I am not sure why my husband is surprised by anything our children do, seeing that we have been parents for almost 13 years now, but he is - continually surprised. While I have been doing all of the organizing, planning, sorting, packing etc, Dennis has been focusing on manual labor - tearing shingles off of the house, ripping out old tile, breaking down walls, and tearing out hundreds of bricks from the yard. It is what he enjoys (demolition) and it is where his strength and skills come in handy.
He uncovered dozens of toy parts, countless socks, game pieces, and missing shoes, but what he was most proud of? The 103 Hot Wheels he found during his search. (Yes, he counted them!) He kept shaking his head, asking how it was possible for this many cars to be missing ... and again, I shook my head wondering how he is still surprised after all these years.
P.S. We have reconciled. It is no wonder that Moving is on the 'top stressors' list! Sheesh.
My feelings on 'rules' this past week? My kids want to play in the dog crate? Okay! They want to throw dirt all over each other? Sure! They want to eat standing up at the table? Go for it! As long as they are entertained while I work, I am okay with all of it.
Now, many mothers probably leave their children's beds assembled until the final day so they can feel comfy and cozy while they sleep. Unfortunately for my people, I am not one of those mothers. They have not had beds for over a week. Anything I can get accomplished before moving day is going to BE accomplished! Don't feel too badly for them - they are still getting a full 11 hours each night! (yes, I know they are missing sheets too.)
THIS is the image that makes me crazy. You may not know this about me, but I thrive on order. I cannot stand when things are not where they belong. Whether it is a pair of shoes, a box of toys, a stack of books, or a napkin ... put - it -AWAY!
As of tomorrow afternoon we are free to move anything into the house. I will be on the doorstep at the appointed hour with boxes in tow, and will not close the door until it is all put where it belongs. I am counting the minutes!!
The Lord has blessed us far beyond what we deserve with this new home. We have no idea why He did it, or what He has planned, but we are eager to find out - and trust that He will use our family, and this house, to bless others, and bring glory to Him.
Three days. I just can't believe it!