It Is Well With My Soul

3.11.2013

It's 6:08 am on Monday morning and I have just finished my workout. Jesse is on his way to work and my sweet baby girl is still snoozing away. The house is quiet and dark and everything is still. Just the way I like it when I sit down to write. 

We've been in California a little over two weeks now and we are slowly settling in and learning our way around. I've made several solo outings and I've even been able to navigate without the GPS. 

Our household goods were finally delivered on Friday. I think this is the shipment I have been anticipating the most because I honestly couldn't remember what we left behind. Three years is a long time, especially when you have a terrible memory like mine.

When the truck pulled up I told Jesse there was no way that it was full of our stuff. I had been told that they were doing another delivery so I just assumed that the truck had that delivery as well. But then the movers started bringing out box after box after box. I have to be honest and tell you that I began to panic a little bit as I tried to figure out where in the world we were going to put all of that stuff. 
It took them about 5 hours to get everything unloaded.  Unfortunately it started pouring rain during the last hour.  I felt so bad for the guys but it didn't seem to slow them down. (And funny enough, I found that one of them grew up in our hometown and went to my high school's rival school. Honestly, what are the odds!?)

Meanwhile I was just itching to get my hands on some of those boxes! Once they were done our garage looked like a used furniture store and we had boxes stacked from ceiling to floor. Since we didn't really know what was in any of the boxes we just started opening all of them and going through them. I was beyond excited to find some of the fun decor stuff that I forgot I had. I also left behind tons of clothes so it was fun trying everything on.  I feel like I have a whole new wardrobe. 

During the unpacking process I learned a few new things: 
1. I used to be either a shopaholic or a hoarder. Haha! I have never seen so much stuff in my life and I distinctly remember getting rid of a lot before we left. 

2. Clothes that have been stored for three years smell like mothballs. We've had the lovely task of washing everything. It's been quite the process but at least I have some cute "new" things to wear.

3. I kept some of the weirdest stuff. As I was going through the boxes I would continually ask myself why in the world I kept particular things when they probably should have just been thrown away.

4. We are SO old. We have boxes of all of our pictures and notes we wrote to each other in high school. It's pretty hard to believe that was 15 years ago!

Anyway, I'm happy to say that we pretty much have everything unpacked and we are slowly getting things put where we want them. I have pictures leaning against the walls because I just can't make up my mind where I want to put anything.

We've also made two trips to Ikea for some storage furniture and things like that. Jesse is a ninja and had it all put together in no time, so that is really helpful. Despite the chaos and the piles of stuff everywhere, this place already feels like home.

I have this feeling that I can't really explain. Even though we are not completely unpacked and the house isn't decorated, I feel settled. Content, even. It's weird because I have been worried about it for months. The whole time we were overseas I longed for that feeling of being "at home." And when I learned that we were moving to California and not back to our house in North Carolina, I was worried that I would never get that feeling again. 

I know that we are still in the honeymoon stage and that we will probably encounter a bit of culture shock every now and then again, but overall I feel really at peace about this place that we now call home. And I have to tell you, that is a really good feeling.


Natalie said...

So glad you are feeling settled and are so happy in your new home!

Traci said...

Workout done by 6AM??? Impressive!

Allison Boutwell said...

I'm so glad that you're settling in and have that feeling of home! I bet it was SO fun to go through all of those boxes. I think it's so cool that you still have letters and pictures of when you were in high school. :)

Emily Powell said...

so glad you're getting settled!

Krissy said...

I'm so happy for you - can't wait for that settled feeling!

Lori- MamaNeedsSushi said...

So happy to hear you are feeling settled already- we moved in September and I still struggle with it sometimes.

Also, whoo hoo for a "new" wardrobe"!

Brittney Galloway said...

YAY! So happy for you to feel settled!

Jamie Lopatynski said...

Such a good feeling to get settled!! So happy for you!

Sarah said...

So glad you are getting all moved in and "new" clothes!

Joeylee said...

So glad that your settling in great.

Beth Ann said...

So glad to hear of your sense of peace. What a blessing!

Mandy said...

I'm so glad you are already feeling at home in your new home!! I was hoping that once everything was there and you guys got into a routine it would just feel like your new normal! I would have loved to have been there when you guys were unpacking those boxes...I can just hear Jesse now!! lol

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Sounds like yall are really settling in, it must be so exciting to see all your stuff again!

Paula Lynch said...

Glad you are getting settled. One more shipment and you will have allnof your things in one place. Love you

Kelli Kegley said...

I'm so glad you are feeling settled and are at peace with everything! You'll have to post some pics as things start coming along!

Megan said...

So glad you're settling in and everything is going so smoothly! I remember when we were packing all our boxes for storage thinking to myself, "Now really, if I am basically admitting that I can live without x item for 3-4 years, do I really NEED it at all?" Of course, I kept most of those things anyways :-)

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