Sunday, April 1, 2012

Remember that storm I was telling you about...

This may look like an ordinary box, but I assure you it is not.


This box, my friends, is the first box that I have packed. As in the first box I have had to pack because we are moving.

MOVING!!!

YES.It is true.

After almost ten years, we are leaving the only home my children have ever known.

We aren't making a nice and easy jump from one job to the next. Oh no, no, NO! That would be just too easy.

We are changing careers entirely. And because of this, Aric has to  do some training. Six months to be exact.

Thankfully it is not in some tragic place like Missouri. God knew that if he was going to rip us out of our lovely life here in L.L. he would have to send us some place fantastic. Some place that I already know and love. Some place that I have dreamed to take my children. Some place where I will wear my Red Sox gear with great pride.

We are heading to Boston!

Aric leaves in May. I will go with him to get him settled, then I will stay here until the middle of June when the girls get out of school. 
(Speaking of girls in school...Maya got straight A's again and Miss Edee got all A's and one B. So we celebrated with some frozen yogurt)



This fall we will announce where we will land but for now we are going to try not to kill each other while we finish our master bathroom...speaking of that lovely project, here is a sneak peak...



...and finish everything else that needs to be done to get our house on the market and sold. Aric and I have spent almost nine years making this house everything we ever wanted it to be. Our master bathroom was our last project...it's killing me!


Although this opportunity came rather quickly, the decision to go was easy to make. We knew that God's hand was in it and he has prepared us for the past year to make it. It is still very difficult to wrap our heads around what this means. Leaving behind a life that Aric and I spent ten years creating is heart breaking. We have family near by and friends that have become family all around us. Aric is leaving a twelve year career that he as worked hard in and made a name for himself, it does seem a little nuts. 

Which is why I am so grateful for my faith. It has been tried and tested many times. Because of all those trials and tests I have gotten really good at communicating with God. I have been able to tune my ear and my heart so that I can hear the Holy Ghost speak to me. Once again miracles have been performed on our behalf, just another witness that we are on the path that we are supposed to be on. I have peace. Aric has peace. Even my children have had their own special experiences with the spirit that have witnessed to them that this is part of Heavenly Father's plan for our family.

So although there are moments, lots and lots of moments, where I feel like we are struggling to keep afloat as this crazy storm tosses us to and fro, somehow, some way I find a calm and strength that is beyond me. When I start to freak out I pray to remember the feelings I have felt and then the peace washes over me. The comfort comes and I am reminded of who is steering this ship and then, just like that, all is well.

19 comments:

Melissa-Mc said...

WOW! That is a major move! Boston will be blessed to have you.

Kara said...

Awesome! What a fun place to move back to with your family! Good luck with all the packing.

Tanya Smith said...

You will LOVE Boston. The temple is my all time favorite. Things to get excited about:

"real" bagels
dunkin doughnuts on every corner
street performers in the subway
amazing American history everywhere you look
shopping at Faneuil Hall
shopping at Filene's Basement
the most beautiful autumn ever
amazing architecture
marshmallow fluff

Things to be prepared for:

humidity, humidity, humidity
the coldest "wet cold" winter you will ever experience
radiators
freakishly weird traffic (6 lane roundabouts, toll roads, very defensive drivers)

So excited for you! Let me know where you end up...

Ashley C said...

I wish you guys the very best in this whole process. I know you must be so stressed, but I bet things will go more smoothly than you expect. It's nice that you already know Boston. Both of my older sisters lived there for a few years each and they both LOVED it. Good luck with all this, Jessica!

Natalie said...

BOSTON??? Holy cow! I know that you guys have felt this in your bones for awhile now. When you feel change in the air, watch out:)! That's so exciting! I want to hear all of the details so I'll call you later on today. Sending Love and calm thoughts your way:). Xo

Christie said...

Missouri ain't so bad, you know...

We also lived in Boston. Loved it, too.

Lauren in GA said...

I don't know how you do it girlie. The stress alone would do me in...you are completely and totally AWESOME.

You have done so many incredible things to your house, it looks amazing in pictures. Hopefully it will sell for what you want it to.

I love that you listen to the Spirit the way you do. You are a great example to me.

Rochelleht said...

WOW! Awesome!!! How exciting. We love change, but we love consistency too. Maybe that's why we move every summer?? It would be hard to leave Texas. We've been here for 14 years. I really applaud your courage. So exciting. Do you know where you land in the fall or does that info come later? Hope it is Texas...

JMB said...

Whoa!! You know we love Boston too! I will fully admit I'm filled green-wall envy. :) Boston is by far my most favorite of all and it sounds like you are going to enjoy every second you have there. I'm so glad your faith is there for you and your family. Even though we aren't neighbors anymore, you will be missed in L.L. by so many people. May your new adventure be blessed with ease, peace, happiness and more love than you can handle!
~Janelle Bonney and family

♥Shally said...

That is AWESOME!! What a great adventure. I think it will be great for your family. :) Hard to leave, for sure-- but I know you will love it! Boston is great. Talk to Andrea!!

Dave and Ash said...

Dude, cool! Congrats! You left out too many details, though. Like what is Aric going to be doing now? And will you only be in Boston for the training part?

If you want any packing tips, I'm pretty experienced in the area. Our move to Houston will be numero 10 in not even 7 years. So, I've had lots of practice. Good luck!

LNCyree said...

Good luck with your move to Boston! I hope you love it!

Shirley said...

Wow.....never would have guessed that was your brewing storm. Sounds like things will work out as they should for you and your family. It is amazing how Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need and when we need it! Good luck Jessica! Can't wait to hear your final destination! Love, Shirley. (PS. My husband served a Spanish speaking mission there and LOVED it!)

Cami said...

I'm sad...and crying. I don't want to share you with Boston...or any other city for that matter. I'm thankful for the 2 years of you in my life...I became a runner with you and so much more..hugs to you my good friend

Alison said...

Wow!!!! I am shocked but so happy for you. Another West Coast family becomes an East Coast Family! Welcome to the "Other" side :) It will be a growing experience for you all. Congrats!

Rachel said...

So happy for you and sad for me:) I can't wait to see the completed bathroom! Keep up the packing and decluttering. You will get it all done in time. It's so reassurring when you know that there is no way you were the one who brought the change about because you know if He's brought you this far, He won't abandon you along the way. We love you guys!!

kthom said...

Now that's what I call a move! I've always wanted to visit there, such a fantastic area full of history. Really impressed with your guts and faith....good times ahead!

doodooguru said...

I'm sure 10 years from now you will be glad! That is what I tell myself when I have to do things I'm not excited about. Besides, if you didn't heat your master bath tile, you'll want to move anyway! Heated tile rocks. Good Luck with the change. Change is good.

Lindsay said...

We will pass each other in the air! Our moving vans will pass on the freeways...I couldn't believe it when I heard! Good luck on your new adventure. I'm so glad to keep up with you...lucky Boston!