My BFF & SIL for life (y'all know Auntie MooMoo) came by yesterday and helped kick some major packing ass hiney. Of course, Little Buddy wanted in on the action and she was happy to oblige. The entire day they both took great pleasure watching me have mini heart attacks over their antics.
For once in my life I am taking a leap of faith (a risk if you may) thinking outside the box and putting trust in my own abilities. The rest is in God's hands and BigG is fully supportive. Thank goodness. For all y'all that are keeping tabs, in addition to packing like a madwoman and trying to get my house on the market in the next two weeks, relocating to a new state, getting the kids acclimated and house hunting on that end.. I'm also in the process of starting a new business.
Little Buddy and I returned Monday evening after a long weekend visiting the town we're moving to. BigG and I were house hunting, opening accounts and accomplished other business. Long gone are those fun filled, R&R road trips of the past year (for a little while, anyway).
A few months back a preferred day care provider had an opening (a big deal in a small town) so I jumped on the opportunity and prepaid March to hold a spot for SweetPea. Sooooo, little Miss stayed behind with BigG.
I'm happy to report she's doing great (we knew she would). She loves it there (it was always like her second home .. now it's her first.. lol) and is head over heels for G and his boys. Her first night she tagged along to a Boy Scout meeting and wore this:
I'm sure the boys were THRILLED. Funny, there was another Princess Ballerina there, as well.
I get texts from her preschool throughout the day and we talk on the phone or FaceTime at night. She jabbers on about her busy day, the great dinner and getting ice cream for dessert. My daughter has yet to shed a single tear over missing us. Mommy, however, is a different story.
LittleBuddy (who dubbed her the, "Most annoying person EV-ER") misses his little sister something fierce and even cried a little when we left (SHHH! That's between us). Admittedly, he's now enjoying being a temporary only child and having Mommy to himself. It's a good break for the two of them but oh my goodness, the house is so quiet without my silly little chatterbox.
The next two weeks I'll pack what I can then we'll head back up with some clothes and the dogs. My home will be listed and will show with furniture in it (pictures off the walls, etc of course). HOPEFULLY someone will fall in love and it'll go quickly. The sellers market is looking to be pretty darn good this Spring. Fingers crossed.
After 16 1/2 years of blood, sweat and tears (okay, that's totally over dramatic but it sounds good, right?) tomorrow is my last day of work. I may miss the jerky boys I work with, my awesome coworker up on the front lines and my wonderful customers and bosses. So much has happened in that piece of time... joy, tears, heartache, more joy. And to think I started when I was a mere 10 years old.
I have so many balls in the air right now, I'm completely spinning. It does, however, keep my focus off yet another gaggle of dang goodbyes. In the coming weeks I'm packing the house as best as I can and we split for our new life. It goes on the market and we're keeping fingers crossed someone falls in love with it rapido.
I love adoption, my brilliant friends and great books .. and I've got all three in one post. Is there a better way to start a Friday? I think not..
Back in my MomTV days, I had the pleasure of meeting amazing rock stars in the adoption world. Talk about humbling. One of my incredible guests was Becky Fawcett, a mommy via adoption and cofounder of HelpUsAdopt.Org. In her words they, ".. Raise dollars to help financially-stretched individuals and couples afford the high cost of adoption. Simply put, we raise funds to build families ... one adoption at a time..."
She's on an awesome mission, my friends. Please check it out.
Becky got a call one day from then National Adoption Day Spokesperson, Nia Vardalos (yes.. actress, director, producer, screenwriter, singer Nia Vardalos) who herself adopted from foster care. She later became involved with the organization.
How cool is that?
Becky recently interviewed Nia for her upcoming book, "Instant Mom" about her journey through infertility and adoption.. check it out: