Tuesday, July 24, 2012

30 Things: We also do hard things!

6. What is the hardest thing you have ever had to experience?
Thanks to Shawni's daughter, Elle, for reminding us that we, too, can "do hard things."

Honestly, I think that the whole moving process has definitely been the hardest thing I've experienced in my life so far. Mike and I have been very fortunate to have had healthy children that have never had any real issues. There haven't really been any traumatic emergencies or episodes in our family that caught us off guard.  When we decided that we wanted to have children, we had no problems getting pregnant.  So, hard things that other people go through really haven't effected us.  I feel very fortunate.  I say all this because I'm sure I'll get some sort of comment from some "anonymous" reader, telling me that, "you don't know what hard is."  Different people experience things differently and for us, buying and selling our houses was HARD. (I already wrote about most of the ups and downs here.)

Mike and I don't handle stress very well. It eats at us and eats at us and eats at us until it literally makes us sick.  We are easy going people and do what we can to avoid having too much stress in our lives.  Obviously it is not totally unavoidable, but moving was a long, long process.  We started packing up our belongings in March in order to declutter our storage areas a little.  We didn't move out until Memorial Day.  That was two solid months of packing, showing, and repairing our house. For a family that thrives on routine, we were all a little off balance for a while.  Then, we had to live with Mike's parents for 2½ weeks.  They were very welcoming and did what they could to help, but it's hard to live your daily life in someone else's home.  After we finally did move into our new house, we spent every free moment unpacking and getting it put together.  The entire process was extremely difficult.  We were smiling one second and crying the next.  BUT, was it worth it? TOTALLY!  We are finally at a place where we can relax a bit.  We are working into a new routine and are absolutely, without a doubt, LOVING our new home. It is perfect for us.  We have definitely found our "happily ever after."


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Stay tuned for 7. What is your dream job and why?

2 comments:

Jenny said...

so now it is time to cone in and finish that "happily ever after" vase!!!

Angie Swartz said...

Hi, I read your post about moving and your perspective on hard being relative. I agree. We all go through different things that are different degrees of hard for us. I think the real opportunity is looking hard at what we learn and the why of hard. There's a message for you in the difficulty. Do you know what it might be? And, does it have something to do with revealing your life purpose??