Over the past seven months, since we found out we were moving home from Japan and decided to build a house to move into, my life has been kind of crazy, kind of. If you follow my blog, you've read some of my posts along the way about moving, but here, in one post, I'd like to sum up the past eight months of my life.
First of all, I'd like to say THANK YOU to all of my family and friends who have helped me along the way, it would have been impossible without you. It started in Japan, when we were packing up to leave, and I was seven months pregnant, countless friends helped me clean, pack, organize (probably thought I was being too particular, but now that I'm unpacking, that organization is paying off), helped with the kids, dishes, food, you name it.
Here is the first part of our move, the truck came to pick up 16 of our 19, yes, 19 suitcases.
We had to say good bye to some really great friends:
Here we are at the airport.
There were many decisions to be made for the house, so the kids and I drove 1,000 miles to stay with Dave for a month. We got to stop and visit some old friends along the way, and I even took them to Niagara Falls:
We had to say goodbye to ALL of our cousins:
The closing got delayed by two days, so we were all crammed into the tiny apartment on one king and one twin bed.
Finally, we closed on our house and are together again as one big happy family! This was the first night in six months that I slept in a room without sharing it with four or five of my kids! Home sweet home!
So, if you know someone moving, may I challenge you to do a random act of kindness for them, whether it be help pack, help clean post packing, make them a meal, clean the new place, help unpack, take the kids, bring over a snack, cut open boxes, help break down boxes- do you get the point? I have had so much help, and I couldn't have done it without every last one of my wonderful family and friends, so thank you for everything that helped to get us here, we love you!