After 4 hours of moving and cleaning yesterday and 2 hours at closing, Ben and I are offically homeless. It was very interesting seeing our house totally empty- strangely surreal, but not necessarily sad. I thought I would be very sad- this was our home, Audra's first home, and she won't even remember it. But without all of our stuff inside, it was just 4 walls. I told Ben it wasn't the house that held all the memories, it was what was inside the house and concluded that the things you acquire are what are most important. He told me I was half right.
We are now at Ben's parents, and they have been wonderful. Obviously it is not the most ideal living situation, but we are very grateful to them and their generosity in helping us out as we prepare to move into the new house. As we emptied out the old house and packed up the last of our memories there, really I just got a sense of excitement- I can not wait to be in our new house! The house Audra will grow up in (I really truly NEVER want to move again- as all of you know, it is a pain!!!) and we will hopefully retire in. I look forward to the future, and think back to the past with fondness. We have been so blessed!
Oh, and Audra loves staying with Grandma and Grandpa Marriott- she runs after their cat Gizmo and thinks it is the funniest and most wonderful thing in the world! Very cute!