Tuesday, July 6, 2010

if these walls could talk

"Unless the Lord builds the house, it's builders labor in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

We are moving to Michigan today.

The moving trucks were loaded yesterday and are actually already there. Josh, Si, and I spent one last night in our house {camped out on the floor} and will make the trip over in a few hours.

I am very excited to move from the Big City on this side of the lake to our new Itty Bitty Town on the other side of the lake....but a part of me is very sad, too. And emotional. And sentimental. And teary-eyed {really teary-eyed}.

From the moment Josh carried me over the threshold until today, this house has been our home....and all the happenings in between are strung together in a thread of memories.

If these walls could talk.

They would tell how much Josh and I have grown together as husband and wife....and as individuals. They witnessed our best and worst moments. They saw all the disagreements and joy and tears and hurt and makeups. They know the prayers that were whispered and the laughter that rang.

If these walls could talk.

They would thank Josh for the countless hours he spent transforming this place from a {very outdated} 1950's style house to the home we've come to love....with it's pretty hardwood floors and fully done basement and and fresh paint. It's bathrooms that are no longer pink and the big window in the front where Si sat and looked out every single day.

looking out
If these walls could talk.

They would smile and share the joy of hearing the pitter-patter of little baby feet. Josiah was welcomed home here. He was soothed and bathed and rocked and fed here. He came to know us as mom and dad here. We fell more and more in love with him here.

If these walls could talk.

They would reminisce about the fun of the holidays and joy of every-day life. They would say that we should of had more get-togethers {who cares if the house is a mess!}. They would give thanks for the dear friendships we have made with our incredible neighbors....folks who are no longer just people who happen to live next door, but family.

If these walls could talk.

They would confirm that this is a house that Love built. Love from the Lord that brings about love for the Lord and love for each other.

Thankfully, that Love and Foundation will be coming with us....which is much more important than our address and our carefully packed boxes.

If these walls could talk.

They would say that God is faithful and good and always near. He has called Josh to serve in MI and therefore that is the perfect place for us! And so we go.

With that fact in mind, we bid a teary-eyed farewell to our sweet little house and say hello to this new chapter in our life. And to a new house where new memories will be made.

It's going to be good.

Thanks a bunch for coming along for the ride, friends! {Thank goodness I don't have to squeeze y'all into the moving truck!}



25 comments:

  1. Rachel, thinking about your family today. Moving is always so very bittersweet, but I am excited to follow this new phase in your family's journey.

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  2. It must be so bittersweet. I'm looking forward to following the next chapter in your life!

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  3. Oh man, are you trying to make a blubbering mess out of me!? I wish you all the best as you start your new journey... and I can't wait to follow along!

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  4. Good luck with your move! I can't wait to read about your new life across the lake and the new memories you'll be making.

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  5. One chapter ends and a new one begins. May the next chapter in your life be as sweet and rewarding as the last... and may you find much happiness and love in your new home!

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  6. beautifully written, as always! i'm a little teary too after reading this!

    thinking of you all and wishing you the best! can't wait until you are settled and we can come up for a playdate!

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  7. Best of luck with your move! It is so hard to leave behind a home full of so many memories. But many more memories will be made in the new place as well!

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  8. I can't imagine how bittersweet today must be. But I'm convinced that wonderful things await you on the other side of the lake!

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  9. Thinking of you as you begin the next phase of your life!

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  10. I've done this so many times....hard to leave a house with so many memories, but exciting to get to the next and start making new ones.

    praying for you!!!

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  11. =) Oh, Rach. Moving is so exciting and so sad at the same time. But God has chosen y'all (love the Southern accent, don't you?) for Michigan, and you and those you meet in Michigan will be blessed through this move. Looking forward to pics of your new home!

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  12. I hope everything goes smoothly!!! So happy for all the good things God is allowing to happen in your lives!

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  13. Off on a new adventure...it is exciting and hard to leave all at the same time, isn't it? I will be praying for you guys as you face this big change...we can't wait to have you here in Michigan, though :) Wendi and I were just talking about it the other day. I hope the move goes smoothly!

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  14. Moving is grand! A new adventure awaits where new walls will talk and tell more stories of your precious family. Happy Moving!

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  15. Again...more beautiful words from a beautiful lady.
    Best wishes on your move. Bittersweet, but you sound ready.

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  16. So many memories. And a great reminder that your home is where God places you. Hope you have a smooth move and looking forward to hearing about life in MI!

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  17. Rachel, it's hard to say good bye to a house with so many memories! But you will be making many more happy memories across that lake. Btw, I think I've mentioned this before but I feel compelled to say it again - you are preacher material yourself, ya know that, right? Your musings are so well-written and thoughtful. Maybe Josh can crib off you one of these Sundays :)

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  18. I know how your whole family feels today. I have left 4 homes and I wil be honest it is difficult but the new adventure ahead is also exciting and you are there together as a family. May the Lord be with the three of you as you start your new chapter. Blessings to Josh as he begins his new ministry. My the Lord be with you as you start your life as a pastor's wife and just being the fun Rachel that you are. Your congregatuon will just love the three of you!! BLESSINGS TO ALL !!! hugs :)

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  19. AWWW...GREAT POST! God Bless your BIG move! MANY MORE MEMORIES to be made :)

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  20. It's so hard to leave a home. There are so many memories and emotions there.
    Good luck in your next home and your next phase!

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  21. Moving is hard! Good luck with everything. Soon you will be making new memories in your new home.

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  22. What a wonderfully written post! Best of luck to your family during your move!

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  23. Beautiful! God's will is a good place to reside!

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  24. What a strange day this must be for you! There are such amazing things to come for you and your family, but it is always hard to leave behnd the memories!

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