Oh my goodness, I am tired! The last two days have been one steady stream of people coming to pick up stuff we are selling and giving away.
I meet them at the door, we walk through the house, they take what they've come for, eye something else they like, and end up leaving with a full trunk of our stuff.
The movers come on Friday to pack our container, so I want everything that is not coming with us to be gone before they get here. Movers come in a pack, and there are multiple people working at lightening speed, working like a machine to pack the container. There is no time to stand there and say "not the toaster, it's the wrong current" or "I need those towels to stay out of the box." If it's here, it will get packed.
Sprout is the most sensitive, watching our worldly possessions marching out the door. She's been crying over something or other every day. The thing she's crying about is never the thing she's crying about. Yesterday some people were carrying out a rug and she was crying "I love that rug, it's so cozy and I love to play on it!" I asked her if she would like to look online at some rugs I have been eyeing for our new house in Houston. Two minutes later she's exclaiming, "yea, let's get rid of those old rugs, we don't want those anymore, we'll get better ones!" It's letting go of the safe and familiar that's hard, and I understand that.
We've got our tickets booked and organized a week's holiday in Fiji to decompress between the intense pack up, and the upcoming house hunt/life set up in Houston. The life we've chosen so far means that we spend all of our travel budget and holiday time visiting family overseas (we do plenty of neaby camping and day trips). We haven't done a proper holiday away since our honeymoon in Turkey almost 13 years ago. I think we're due.
Our crazy travel schedule lands us in Nashville at nearly one in the morning, and I'm already dreaming about climbing out of the car at my parent's house, after the long ride from the airport, under a big starry sky in the country, and falling asleep with my little family around me and all the rest of my family sleeping peacefully under the same roof. It's going to be amazing.