It's almost hard to believe its been a year already.
My husband and I had been talking about it for a couple of years, knew it was finally time, and decided to pull the trigger. That first led to two of the craziest weeks of my life, with 14 showings and an open house leading to being under contract in less than 20 days. It was an absolute whirlwind.
People showed up in the middle of Science Fair projects and even while I was in the shower (yes, that actually happened- praise God my dog went nuts and I was able to clothe myself), but we got the house sold. The last time we tried to sell a house it took us nearly a year, so I'll happily take the chaos, but it was chaos I will never forget.
Since then, it has led to an incredibly interesting year, filled with some wonderfully interesting life lessons.
I've learned how good it feels to integrate myself fully into the area we already spent so much of our time. I often say that "I lived over here before I lived over here", and being settled within that community has been wonderful.
I've learned how much of a blessing it is to be able to realize I forgot I had a meeting at church and be there in five minutes instead of twenty.
I've learned that while getting settled in a new community I could still miss my old home and neighbors, and yet still hope the new owners build a happy life there. I love still chatting with my old neighbors, and even going back to visit.
I've learned that our old school, a small Title 1 school with its full share of problems, would become a place I would miss dearly because of how well my children were treated and supported there. I am excited to continue to hear the amazing stories from our old friends about how their children are thriving there.
I've learned that our new school, a vibrant school with amenities and advantages I didn't know were available, has it's own share of problems regardless of how perfect it tries to appear. I am excited to watch as we all work together to make it a better school for not only my children but the ones who come after them.
I've learned how happy it makes my children that they are at the same school with their best friends, friends who are really like cousins. They have also made a really wonderful group of new friends that they will get to enjoy learning side by side with through high school.
I've learned how happy it makes my children when they see friends from their old school, and that those friendships still matter to them. The best is when they get to introduce one group to another; old friends and new.
I've learned who my friends really were in my old neighborhood, because we still make an effort to grab coffee.
I've learned that I had some folks I called friends whom now seem to barely recognize me when I see them in Target.
I've learned who my real friends are going to be at my new community, because some of us have bonded quickly.
I've also learned that there are folks I have no desire to get to know better because of how they treat me and others, and am proud of myself for spotting them quickly.
I've learned that being friends with everyone is an unattainable goal, both as a child and an adult.
I've learned how happy it makes me when my husband says, "I am so happy with this house." It makes all of the chaos we went through, including scary non-contingent offers and praying our old house sold so we didn't own two for long, worth it. I've also learned I could also absolutely love another house, because we both loved our old one.
I've learned that I can challenge the status quo in my new neighborhood and survive it with friends on the other side.
I've also learned I am strong enough to rock a boat when it needs to be rocked.
I've learned that my kids are strong and resilient, and yet beautifully human.
I've learned that the next year is promising.
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