Moving on Up : Today is the Day

Today is the day.  The movers have come and gone, the carpets have been cleaned and we are handing the keys over to our renters tonight.  This is a wild ride.  I was reading a sweet story few days ago, trying to find some comfort in this whole move situation, and there, staring back at me on the page was Proverbs 3:5-6.

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

In all the chaos that has ensued over the course of the last few months with making the decision to move, John commuting back and forth to UT while I stayed home to run kids around and keep life as semi-normal as possible, and making trip after trip hunting for a place to settle our family, I have felt VERY uneasy and discouraged about the whole thing.  I know that remodeling the new house should be something exciting (and it really is a dream), but my anxiety over uprooting kids and moving to a place that I’m really not crazy about, has kind of overshadowed everything that should be fun and exciting.  Bottom line…I’ve been having a REALLY hard time.  There, I said it.  I have felt like I am in a constant state of fighting against what I know is right for us and what the Lord wants us to be doing right now.  (I wrote a bit about more about my experiences here.)  I have finally come to the conclusion that that feeling, the one that has been making me constantly miserable and making me feel like I have been fighting a never ending battle, is FEAR.  As much as I love to get out and explore new things, I am also a total homebody.  I have been here in this same neighborhood/house since I became a mom.  That brings with it a serious sense of security.  I haven’t had to make new friends, or really get out of my comfort zone for a VERY long time.  As much as I have been worrying about the kids and how different their lives will be, I think deep down I am also very concerned about how I will fare.  I’ll be the one at home alone while everyone is at school or work all day.  I’ll be the one that has to find new doctors and grocery stores and cleaners and learn new “mom taxi” routes.  I’m going to have to drive in SNOW…meet new neighbors…make new friends…get involved in new organizations, a new church community…the whole nine yards.  Leaving this house, our home…the one where I have raised my babies, and have all my friends and things I love, is sad and scary.  Frankly, it all seems completely terrifying to me.

As I sat reading that story after praying for comfort, it was no accident that those words popped up on my page.  It’s funny how the answers to our prayers come sometimes.  I’ve had those verses memorized since I was a teenager, but they have never once crossed my mind in all these months of confusion and difficulty.  In the last few days, as we’ve been wrapping up all the loose ends here, those words have brought me comfort and joy.  I WILL trust in the Lord, that He has great things in store for us.  I’m not even going to try and understand why we need to do this at this point in our lives because it probably won’t make sense to me right now.  I will always acknowledge His hand in blessing us along the way.  I may not understand WHY we are being directed to Utah right now, but I definitely know that we ARE being directed there, so I will go in faith and embrace the change.

I’m leaving this post with a few favorite pictures of our CA home.

orange county home tour

summer home decor tour

orange county home tour

orange county home tour

orange county home tour

orange county home tour

summer home decor tour

orange county home tour

summer home decor tour

summer home decor tour

I hope that you will join me in this new adventure.  This blog is a comfortable home of sorts that gets to come with me wherever I roam.  🙂  Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you in Utah next week!

 Tammy

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Tammy

Owner at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. Here on Pink Peppermint Design, she aims to share creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events, as well as her life, with thousands of readers every month. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.
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12 thoughts on “Moving on Up : Today is the Day”

  1. I do understand. I have lived in 13 houses in 5 states, so moving is always a little bit scary. However, like you, I have learned to trust each move to make sense and be a great adventure and change and you know what, it has. I now have friends all over the country that I would have never met except for these moves. Such a blessing and I think your move will be a Blessing too.

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    • Wow Marty! 13 houses! That sounds like lots of fun projects to me! 😉 It is so scary! We have been here for just over a week now and are trying our best to get settled in…to the unfinished basement. 😉 I think that I’m learning from this experience that moving across the country AND moving into the middle of a huge remodel might not have been the best idea. 😉 Too late now! 😉 I’m looking forward to making friends and working to make this experience a blessing no matter what! You’ve always got a friend in SLC! 😉

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  2. Tammy, I have been where you are right now!! We moved from the home our kids grew up in to Texas 5 years ago. It was so hard!! Here’s what I did…joined a neighborhood Bunko group, joined a book club, invited people over. It takes stepping out of your comfort zone but before you know it you’ll be a happy camper. 🙂

    I wish you the best!!

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    • Thank you so much Stacey! Those are great tips! We have been here just over a week now and I need to get involved in some stuff. I need to find friends because it sure does seem a bit lonely right now! 🙂 I love the idea of a Bunko group and book club. I’m going to search for one! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  3. Take heart in the message from your Bible. God’s plans are greater than our own. Your blog friends will follow you as you move and will wait to hear the next chapter in the adventure story that is your life.

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    • Thank you so much Susan! I appreciate the kind words of encouragement and important reminder that I need to remember that there is a greater plan for our family that I just can’t see yet. 😉 Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Tammy, you are so fortunate not to have moved since your children were born. I have moved 17 times in the last 30 years. Fortunately, we were always eager to get to another state or station (retired military). I guess one could say we lived “in the meantime”. Best wishes for an exciting adventure!

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    • 17 times!!! Oh my goodness Pat! That is incredible! It’s people like you that I am pulling inspiration from knowing that I can make it a wonderful experience! 🙂
      Thank you so much for the encouragement!

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  5. Thank you for posting these photos! I have the same blue rug from Pottery Barn and after it arrived, I have struggled to figure out how to decorate around it. You have given me numerous ideas! Your move will be ok, and in fact you may someday feel just the same about the new place as you did the old and you will make many new friends. I am in my 60’s and have moved many, many times. Each time was hard, but in no time, a new church family and nice neighbors made it all worthwhile!

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    • Thanks so much for the words of encouragement Linda! This has definitely been hard on our family, but I know many people like you, have done this many, many times and survived and probably even had wonderful experiences because of it…so I’m holding onto hope that it will be the same for us! 🙂 I hope you love your new rug as much as I love it! 😉
      Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Tammy, you are amazing!! I’m glad to have you and your family back in “our” neck of the woods. 🙂 I’ll have to PM you with some house questions…yours is such an inspiration! We are still house hunting (after a year) :(.

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