Well we are in Virginia! WOW! Everything happened so quickly. The house went on the market on Monday, April 16. We accepted the offer on Friday, April 20th! Since we didn’t have a place to live I made a quick trip to Virginia to try to find a house or apartment. It was a very frustrating trip because I was hitting dead ends. We needed a short-term lease and somewhere that would accept all of our pets! No luck at all. But I was able to get my car inspected and registered in Virginia. My plates were going to expire on April 30 in Pennsylvania so the timing was great! I returned home still not knowing where we were going to live! In the meantime we had to wait for all of the other closing details to come together. We started packing up the house. Rick needed to be in Virginia so once again we jumped into the car just 2 days after I came home! My goal was to find an apartment before the end of our visit. I prepared with a list of places and set out on my quest! I visited 8 places in a matter of a few hours. Rick and I went back to see one I had found and signed the lease! So we went from a 4 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and a basement to a 2 bedroom apartment with a 1 car garage and a storage unit! Wow! We really lightened our load!
Over the next month we started saying our good byes and packing up the house. In the middle of everything we had a sweet visit from Sean and got to meet his delightful girlfriend, Yelena! They made Mother’s Day and our Anniversary extra special. Yelena is a sweetheart and she will be the strong woman who we have prayed that God would send to be his partner. Maybe by the end of the year we will have more news! LOL
They left on May 20 and the mover’s were scheduled to come on the 24th! Packing went into hyperdrive! We sold our washer and dryer, gave away some other furniture and started packing up the rest of our life! Our first Oops moment happened on Monday morning. I was cleaning the downstairs bathroom. My cell phone was in my pant’s pocket. As I leaned over to flush the toilet after cleaning it, my cell phone fell out of my pocket and down the drain! Wait don.t go!! I turned off the water and went to get Rick. Imagine this conversation: honey I was cleaning the toilet and my cell phone decided to dive in for a bath! It was jammed into the bottom of the toilet. So Rick had to take the toilet off, carry it outside and turn it upside down to dislodge the phone! Needless to say my phone was ruined but after a new wax ring the toilet was fine! So my minutes were flushed away…….
Back to packing minus a cell phone! Thursday morning the movers came and by that evening we were in an empty home. We spent the night on air mattresses so we could be over our very confused pets. All 4 of them slept by us that night. They weren’t going to let us out of their sight! Friday morning, May 25th we finished packing the 2 cars, stuffed animals into carriers and harnesses, closed on our home and started the journey to a new home.
My verse for this entire change has been: The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1 NIV84). Well God has obviously been totally in control of this move. From the land that we found that was less expensive than we planned to spend but bigger than we planned; To selling our home in 5 days! God has a plan now I have to let go and start walking as He directs. I will admit that it hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be. I have cried saying goodbye to friends. I have moped when my stuff has been packed away. When we finally got into our apartment I became overwhelmed by all of the changes. People whom I have come to depend upon are hours away and right now I have to allow time and intimacy to build new relationships! My emotions are on a roller coaster. Excited over the possibilities, scared about the changes and even overwhelmed about meeting new people! Usually Rick says that I can walk into the ladies room and leave with a new best friend, but right now I am overwhelmed with the thought of taking the time to get to know anyone. I think it is a part of the protection mechanism that I have developed as a part of each move I have made. What I need to remember is that God is walking with me and God knows the reason we are here. So I need to dive into the deep end!
So as of Tuesday, June 12, we are living in a 2 bedroom apartment with a 1 car garage and a storage unit. We have learned to take the time to open boxes before we go out or start a project! Our pets are happy as long as they have us and have a few pieces of furniture that reminds them that this is home! This is truly our temporary home and for now it is good! A new place, a new season equals new opportunities! God is a God of mercy and grace!