It was moving day again at Windy Ridge.
Another chick has flown the coop!
Thankfully, she didn’t fly far!
Anna is renting a house about 25 minutes away, closer to church and friends, but a little farther from work. Far enough away to be independent, but close enough to see often.
She’s spent the last month finding furniture, figuring out utilities, and otherwise preparing to be on her own. And I searched my cupboards and went to garage sales to find the necessary kitchen items – important things like a cheese grater and pizza cutter and ice cream scoop.
This is our fourth child to move out – and the most complicated move. The other kids just packed up their cars or trucks and waved goodbye as they drove out the driveway.
But this move involved furniture – heavy furniture – that needed to be transported over 4 miles of very dry and dusty gravel roads.
This move needed dad.
And he orchestrated it all with finesse.
It took two cars, a pick-up and a borrowed enclosed trailer that we pulled down the gravel roads at about 20 mph so we we didn’t kick up dust -but we got it all delivered, unloaded and arranged.
Now our chick is setting up her own nest.
We are so excited for her!
Laura was home this weekend.
Not only did we do some wedding planning – but she packed up more of her stuff to move into their new house.
The tool box I kept tripping on in the attic is gone.
The chin up in the basement that was collecting spider webs no longer lives here.
Her sewing machine that was covered with dust will now gather dust somewhere else.
This is all good.
But we also went through my kitchen cupboards and pulled out everything that was hers.
This was not so good.
She had quite a collection of kitchen tools and accessories that I freely used.
I’ll miss the nutmeg grater, micro-planer and cookbooks.
The sil-pat and custard cups.
The grill pan.
But in the search for her things, we were able to find and pass on to her some extras that I had.
A Christmas tray.
And that set of pot de creme cups with the divet in the bottom that makes it impossible to get out the last bite of chocolate.
It makes me smile to think of the two of them sticking their tongues in the divet to lick out the good stuff – just like she did growing up.
So amidst all the new and wonderful things in their first home, there will be some old and familiar ones.
Some heirlooms from home.
And that makes my heart happy.