Finding Normal

I'm not going to lie, I totally underestimated this move. I figured we have moved eight times before this, so we've got it. But, the reality is, the last time we moved, we only had 1 1/2 children (I was pregnant with Isla) and we had about 1/5 of the posessions. I totally and completely underestimated this move.

I underestimated the packing. I underestimated the organizing. I underestimated trying to figure out new places and ways to store things in the new house. I underestimated doing ALL THE THINGS with three kids in tow…you know, because I normally have so much time on my hands to do it all.

It's been two weeks now and I am still working on finding our new normal. I like slow. Even with the kids in school, we have always had lazy afternoons. I enjoy cuddling up with the kids and reading. I enjoy watching them play and imagine. I enjoy taking them in the backyard and playing in the dirt. But none of this has been happening yet because I am still just trying to cope. My hot pads are still missing! I only originally discovered this when I went to pull dinner out of the oven. Our silverwear was missing for the first few days. Because of the work it takes in hanging things on plaster walls, I am taking forever to hang things because it feels so permanent…and lets be honest, I am not big on permanency and enjoy rearranging and redecorating often.

I underestimated this move. I underestimated not only the work it would take, but the emotional toll and the normalcy toll it would take on our lives. I am ready for things to calm down. I am ready to find our new normal…even if that means stashing away some of the boxes for now so I don't have to think about the stuff that needs to be done.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh sister... I am right there with you. And it's been nearly eight months for us. When I look back on the photo of all our worldly possessions piled high in our living room, my heart literally falls into my feet, and I feel instantly exhausted like I did in those early weeks. It has gotten better, but still very different with older kids who want to "help." And yes... those plaster walls. I love Command Strips/Hooks so much I could marry them. If you haven't tried them, please do yourself a favor. Praying for some rest for your soon!


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