I need a favor…

During these next 17 days:

…when I’m flipping out about calling utility companies and scheduling sewage & water hookups and and packing up our kitchen and trying to cook a meal with just a baking sheet and a plastic fork…

…when I start to get all teary about moving out of our perfectly nice (albeit a bit too small for us now) house, the house where we started our family, the house into which we poured so much hard work and sweat and money and tears (oh yes, there were tears a few times), the house where we first brought our baby girl home, the house where our daughter took her first steps, said her first words, gave us our first Maggie-hugs…

…when I’m stressing about how on EARTH I am going to manage the move myself when Dan is going to be at work during Move Out Day and Move In Day? THANK GOD FOR DAYCARE.

…when I start to forget WHY we’re moving, that we need and want more space for our family, and we are BUSTING at the seams, when I forget how I keep hitting my body on things in the bathroom because there is just not. enough. room. in. there and stuff keeps tumbling out on my head every time I open the bathroom cabinet or that cupboard in the kitchen with the sippy cups, I SWEAR IF ONE MORE SIPPY CUP FALLS ON MY HEAD, I WILL… BE VERY ANGRY, THAT’S WHAT.

…when I respond with ‘MOVING SUCKS.’ when someone asks if we’re excited about the move, instead of answering with ‘OF COURSE WE’RE EXCITED, OMG I’M GETTING MY OWN WALK-IN CLOSET!’ (both are true, really, but the 2nd is probably a more positive reply.)

…when I’m behaving like a lunatic and possibly drooling in the corner, rocking back and forth with my knees pulled up tight to my chest, humming a soothing tune, please. PLEASE remind me that THIS is where we’ll be living soon. THIS is why we’ve worked so hard. And THIS is the house we fell in love with and it will be ours in just a few weeks.

front of the house


master bath


Remind me to be thankful and remember and RELAX, OMG. It will all be okay. BREATHE.

Also: remind me to buy more packing tape.


  1. Elly

    July 26, 2009 10:35 pm

    Wow, the new place is really gorgeous! :) But yeah, I totally agree, the moving part of being somewhere great really bites.
    .-= Elly’s last blog post: Harry Potter HBP =-.

  2. samantha jo campen

    July 26, 2009 10:42 pm

    I promise. I’ll remind you no problem. But yes, moving SUCKS. The last time we moved? Was when I was 6 months pregnant and it was a week and a half before Christmas. So lady, I KNOW.
    .-= samantha jo campen’s last blog post: Blah blah blah blah BlogHer =-.

  3. Andrea

    July 27, 2009 12:24 am

    Um, you need more bubble wrap, too…. :) Deep breathes and go to your happy place (BlogHer 2010, maybe?!?!?) :)

  4. Jenn

    July 27, 2009 1:29 am

    And I can even send you pictures of our tiny 900 sq. ft. house in which we live with 2 children and all their CRAP! ;-) I wonder if there’s anybody that likes moving? Do you think? I sure hate it as much as you do. Last time we moved I was less than a week from giving birth (a month early, but that’s what happened!) to #1. I’ll NEVER do that again!
    One last thing…buy more packing tape! :)
    .-= Jenn’s last blog post: It Didn’t Work =-.

  5. Leslie

    July 27, 2009 1:37 am

    and yes I can only imagine it really bites…
    but from another perspective.. it sucks to be waiting 60+ days just to open escrow… I would give anything to start packing, I dream of it every single day….just saying Jen…

    but omg.. is that home amazing.. I know I have told you that before… :)
    .-= Leslie’s last blog post: thrift’n =-.

    • Jen

      July 27, 2009 8:01 am

      oh trust me, I KNOW how fortunate we are!! It’s just tough to remember that in the midst of all the moving planning & packing & stress.

      I have to ask, because I think things are a bit different in PA than they are in California- what is the situation with you guys? I know you have found a bunch of houses and they’ve all fallen through, why is that? Is it the sellers, are there too many buyers, etc? Just curious… real estate fascinates me :)

      I hope and pray that you guys find your new home soon!!!!

  6. Kelly

    July 27, 2009 7:28 am

    Jen, the house is gorgeous! It will all be soo worth it! :)
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post: Aiden-isms =-.

  7. Caity

    July 27, 2009 9:39 am

    Aww hun I know moving is stressful but it will all be worth it! Just think of the wonderful outcomes once it’s all finished! *hugs*

    Just remember to breathe.
    .-= Caity’s last blog post: Ruminating. =-.

  8. Danielle

    July 27, 2009 2:41 pm

    Just fold up a picture of the house and stick it in your pocket. When you get overwhelmed, take 30 seconds, look at your amazing relaxing bathroom, and get re motivated!

    It’s beautiful!!

  9. lexi

    July 27, 2009 4:42 pm

    Hi! I saw your comment on Mckmama! I wanted to share my website with you: Sugarandspice1.etsy.com
    I will be donating a portion of all sales to the String of pearls to help families and babies like Stellan! I am trying to get it out there in any way I can! Please let your family, friends etc. I would really appreciate it!
    Thanks!! :)
    lexi’s last blog post: NEW SET- The Sierra- 2 black and white felt flower clips

  10. Melissa

    July 27, 2009 9:30 pm

    If you change your mind, I’ll trade you. :) lol

    P.S. If you & Andrea (and Mel and whoever else) are all going to BlogHer next year, I might have to go too…
    .-= Melissa’s last blog post: midsummer madness =-.

  11. Pocklock

    July 27, 2009 10:00 pm

    Who told you that you could move into MY dream house? I assume my key is in the mail??

    CONGRATS! It’s beautiful. And it will all be fine.

    .-= Pocklock’s last blog post: While I Was Away… =-.

  12. Burgh Baby

    July 29, 2009 10:16 am

    A couple of days of suck (sorry, I can’t lie) and then it will all be BETTER THAN OK. Promise.

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