Thursday, September 12, 2013

Big, Big Changes

Oh, dear reader. I don't even know where to begin! Remember when I talked about change recently? So much has changed and so much has happened during these last few weeks (besides all the travel, death, school, sickness, flooding) that I find myself at a loss for words.

I guess the best way to begin is to just get it out and tell you the most important part.

We are moving. 

Yes, we are moving. We are selling our house and we are moving to Pennsylvania.


No, you didn't misread that --we are moving to Pennsylvania! Brandon has accepted a fantastic new job and starts in a just a few weeks. If we can find a place to rent and can sell our home quickly, we hope to have our family moved out there by mid-October. In a month! Holy cow! (We've done it before. Twice.)

We'll be moving not too far west of Philadelphia. And we are REALLY excited! Scared, nervous, a bit stressed, but really excited. We have felt guided, Brandon and I, in this venture. We have felt peace throughout the entire process as we have prayed and visited the Temple, and we'll continue to rely on Heavenly Father as we move forward and take our brood across the country.

You know, dear reader, this last weekend there was a major storm in our area. In fact, it was so major that it caused crazy damage. The rain came down, unrelenting, and it caused floods everywhere in the valley. Many homes in our ward had flooded basements (unheard of around here --we live on a hill!), a falling branch broke one of our windows, and roads on the edges of our hill were washed away. This video shows the road washing away at the end of our street (we live about 1/2 block north from here).




I thought about how sometimes, floods happen in our lives, and we experience massive amounts of change in a short amount of time. "When it rains, it pours" (or, as my friend says, "when it rains, in monsoons!"). I feel like I'm living in that flood right now. I'm facing the reality that death is taking people I love most (my Grandma, remembering Jared), we'll be leaving family and friends to a new place that is just too far for regular visits, all the work that goes into moving a large family (selling the house, finding movers, finding a place to rent, finding good schools and safe neighborhoods, etc.), and the unknown: what comes next? Will we survive in our new area? Will it work out the way we envision?

It is raining here, flooding a little, but I find myself embracing the rain. Rain brings change, yes, and sometimes it hurts. When the water is carving out a new path or identity, it hurts a lot. But rain also brings life. It brings growth, renewal, cleansing, a chance to start anew...

So, flood or not, here we go.

Let's do this!!

15 comments:

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Dude, I'm so excited for your new adventures in Pennsylvania!! Totally bummed out for me...but so excited for you!

Cheryl said...

That is my mission stomping grounds! I LOVE Philadelphia! What town are you moving to?

Birdie said...

Two of my brothers live in Philadelphia. Both went to Drexel Med. My SIL absolutely LOVES it there!!!! What part are you moving to? She would definitely have some advice

Birdie said...

I have like two gmail profiles i guess. lol This is Jen Miller btw. :)

flip flop mama said...

Wow what an adventure! Good luck!

Courtney N said...

Congrats on the new job Brandon!! What a fun adventure for you guys!!

Diane said...

You know, our last big move happened when we had 6 children and I was 7th months pregnant with #7. That was much harder than moving with 3 kids and being 4 months pregnant with #4.

Remembering this always gives me pause when I think about moving again. Still, I am jealous. I love the East Coast and particularly the NYC area. I hope you can love it too, but I won't be offended if you don't. There are several places that I have lived that I have not loved.

Kevin and Lisa said...

We are just finishing that whole process, not quite as far away but still all the anxiety of all the motherly things. But AMEN to relying on God and knowing that you are doing/going where he needs you next. We're in North Idaho now, did you know that? And it has only taken 6 months for us to finally get settled in (like we move into our house in 2 weeks) Be strong--you go girl! you can do anything with the Lord on your side. (That's been my mantra through it all!)

Amanda D said...

Yay! Congrats to Brandon on the new job. That's great. I can't wait to watch you discover Penn. I've never been there so I can't wait to see!

Stephanie said...

WOW!! Now I feel twice as bad about not connecting last week. If you have a spare moment, I'd still love to come down and visit before you go. I might even be willing to pack a few boxes. :)

sariqd said...

Wonderful! I have family in Philly! If you've done it once, you can do it again. And you've done it twice!

notmolly said...

It'll be an adventure! There are great people in PA, and some fantastic deals on properties if you like to remodel, too. :)

We live pretty far from family, and I've found that internet access really shortens the miles. With FB updates for everyday life, phone calls, skyping, email... I feel more connected to everyday life with my favorite people than ever before. It'll work out!

VERY excited for your Grand Adventure!!

Mary said...

How exciting! Steve and I have always thought Pennslyvania would be a beautiful place to live! You are blessed and all will be great!

Emily Pugmire said...

Congrats!! You are off to a new adventure. I'm looking forward to pictures and updates from Pennsylvania! Love you!

Julie said...

Cheryl! What a big change - I'm so happy for you. Congrats!