Thursday, July 14, 2011

when one door closes...


Well it's here!  We pull out of our Minnesota driveway today!!!  I can't believe the day has finally come:)  I wish I could tell you that the last few weeks have been pain free and easy peasy, but that wouldn't be true.  I expected hiccups and we've had a few.  There was a 24 hour freak out period where we questioned everything...where fear snuck in and took root. 

It was torture.  Worry is evil.  It really is and it makes you physically sick.  You know that punched in the gut feeling?  Honey and I both struggled with it, but we pulled through.  We prayed hard, sought the Lord and He has melted them away, and today as the movers load up the last of our belongings we are more sure than ever that this is right where God has us.  He has ushered us along this path.  He is moving us into a new territory and it's got every hair on my arms standing on end.  I'm still fighting down the emotional lump in my throat, but it's good.  We're good and ready:)




Not sure if I've ever told you this before, but this is our 9th move in almost 19 years of marriage.  When we decided to move to Minnesota the decision was so easy.  We were ready for change.  The Twin Cities offered so much opportunity and promise.  Someone actually knocked on our door and offered to buy our house.  We never even had to list it.  Faith wasn't really an issue.  This time it's complicated.  We are leaving without a buyer.  That's hard.  We've loved this house.  It's been our dream home for 7 years and to leave it empty is painful.  I want to see it lived in and loved, but it is what it is and we are praying for that perfect family to come along.


I'd love it if you could pray for us as we make this final trek to Virginia.  We are going to take our sweet time.  With every mile that distances us I pray for closure and peace to reign.  With every new bend in the road I pray for new memories to be made.  We close on the new house Monday the 18th and move in on the 19th.  I'll try to post after our computers are hooked up. ** FYI...I closed my Etsy store until July 25th and custom home paintings until September when the girls are back in school.  If you are interested in a painting still let me know.  I've got a wait list ready:)**  Love you girls!!! 


*Oh and two things I learned this week. #1 In a pinch paper towels work great as a coffee filter;) And #2 goodbyes are a necessary thing. It's almost like a death. When a person dies the funeral is your final goodbye. Seeing the casket, hearing the sermon, the hugs in line...they are part of the process of moving on...as painful as it is. If you don't have that private moment, closure eludes you. So with that said I made the rounds. I squeezed those near and dear to me and felt emotion so raw that I thought it would literally kill me, but you know what it didn't. I'm still here and so are they and our friendships, although different...will always remain:) 




Have a blessed day.






 

Pictures taken by Alicia Hutchinson.
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71 comments:

  1. You are so right. All the hard stuff is so necessary in this thing called life. Praying for your transition to go smoothly. May God knock your faith socks off!!! : )

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  2. I have been and will continue to pray for you during this process. Worry is so hard to deal with and I'm so grateful there's clear Scripture about it. Your words about closure are so true...glad you go in your squeezes. Be safe. If you drive by Ohio give me a wave :)

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  3. I'm sending prayers your way! How exciting. I know you have nothing but good times and new friends coming your way. :-)

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  4. Have a safe trip and I hope all the happiness and love you've had in your MN home will be doubled in VA!

    Kat :)

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  5. you have been on my mind a lot. Praying for you. Knowing God has a plan and will hold you through the transition.xoxo

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  6. oh I hear you, praying for you...our move to oregon was easy too, the move was paid for, job waiting, etc... not the case on the way back to MN. I did not get to say goodbye to everyone. I don't feel at home yet, I miss oregon, this is harder than I thought. but the one thing I'm sure of is that it was God calling us back. So you think that would make it easier!
    God bless you and all you do Becky!
    kinda was hoping to bump into you "somewhere" out here, but now you left! ha ha

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  7. Sending you out with prayers and love, and lots of support! The adventure awaits you!

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  8. Praying for you...for safe & happy travels! Hope you get to see some "sights" along the way:) Wishing you lots of happiness in your new home & state, Becky!!

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  9. Prayers for you and your family as you begin a new chapter in your life. Praise God for his peace that passes all understanding! Can't wait to see your new home--enjoy your trip!!

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  10. Okay....pineapple here! You know dark on the outside blond on the inside?! For some reason I thought your Honey was already down there at his job & you had moved last week...oops!
    Well anyway.....I'll be praying for you just the same!

    God Bless~
    Rebecca

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  11. Praying for you!! We are an Air Force family and are living in our 11th home in 11 years (6th state). It stinks, huh? But, God is good and has a plan for your family. Can you please send me your house listing if you have it listed? We are from MN and have tons of family and friends in the cities... a few are looking for homes right now. Hugs to you and your family. :)

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  12. Worry is evil. I remember when I was moving I was worrying about worrying. Ugh. I will continue to pray for peace of mind and a smooth transition. Bye bye bloggie friend. I look forward to hearing about your move and how you transition your new house into a home. :)

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  13. oh sweet friend, it's hard but necessary. change is just plain ol' hard! if anyone is gonna handle it the right way, it's you...praying your way through it. safe travels today...i'll be waiting for me pics ;)

    ps: thanks for the photo credit :) what a FUN day!

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  14. praying for grace and strength for you today. what a thrilling, heart wrenching, beautiful time.

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  15. Safe travel! It was about this time a year ago that I was packing up to leave. I still don't have answers as to why it had to happen but we did it. It's so hard. Good luck! I know you will do well in your new home.

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  16. God bless you all as you enjoy this new journey and road trip He has you on. :)

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  17. Good luck and safe travels! Praying for protection and courage during this move!

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  18. Prayers for you and your family. I am so excited for you! :)

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  19. Isn't is wonderful when he says "peace be still" to the storms & chaos in our current lives?

    thinking of you today... as like you said, "when one door closes..." I like to think of it as this and finish the phrase of "...the french doors open to a double wide place of blessing".

    Have safe and travelling mercies.

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  20. ahhh...Becky. Thinking of you today and hoping for safe travels for you and your family. What a big step you guys are taking, I so admire you!

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  21. Come on down to good 'ol VA, it's great here :)Praying for a safe journey!

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  22. Can't beleive the day is finally here! I've been thinking about you all week. I hope your drive is lovely and adventerous, and that you find your way to Virginia safely. Hugs!

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  23. have a safe trip!! Can't wait to hear from you when you get there...

    Blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  24. I hope you have a safe and peace-filled trek!

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  25. Bountiful blessings await you as soon as you open your new front door!
    Embrace the change~
    Discover new joys~
    Revel in the new beginning~
    and breath.....
    just breath.
    Beth

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  26. Godspeed Farm Family. May you open beautiful new doors!

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  27. I think I learned long ago (so I may be wrong about this) that a translation for the word worry, in German, also means strangle. Hmmm. My prayers and wishes for a safe move are being sent to God. Best of luck in your new home and quick sale for the old. :)

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  28. I've been reading your blog for ages, but this is my first comment. Wishing you all the best in your new adventure! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  29. Your faith and strength as a family is awesome and inspiring, Becky. Be safe and enjoy the ride. (Please add me to the house painting list when you are settled...nothing pressing)

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  30. Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you have a safe journey and can't wait to read about it when you are back on line.

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  31. You know we're all here for you in thought and prayers.May you have the strength to endure your journey! ~Blessings All the way, Kim

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  32. Beautiful! God bless you on the adventure ahead - all of you!

    PS> thanks for the coffee filter tip!!! :D

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  33. Thinking of you Becky......I am sure good things await you, but I can imagine that the move is terrifying!! You are taking a bold step but I am sure that it will work out. Can't wait to follow your journey :)

    You sure are a beautiful family, love that photo :) xx

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  34. Good for you not avoiding the goodbyes, life is not supposed to be sanitised and smooth, often the bumpy bits show us what is important, no?You are great at the living brave thing! Wishing you a wonderful time on the road to this new chapter of your life.B xx

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  35. Change is hard. But you will get through. And you have hubby and the girls. I really thought this was a beautiful post.

    xo, Cheryl

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  36. You are gonna be okay. :) Can't wait for our phone call! Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!

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  37. Wow! I have never seen your blog before today and it made me cry. You are a beautiful person! I am sure that you will be will taken care of during this transition.

    Michele

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  38. I'll tell you a story that my pastor told and it really helped me. My dear, wonderful, beautiful, generous, etc., husband passed away 2/26. I am now living alone on a little hobby farm south of the Twin Cities. It's a monumental task to keep everything as perfectly as when we were a team. I was getting very weighed down. One Sunday our pastor told the following story:

    There was an old Indian talking with his grandson. He told the boy he didn't feel well. The boy asked, "Why?" The old grampa replied, "Well, son, I have two wolves wrestling inside me. One is good and one is evil." The boy asked, "Which one will win?" The grampa replied, "The one that you feed."

    That story struck me like lightening. I realized right then and there that I had been "feeding the wrong wolf." I vowed to God that I was going to change my thinking and start feeding the right wolf. I can't tell you what a difference that has made in my life. People began calling, asking what they can do to help. Many projects have gotten done - all without my asking! My life is far from perfect. There is a hole in it that will never be filled. But I know now that giving thanks, even for the problems makes a difference. If we didn't have problems, how could we possibly grow!

    So concentrate on feeding the right wolf and know that God is with you every second of the day and all will be fine. I'll pray for your family.

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  39. If ever I find myself in a big move or change, I'm coming back to read these posts of yours. I love your honesty...the way you've worked it out here. The Lord has gone before you (in your new city), he is staying behind you (to hand your house over to the right family in His time), and he is alongside you (hearing every prayer, seeing every tear that wells up in your eyes, leaning into you and strong enough for you to lean hard into Him). Oh, how he loves you.

    Blessings,
    Linsey

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  40. Becky, I knew I wore my JOY bracelet today for a reason! I was prompted to check your blog today and saw this post. Of course you guys will be in my prayers. I know the pain of saying goodbye. I moved from my friends of 41 years to the desert. Actually it is East Texas but it feels the same. I feel that it was God's entire plan, we are moving to the city soon and will have neighbors after being in exile for 6 years. It's a good thing!
    Praying for you, Honey and the Chicks!

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  41. Praying for you and wishing you a joyful, memorable drive and "new" life! It'll be great!!!

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  42. I thought you leave tomorrow... anyways.. let the adventure begin!

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  43. Oh...I've done the paper towel thing too many times...sad, I know. I'm looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you.
    :)

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  44. Sending prayers your way. Have a safe trip and I hope this new adventure in life is more than you ever expected.

    ps..I got my "Be" bracelet in the mail today, I love it SO MUCH!! Thanks again
    Teresa K.

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  45. Well girlie ~ I have been thinking of you this week and just want to send you a long distance hug. I cannot wait to see the new place but until then I will pray for a safe journey and smooth roads ahead. xo
    Oh ~ and I buyer for your house....

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  46. Sending prayers
    on angels wings,
    my friend : )
    I'm picturing those
    prayers over your
    car like the red
    Traveler's umbrella,
    keeping you safe the
    whole way.
    Love you, girlie!!
    xx Suzanne

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  47. Good Luck with the move!
    Praying it goes great!
    Have a PRETTY day!
    Kristin

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  48. You're in my prayers. It's going to be wonderful...I just know it. So glad you went through your griefing process. I agree, it was necessary.

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  49. Saying prayers for you and your family!

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  50. beautiful.
    praying for you the whole way to VA!!!

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  51. I will be praying for you and your family. What a wonderful journey you are on. :)

    I ansolutely love the family portrait of you all.be safe and be happy. I can't wait to hear all about your move and your new home.

    Mary

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  52. Oh, praying. I get it.

    And, welcome to the South. Now get on over to Bojangles (or Chick fil A) and order some sweet tea. That will make it official. :-)

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  53. That jo / wolf comment rocks almost as much as the blog post.

    Looking forward to your arrival. Call me up; we'll go to the zoo.

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  54. Hooray for your new life yet to be!

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  55. I can't even tell you the heart squeezes I felt while reading this.... wondering how much of this I'm going to experiencing over the next few months, and praying for smooth driving/moving for you guys over the next week. In fact, I think I even have a nervous stomach for YOU. I mean it girly. Do you think we were separated at birth or something?? LOL

    Keep your eyes out for weird things along the way to take photos of. I just drove past a guy in his front yard- Oh wait- a really skinny guy in his front yard, doing some weight lifting up high over his head for all the passing traffic to see. It was so hysterical I actually stopped traffic to watch him. Even my kids were howling with laughter in the backseat. I hope you see a few things like that along the way!

    Love ya

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  56. Have a safe trip and Im sending hugs and prayers:O)

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  57. Praying for you, Becky. For peace and for opportunity to grow closer to the LORD for you and your sweet family during this new page in your life.
    Love,
    Debbie

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  58. Sounds like an adventure. Have a safe trip!!!!

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  59. praying for you & your sweet family during your travels!

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  60. Saying a prayer for you as you begin your new journey. Saying goodbye is always hard, but blessings await you in the new home and life you will create for yourself and your family.
    -FringeGirl

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  61. Hey, I just found you from happygirl, I live in Richmond, I don't know where you live but we just moved to our 16th house in 9 years hence the familyofmovers blog. Please if you ever want to meet a fellow blogger and fellow God lover, let's get together. Now I have to read your old posts. Safe travels, Virginia is awesome as I see you are from the midwest, as am I.

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  62. He brought you to mind today while I was folding laundry. Praying you see glimpses of Him and His beauty everywhere you look.
    Praying for your heart...for sweet time and a loving family to love that house
    xoxo

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  63. Becky- I just came across your blog a week or so ago and I've been on your journey--two years ago we left our home in Omaha NE and planted ourselves in North Carolina--we are on a lake near Bunn NC--about 2 1/2 hrs from richmond--I know so well the fear, the hopefulness,the newness, the excitement and the sadness.......let me know if you need ANYTHING...im just a hop skip and a jump away.
    Safe travels and my prayers are with you, those adorable girls and your hubby.

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  64. Sending best wishes and safe travels!!!! I know it's hard....we are military family and it's always a struggle. I'll be praying for you,
    xo,
    Lulu

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  65. ok, you pulled tears to my cheeks again, and i'm about to bombard your inbox with comments. we've been out of town and i've been pretty much away from my computer... so glad to see that you've arrived safely, but i want to see/hear all the details... off to settle in here for a bit and read... xo

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  66. I've been a horrible blog friend and I'm just getting caught up now!

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