In May of 2006 we put our giant Eagle Mountain home on the market. We sold that home in January of 2007. We leased back the house until August of 2008 when we moved to the American Fork rental property. In August of 2009 we moved half our stuff to a storage unit and the rest to the Lindon rental. In September of 2010, we moved most of our not-already-in-storage stuff to the new garage and our suitcases and a few truckloads of essential business stuff to my dad’s house until the completion of the house.
With all the uncertainly — and subdivision of belongings — the actual, physical move to the new house was somewhat anti-climactic. Caleb really wanted to wake up in his new room on the morning of his seventh birthday (Sunday, October 17). With the occupancy permit approved, we packed up our suitcases and enough bedding to sleep, and moved to the new house sometime around midnight Saturday.
There was no big moment of putting the last box in the moving van. No tearful goodbye as we waved to our old neighborhood. Instead we just stole in by cover of darkness and flopped down on bare mattresses.
Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had so much drama building this house — with more to come — that I’m not sorry about the gentle transition. It just isn’t what I expected.
If I had known in 2006 that it would take four and a half years to settle my family in our new home, I’m not sure I would have done it (or believed it). Now that we are moving in, I just breathed a sigh of relief. I’m so excited to have a home for my family again and to settle down for good and focus on more important things — like Â making memories in the new home.
Let the unpacking begin! Let chaos reign! If only our house would really look at neat and tidy as that image during the real settling process.
Happy birthday, Caleb!