Monday, May 14, 2007

Perspective

It's looking like my posts are hanging out in the "Life" category more than normal. But, I guess that's the way it goes when you're making a life-changing decision that's taking your family half way across the country. :) Well, to give you an update...This weekend we cleaned out the garage and had a garage sale. Last weekend was focused on preparing the house as it is now "on the market." We spent Friday and Saturday trimming hedges, putting mulch in the beds, and pressure washing the cage over the pool and the deck, which was an incredibly tough job. Many thanks to Anne's parents and my parents who came and rescued us from the overwhelming tasks. I didn't get a picture, but I don't think I'll forget anytime soon seeing my father-in-law fully clothed, soaking wet, in the middle of the pool, standing on a ladder trying to spray the mold off the pool cage cross beam. I was sore at the end of the day, and I thought to myself, surely Anne's father is sore too. So, I asked him the next day, and he said that he wasn't. So now I know I'm just really out of shape. :) Anyway, through all of this, our kids were helping out some, playing more often, and generally just enjoying life through the process. I got a glimpse of their perspective when my 9 year old daughter Morgan let me read an entry in her journal from that day. It made me smile so big that I asked her permission to re-print it on my blog. Here is her take on the day (spelling errors and all)

"Today is 'day 2' of house cleaning. Getting ready to move is hard work. 'clean, clean, clean'!! I usaly get the easy part. SWIMMING!!! And sometimes SWINGING!!! I'd like to move more often! Mimi and Papa came over. Now all of the adults are working. We are just swimming. It is a lot of fun. Just sitting here in such beutiful weather. I love the smell of freash mulch. My parents are laying new freash mulch. They want our house to look perfect for the open houses. I think this work is hard and boring. I can't wait till Tuseday. On Tuseday we get to tell everybody at school we're moving. I am not happy that I am moving because I will miss my friends, but I am happy that we are moving."

My favorite line is when she says, "All of the adults are working. We are just swimming. It is a lot of fun." Sometimes it's just a matter of perspective. :)


3 comments:

Becky Jo said...

Sarah Johnson told me last Wednesday night - the day after your annoucement - about the move. I couldn't believe it! I'm so excited for you guys. Well, we never did make it down there to visit. Maybe we'll make it to Frisco! Hey! How do you fix it so that you're automatically notified when your friend makes a blog entry?

Mark L said...

Becky,

I'll send you an email with that info.

Angie M said...

Now that is the way to move...swimming, swinging,
sitting, and smelling...we must be missing something!