As I sit here thinking about all that's happened the past few months, I continue to thank and praise God for the enormous blessings He's given us. The move from Texas to Florida couldn't have gone any smoother. With the help of roughly 20 people from our church, our apartment was empty and Uhaul jam packed in roughly 2 hours. I hardly lifted a finger that morning and was able to spend some last minute quality time with the Lin family before beginning the 20+ hour drive. The next morning consisted of a quick Chick fil a breakfast and loading up three women, two men, a baby and a beagle. Off we went! We spent the night in Mobile, Alabama that night and continued the trek the next morning. The weather was terrible but it made for good sleeping and conversation. Ben did great! Only fussed a couple times the whole trip. Such a trooper! Roxy was good, too. She had her own little seat in the Uhaul and got so attached that she almost hated getting out to stretch her legs. We made it to Tampa and promptly hit the hay.
Monday morning was another whirlwind of people coming to help unload. A group of campers from Lake Denton Camp made their way down and unloaded the truck quicker than I could process. Before I knew it, boxes had been strategically placed and pizza was being handed out in appreciation. I was determined to get unpacked by the end of the week, so I busted my butt and got everything done by Wednesday. The decorating, furniture shopping and other fun stuff commenced and I went to bed Wednesday night finally feeling like this was home.
Becoming a parent changes everything. People used to tell me that all the time and now I know what they're talking about. Ben has changed my view of children, disabilities, parenthood, family and home. Suddenly being near grandparents and other family is important. Suddenly Micah's job title and current location is immensely harder than it was before. Suddenly having a home to "settle in" is exciting. Suddenly... I'm a mother.
Our new nest is fantastic. There's nothing I don't like about. I don't miss being attached to noisy neighbors, dreading climbing chairs or making a trash trail all the way to the dumpster. Micah will be home in a matter of days and I can't wait to see what it's like to be a family. We are truly blessed beyond belief.