I Like to Move It, Move It

Lowes–Home Sweet Home!

Well, we did it!  From Wednesday to Sunday, we successfully packed, moved, and unpacked from our  little beach box to our cozy tree house…seriously, our new back deck feels like a giant tree house for grown ups.  I can’t wait for our first porch party!      

Preparing for a move?  Here are a few deep and profound insights I’ve picked up along the way:

  • Bubble wrap is your ally embrace it.  
  • You can NEVER have too much tupperware the bigger, the better! 
  • Pack up a bag with a hammer, scissors, tape, and cleaning supplies at the very end, so it’s easily accessible when you need to start unpacking.
  • Lowes/Home Depot will become your home away from home.  So much so that you may reconsider your move and want to permanently relocate to their warehouse.  I mean, they have high ceilings, a great garden, any appliance you could possibly think of, and a fabulous selection of cabinets to choose from what’s not to love? 

All in all, I’m exhausted, but feel so relieved to have it finished, minus a few touches here and there.  Have I mentioned how much I hate to move??  Hopefully, there won’t be another post on moving (unless it’s a guest post) for at least two years.  Even though it’s only two years, it will feel so nice to be “settled.” 

Lately on Long to Love, we’ve been talking a lot about being thankful, and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to the Lord for the countless ways He sustained us during the moving process.  I know it’s “just a move” and there are much BIGGER issues in the world, but I love that not only is our God concerned about the BIG things in our lives, but He’s also very real and alive in the small details.

With each box that was packed, moved, and unpacked; all the dust bunnies that were swept away; and the furniture that was uprooted and planted on new ground; I so clearly felt God’s presence orchestrating the process, giving us peace, and carrying us through.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Incredible weather every day it was around 80-85 the whole time we moved!  
  • Accomplishing what felt like 4 hours of work into a two hour window.
  • Cramming all of our stuff into our moving truck after the lovely truck rental place downsized us.
  • Getting an incredible deal on a shelving system ($10 each marked down from $50) from the nice man at Lowes.
  • Working in fairly stressful conditions with Bernie with minimal conflict I think our biggest disagreement was where to put our TV.
  • A best friend and new neighbor, or my “best neighbor”, who warmly welcomed us when we first arrived and provided us with delicious sustenance to carry us through our weekend of unpacking.  

In the BIG details and small details of our lives, God is at work, but sometimes our eyes are distracted and we miss it.  A one sentence prayer I picked up from Lysa Terkeurst is simply this: “Lord, I want to see you.”  In God, there is much to see and even more to be thankful for.  My prayer is that my eyes will continue to open wider and wider, so I don’t miss out on any of it.      

“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
Psalm 37:23 (NLT)