move, moving, MOVED

We've moved! And just to prove that we did, I didn't blog for a whole seven months!

Getting our family moved from one home to another one 1,000 miles away had three stages:

1. The "Really? Are we really going to move?" stage

2. The "Get me a drink; we're moving and I'm on the edge" stage

3. The "I think we're finally moved." stage

As of a few days ago, our move is complete, since both all of our stuff and all of us are in our new home in California. 

Because for a while, it was me, our stuff, and the kids in our new home, and Sean still working, full time, in Washington. 

And "for a while," I mean three months. 

Yeah. A full 90 days of solo parenting--90 days of bath time, dinnertime, tantrum time, middle-of-the-night puking time. Ninety days of staring at the microwave clock at 5:35 p.m. every weekday, thinking, "Doesn't something usually happen at this time?"

But, that's over now. When Sean arrived home last week for good, I broke into all four verses.

So. We moved to California, bought our first house, and now live within shouting distance of my parents. All in all... I'm not complaining. [Any more.]

We left a lot behind in Washington, though. Family, precious cousins and best friends, friends that were family. None of that was easy. You can box up your junk in Uhaul boxes. You can't box up the people you love so dearly. 

But coming back to California was a long-standing dream of mine--as is owning a house with a palm tree in the back yard. I can't believe that after nearly seven years of living in the Pacific Northwest, I've finally come home to the sunshine. 

Pinch me. 


  1. Well, you may not be complaining anymore. But we might be :)

    Glad Sean is finally there now. Hopefully we don't have to wait until Mike's ordination to see all of you!

  2. Mary! You moved, lived without a husband for 3 months and didn't even blog about it till it was over?! That's amazing. Yay for the new house and I'm sure California will treat you well!

  3. Congrats Mary! Your parents must be in heaven with you all so close. Great to see such a happy pic of your mom. Please tell your folks a big hello from me. Sarah must be so sad that you've gone. Is she still thinking of moving to CA too? Hope you are getting a chance to relax a bit now. Moving is no fun, but a new house is super fun!

  4. Oh my goodness! 90 days!!!!??????? You are my hero and inspiration for all things motherhood. Goodness! I had no idea y'all were moving but I'm so happy for you. Although I completely get the not being able to box people up! Either way, so glad you're nearer to your family and palm trees! Also, that door! Love it! Really really and I'm pretty sure you look more moved in to your space than I do and we've been here for over a year now. *blank walls* Home decor is not my forte...as much as I wish it were. Hugs to you and enjoy having your husband home and family all together again!!

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