Week(s) in Review: 2013 {Weeks 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30}

*composed yesterday but never hit publish….here’s this week’s edition of Week in Review…

Uh, whooops.  It appears I fell a tad behind on weekly updates.  Yikes.  I wish I could tell you exactly what happened each and every week, but I can barely remember yesterday, so going back six weeks is going to be dicey.  So, basically, I should just recap our summer.

We moved.

(Have I mentioned that before?)

That has pretty much summed up and consumed our entire break.  Half of me is super-thankful that we did this when school was out.  The other half is slightly embittered that I had zero summer break.  But, it’s all good.  We’ve made the most of being pool owners and the girls have been in the pool nearly every single day since we bought the house.  And this week we’ve tried to do a few little fun things, like getting Hawaiian Shave Ice (a once a year summer treat) and going to the Art Lab.  We have one week left before we settle back into something resembling a routine and I’m hoping to cram in a few more “summer fun” type events before it’s all said and done.

Speaking of back to school, I have never felt more unprepared ten days out than I do this year and I have little internal motivation to change that.  It’s a tad ridiculous.  Maybe school supply shopping next week will help inspire us all.  Isn’t that the best part of back to school anyway?

As far as the new house goes, we are pretty well completely unpacked.  One very intimidating room remains.  It has become the dumping grounds for all hard-to-place items and it’s going to take some time to weed through it all.  However, the unfinished part of our basement looks fabulous and I love just walking in there and seeing how clean and organized it is.  Stage two will involve going back through many of the rooms and organizing everything that just kind of got thrown into a drawer or cabinet in the name of getting things out of boxes.  And then there’s the painting and redecorating….someday.

We closed on the sale of our old house today and if circumstances had been different I would have been much more sad.  As it is, though, I feel somewhat relieved now that it’s all over.  I went back one last time today, cleaned it well and said my good byes.  I’m so sentimental and I loved that old house so much, it was good for me to do that.

Moving has been an interesting experience.  We lived in our last home for nine years.  I like to put down roots.  I get attached to places and things.  As I walked through the old place this morning so many memories came back as I stopped and reflected – good memories and not so good ones.  And I’m thankful for all of them.  I’m also thankful for this opportunity to have a new start as a family.  It seems fitting that we decided to make a house change right after we made a major family change.  It seems like a new chapter in our lives, a turning of a page, and the start of something even more wonderful.

For His Glory ~

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Week in Review {2013: Weeks 23 & 24}

The past two weeks have gone by in a wild blur.  Our oldest daughter had her (and possibly our) busiest week of the summer with a full week of non-stop youth group activities.  Three had swim lessons.  And we closed on our new home and began moving our boxes over and painting.  And that was just last week.

This week was more box-schlepping, more painting, more swim lessons, and a day camp for the Middle.  Our kids have never slept as well as they have the past two weeks.

Tomorrow we officially open the door on a new chapter of our lives – it’s moving day!  Because our mid-town home hasn’t sold yet, we plan to leave the first floor “staged” with some of our furniture, so we won’t be completely finished.  But we will begin to live, eat, and sleep in our new place as of tomorrow.  And beginning Sunday (deo volente!) I plan to put on the brakes for our family.  Our schedule opens up.  We will live in one house instead of strung out between two.  The pressure will (hopefully) be off a bit.  And I intend to help us slow down and reclaim our summer and our sanity a little bit.  When I am longing to make a menu plan and grocery list, go grocery shopping, and make regular meals, then we know it’s time to find our rhythm again.

We’ve been so blessed, particularly this week, by the help given by so many – our girls, who have worked incredibly hard helping us pack and move and unpack and more; our families who have been helping me pack this week and who will help us move tomorrow; and friends who have helped clean, move, and unpack, drive kids around, and provided dinner, and will help more tomorrow; not to mention all the prayers on our behalf.  God is good and we are blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.

That’s about it for us.  Hopefully I’ll be able to share some photos of the new place as we get settled in the coming days/weeks.  May your weekend be blessed and full of God’s good gifts.

For His Glory ~

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