I had to take a little time to wipe the tears away and gain some sort of composure. I don’t know if I can ever find the words to express my love for all of you. Watching you grow from a family of 2 (including Maddy 0f course) to a family of 3 and then a family of 4. My gratitude for letting me continue to be a part of your lives and also a friendship that will continue through the distance. Enjoy all of it up there and soon enough we will visit and the girls can skip hand-in-hand through Disney World.
This last week has been such a whirlwind of emotions. Who am I kidding, actually these last few months have been a whirlwind. My husband and I have always talked about moving farther north than where we currently lived. We knew that it was in the inevitable future, but that future came quicker than I ever imagined. An opportunity arose that allowed us to make this step towards a better future for our family and we took it. In the excitement of this change, I did not realize the emotions of what we were then leaving behind.
Our first home was such a treasured piece of my heart. I still remember waddling into that front door, 7 months pregnant with our first born thinking are we nuts? This home needed work, a lot of work. We tore down almost every wall and renovated every inch of that home. At one point we were using a tailgate table with paper products and a $15 Walmart microwave as a kitchen. With the help of friends and family we were able to create a beautiful home. I am so proud of the journey this home has taken. We created such a beautiful place for our children to be brought home to. Both our children took their first steps and said their first words in this home.
After several trips to our new city, we made the decision that we would be building the home of our dreams. This new home would be our forever home. This would be where we would raise our children and possibly bring a new child home to (no I’m not pregnant). This new home would have room for one more plus company to visit. The thought of this new home gave me such joy that it made the loss of our first home less painful. The only catch was that it would be at least another 9 months before it was ready for us to move in. This meant that we needed to find a new temporary home for our family.
I was lucky enough to find a home in a neighborhood just down the street from our new construction home. Now was the time to pack it all up and move it into a rental home.
On October 6, 2018 we said our final goodbye to our home. We put our entire life into boxes and headed north. Originally, we thought that we could rent a truck, load it up and handle it ourselves. We were SO WRONG! After beginning the packing process, I quickly realized that we were in over our heads. I knew this would be a tedious process, we would need help. Moving an entire home was a task not for the weak. I had used movers before though, items were broken, shattered and we got zero remorse or compassion when we reached out to them. I knew this time around that I needed to do my research. After googling my heart away I got my answer- Two Men & A Truck- Movers Who Care!
I am so grateful for Two Men & A Truck , they were able to care for my home the way that I would have. Their service was exceptional and most notable- it was FAST!
When we moved into this home we made the decision to start buying “adult furniture”, no more cheap pieces. These pieces in our home had memories and we wanted to ensure that they were cared for the way that we would care for them. Each piece of furniture was delicately wrapped and transported into our new temporary home.
You never really know just HOW MUCH STUFF you have, until you try to put in all in boxes. Wow, did we have a lot of stuff. That garage was packed with years and years of memories.
My tiny tot was trying to understand why all her toys were being loaded on a big truck and the staff of Two Men were so sweet. They explained to her that they would be careful with all her toys and let her watch as they were loaded. We set her up on a chair on the patio so she could watch.
Once the house was empty we took a few moments to ourselves as a family to take it all in. We let the girls pack their suitcases for the trip. This made it not only easier for me to find things that would be needed in the next 24 hours, but also helped them understand the transition.
We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives and we are so grateful for the family and friends that have made this possible. Thank you to Two Men & A Truck for caring for our things the way that we would have and being a part of this transition. Thank you to my dear friend Akamie of Ali Mac Photography for capturing these moments for us. Akamie, you’ve been a part of every single life changing moment and we are so sad to be leaving you!
On to the next chapter…
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