This weekend was the first time we said it out loud to someone outside our family:
“We are moving” …
Since many of our friends and family knew Dan was chosen for this job back in early December (yes, the process has taken THIS LONG for him to finally get a start date for his orientation!), most knew it was a good possibility. Plus Daniel chose to write about it in our annual Christmas letter, stating that if it didn’t happen for some crazy reason, we’d just send out a retraction letter.
And so, we are taking the first small steps to pack up our house … and I do mean, tiny steps since these 6 boxes of history books, labeled by the time period they are about, don’t even make a dent in the amount of books we still need to pack:
I’ve been storing up diaper boxes and shipping boxes for a while in our garage, in hopes we’d be moving. Plus our friend has given us broken down boxes from his job – unfortunately, his boss is moving right now too and gets dibs on the shipping boxes for a while.
And to begin my grand plan of “staging” our house for sale (won’t be going on the market until March or April), I took down a lot of family pictures from the walls. Going up our stairway, we had pictures of each child, taken at each age plus one baby picture (ie, age zero) – so for Drew that’s 15 pictures; Annie-Belle that’s 13; and for MiMi, that’s 4 = 32 framed 8×10’s. Plus a bunch of other pictures from all over … we have A LOT of pictures of our kiddos and family, that’s for sure!! The cat (this is our little sickie, Ella) loves the high perch the boxes afford her:
As I look at my house through the eyes of someone who might want to buy our house, I see so much that needs to be done … SO much!!!! I’ve been swiping at cob webs and dusting … and wishing I were a better housekeeper. But day by day, we’ll get a little bit done. That’s how you eat an elephant … and how you get a house ready for sale.