Today we put our house on the market. It has been a busy few months as we began the process of downsizing preparing to move from a nine-room house to something much smaller.
My experience in this process of deciding what to keep and what to sell, give away or throw out has been an interesting one. Döstädning – Death Cleaning
At times I have felt relief as I began to see the freedom I would have when I did not have to spend so much time cleaning and dusting and moving “stuff” around. Relief as I look forward to the day my washer and dryer is on the same living level and I do not have to climb up and downstairs to do the laundry. (Or, in my case, my dear husband does not have to do that.)
Other times I have felt some sorrow as I parted with items I have enjoyed over the years. But how many Isabel Blooms can one house have? (For my readers who are not familiar with Isabel Bloom, check out their website at isbloom.com
Perhaps the thing I will miss the most is my garden. This garden was built by my husband with love for me. The Garden that Love Built
It has been so much fun to watch this garden grow from a couple of trees and a few hostas plants until now the entire back yard is one beautiful garden.
Downsizing and moving to a smaller place was what we originally had planned. However, in the middle of these plans our youngest daughter who lives with her family nearby announced they are moving to another state for a job opportunity for her.
Although we have six children (one is deceased), 20 grandchildren (three are deceased) and our ninth great grandchild is on his way, our children are scattered all over the states. Missouri, West Virginia, Illinois, South Carolina and Michigan. This daughter was the only child near us. So – moving to a smaller place suddenly has taken on a harder decision.
Where do we go? At our age we do not want to live without any family nearby. Which child gets the blessing (or the curse) of having us live close by? ♥
As we begin the process of deciding exactly where we will call home it is a stressful time hoping to find a place we will really love. But it is also an exciting time as we look forward to a new home and making new friends.
I remember the words found in Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
I will trust you Lord!