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”

Top 10: You are Prosper

There is a saying in these parts “We are Prosper”. As this small town with big heart makes room for the newcomers, here are the top 10 ways to know when you’ve finally settled into Prosper, Texas. Once you catch yourself doing one of these 10, you belong to A Place Where Everyone Matters. 10. You’ve learnedContinue reading “Top 10: You are Prosper”

Temporary Housing Situation

King David of the Bible’s Old Testament knew a lot about moving. He went from a sheep pen to the palace in his life time. Psalm 142 was written in one of King David’s temporary housing situations: a cave. Maybe my rental on Applewood Ave was not so horrible after all?! My chicken scratch in my Bible’s marginContinue reading “Temporary Housing Situation”

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”