Wednesday, August 17, 2011

progress



They say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  Not sure who "they" are or if this is a true statement, but it seems slightly off to me.  We pulled out of Minnesota one month ago.  Can't believe it's only been a month.  Feels like we've done at least 6 months of living in those few short weeks.


Every morning when I wake up I'm reminded immediately of the huge change we made to our comfortable lives.  The trees outside my bedroom window greet me as if to say hello this is your new home.  This is where you are and where you will stay for a very very long time.  I say that because we are here.  There isn't a plan B.  If I think about that scenario for too long it freaks me out.  How in the world did we do that?  How did we decide to uproot and leave everything we knew for the complete unknown??  Knowing we would be here for like...ever!  Talk about some crazy faith, or just some major crazy. 


There is a window of quiet in the morning.  I'm still getting used to the East Coast time difference.  I can't call anyone because it's too early where my people are, so I have no one to talk to except God.  I know He loves this.  This desperate hour when I'm lonely and He's all I got;)  It should be my first inclination to run to Him, but it's not.  I need to start a routine of opening my Bible and starting my day right.  I'm just not a morning person.   




The trees are growing on me.  They really are beautiful.  As I go over the hills and through the woods...I sing that song to myself daily;)  It's changed the course of everything.  When I get in the car I can't just zone out and daydream anymore.  I have to be focused.  I have to concentrate or I could seriously drive right off the road.  That is what makes it feel like we are so far away from everything...the paying attention.  Maybe that's why it feels like these last few weeks have been SO long.  Because we can't just coast through life any more.  We have to pay close attention.  No wonder I'm tired all of the time;) 



I spent the other morning in the DMV.  I was putting it off and Honey just kept nagging at me to get it done.  It was the last tie to Minnesota.  I remember like yesterday when I went in to have the MN driver's license done.  It was raining and I so wanted to look pretty for the picture.  When I got it in the mail a few days later, I literally squealed with delight.  I think it was the best picture I'd ever had taken!  I loved it.   Fast forward to VA and the cranky government worker lady behind the counter telling me not to smile.  What??  I HAVE to smile...I look awful if I don't.  I just know it's going to be this weird half smile...half grimace look on my face.  I'm sure I'll be squealing when it comes too, but not in a good way:(




You don't realize how much work goes into moving every little thing you have and resetting up another house until you do it.  The weekends are full of hanging curtains and changing out lights.  I love lights and knew that would be a way to make this brand new canvas ours.


I'm so grateful to my Honey for working so hard and spending his free time on house stuff.  I know that's not really his thing.  He'd much rather be playing his drums...which he has yet to set up.  He's been such a trooper.  There is something so appealing about seeing him on a ladder.  Got to say that is what "works" for me;)  It must be my love language.  Seeing him help me.  Love it! 





It's coming together.  We are progressing.  Even my dreams are mellowing out a bit.  When we first moved in every night I had dreams of vampires chasing me through the woods or lions attacking my tent.  WHAT??  Hmmmm...think there's a little anxiety there? 


Last night I just dreamed about my friend.  That's almost harder.  I miss the face to face connections the most.  I guess God knows that and gives me time with them in my dreams.  There could be worse things...like vampires and lions;)  So grateful for how He's helping us.  Each and every day we are moving forward and habits are being made.  Routines are forming and it's getting easier.  Not too shabby for just one month in a foreign land.





Have a blessed day.





17.  getting things crossed off my to do list.
18.  IKEA
19.  little girls keeping me company.
20.  sunny days.
21.  dvr programs to watch with my peeps.
22.  sweet frog.
23. packages on my doorstep from precious friends.





Light fixture is from IKEA.
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45 comments:

  1. Sounds like it's becoming more like home everyday! :)

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  2. glad things are starting to get more settled for you! when i moved to texas I actually had to learn how to drive.. growing up in canada I could walk everywhere or take the train! talk about nerve wracking!!!

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  3. Praying.
    The drivers license lady sounds whackadoodle! I love your honey : ).

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  4. Happy Wednesday morning Becky!!! I am sooooo sorry that you had to deal with the dreaded DMV of Virginia. It is AWFUL!!! I don't know why the employees at every Va. DMV are so unhappy and miserable. And even though I have lived in Va. all of my life, I don't understand the new "No Smiling Allowed" policy on driver's licenses. My boys are always so excited to get their licenses, but you would never know it from the "Mug Shot" style picture on their license. It is awful. Since when did smiling become a bad thing? Anyway, I am glad the adjustment is getting easier. I am up at 5:30 every morning, so you can call me anytime if you want:) I probably won't have as good of answers as God, but I can give it a try, hahahaha. Have a great day and post more pictures soon of the house.
    Debbie

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  5. Oh gosh, this made me teary-eyed for you. I'm feeling those same things, and I'm only in the planning stage of a move. It doesn't seem like it's been a month since you moved either, but I bet when you look back in a few more months (that fly by too) you'll be smiling at all the new changes.

    I love your list of "gifts" at the end of your posts too - thanks for sharing those!

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  6. I have been desperate for a change since my marriage fell apart. I want to move away and start over so badly, unfortunately I am tied to a city I do not like and am not happy in. I think you and your family are brave and I just know everything will fall into place. You will make more amazing friends because you are an amazing person. :-) P.S. Where did those gorgeous curtains come from?

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  7. I LOVE IKEA!!! You are DOING it girlfriend. You are making your nest in a strange world. Stay strong, but flexible. :)

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  8. You are brave Becky! Feel and embrace where God has you. There is a reason for all of this. Rest in the Lord for HE is GOOD!

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  9. No smiling?!?! I thought that was just a Netherlands thing! That just doesn't seem right. And Ikea has been a redeeming part of living here. Guess the Netherlands and VA might not be some different. ;-)

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  10. so good to hear how things are going.
    i love your IKEA light fixutre!

    i've compared smk's move to college very similar to a best friend moving away. oh how i miss that daily contact , the face to face contact. thank goodness for text messages & facebook. had this been years ago , i would NOT have been able to do this.

    continuing to pray for you as you walk out this new road He has placed you on. covered with trees & all...
    xo

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  11. So glad it is going well. I must ask, what is Sweet Frog, or is it sweet frog?

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  12. It must be a southern thing, because the DMV here told me not to smile either. Weirdos. I did, anyway!!!!!!! The world could always use more smiles.

    Glad your anxieties are easing. Praying they continue to.

    Love the glimmers of your decor. : )

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  13. "I can't call anyone because it's too early where my people are, so I have no one to talk to except God."

    What a great reminder that everything happens for a reason ;)

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  14. No smiling?? Ridiculous!
    Love your light fixtures. Do you have an IKEA close by? If so, sweeeeeeeet!!!
    Now I better go crack my bible open. See ya. Love ya. Bye :)

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  15. It's been a month already? Crazy! I'm happy for you that things are getting a little easier. And I totally agree with #23...packages on the doorstep are always a welcomed surprise! Hugs!

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  16. Good Morning Becky,

    It's as if I can actually feel your hurt when I read your post and it brings back so many memories. It will get better, I promise. Jesus loves you so much and he's there with you. If you come by for a visit today, I think my post will help you:)

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  17. your home is I'm sure coming along nicely...it really does sound like you miss Minnesota...I do hope you find that peace Becky...you are such a sweetie you'll make tons of new friends I'm sure!!

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  18. what great lessons you are learning...you ARE...even if you don't feel like you're as far along as you'd like to be in the journey to your new place.

    love what you guys are doing in the house....can't WAIT to see full pictures......hint-hint..no pressure.

    Here's what I'm thinking. We're studying American History and Geography this year at home...we're already planning this huge EAST coast trip next summer to see Virginia, Philadelphia, DC, NYC, Boston, etc....I'm thinking meeting you has to be a priority. :)

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  19. Progress is good....once your home feels like a home all will seem normal again. We have been here a little over a year and I still feel like a stranger in a strange land. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  20. I believe it about the dmv lady. I renewed mine in February and I had a tiny piece of hair and the lady took my picture three times. It looks horrible! And to think, I thought I looked good that day. ;)Enjoy your mornings with God. I always read my Bible and pray in the morning. It's the best part of the day! Have you found a church yet? I'm sure there are many but God has one for you. That is where you will meet your friends. New Bible studies always start this time of year too so go find one. ;) =D

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  21. Glad to hear things are growing on you. I continue to pray for your family to settle in and find that sense of home again.

    Also we're not allowed to smile in Indiana for our license pictures either - something to do with facial recognition stuff.

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  22. I love your new light. Maggie has it in her shop and I am envious. Not really grandma funk enuf for me but I can salivate all the same. And a honey on a ladder IS a really good thing! I am dreading harvest and missing mine. I love your drive. I am tree girl. xoxo

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  23. I see your progress through your words...though I know it's hard. I know exactly what you mean about not being a morning person, but needing that time with God. I pray He awakens you and brings you closer. How sweet of your husband to be by your side, helping to make that house more of a home. Keep smiling as much as you can.

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  24. it's a bit eerie coming to your blog and reading about my life! ha ha, I am getting my new license on friday, don't want to give up my Oregon one either, excpet I'll be able to list my weight a lot lower, thank you stress. I also eyed that light from IKEA....

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  25. Hi Becky ~ I just got through reading your blog from start to now. Wow! I finally had time, no good book at hand & I am so glad I took the time. The pictures are beautiful, your outlook divine, your art is amazing & my most favourite parts were the pics of other's homes. I, too, love to see how other people live. I've commented before about having recently moved myself & I'm so glad you're getting settled. It really does take time. I can't wait to see what you do to the new house. I'm sure it will be magnificant. Anyway I just wanted you to know that you are such an inspiration~I'm planning some fall projects to try to keep my mind off the approaching winter. I, too, suffer from SAD & the winters up here can be really depressing. Wishing you all the best.
    Maria

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  26. Looks and sounds as though things are falling into place a bit at a time. So happy for you. What a sweet man to be helping on the homefront with you...truly a labor of love in making your new house a home. Continued Blessings, Becky. (I also feel your pain when having to change a driver's license picture...the good ones are too few and far between)

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  27. If it makes you feel any better, we moved to North Carolina from Georgia a year and a half ago, and I still refuse to change my driver's license until it expires. I love the town we are in, but my driver's license is near and dear to my heart, apparently :) I am glad you are beginning to settle in!

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  28. You are right- moving and resetting up takes a lot of time! We moved 5 years ago now and I'm still crossing things off of our to do list. :) I'm sure you all will have it together in no time... you're progressing really quickly so far. Again, your progress is looking great-

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  29. Your pictures are lovely - I was recently visiting the east coast from California - visited Virginia - Williamsburg and Jamestown.. The trees were amazing... The heat not so great - 105 with the heat index to 110.. never felt so sticky.... but the view definitely make it worth it...
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  30. Slow and steady, right? I always have to remind myself not to try and do it all at once. Someday, we'll both wake up in our new states and think "Yep...this is home..."

    :) Love your new light! Love your trees!

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  31. I love that first picture. Beautiful. God will not let you fall (although at times it may seem like you are precariously close).

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  32. ikea made the 1000 things list. :) It's fun to see these things from your home. it reminds me of when I visited you a year ago. Glad you're beginning to settle in. and I get up early. :)

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  33. Blessings to you and your new beautiful home... it will come together... one piece at a time... and so will your heart, and the pieces you left behind will be mended together with new memories and exciting adventures.

    Love you friend,
    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

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  34. I got a good laugh out of what you said about seeing your husband on a ladder. I've felt the same way recently. After 5 years in this house, we finally hung some curtains and a couple new lights...and seeing him on that ladder made my heart skip a beat! And made me want to find a way to speak his love language later that night! ;)

    xo,
    Linsey

    PS - Can't believe it's been a month!

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  35. Oh Becky, that's my love language too, seeing my hubby helping me, and doing the man jobs I need done around the house. I think it's the Servant Love Language, but somehow saying servant might not go over as well as helper! he he

    So glad each day is becoming more familiar for you there in Virginia. I just love love love your "Thousand Gift List" you continue to make and share with us. It's contagious, this naming your gifts, just like you are contagious to all of us who come by here everyday to see what is happening in Becky's world.

    ♥Lee Ann

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  36. Oh Becky, I love seeing what you've added to your list each time you post!
    You put me to shame, girl. I'm so proud of you!!!

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  37. Hi! I just found your blog through Fiona and Twig. Glad you're making progress and moving to the south east coast is a PROCESS, isn't it! Your post brought back memories of our move here to Georgia many years ago. You're right, hearing "yes Mam" and "no Sir" is kind of startling! And I too worried if "my three sons" would be singled out as having terrible manners or a poor attitude by my new VERY deep southern neighbors! They managed fine and soon became a blended "yankee". (strange, I never KNEW I was a "yankee" until moving here!) We had to make a trip with the kiddos that June and had just three days to find a house to become our home. (we moved in August to be able to have the boys start school)
    Any ways, just thought I'd leave a comment to say "Hi" from another "sister" that survived a transplant and lived to talk about it! ;-) p.s. I smile to myself knowing it is still a bit of a challenge for ANY of us to say "yes Mam"

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  38. One foot in front of the other ~ you are doing it and you are going to make it ~ really! Come on up next week and I will take you to green gables ~ hugs to you sweetie ~ I cannot wait to hear about how your picture turned out from the DMV as the lady sounds like a peach! xo

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  39. Just saying hello from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  40. Love seeing you progress through this time. Love that light fixture. I want to see pictures of the finished room :)

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  41. Just found your blog and have read all about your move. Abraham and Sarah must've felt like you...going off and not knowing what was ahead...but we know that all of the plans for us are good! I live in the Pacific Northwest where trees abound. You'll come to love them, I'm sure.

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  42. We said prayers for you as my daughter sat on my lap listening to the beautiful music on your blog and admiring how you live and lean on God! Maybe the new habit thing hasta be extended out to weeks when you're talking bout a big move(?)... You're doin' it and God is quietly leading you forward, nudging when needed. Much like parents will soon be doing as they take their little loves to first day of school! You too will soon have new friends to sit with in the lunchroom! Honest Injun!
    hugs,
    Leslie

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  43. 2 things:

    1. For what it's worth. That 'no smile drivers license thing' may well be a 'nation wide thing' for the first time I was not allowed to smile this year either ~ bummed me out! :( I think they are looking for ready made mug shots..ha!

    2. You probably already know this, but the younghouselove blog folks have that light fixture in their bedroom, are christians & live in Richmond :)

    God Bless Ya!
    Rebecca

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  44. oh Becky..can we meet for coffee, tea or Dr.Pepper? Sigh...sometimes I catch myself wishing several of my blog friends were flesh..right here..right now..you know? Anyway - I LOVE that painting...the BE tree? did you paint it?
    Love your crazy light...how fun! and I laughed..I was just telling God that I am so tired to make any sense now that we are in back to school mode..it is SO early! My morning..this morning was just "be"ing with Him and my coffee;)
    xo

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  45. Not to smile? That's just crazy talk. I adore those trees. I've always dreamed of living somewhere with trees.

    I've been thinking about religion... and going back to it... it's been a while but having Peanut changes everything. You and Sasha always remind me of the beauty that comes with prayer.

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