Monthly Archives: June 2008

Relocating

We are smack-dab in the middle of a move. Whether I’m moving across state lines or simply moving across town – it is always hectic. I have to-do lists coming out of my ears, boxes scattered throughout our apartment, and very bare walls. Thanks to those awesome ‘Magic Erasers’ there aren’t even any crayon marks on the walls anymore. While every move can be a little stressful – this one is different. We are in the process of buying our very first home! I don’t think the knots in my tummy will actually go away until I am holding those shiny house keys in the palm of my hand. Having faith that everything will work out, I am so exited to get into an actual house! A home – with a driveway to plow, a yard to mow, and walls that I can actually paint! My husband is chomping at the bit to get into our new place, as well. It is situated on the outskirts of a small community consisting of mostly farm land. He has lived in the big city for too long now – and is already making plans for some crops, a few animals, and a workshop. He is a true testament to the old saying “You can’t find your soul on the sidewalk.” I love him for it.

While relocating, movers come and pack your entire material lives on a semi-truck. Every time it makes me feel so small. As I was cleaning out things today, I began thinking about how humbling a big move can be. Sifting through your belongings you begin to realize just how much junk you own. Things you don’t need – never really did. Here in America – we have such an over-abundance of THINGS. I heard about a book a while ago that discussed the amount of material goods Americans own – compared to people of other countries. The writers went around the world and asked families to bring everything they owned out of their homes and place it in their front yard (if they had one.) It was astounding how much more STUFF Americans accumulate – things we thought we needed but only really wanted. And yet, in our very own country – there are still people who don’t have enough to eat. Ironic, isn’t it? It makes me feel so convicted.

I am pumped about this move. We will be living MUCH closer to some of our most treasured friends, close enough to attend Buckeye games, yet out of the city enough to see the stars at night. (Assuming of course – this whole darn home buying process is successful. I’m trusting it will be.) I’m so thankful.

I better get back to my to-do lists.

I Dare You….

So all of us experience times of drought and wondering. Times where we either find ourselves looking back and wanting to do things over. Times where our lives currently seem stale, unimportant, and without purpose. Even times where we look to the future with fear and wonder what direction to go in. Sometimes, it can be pretty overwhelming. I had… Read more →

I Took the Ipod Off

It wasn’t a choice, I was forced. All streched out and ready to run, I pushed the play button and nothing happened. After tirelessly trying to get the thing to work, I regretfully decided to run without it. As I started out, I missed my music. I have been jogging and working out with my tunes for over a decade… Read more →

Quotes

I LOVE quotes. If anybody reading this ever has any good ones – send them my way. Here are a few I ran across today: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead“A day hemmed… Read more →

Two Years Old Already

Two years ago today, I was laying in a hospital bed – a brand new Mama. Has it really been 2 years? Unbelievable. It has already gone by so quickly. I don’t want to miss a minute of it. Our little boy has taught me more about, patience, kindness, and love than I could have ever imagined he would. I… Read more →

Thoughts Inspired by Mother’s Day

I wrote this on Mother’s Day and posted it on another blog. Even though Mom’s day was a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to add it here too: Being a mom changes things! Suddenly, your capacity to love far exceeds your tendency to hate. You find yourself not minding diapers and drool – nearly as… Read more →

The Grandparents

My husband and I had a chance to visit with his maternal grandparents last week. Who knew twenty-somethings could have such fun with seventy-somethings? Our time together was so sweet. I have always adored this couple, but our recent time with them just made me melt. Wearing his blue flannel shirt and boots, Grandpa told us all about how he… Read more →