Yesterday we drove away from the city that I have called home for nearly my entire life. My Joey called me several times yesterday morning just to check in and see how I was doing.
(Side note: It really blesses me that in the midst of his absolutlely crazy schedule with moving and work that he still makes the time to call me and make sure that I'm doing ok.)
Any who... As I was packing up a few final things I couldn't stop thinking about how strange it was that in a few short hours I would be driving away from everything that I've ever known with our three small children, (and one more in tote) to somewhere that I've never been. And for some reason, although I am completely aware of the fact that I am pregnant,as I sat folding clothes and putting them in a box, it just dawned on me that I really am having a baby in a few short months and I still need to find a doctor... I should probably figure out what hospital I'm going to have the baby at too. :)
On Wednesday night, I absolutely lost it for the first time in this entire process. It was really hard to say good bye to some really close friends and I just needed to "let it all out." Once I did, I felt much better! Joey prayed for us as I cried. I was sobbing. Then he asked me if I was sad that we were moving out of "this house'? I went from sobbing, to hysterically laughing, in 2.5 seconds (remember that I am super pregnant and I have these crazy mood swings... I'll admit it.:)
There is NO WAY that I am sad to move out of the giant house on the hill. (I hope to do a "wrap up" post someday on all the things that I learned, loved, and didn't love about this last year.) But for some reason it just cracked me up that Joey would even ask me if I was sobbing about leaving the house. The truth is that I am absolutely gitty about moving out of that excessively huge house. NEVER again will I have to clean those never-ending wood floors. I am so glad to be moving into a house that is only 1/3 the size of what we have been living in. I am extatic to be moving into the most affordable place that we have ever lived in!!! I'll post pictures and a video when we get there and get settled in. I am super excited to just have our own home again.
I must say that it made it so much better to drive away with a dear friend. Our kids were amazing in the car. I believe with my whole heart that God was just showering his grace all over us. Five kids in a car for several hours at a time could be chaos... but it was so far from that. It was actually peaceful in a lot of ways. It was such a blessing to have a friend to let out all my thoughts to and to hear all her thoughts as well.
Driving away was unforgettable. It was overwhelming. It was scary. It was exhillerating and exciting. It was a day that I will remember for a long time.