Not this time. It's been almost completely on Brett's shoulders this time around. I'm exhausted, worn out, stressed out, and just tired all the time. I've been less help than I'd like to be. Again, I'm grateful for his patience. I'm realizing that moving at 20 is completely different than moving at 40. It's definitely harder.
* I am not creative in a chaotic situation. Trying to work my full-time job in the creative industry has been exceedingly challenging with our moving situation. I wasn't able to unpack here in the townhome. I couldn't film while Brett or the kids were around. I have no idea where half of my craft room is. It certainly isn't conducive to making beautiful things. It's ok. Soon I will be able to create an entirely new space. And I'm thoroughly looking forward to having my own place, with its own door, and everything at my fingertips again.
* We have good friends and family. We've had so many offers of help. Brett and I aren't good at accepting it. I realize that. It's just so hard to burden other people, and I feel like we've done that enough to last a lifetime. But our good friends and family continue to offer. I really, really love them all.
* I'm ready to be done. I'm ready to never see another packing box again. I'm ready to know where my pots and pans are located. I'm ready for the kids to return to regular sleeping schedules in their own beds and bedrooms. I'm ready to start making my new house a home.

Here's hoping that the next part of the journey is filled with good things. The waiting game is nearly over!

16 comments:

  1. I sympathise - I'm terrible at change too and feel so unsettled without a 'base'. I'm so glad your wait is nearly over and you can enjoy nesting down into a new craft space. x

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  2. I actually like change and crave the excitement of change, but, you know what, I find it hard to be creative during the chaos of change, too. Lack of materials and work space are problems, to be sure, but I think there's a lack of brain space, too. Interesting.

    I'm glad you're seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, and I look forward to your future creativity!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Hopefully the creativity will start to flow again soon.

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  3. I almost bought a new house several years ago when the housing market crashed. At that time you could get a bigger house for less, but when I thought of packing up and moving I changed my mind.............I was in my very early 50's. I did remodel most of my house though, which was another nightmare in itself. I'm still trying to decide what type of countertops I want in my kitchen; then I'm pretty much done. I love coming home to my "new" clean house with laminate flooring - I HATE carpet!! (real wood was just too unrealistic $$$). Hope you never have to move again!!

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    1. We're putting in laminate too. I HATE carpet too. :(

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  4. Dear friend, I am ending one phase of my life, closing my "Shop Decor and Gifts" has been very difficult, but I hope this ends soon. I'll be on holiday in September in Florida, Orlando, hopefully rest and enjoy my vacation too, this country that I love. Honey, remember everything has a beginning, middle and end. Kisses

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    1. Enjoy your holiday! It sounds great.

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  5. Hey Jen, Its almost over. Look backwards and see how much you all have accomplished so far! It must be terrible to feel obligated to come with new ideas, LO's and the such when one is feeling, drained, worn out, stressed out as you said.
    I moved 14 times since I got married, two international moves, the rest locally (inside US and inside Brazil - where I am living right now). I got to a point that I said I don't care who packs, or in which box is what. I just want to pack and get over with. Later I would find my things. But this happened just after the 5th move. I got used to moving but I don't want to do it anymore.
    I wish you the best of luck in your new house. Soon, as you have said, you will make it your home. hang in there!

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    1. 15 times. I can't even imagine. You're incredible!

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  6. I hear you loud and clear. I hate moving SO much. When dh and I were married, we moved 7 times in the first 10 years. For the past 15, we've stayed in this nice, but imperfect home. I don't want to move again. If it's hard in the 40s, what would it be like in the mid 50s? (((hugs)))

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    1. 7 times in 10 years? How did you do that? I would be so TIRED.

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  7. I am so glad you are able to get settled in your new home. It is a chaotic time. I have been in my house 10 yrs Oct. 29th this year. It is the longest I have lived in a place. Sounds like you have a wonderful group of friends. It is hard to accept help, I understand that. Please don't think you are a burden. I am sure you are not.

    As far as the flooring, I will be able to commiserate with you in a few weeks. We are putting new hardwood floors down in our main level (ourselves. eek!). I sure hope yours (and ours) goes smoothly.

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    1. Michelle, I want to see before and after pictures of your flooring. It's so hard to pick exactly what you think will look good.

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  8. JLBOhio5:50 PM

    I am so glad that you and your family are almost at the end of the journey. It will feel so good when you get settled!! i hope the mystery smells disappear!

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    1. Fingers crossed we discover the smell and obliterate it! :) Thanks for checking in. :)

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