Big Teddy, Big Heart

Big Teddy came off the store shelf and into our lives while I was pregnant with my first born son. He was about four feet tall with the perfect lap to sit in while reading a book or use as a pillow to take a nap. He was a nursery staple for both kids. AsContinue reading “Big Teddy, Big Heart”

Withdraw or Welcome?

When I moved to the Prosper, Texas area I took advantage of the friendliness of the south and chatted it up with every cashier, server, grocery bagger, and person in line with me that I could engage. It didn’t take many conversations to realize I wasn’t the only one who thought moving to North DallasContinue reading “Withdraw or Welcome?”

Jump Start

I needed a jump start this morning, but it was my heart not my engine that needed it most. I don’t know about you but these last couple weeks with spring break and a busy schedule has got me out of rhythm with all areas in life. I was like my car engine this morning, just enough powerContinue reading “Jump Start”

RE-Arrangement

Most of my moves have been corporate moves where teams of men box up my life in a 2 day flurry. They are professionals, completely detached from the emotional ties I have to my stuff. It is impressive, they can wrap up and box a framed photo in 5 seconds, where as I would look at itContinue reading “RE-Arrangement”

Keep On

As the Just Moved community in the Prosper, Texas area increases the meeting spaces available in town was decreasing. I was feeling the pressure to get our spring class scheduled but was running low on meeting location options. I kept looking and praying. If I am honest, when I pray, I want Jesus to get me from point A to pointContinue reading “Keep On”

Separate

I knew Texas summers where going to be stupid hot when we moved here. But what I didn’t know was Texas summers get so stupid hot that if the clay soil is not watered it will separate from the house risking a cracked foundation. Growing up in Michigan where keeping water out your basement was an ongoing battle, I couldn’t graspContinue reading “Separate”

What to expect when you are expecting… a move.

So you’re expecting a new life. Congratulations! Consider me your moving midwife, after 7 moves and 2 babies I have learned that each move, like each pregnancy, is a unique experience. Here my mover’s guide that reassuringly addresses ten expectations of movers-to-be based on my experience as a mover and a mother, from the announcementContinue reading “What to expect when you are expecting… a move.”

On Your Plate

When you move, it is like your plate gets flipped. It’s messy. It is important to grieve the things that were lost off your plate. It is also important start over and put new things on your plate. Divide a paper plate into three parts. Reflected on your losses, write down something you miss about where you movedContinue reading “On Your Plate”

More Than Time

I lied and I need to take it back. I’ve consoled myself and others that it just will take more time to feel settled in after a move and that it will just happen with time. Truth is it take more than time. A wound will heal in time but it also has to stay cleanContinue reading “More Than Time”

A new song

The book “After the Boxes are Unpacked” by Susan Miller sat collecting dust for years on the book shelf. A sweet well-meaning couple from my mother-in-law’s church gifted it to us when we moved out of state as newlyweds. It went in and out of cardboard boxes from Lowell, Michigan to Akron, Ohio. Then fromContinue reading “A new song”