The Big Move

This was a big weekend for the Riley clan. In addition to celebrating our niece and nephew’s third birthday, my sister’s birthday, and attending a baby shower for some very dear friends, we also did one other small thing.

We MOVED.

It’s been a long time coming–we closed on this house on Halloween. So as you can imagine, we were a tiny bit anxious to go ahead and GET THE HECK IN.

And so, on Saturday–amidst birthday parties and baby showers–we did. And with the help of some good friends from college, plus a few kindhearted high school guys I have the pleasure of teaching every day, well…it went QUICK.

As in, the entire move took about TWO HOURS.

Of course, that was just getting things from one house to the other; settling in has been a whole other story. We have managed to contain the boxes to the dining room and the garage, which prevents the rest of the house from feeling like an episode of Hoarders and keeps my blood pressure in check (Mama does not enjoy clutter, you know). But there are still kitchen utensils next to baby toys, and DVDs next to socks, and so on and so forth.

I posted this picture on Facebook yesterday after we finally got our kitchen in some semblance of order:

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If you look closely, you can see the Keurig I got for $8.00 at a local thrift store. We are nothing if not fake fancy.

The walls still need to be painted (pale yellow) and the cabinets, too (probably white). We also need to get our kitchen chairs recovered and we should probably put something on our windows besides towels, but all in all, it’s starting to feel like home, and that’s exciting and also a huge relief.

Also, I just realized that since this picture was taken less than twenty-four hours ago, I have eaten ALL those bananas.

So anyway. This post, I’m noticing, is not nearly as silly and carefree as most of mine usually are. I’m sure you can understand that, like you, I’m still reeling from what happened in Connecticut on Friday morning.

There’s no easy answer, and I’m not going to sit here and speculate on the why or the what should be done, etc., but I will leave you with something that’s been sort of percolating in the back of my mind for the last few days (if you’re offended by the Bible, fair warning, I’m about to quote it):

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33

Y’all have a great week.

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8 thoughts on “The Big Move

  1. Connie Keller says:

    The kitchen looks great!! (And I thought the towel on the window was a fancy Christmas decoration.)

    We’re praying for all those who lost loved ones in CT. We used to live not far from there.

  2. Aimee L. Salter says:

    God bless you. We are all reeling, but I can’t imagine how close to home that hits for teachers. As a parent of a five year old I’ve had to avoid the publicity about the story because I feel physically ill every time I read it.

    Thanks for the blessing of the bible verse, and I’ll pray you guys get settled QUICK (read, so you have time to REST also).

    1. Anne Riley says:

      Well, I’m not sure it hits closer to home for me than it would for you… I think anyone with kids, especially small ones, is kind of in the same boat right now.

  3. Laurel says:

    Many hands make light work. Yay for quick moves! Wishing you all the best with you painting projects, and of course UNpacking.

    I have no direct connection with the CT situation, but like you are deeply grieved by it. One encouraging sign is that the public is at last beginning to talk about how mental illness is so very poorly treated and handled in our culture.

  4. Dean from Australia says:

    My kids (Xavier, 6 and Lucy, 3) have been uncharacteristically attentive about the events in CT and we have talked a little about what happened. The vision on the television has been overwhelming but I have watched it. I haven’t avoided it. I think that the imagery should be seared into all of our minds so that we may be vigilant and not allow something like this to happen ever again.

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