You know the old expression, "the more things change the more they stay the same?" That's been on my mind all morning as I'm preparing this family to move. The contractors let us know last night that fingers-crossed our new house will be ready to move in by the end of today, albeit sans kitchen cabinets. Those won't be in until next week.
I'm so excited to claim the new space, there's always such a creative energy in the air when you move, deciding where to put what, like a brand-new fresh start. I'm also grateful that it's happening before the new little bub arrives, in plenty of time to unpack and feel settled. But there is a large part of bittersweetness in this move, as well. We've lived in our little place for 4 years now. Rye was just a small toddler when we moved in, and both of our girls were born here. This is the only home any of them know. This is the place that has their heights etched in the kitchen cupboard, the place Apple and Piper took their first steps, the place they were all potty trained, and Rye lost his first tooth. It's the home where Richard and I have grown as parents, have grown as a couple, and have experienced the joys and griefs that have shaped us into the family that we are today.
Rye was about 17 months or so in this pic, right after we moved in four summers ago. You can still see the moving box in the corner of the pic, we hadn't even completely unpacked yet, but there he was, painting away under the kitchen table. Hard to believe this is the same little one who is eagerly anticipating kindergarten and soccer in the fall.
And then there are the things that stay the same... This was me, when we moved in or shortly thereafter, but could just as easily be a pic of me now. (Just imagine everything a bit chubbier-- hey, this is my fourth kid in five years)! As crazy as being pregnant and moving at the same time are, there is a familiarity that is comforting to me, a predictability, and a rhythm to it that I know.
We aren't the same family we were four years ago. We've grown in number (and in size!), we have different jobs, some of us different goals or different hobbies. But the core of us, what we value for ourselves and our children is very, very much the same.