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Thursday, July 31, 2014

What to do in Moving Limbo

We have moved into our new home and are busy with settling in and doing little projects around the house. Let's rewind back to when we were waiting to close.

Our closing date was set for the end of June and the plan was a simultaneous close with our house and the one we were to buy. My type A self had everything planned and set up down to moving help and packing and cleaning. Well, the best laid plans are sometimes thwarted and we are stuck with "the way things are." Our closing date was pushed out three weeks, which was very upsetting because when you're ready to move you are ready to move. 

So what do you do when you are stuck in moving limbo? This is the question I was asking myself and over that three weeks I found some answers.

1. Help Someone Else. When I found out that we weren't going to be moving yet, I called a couple friends and my mom to see what I should do to fill the time. I had already packed all of my craft stuff and almost everything else we owned. Surprisingly, the first answer to my dilemma came through helping them or friends of friends with things. How awesome is it that just when my life was put on hold, God brought me other individuals who really needed help with things!

2. Rest and Have Fun. My husband and I are project doers. We like to do home improvement and hobbies. Since everything having to do with that was packed and we were moving so home improvement wasn't high on the list, it was a great opportunity for two doers to stop and relax and enjoy fun things with our kids. This was an eye opener. We realized how crucial it is that we stop to take time for fun with the kids! We ended up having movie nights, Casey built a slip 'n' slide, and we went to Enchanted Forest. We have decided that this is something we would like to continue even when we're up to our eyeballs in home improvement projects.

3. Trust God. This was the hardest one for me, but we had to learn to trust God's timing. We didn't find out for sure that we were moving until the Tuesday before the Weekend we got the keys. That is three day's notice for moving help, people! That was especially hard. The best part was, we had 16 (sixteen!!!) people from our church show up to help us move, clean and unload. I have never felt so loved as I did that day!! Several of them said that if it had happened the weekend we were planning they wouldn't have been able to come. So how's that for timing?

So if you're in moving limbo right now, be comforted. I have been there and felt the frustration and I hope these ideas can get you through the waiting period.