Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The List

(my very cute next door neighbor, L, took this incredible picture- she was standing at the end of our driveways-this was the Sunday of S's graduation & the weekend we met D)

I had been saying how much I loved my boring life. I shouldn't have tempted fate in such a large fashion. For more my sake than yours, here's a list of life events since August 2012. I'm sure I've missed something. Pretty much every item on the list could have three or four sub-items listed. It really seemed to amp up right before spring break. That's when we hired a new realtor and she hired a "stager"who wore stilettos on our wood floor and made a mile long list for us to accomplish in two days. It seemed like every time I thought we were getting a handle on things, there'd be a phone call or someone would come to the door or something would happen and we would not have a handle on things. So I'm going to take a big risk and say that life seems to be coming back to a more manageable speed as of this moment. Just this very moment, because I don't want to give fate any more ideas.

Here's the list:

bought property
worked almost full time
S college visits
H gets mission call
house on market (Nov-Feb, then March -April)
fun spring break trip with S, B & J
rocking on keeping house prepared for showings anytime
and on making dinner
H making different choices - of which we were informed in a letter dated April 1st
offer on house
hailstorm last Friday of April
car & roof totaled
new roof
re-imagined car
soccer season
tornado clean ups
swim team
end of school year
meeting H's friend D
S graduation
sold house
big news for H and D
finding rental
the move
got braces for medical not vanity reasons
taking S to college
the wedding
and reception
and open house
and open house
beginning a new soccer league for J - my mr. not coaching that little team anymore :(
adapting to life as a household of 4
soon to start back up again at work with a reduction of hours
flailing on keeping house up - but 10 freezer meals ready when we need them

There's  couple of doozies in there. I wonder if you can spot them or not.

I didn't list another major change because it happened in the spring of 2011, after the backyard was dug up down to the sprinkler system.

The dog moved to a 20 acre farm way north of us with a donkey and some cows and a twin chihuahua. She is very happy and so is her new owner. We were not a good fit for her, her new family is, and I am so happy for all of them. And us.

There you have it. Even though it's quite a list, I'm feeling very blessed to have experienced each moment of it. Life is good. Now we are looking forward to a year of building a new home, getting to know a son in law and dental work for me. Should be exciting.

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