I haven’t been able to write much lately. We are in the final stages before our move. The closing dates on our current home and our new one are just a day or two apart. I say a day or two, because we don’t know that yet! But we do know that in just a couple of weeks, this entire house will somehow be packed up, cleaned out, and ready to hand over to new owners.
It will be hard to say goodbye. This has been home for 11 years. We became parents here for the first time – and then a second. Every corner has a memory. The permanent marker “growth chart” on the kitchen wall – now covered by fresh paint. The Bunnies by the Bay wall paper that adorned by baby girl’s room all throughout her nine years – now gone without a trace. The Hot Wheel car tracks in the backyard are covered by a fresh layer of rock. And despite my best efforts, I’m pretty sure the new owners will eventually find yet another green army soldier at his long-forgotten post. At ease, soldier!
The new owners will walk in and see an empty canvas ready for their memories. I’m so thankful for that. And we wish them so many beautiful memories ahead. But in my heart, our memories will hang in the midst like shadows of yesterday. Rocking my babies over here – laying them to sleep over there – first steps, first falls, Christmas paper and Barbie dolls – hard memories, gentle memories, joyful memories and memories I have yet to recall. They’re everywhere. I’m so thankful for each one. I know we will make new ones – wonderful ones – in our new home. And I’m so grateful that I can pack up these memories too — and carry them with us wherever we go.
Look around you. Notice the life around you. Notice the people around you. Notice the memories you’re making. Make them great ones. Kiss your babies. Love your spouse. Be thankful for everything. God gave you a beautiful canvas – make a masterpiece!