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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

But moving is just painful.

Exactly one week from today, we will load up our beloved mini-van and begin our four-day trek to our new home in the North.

One week, people. I can't even believe it.

We still haven't closed on our house, but our loan officer assures us that all will be well and that we will close before we actually arrive in Michigan. Of course, since it is my job to think of everything that could possibly go wrong, I am a little worried that something is going to fall through.

My current house is probably 3/4 packed, and yet it amazes me how the kids can find ways to mess it all up when I have either packed or sold or given to charity all of their toys with the exception of their teddy bears.

Yesterday, I bought a bit of new furniture for my new house (pending closing). It did make me rather excited for all the home improving I have in store for me.

Joel was officially released from the Bishopric on Sunday, and it was surprisingly emotional for me. I mean, hello? He can sit with me during church now! But the thought of saying good-bye to anyone is awful, and so I'm trying to avoid it at all costs. I guess the releasing just made things that much more real, and I have to say good-bye to people.

We sold our car to our next-door neighbor, after a previous buyer fell through. I am so thankful that it all worked out. Our new house (pending closing) is only about 2.5 blocks from the University, so Joel can walk or learn to snowshoe. Besides, I figure that when we're buried in snow, it isn't likely that I'll want to be driving in it on a daily basis, so he can have the car. We survived quite well in the Phoenix area with only one car for almost three years before we bought the van, so I have no doubt that we'll be able to handle it in a much smaller town.

So that's it, everything is pretty much in order. We're really going.

And that means that I won't be online for a while. This is officially my last post until I have internet service in my new (pending closing) house. It took me a good two weeks after I moved here from Arizona to acquire an internet provider, so I'm not banking on it being quick. Besides, unpacking is almost as much of a trial as packing is, so I may not even have time to come up for air anyway.

Which poses a slight problem with my BlogHer contract, among other things (like reading and commenting on all of your blogs, for instance). While I couldn't figure out a way to visit you and make comments while driving through most of Middle America, I did figure out a fun way to honor my contract and not have to stress myself out coming up with posts during the craziest two weeks of my life.

I have asked seven amazingly talented bloggers to guest write for me. Not only are they amazing and talented, I am lucky enough to count all of them as my friends. And lucky for me, they all agreed to guest post here on my blog! I figure that since the reason for their posting is my huge move and life change, that they should write about that very topic. I have absolutely loved each post that has come in, and I'm sure you will, too.

So good-bye for a time, but not farewell. And now I must go pack a few more boxes and do a few loads of laundry...

37 comments :

  1. I have that same job (worrying about worst-case scenario)! Have a good trip. It will be stressful I'm sure, but there will be some exhilerating parts. Enjoy the ride!

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  2. Good luck, Lara. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you about the house. Cross-country moving does NOT sound appealing.

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  3. I was doing exactly what you are doing one year ago...packing and moving across the country. Please let me know what I can do to help, and I look forward to the green show!

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  4. Good luck to you and your family.

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  5. Good luck sweetie! I can't wait to hear about the move and see all the pitures you take. Hurry back now ya hear!? :o)

    *Hugs*

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  6. First--you will be missed.

    Second--drive safely.

    Third--I hope that all goes well with the house.

    Fourth--Good luck!!

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  7. Good luck! You're in for an adventure.

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  8. Here's to wishing you the best of luck in your new life change.
    I hope it all goes smoothly from here on out.
    What a great adventure!!

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  9. Oh man! I am going to die without updates from you for that long!!! Good luck with the move. I'm sure it's stressful, but it sounds like everything is under control. Can't wait for updates on your new place!

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  10. I hope that everything works out perfectly! Good luck!

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  11. We'll miss you until you're back online. And I'll miss knowing that you're just a few hours away! Best of luck with the move and getting settled (and closing on the house!).

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  12. Good luck with everything. It will all turn out the way it needs to. I hope you all enjoy your first couple of weeks of your new adevnture.

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  13. Reading this post reminded me of all of the times I have moved in my life, and made me think of your move from AZ. I don't know to many people who could do what you did. Moving with a brand new baby sophie and all. Have a very fun journey to your new home, and I wish you the best of everything in your new town and ward/branch. I don't think it will be to long before you all have new callings. I feel certain Houghton will be overjoyed to have the whole overstuffed group in their midst. :-)

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  14. I know this sounds insane, but I am SO JEALOUS of you right now!! I really love that energy that comes with a big change like this. Pace yourself, don't expect too much of yourself all at once, WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING so it isn't free-floating in your poor overworked psyche, and then sit back and ENJOY THE RIDE!!

    You're going to love Michigan, and Michigan is going to love you.

    Can't wait to hear from you again, darling Lara!

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  15. :( Will miss you guys, but at least there's the internet to keep people connected. We're actually almost unpacked now and it's only been a few days since we finished moving. Want to be settled before we go pick up our exchange student tomorrow night.

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  16. I hope the move goes as smoothly as possible. I may be facing a move in September if the deal ever goes through. Scary stuff I know.

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  17. what an anxious and exciting time! good luck with everything.

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  18. Good luck with the move! It will be so nice to get settled into your new house (pending closing) :)

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  19. Good luck with the move and I hope all goes smoothly with the house. How exciting. And buying new furniture is the best!!!

    Can't wait to hear from you when your all settled!

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  20. I hope they like my post as much as you did. I'm getting a bit nervous. Congrats on your move. I'm thrilled he got the job and I'm sure you'll love it there too!

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  21. This is bittersweet.
    I am sad & excited at the same time. Change is good.

    (which wasn't apparent when i was bawling my eyes out hugging Joel through your van window)

    Happy packing! Wish I could be up there to help you!

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  22. Best of luck to you, Lara. Sometimes a new place and new challenges are so invigorating! We will miss you, but look forward to hearing about your new adventures.

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  23. It will be so weird to not have you here. I hope everything goes wonderfully for you and your family. We will miss you and are excited for you and your new adventure.

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  24. K, I am seriously getting emotional for you reading this entry. SO hard for me to say goodbye to things/places, etc. I know we're alike in that area.
    Life will go on...
    of this I know.
    Also, the internet has made the world a very small place. So thankful for that.

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  25. You have so many wonderful friends! Thank you all for being so good to Lara! She is such a jewel!

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  26. And I am not one of the 7??? **gasp**

    Best wishes, Lara.

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  27. Oh how exciting! I hope it is as low stress as possible. And that you love your new place and feel settled or at least comfortable soon! Especially good luck on this week leading up to the move.

    And congratulations on having your husband with you at church soon! I haven't had that for seven years, so I feel your excitement!!

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  28. Good luck, Lara!!! I know that these next two weeks are going to be CRAZY for you, but you'll make it. Keeping you in my prayers...

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  29. While such changes can be exciting, I also know how stressful this is for you. Hang in there. It'll be like walking through a storm, but will calm down on the other side! :-)

    And I'll pretend not to be offended that you didn't ask me to be a guest writer. :-) ;-) :-)

    Good luck. See you on the flip-side!

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  30. Good Luck in your move. We will miss you so very much. I will be anxiously awaiting your next post after you are moved and somewhat settled. We will be following your move with ours in 2 weeks from today, so I will also be away for a time. Best wishes always. I am so glad to have gotten to know you even for a short time in Cedar City. I'm grateful for Blogs and Facebook that we can keep in contact. Tell Joel Congrats and Best Wishes on his new job also. This is not goodbye my friend... it's just farewell until we meet again!

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  31. Exactly one year ago, I was in the same situation. I wish you all the best for a safe and smooth journey, and for happiness awaiting you on the other side! See you when you're settled, and happy trails!

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  32. I'm kind of jealous of you right now! Moving brings such exciting adventures-- You can be whomever you choose to be!

    You will love Michigan! The Mid-west is a wonderful place to live, and you may still have time to see all those amazing fireflies!

    Keep your chin up and know that all of us here in blogdom are cheering for you!

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  33. Lara, wow, it's really happening- again. The moving... I hope all goes well with your house (close pending) so that you can just enjoy being in a new place.

    Glad you found my blog again. When I informed everyone, I didn't think that they would forget to change it in their blogs. You weren't the only one, even my own sis in law just changed it when she decided to join Blogger a few months back. LOL

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  34. Happy trails and safety to you all as you start your new adventures...I'll be checking in when you're settled and back blogging again !

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  35. Can't. Bear. It. I was so sick after my camping trip I didn't even get a chance to come say good-bye. Could be a good thing; I'm such a wreck right now just reading about the fact that you're gone. You will be dearly missed. Can't wait to hear more from you. Must stop now, the screen is becoming extremely blurry. Love you Lara.

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  36. Sorry for my bad english. I would like to get updated with you new posts as I love to read your blog. Add me to your mailing list if you have any.

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