My Last Post From Maryland
We are still here!
Holy smoke, 86 subscribers–I’d better get a post up!!! As you can imagine we are in mega-high gear to bring closure to our 16 years in Maryland, and I have not had much time to blog, but my perfectionism drives me to get a post done before our literal launch, which is JUST HOURS AWAY! Please let me know if I have any typos or grammatical errors–I am functioning on 4 hours of sleep 🙂
Boy, I feel like I’ve been a slacker all my life. I am in awe of all that our family got into 10 days. Starting on Sunday May 28 with a final FEUDAL foam sword battle, and continuing that evening with a goodbye party with over 130 guests (do I even know that many people??), a 13th birthday celebration for Sarah on Monday, getting Bethany into contact lenses on Tuesday, a 10th birthday celebration for our nephew on Thursday, a double high school graduation for Daniel and Lilly on Saturday, Daniel’s baptism on Sunday, a drivers test for Daniel on Monday (he passed!), the sale of John’s Avalanche (don’t even know when that happened–just came home and it was gone!) and…well…saying goodbye to our lives as we have known them on Wednesday. Whew! I think we may just sleep for the first couple weeks!
Storing Our Stuff
Some of you know that I have been a habitual clutterer and this transition to live in an RV was truly nothing short of a miracle. Many of you have cheered me on as I have endeavored to sell, give, and toss enough of our belongings to fit into one 7×10 storage unit. Well, I reached for the stars but I so happy to say I caught the moon! I have fit EVERYTHING* into just two units totaling 1200 cubic feet at Extra Space Storage on Woodfield Road (Leo, the manager, is getting a Christmas card this year!). Check out how I maxed out my storage unit in my first video!
Oh my goodness, the sweetness of the well wishes, the hugs, and even the tears which are evidence of hearts having been joined in friendship by the kindness of God! Thank you to each one of you who attended our party, gave us a card or gift, sent us an email or an encouragement on facebook, took me out to lunch for a little one-on-one, and especially to those of you who have prayed and continued to pray for us. So many memories we take with us, as well as plans for our future visits and e-visits in the days to come! Stay tuned for the coming of our “friends photo gallery”!
OK, so today is the day! As my dear friend from high school would say, “EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!” First stop? Masontown, WV!!! I am so excited to see my friend Regan, the “little girl next door” all grown up–and a proud grandma of a couple sweet little munchkins that I intend to hear about thoroughly during our visit 🙂 Regan had a Light Bright toy when we were kids that I loved to look at. I wanted one but didn’t have one. Never did get one. Its been 30 years. Not over it 😉
One of the big reasons we are taking this trip is to have more time for PEOPLE. I am venturing to guess that the 86 subscribers are people who have known us personally, so I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you to comment with a memory that you have shared with our family. We want to cherish YOU as we leave, even as we are putting miles between us. Or feel free to comment on anything else or ask a question. I will get to responding as soon as I can 🙂
*OK, so maybe not everything fit into the storage units. There might be a closet at my mom’s with my name on it 😉