I have been absent.
I left the building...departed...I jumped ship. I have been MIA, gone, nowhere to be found. For two weeks now, I have been completely silent online.
And for good reason.
See, we bought a new house...and we are selling ours.
This past month has been filled with lots of introspection, dialogue and movement. Crazy amounts of movement. I've been moving, people around me are moving, the furniture is moving.
Yesterday we finally closed on our new home and today we took a giant step towards the sale of ours. I thought I might find relief in all the good news, but instead, I found myself crying. Right there in traffic, after receiving word from Daddy, and with all three kids in tow, the waterworks erupted. I cried because we had sold my childhood home to another family that would now own it and love it just as we had for so many years. I cried because I worried that I had made a mistake I might not recognize until it was too late. And it was already too late.
But then I reminded myself that my kids and husband do not stay with the old house, and that home is really only where we are all together. It's obvious, I know, but reminding myself helped ease any fear. Together, we are simply embarking on a new chapter of our family's adventures and what could be more exciting than that?!
Tonight, in celebration of all the good news, we invited the three grandmothers to the new house for an easy dinner of pizza, salad and cupcakes.
As the evening sun set, and our pizza cooled, we marveled at all the new surprises surrounding us, like our new neighbor's Cecile Brunner, cascading over the fence and in our view from the kitchen nook. :D
My absolute favorite part of the evening came when I looked up at the entryway chandelier, wondering what the heck to do with it - keep it or ditch it. Then, as if I'd never looked up at it before, I took notice of the view above. Just get a load of that spectacular oak tree hanging over the house! Needless to say, the controversial light fixture is out, and the view of the old growth oak tree is in.