We made it here okay. It is nearly midnight and I can't sleep-- and so I will blog a short update.
I picked up the U-Haul trucks on Tuesday and we had one of them fully loaded by that night. The next morning we loaded the other one plus our three vehicles and left our old home by 11:30 late morning. But not before I clogged our new vacuum with a wad of paper towels as I was trying to clean the bottom of the fridge. I sat down on the tile floor with my Mom and two daughters and almost had a meltdown. Thankfully my Mom got out the screw driver and went to work taking it apart. As we prepared to take off, John couldn't find the truck keys, the kids could not find the cats, and I calculated that we have at least one more truck load of stuff to get on the next trip. But aren't all moves bound to have some unforgettable bumps in the road?
Anyway, we caravaned down, stopped in Bakersfield for lunch and arrived at our new home around four o'clock. I know God was guiding us because we managed to miss all traffic related things for smooth sailing the whole trip. We all worked ourselves to death unloading the first 26 foot truck before calling it a night. This morning we unloaded the second truck and spent the rest of the day unpacking and putting together furniture.
I must say that our new home feels huge! We still get lost upstairs-- no joke-- but for our family the home could not be more perfect! The kitchen has tons of storage, my van will fit in the garage, there are way less flies than were we used to live, and the area is very quiet at night with no hint of traffic noise. We absolutely love it so far! Well... maybe except for living out in what feels like the middle of nowhere where it takes at least half an hour to run and get a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk, but I will get used to that.
I think it is safe to say that we are officially moved in! Thanks Mom, Mom, Dad, and Pastor Sam for helping make this move possible! We couldn't have done it without you!