Category Archives: Moving

Take Off Your Coat and Stay a While

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So, I just unpacked. Literally.  The kind where you take your jewelry out of travel kits and you buy that organizer tray for a drawer and put your makeup in it. And the suitcase that’s always half-packed.  That one’s empty now and put away. The next short trip will probably be in a few weeks […]

The Days are Long but the Years are Short

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“The days are long but the years are short.” Only yesterday did I begin to experience the reality of this little saying. I was sitting with a mentor and said, “I only have one year. Then Little Man will be in Kindergarten and Little Miss in preschool.” It came on like a light bulb as […]

The Support System

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If anyone ever had a support system, it was this mom, in the mountains of India. When we decided to stay and seek emotional, mental health in the midst of life and work overseas, we knew something would have to change. It wasn’t one thing. It was a hundred little things that made the difference.

Settled yet Unsettled

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There are so many feelings but none of them surface to become a coherent thought. So many realizations to process, the old to grieve and the new to adjust to. In my worst moments I tell myself, “It’s only a year”, and in my best moments I bemoan the fact that it’s only a year.

Everybody Needs a Nook

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Everybody needs a nook. Just like everybody needs to take Sabbath. (Except that one is a command from God and the other is my personal opinion…) Growing up our family of 4 spent a lot of time on the road in small hotel rooms. My mom is the purest introvert I know. I can remember […]

Moving Saga, Day 10

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My phone and a full cup of room-temp coffee sit by the worn velvet chair overlooking the yard. The one I had set up at 5am to read and blog in… But that was four hours ago. I reheat my coffee in the microwave now (something I swore I’d never do if I ever had […]

Moving Saga, Day 9

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Who can actually blog in 10.5 hour jet lag with two toddlers? Not me! We had been at my parents for 36 hrs of foggy homecoming-toddler-cousin-craziness (my sister’s family of 2 toddlers is also living with my parents right now while they move houses), before I remembered my blog at all. And realized I had […]

Living What We Value: Minimalism and Faith

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We arrived at my parents and will stay two nights before moving into our own place nearby. For 24 hours of travel from Delhi through Newark, Chicago, and then into Missouri, amid all the hectic luggage shifting and child-caring, I couldn’t stop thinking about our 2 hour wait with too many bags stuffed full of […]

Moving Saga, Day 5

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The husband is hiding under a mound of covers managing to doze while the kids turn the hotel room into a disarray of rubble and toys. They’re having a blast and don’t seem at all deterred by our completely insane day yesterday. But we’re all relieved to have it over with and be to recovering […]

Moving Saga, Day 4

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Today made up for yesterday in the enjoyable, lucid moments with friends where it was just normal and we could be fully present. It was full. I’m exhausted, but since I’ve been exhausted nonstop for about a month, I’m no longer deterred by my exhaustion. Just keep going. This is important and the end is […]