Tuesday, February 19, 2013

28 months in ...

Twenty eight months ago, (two years and four months) we moved to Chicago. We chose to live in the cool hipster neighborhood, Logan Square, rather than the suburbs. (Happily, close to our kids, until Christy moved to England.)

Moving is something I do well. I know, it is strange, as most people hate it. But I like the sorting and tossing, the organizing, the finding the new home, the settling and even, the creating a new life.

It usually takes me a year to find myself happily settled, with friends, a church, new doctor and dentist, knowing my way around etc.

I love creating a home.
But this move has been harder.  Living in the city has made it harder for me to meet friends my own age. It has taken me longer to create the life that I enjoy.

I was laying in bed this morning, surrounded by my usual companions (cup of tea, Bible, journal, calendar and my thoughts) when I realized that I was feeling overwhelmed
I am still catching up from our recent trip, but it is more than that. I have too much to do. I want to

skype with Boston Donna
have coffee with Chicago Donna
catch up with Shelly and Diane
see our neighbors
finishing prepping for a retreat speaking engagement
write thank you notes
prepare menus for lots of upcoming company
visit some WorldVenture missionaries    
(and my list went on and on)
And that is when it dawned on me ~ I like my life. It is a little busy and overwhelming right now ... but it is just the life I want.
Twenty eight months in ... I am finally home.





  1. Oh yay, Glenda! I'm so glad that you are at such a good place with your life. Chicago seems like a fun place to live.

    I'm with you--I rather like moving--such excitement, new friends, new scenery, etc. We are getting ready to list our house for sale (we're downsizing) and I've no idea what's in store, so it'll be an adventure.

    Praising the Lord for our homes, Glenda. :-)

  2. I can't believe how fast that time has gone by. So happy that you are happy and settled. From here it does seem like you have a very pretty life, but I would expect that with you anywhere you were. <3

  3. this makes me a little achy, i have to admit. i am so happy for you...happy you feel settled. but for us, within weeks of moving here we realized that with jarrod's job, it wouldn't be permanent. it's been hard to really make the effort to be settled when we are renting for the first time in 5 years AND when we know we're not staying. it's been a hard 18 months. good and hard. and now that i'm 8 weeks from my due date it looks like we're probabaly moving again...we just don't know where yet. still waiting on answers. i SO want to feel like i'm HOME. i SO want a home of my own again. the initial plan was never to rent for this long. i'm struggling. i'm having to keep handing it over and keep handing it over to God instead of worrying myself sick, but even that is hard. ugh. just stressed. ready to feel like you feel too...

  4. Thank you for the encouragement that one day, I, too, will like moving...I do like the homemaking part...and the crockpot dinners while unpacking part....and the new furniture part....but the rest....yikes! Miss you!

  5. So happy for you to feel settled. I'll pray for you through this season....you have a lot going on, my friend.

    Blessings to you this day!

  6. Loving that you're happy at home, Glenda. Be sure to do all you can without compromising your health; it's too easy to become overwhelmed and not take a rest.
    I'm hoping my next move is my last until I go Home for eternity.

  7. Fantastic. To me,
    lists like that just
    say L I F E ! ! !

    Welcome home!

    xo Suzanne

  8. Moving to me is so very cathartic, and I have moved more than anyone I know. Like thistle Cove Farm above, I am hoping my next move will be my last, but doubt it will, lol. Take good care of yourself, takes things one at a time.

  9. You have no idea how happy that makes me. And, yes, let's schedule something for SOON!!!!

  10. ahhhhhh, friend. Getting settled. I'm looking forward to that. Thanks for keeping things in perspective for me. :-)

  11. Glenda

    What a wonderful post. Welcome Home is right! :)
    And may I add, I love that I'm first on this list! What an honor!!
    We will skype next week... in between my trips to Switzerland and Germany!

    Looking forward to seeing you!!

  12. yay!! i remember when you moved! where in the WORLD does
    time go?
    a little overwhelm isn't always bad...motivates some people..like me:)
    in small doses...lol
    hugs friend..expecting lots of snow tonight.

  13. There is no better feeling than reaching home. Sometimes the journey takes awhile, but we always seem to get there. I'm glad that you have reached your destination. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  14. You're so right! When life stops interrupting your life, you don't have one. I had a pastor friend who once said that he learned not to be upset by the ringing telephone. When the phone stops ringing, he said, I'm no longer involved in life.

  15. I love this post, mom, and am so glad we are neighbors.

  16. Glad you are home! What a wonderful place to be! Enjoy your weekend,

  17. So glad you are enjoying your home, and busy life. Sounds like your morning companions are wonderful! :)

  18. Glad to hear you are settled and content. Can't ask for much more than that. :o)

  19. It's so nice to be home! And there's no place like home! Wish we could have connected when you were at the Oregon Coast - what fun it would have been to share lunch or tea and a good, long chat. Maybe next time!

  20. And doesn't it feel wonderful!! It takes time and I find when you do not have small children it takes longer to find your niche and make friends without that common denominator. Bravo to you for being so busy ~ welcome home!

  21. Hope you enjoyed that snow we sent ya! It was a beautiful snow here, especially as for once, I didn't have to go anywhere this weekend.

    Have a great week.

  22. welcome home :-) Happy Monday wishes, xo

  23. That is good you realize you are home and you like your life. Have a nice coffee chat with your friend in Chicago.

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