Just a quick update to say that I'm back from my trip to Chicago. While it was too short, I'm grateful for the friends and family I was able to see, and I'm relieved to finally have our things in our home. I've gotta tell ya, it was soooo nice to sleep in a real bed last night. Ahhh!
A huge shout out goes to my mama, who wins the Mother of the Year Award for packing up my entire house for me. I arrived home on Wednesday afternoon, fully expecting to spend the remainder of the day packing up my stuff, to see that all of my belongings were already boxed and waiting in the garage. I never asked nor expected her to do this, but it was a huge blessing! I shouldn't really be surprised by her generosity because that's the kind of mom she is, but I wish I had more adequate words to express how grateful I am. She only just finished moving herself (and my dad and brother) into a new home a month ago, so I know this was the last thing she wanted to do. But she did it anyway... because she loves me that much! What a gift!
With the majority of the packing out of the way, I was able to relax a little during my trip. I enjoyed a dinner with my dad's parents (thanks again, Grams and Papa, for dinner the amazing fruit salad - best idea ever!), another with my immediate family, lunch and shopping with my mama, and some quality time with friends.
On Thursday night, after packing up our 16 foot rental truck (full, I might add), Babe called and asked how I'd feel about his little brother moving down here with us. He just graduated from high school, and their mom thought it would be a good idea for him to come down and work. Babe made a phone call to his boss, and the next thing I knew, he was packing his bags to join me. To be completely honest, I'm more than happy to have him here. He's a good kid, very helpful, and our personalities are a good fit (he's like a mini version of Babe). Even after 14 hours together in the truck, I still like him. haha! It's been fun to see the two of them interact. Babe sorta fluctuates (pretty seamlessly) between friend and father figure, which has been interesting to witness. AND... I didn't have to do any of the heavy lifting I was dreading! Bonus!
Ok... I should get back to being productive. These boxes aren't just gonna unpack themselves!!!