Saturday, July 18, 2009

Random Thoughts

I will really miss this porch.

Today is our last Saturday here. It still feels surreal. My brain knows that I only have a few more days here, but my heart is still numb.

The little kids are pretty clueless, so they are currently fine. They did well at the cabin last week, so I think they will probably transition pretty well. The older kids are a bit sad, and trying to say good-bye to their friends. Ryan has been gone a lot--much to Chloe's dismay. He ended up taking her with him yesterday. She had an offer to swim with us at a friend's house and she turned it down to hang out with Ryan. I was a bit shocked by that because she LOVES to swim.

The movers come in two days to start packing us up. I am thankful that I don't have to pack everything. We have some doctor and dentist visits to finish up and then we will be heading east as the truck pulls out. (sob)

The truck pulls out on Wed., and is not guaranteed an arrival until Sunday, so we need to pack enough clothes for that long. Great! It's like another vacation.

5 days of clothes + 12 people = 60 clean outfits. And let's not forget pajamas. And swimsuits. Shoes. Hairbows. Underwear. Jackets.

Our washer and dryer are staying here because the dryer outlet at the new house is electric and we have a gas dryer. We will need to buy a set in Boston and hopefully get it delivered immediately. Either that, or all the kids will get a lesson on how to pound out laundry on a rock.

I had visions of visiting friends along the way, stopping at Niagra Falls, etc. But Jeff, aka Lets-get-there-by-driving-12-straight-hours thinks not. Drat! I see his point, though. Dragging all of our stuff into a hotel is a huge undertaking and not much fun. And there IS the slim possibility of the truck getting there on Friday instead of Sunday.

A kind co-worker delivered some blow up mattresses to the house so that the ancient youthful parents' lower backs don't go out. So we will be hanging out there until the truck arrives. I have only seen a few pictures of the house online, so I want to get there before the truck to figure out furniture placement.

Some random pictures from our last week here...

The purple coneflowers are blooming in our yard

This probably sounds silly, but we see deer a lot around here and I LOVE them! Each time I see them, my camera is at home. urgh. I really wanted to be able to take some photos of them before we moved so I began to pray that God would put some in my path when I had a camera handy. Last Sunday, on the way home from church, we spotted two fawns and their Mama as we pulled into our subdivision. We watched them for a few minutes and then I decided to go get my camera and hope to find them still there. Not likely...but worth a try. To my delight, they were still there when I returned and I was able to take some photos. They are a bit blurry because the deer were farther away than my lens could handle, but they are better than nothing. God DOES care about every detail of our lives and I think He was delighted to answer my prayer. :)

Two sets of dirty feet-sies

Chloe, in Ryan's *rmy shirt that she wears to bed

The remainder of the pictures are of a sweet little boy we know. He is the child of a young, newly married couple who needed some photos taken. I needed the practice, so wah-la... We did each other a favor. :) This little guy has some of the most gorgeous blue eyes I have ever seen. AMAZING!


Lori said...

I don't know why, but I'm so sad you are moving! Your front porch is so charming...and the deer! Oh beautiful! BUT...we both know how we can trust our Great God to lead as He expands our territory and puts us in new situations to bring Him glory. He loves and cares about us so much that He would never lead us astray. Good things are in store for you, I just know it!!

trustandobey said...

Hi Karen,
We all know how sad it can be to leave the familiar and comfortable, but you have such an adventure waiting for you and in one of the most beautiful areas of our country. Think of the history there. You and the kids will have such a ball uncovering it all. Not to mention the beautiful, vibrant fall seasons, the cool,crisp spring and fall air, the maple trees collecting syrup, the cranberry bogs springing to brilliant red color, the wonderful antique shops and white church steeples soaring through the fiery hardwood foliage, the Norman Rockwell winters, the old english style of architecture, the candy shops, Cape Cod and its bays criss-crossed with white sailboats, the beautiful North Atlantic, clam chowder like no one else makes it and eating it in a cozy resturant overlooking the warf, ligth houses and fog horns, and i could go on and on. I cannot think of a more picturesque place to grow up. (And i did spend a couple of years there as a child and have wonderful memories.) Yes, it does tend to be a lot more liberal- thinking there, which is probably why God is transplanting you to the area. I can say with complete certainty that Boston is in desperate need of a family like yours. I will be praying that you find and connect with other Christians and that you find a church very soon. All of your blog friends will be with you there and i ,for one, cannot wait for the photos to start rolling in ; ) Praying for an industrious week and safe passage.

Holly said...

EVERY time we have moved with heavy hearts at what we were leaving behind...God has faithfully given us something treasure when we moved.
I'm claiming that for you!!
Safe's an adventure!!

James, Dawn and Family said...

I am sad to be moving also. I have been looking around at the things I'm going to miss. Every visitor, Sat night Church and activity is bittersweet. I know GOD has an awesome plan for our families. That thought keeps me going.It's so great when GOD is the head of your life. It's life Christmas anticipation when I was a kid. What's next???

Kim K. said...

I'm sorry we never met. I feel a kinship with our SN heart adoptions and our connection Mott's Children's Hospital. Please know that I've enjoyed our online friendship and I look forward to following your new journey on the East coast. Best wishes and God's blessings to your sweet family.

Amy said...

Praying you are blessed beyond measure in your new home!!

Lynsay said...

:( I haven't even been to your place and I'm sad you are leaving, your pictures always are so beautiful....hmmm...I see I'm echoing some of my friends in their comments, we all must have good taste!

Love you friend! Will be praying you through all this, ugh....

Love and hugs! Wish Boston were just a smidge closer!

Wife of the Pres. said...

This post is SAD. I'm sorry to say that, but it makes me think of the verse in Ecclesiastes where God tells us there are times for every season, mourning, laughing, strife, sadness, joy. This is a season of sadness in a way, but I know He has already gone before your family and prepared the way, especially for your sweet Ryan in his calling ahead.

As for Niagara Falls, I would be TERRIFIED there w/ all of your crew. Not that they are bad, but we went there once w/ our TWO boys, ages 6 and 2 at the time, and I was terrified. Our youngest was already a good swimmer and kept leaning over the ropes on the three sisters island walk OVER THE SNARLY RIVER JUST FEET FROM THE CANADIAN FALLS.

The park ranger reminded me later as I told him I thought they needed a better railing (i.e. not ropes w/ gaping holes) that it is a PARK and is meant to mimic the natural settting. Oh, OK, thanks.

Anyway, I think you should do Niagara Falls when you are not in the middle of a move, but that is my 2 cents for which you did not ask! :)))

Love and Hugs that all goes well,

Kim @ Up North Mommy said...

Karin, you took some beautiful photos, especially of that little boy. You should try to do more with your photography hobby.