Tonight is the Winter Solstice — the shortest day and longest night of the year. Tonight is also the first time it feels like I’ve been able to take more than a few relaxing moments for a while.
We closed on the house last Friday, and wow — so much happened so quickly after that I think most of it went by in a blur. Here’s a brief synopsis of some of the major events of the last 6 days:
Friday morning we closed on the house, thanks to the work of a fantastic loan officer who answered emails at any time of the day, a great insurance agent, and a Realtor who started working with us even before we had our pre-approval. We started hauling boxes that afternoon/evening, and 5 carloads later, had a bulk of the boxes moved to the house.
Saturday we had a ton of unexpected help, including the gift of a rented U-Haul, a friend with a pickup truck, and lots of friends and family (and a new neighbor) who helped in more ways than I can express, even one who called us unexpectedly and offered to help. We had all of the big stuff moved by the end of the day, including some purchases that we needed the truck for.
Sunday was a blur of unpacking, organizing, small repairs, and the like.
Monday was more small repairs, unpacking, organizing, getting the Internet hooked up, and having an awesome and helpful plumber run a gas line to the utility room for the dryer (cheaper than buying a new dryer!).
The rest of the week up until today has been more unpacking and organizing, buying what we need for the house, and getting ready for the holidays — which can be stressful enough without moving!
Today we had a minor emergency to deal with, but things are moving along and I think I’m actually starting to catch up on much-needed sleep, and the mental overload is starting to ebb.
I am incredibly thankful for everyone who took part in making this possible — including Michele, who kept encouraging me through the tough spots — and a huge “thank you” to everyone who stepped up at the last minute, came out unexpectedly to help, or contributed in any way. We couldn’t have done this without each and every one of you!