Comments on: Packing Up http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:53:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Sandi http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-750956 Sandi Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:49:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-750956 I’ve been behind in blogs for a long while, so I’m just now seeing that you moved back to the US…the timing is ironic, because we’re preparing to move in a few weeks from Maine, where we’ve lived the past 6 years, back to North Carolina, where our families are.

We’ve missed them terribly, and I really am looking forward to being able to see them all again more frequently, but it’s painful to think of leaving this place. I’ve lived in several states but Maine is the first one I have loved – its beauty is so soul-satisfying, from the evergreen and hardwood forest we live in to the pristine lake in our backyard (home to loons, the most exquisite creature on earth), to the stunning rocky coast a few miles down the road with the lobster boats and buoys bobbing on the water, the pine forests and hills coming right to the edge of the rocks to greet them, and the thousands of islands and capes and coves that follow that coast. I love the oldness of everything (no subdivisions!), the history of the lighthouses, the accent of the fishmonger who calls me “deah,” the industriousness of the people as they prepare for winter – and the winters! – oh, how I cherish the stunning beauty of a silent snowfall as it drifts up to the windows, the sweet crunch of it under our feet as we venture out in the midst of the storm, the thrill of exploration only a southerner can know as we snowshoe on top of a frozen lake, the sweet luxury of coming back to a fire and hot chocolate and snuggling under blankets.

I am so looking forward to being part of our families again, but I’m wondering how I’ll bear the ache I’m sure I’ll feel for this place.

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By: Patti P http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-531942 Patti P Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:15:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-531942 Our worst move actually occurred this time last year. We are military and we were moving from one part of our state to another part of the state. It should have been a very simple move. Unfortunately everything that could go wrong did go wrong. From losing our paperwork in the government sea of lost paperwork (resulting in a three week delay in our actual move dates) to having a driver with no common sense (he kept insisting our belongings would not fit in the 18 wheeler) to problems with finances and everything in between. I would have never believed that our move four years earlier from one state in the south to another state in the north would be so complicated. Oh and did I mention we homeschool and have a lot of books – so we also were overweight -resulting in monetary charges for us.

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By: Thoughtful words that warm your heart | inomhus http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-529475 Thoughtful words that warm your heart | inomhus Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:54:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-529475 [...] känns mig övermäktig mitt i högsommarsolen är det ganska uppbyggligt att läsa Gabrielle Blair som just nu är mitt i flytten av en familj på åtta personer från Normandie till [...]

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By: Erika http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-527236 Erika Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:44:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-527236 Packing up after such an adventure is so bittersweet. After living in Zurich, Switzerland for a year we had to pack all of our belongings in our suitcases. We managed to save some of the special school projects and papers, a few books or keepsakes, and also important clothes. The rest we left behind. We carefully weighed each bag to it’s allotted 22 kgs and then I travelled with our 3 children (by MYSELF!) and our 8 bags. It was quite an experience trying to catch our connection in Chicago after arriving late and wheeling our bags through customs with a crying 4 yr old and very sleepy jet-lagged kids. But we did it and collapsed in relief on the last flight to our home in St Paul. I was so grateful for the security personnel who took one look at our weary group and made a special point to rush us through and run us to the connecting flight – calling ahead so they didn’t leave. Sometimes the good of others really shines through. Best of luck and happy travels.
Erika

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By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-524886 Julie Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:52:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-524886 Moving is a big deal! Take your time getting everything in order. It will make the flip side easier!

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By: Gretchen http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-524682 Gretchen Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:01:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-524682 Here’s what we always say about moving:
The first 90% takes 90% of your time. The last 10% takes another 90% of your time.
I hope the last 10% – whether it is dealing with stuff, errands, cleaning or saying goodbye to friends – is not as painful as it always is for us!

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-523968 Lisa Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:01:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-523968 As you are leaving France I am entering. We’ll be two weeks in Bordeaux. We are house swapping. So for a month prior to taking off for our first stop to visit one of our three daughters in Madrid – we were scrubbing nooks and crannies, packing piles o’paper and purging…lots and lots of purging. But – the great thing is I’m going to absolutely love my home when we head back to the States at the end of the month!

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By: the emily http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-522803 the emily Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:35:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-522803 Two years ago we moved to Gallup, NM from beautiful Utah. I grew up in Albuquerque so it wasn’t the New Mexico part of the move that scared me, it was the Gallup part. All you ever hear about this place is that it’s a hole. And, well, it is. It’s just an awful, awful place. Shortly after moving here my wallet was stolen out of my purse at Walmart; my car was involved in a hit and run; our house was broken into (on Valentine’s Day, no less) and all of our electronics were stolen. I hated it here from the day we moved in…it didn’t help that we also moved here on my birthday.

But also, it’s one of the best places in the world. The people here astound me. My friends have become my family. The day our house was broken into, somebody anonymously put $500 on our doorstep. My husband has real, true friends for the first time in our 12 year marriage. My kids run through the dirt and sand and don’t think twice about not having grass. There’s no traffic, no pollution, and the sunsets are the prettiest I’ve ever seen. Moving is hard, but there are beautiful things about every move too. Good luck!

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By: Sally from Little Hiccups http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-522451 Sally from Little Hiccups Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:55:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-522451 Things are looking better already… just found out our new visa appointment won’t clash with our move! Best news I’ve had in months :)

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By: Sally from Little Hiccups http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-522203 Sally from Little Hiccups Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:25:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-522203 Our upcoming move within the next few weeks should be relatively easy – we’re only moving two floors up in our current apartment building – however the lead up to it has bee the most stressful move we’ve ever gone through. And my family has done some pretty big moves around the world in our time…
The lead up to our move started back in March when the management of our building advised that our rent would be increasing substantially with our lease renewal in August. We didn’t want to pay so much more and gave notice to move out in August. We then spent the next few months going to open houses every single weekend. We applied for 7 houses/apartments and, despite our good references and credit rating, got knocked back 7 times. Ah, the joys of being foreigners with kids in a university town! I was pregnant at the time and the increasing stress of house hunting was starting to impact on my health. After some bad news at my 20 week scan my doctor put me on bed rest thus bringing our house hunt to an abrupt halt. After all the stress we figured we’d just give in and pay more to stay in our current apartment. No such luck – the management had already rented it out! Back to the house hunt. A few weeks later I was back on bed rest again and the house hunting came to an end. Unfortunately so too did my pregnancy at 24 weeks :( Add on top of all this stress the fact that our US visas expire at the exact same time as our current lease and things were starting to look dire. We were running out of time to house hunt as renewing our visas required a week long trip abroad to visit a consulate.
Luckily another (smaller but more expensive) apartment in our building became available and the building management gave us first dibs on it. We’d finally found a new place! Things were finally starting to look up. Until…
On the eve of our visa renewal trip to Canada the Calgary floods hit and the consulate we were due to visit was closed for over two weeks. Now while packing up our apartment we’re waiting for a new appointment within the next few weeks. Given the run of bad luck we’ve been having I just know that the new visa appointment will fall during the one week window we have to move!
Fingers crossed things will go smoothly from now on – and I hope that your move goes well too!

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-522128 Sarah Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:54:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-522128 Oh man, I feel your pain. Our family of 5 did a cross country move with three weeks notice. We put our house on the market, packed up everything, and left for the West and it was insane. Today our house still hasn’t sold, so it hasn’t ended as well as we hoped. However, our decision was to keep us all together (better for my mental health!), rather than have me and the kids wait it out till the house sold. If I could do it all again, I would still have put the house on the market, but rather than move an entire household of goods across the country, I would have sold it all and started fresh. I would have gotten rid of everything, including the cars, and put my family on a plane. Way better than spending a week driving a van and a moving truck 3,000 miles. I’m still scarred by that experience. Good luck!

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By: Rachel http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-522101 Rachel Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:39:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-522101 Ahh, I definitely feel for you! I am in the midst of my craziest move yet right now (though likely not as crazy as yours!). We were living in Columbia TC student housing last year and are now moving to DC. It wouldn’t be that complicated if it weren’t for the fact that our stuff is spread all over the United States (with most in storage in Oklahoma) and there is a 5 week gap between the end if one lease and start of another. Oh, and I’m 3 mos pregnant! Between doctor’s appts in different cities, visiting family, and getting all our stuff to one place, it has certainly been a coordination nightmare, but it will be over soon! We are driving a U-Haul cross-country this weekend, and I can’t wait to drive up to our new place!

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By: Jen http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-522046 Jen Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:48:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-522046 Oh, moving is the worst. My husband and I have moved 9 times in the last 4 years. (10 if you count the time we moved into a house, found exposed/disturbed asbestos the next day, and promptly reloaded the truck and scrambled to find another place to rent.) I always think that the next move will be easier, and it never is. That could easily have been me saying that packing would be a snap, and probably will be when we move again in December. :)

This, too, shall pass. Best wishes for a smooth transition!

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By: Sarah W http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521816 Sarah W Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:15:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521816 Oh moving! How I strongly dislike thee! Our family has moved a lot! Our biggest move was from New York to Oregon and we road tripped it. With a two year old. It was really fun though and it’s a memory we’ll always have so I am really glad we did it. That was two years ago and we’ve moved three times since then, the most recent being just last month. This one has been particularly hard because of the circumstances surrounding the move. My husband’s brother, (a paraplegic) was living with us, but he passed away and we couldn’t afford to stay where we were without him, so we moved. Plus, we didn’t need a wheelchair accessible unit anymore, although interestingly our new place is wheelchair accessible just by chance. I think being drained emotionally before the move even happened made this one particularly hard. That, and the fact that the kitchen has half the storage space our last one did (which wasn’t much), and I have no where to store my pantry items (they’re currently sitting in boxes under the counter overhang).

But, there is hope! (Sorry for being such a downer). Just the other night at bedtime, my daughter (who is now four) reminded me that I don’t have to miss Uncle Brenty (my husband’s brother) because he’s in our hearts with God and we can always have him near. I cried. Out of the mouths of babes right?

I’m excited to see more pictures of your new house in Oakland and I hope your move goes well!

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521802 Lauren Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:23:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521802 Oh… and the hopeful moment?

When we got to the airport, we got one first class upgrade. I sat up in first class while my husband sat in coach with our three young kids.

And it was a red-eye. :)

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521801 Lauren Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:21:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521801 Our last move was from Atlanta to Seattle. The movers we hired (through a middleman) flaked, leaving us to make new arrangements at the last minute. While staying with family friends (with five daughters) for two days before our plane left, our daughter’s head started itching. First and only case of head lice. Another child developed a horrible cough and we were trying to fill prescriptions on the way to the airport. Oh, and I was pregnant with #4, experiencing my usual preterm labor and trying my hardest to “take it easy.”

It was intense.

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By: Melissa Lehman http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521792 Melissa Lehman Wed, 10 Jul 2013 04:51:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521792 Gabrielle, you are not just moving an entire household you are moving your heart. I so admire the way that you and your family have jumped in whole hearted to France. I bet that you have made life long friendships there and certainly life long memories. This is bound to be a tough transition. Hugs to you!

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By: Tanya http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521710 Tanya Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:02:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521710 Moving is hard and I find it gets harder as my children get older because they are able to express their emotions. You have to just do your best t o stay focused and just get it done! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and do whatever you can to lessen whatever you can; ie eating out. Enlist your older kids to help with the younger kids! Take a deep breathe it always gets done in the end!

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By: Meg http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521673 Meg Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:01:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521673 I definitely feel for you! We moved in Feb and it was so taxing physically and emotionally. I’ve dealt with what seemed like endless numbers of boxes but I’m still homesick for Paris.

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By: Laura http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/packing-up/comment-page-1/#comment-521668 Laura Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:46:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38607#comment-521668 My heart goes out to you, Gabrielle! Packing for any move is drudgery, but packing to leave France must be even harder. Best of luck!

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