Still in need of going back and cleaning the old house and get some remaining items that the movers wouldn't take and wouldn't fit in our car on the way down here. Tired as all get out, and sore as can be, but we are safe and sound. Sitting here waiting on movers, cable men, furniture and TV delivery men! Almost as bad as waiting on scrapbooking supplies to show up!
OK, so I have taken some pics of this wonderful (NOT) moving process, but left the cord to connect my camera to my laptop in my office/studio which is now, of course, packed! So, it will not only have to wait until I move, but unpack it!
So, obviously, moving is not fun! I actually hate it! I have been sitting here for two days worried about what they haven't packed yet. No, not really just worrying...more like stressing about it. Worrying about everything fitting in my new house as it seems that I am now surrounded by boxes. Why didn't my house seem this filled with "Stuff" before? I mean, we aren't taking our overly huge TV in the living room and none of our living room furniture and none of the furniture from the kids play room. So, then why do I feel so claustrophic today!?!
My husband doesn't get time off to move so he is at work all day. My 10 year old has half days this week and my 21 yr old is trying to spend time with her friends before moving. So, it is just Michael and me here watching iCarly. Which, I have to confess, I kinda like but my 5 year old loves.
So, how many of you really take time to enjoy the little things in life? I mean the really little things. Dedra Long has added a challenge to her blog asking us to take a picture each Saturday and Sunday for a year to show the little things in life that we love, enjoy, take for granted, etc. Sort of like a year in pictures of your life, but neither Dedra or I have time for that and have therefore opted for the weekends for a year in pictures.
So, let me tell you why this is the perfect thing for me right now. About a month and a half ago, I received the call most mothers of an epileptic child hope they will never hear. My daughter called me to inform me that she had just had a grand mal seizure behind the wheel of a car and had an accident. Thank God, she was ok and no one else was involved in the accident. I began to see my life very different from that point on.
My daughter is 21 years old and has had epilepsy since she was about 13 or 14. I really don't remember anymore. She hasn't had a seizure in almost 5 years and to have this happen so out of the blue was such an eye opening experience for me. Like most parents of 21 yr olds, every day is usually a confrontation of some sort. Even though I have always tried (let's emphasize TRIED) to live on the montra of "Pick your battles", it just seemed like we were going further and further apart. My battles that I was picking just seem so "not worth it" anymore.
I have come to appreciate every moment I have with my children because we are never promised a tomorrow. It is so hard to remember that about tomorrow, when we are all wrapped up in the moment sometimes, and yes, even after this episode I have a hard time. But, I still am trying to change my perspective of life. As an update to my daughter, she had another grand mal seizure one morning about a week ago, but knew it was coming on and had me with her. I'll be honest, I know it is a comfort thing for her, but to watch your child go through that and not be able to even hold them and let them know that everything will be ok, is horrible. It is not something I would wish on my worst enemy.
So, that brings me to Dedra's challenge! I know I will still get wrapped up in the every day happenings during the week, but hope that through this challenge, I will be reminded of what we are to do with this precious life that God has given to us and we are taking for granted!
I invite all of you to join me in this weekly journey starting next Saturday June 26th. I will create a place for your blog links to be accessed, just let me know that you would like to come along. This way, we can all visit each other's blog and see how you are reflecting your journey.
We are in the process of moving to MD. Currently, I work on an Army base in NJ that is closing due to BRAC. Therefore, they are moving us all to another Army base in MD called Aberdeen Proving Ground. I'm so excited I feel like a little kid at Christmas time! Our new house is so me I can't believe it. It is country and vintage all at the same time. Yet, it has the new amenities that I crave! Here are the pics of my new house:
Anyway, had to share. I can't wait to get there. The movers are coming on Tuesday to start packing!
So, while waiting on this move to happen, I have been very busy sorting through my entire house to make sure I only move what I need or want. However, I had some swaps that were due. Here are some pictures of a vintage paint can swap I was in and this is the can I created for my partner. I hope you like it. I used some Donna Salazar paper, Tim Holtz distress ink, Prima flowers and butterfly as well as "say it in crystals". AND, of course...I had to use my glimmer mist, glimmer chips and glimmer screens. Everyone seems to love the brown flowers that I put on it...well, they are from Websters Pages. Aren't they beautiful?!
All, I know it has been a week...but I have been so busy. I had to stop what I was doing with the mini album as Laura was teaching a new mini for graduates this past Friday. So, I really don't have anyone graduating either college or high school yet, but I had a close friend whose daughter is graduating Kindergarten. I decided to make the album for her. So, if you want instructions on how to make this, Laura shares them on her Ustream as well as on her Blog. Hope you enjoy my version!