Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. This is the story of our continuing Journey through the ups and downs of maintenance.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Yay... I have internet again!

It’s been two weeks since I last posted and it feels like months!  I write from a new place.  A new home, new state, new climate, a new outlook...  but before I share that, I’ll rewind just a week ago today when Brent flew into Oregon. 
We knew with our move that our work was cut out for us, so we snuck out to the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie!  It did not disappoint!
Then the next two days we spent loading and preparing to move.  Not to brag... but... I had everything boxed and even all the shelving in our garage taken down and ready for my man to load.  I was aiming to impress and I did!  We hoped to fit everything into the biggest moving van we could get, and much to our disappointment it did NOT fit.  So I ran off to rent a trailer to tow behind our suburban and then our stuff still did NOT fit.  So we packed our suburban full tilt and still we had to leave stuff behind and just give it away.  Be the end of Saturday night, I was too exhausted to even feel emotional about it.  I left my Dyson vacuum!  (I made such a fuss just to get one a few years ago).  Drat.
Okay... moving on (no pun intended)... after a glorious nights sleeps at our friends home - who had our whole family over for a dinner and relaxing sleep - we left the next evening after last minute details and attending church.  So we drove away from our church parking lot with some of our kid's friends waving us farewell.   What an epic way to leave!
Brent drove that huge moving truck and I followed in our suburban towing the trailer.  Every time he swerved, I was calling him on the cell phone asking him if he was fully awake! I got a little paranoid... oops!  We stopped only for gas and restroom and to down our 5-hour energy drink. 

I went through a whole box of tissues on the way as I felt myself getting sick.  It helped that we (my daughter & I) listened to the Dramatized New Testament on CD the whole way - which was awesome.  We made it to our new home in 16 hours - and on my 43rd birthday.  Happy Birthday Me!  BTW - our new home is in UTAH (sorry I didn't include that before:)
We’ve moved 11 times in our 22 years of marriage... and this was our hardest move ever.  But having said that, this was also the move that I have been up for the most physically!  I even surprised myself that I didn’t run out of energy and could last for as long as I did and do as much as I did!  I know it’s having that weight off that has made the difference.  I am SO thankful for that.  
Every day so far, after unpacking and cleaning, I go out for a bike ride and I am just loving the little paths I’m finding.  There isn’t the green tree’s and foliage from Oregon, but there are amazing mountains and dirt pathways and jumps to explore.  Very cool!  It’s a new start and a new life... and we are finally together as a family again!  Check out this view from last night looking out from my garage.  Amazing!

My list of “to do” things is still huge and the work to do is overwhelming.  I also miss Oregon and our friends there so much!  It’s so much harder to say goodbye and leave for me... it really tears at my heart.  I think I am built differently that way.  It feels like we are already long forgotten!  I know the past is just a memory and the future is not here yet, but the present is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.  So I am enjoying the present!  And being with Brent and my oldest son again is the best!   Life is good!


Sharon said...

I am so glad you've arrived safely at your new home. Good luck with the rest of getting settled in. It'll take awhile and I understand the feelings of leaving a place you loved. Sounds like you've weathered this stressful time without turning to food for comfort and that is fabulous. Keep showing us pics of your new life!!

Christine said...

This is a great post, I was wondering how everything went for you and the family.
It is good to hear it is well!

Where did you move to? You have mentioned it before, I am sure but I have forgotten!

spunkysuzi said...

I'm so glad that everything went well!

Karla said...

A new state and a new chapter in your life. So glad you arrived safely :)

D said...

I'm glad you arrived safely. I was wondering how your move was going and hoping we would get an update soon. Sorry you had to leave things behind. The same thing happened to us when we moved from Ohio to Florida.

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about you and praying for you and wondering how things have gone.

I'm so glad everything worked out! I loved this post and the way you led us through your move (Well, except for the harry Potter thing.)

A fresh start--a new body. God is good.


Julie said...

I've been checking to see how you are. It was great to read all is well.
I've never really had to move far but I can imagine how hard it is and the hurt of leaving but the new life will be great and now with the internet you can keep in touch so much nicer then things use to be.
Take care Margene and keep up the great work. It's so great to see you're pictures. Thank you for sharing.
Take care and God Bless!!

Lori said...

I'm glad you are finally all together as a family. I'm sure you'll enjoy your new home together.

Welcome back to blog-land. I missed you!

Rettakat said...

My favorite part of this was how you contrasted this move with ones from the past, and how you were so much more ABLE physically for this one. I'll bet that gives you a huge smile!

Looking forward to pics of the new digs. :-)

Michele said...

I was thinking you probably had moved to your new state. What a great testimony to your fitness level that you were able to do so much more of the packing and moving things than before. I know Utah has a lot to offer too, in terms of trails and scenic beauty. It will be fun getting to know your new spot. Have a great weekend with your whole family!

Becca said...

I am glad you all made it safely and are all together as a whole. That makes such a huge difference. You will love Utah and not all the rain that you have left us all here in Oregon ;)
I can't wait to read about your new adventures!

Joy said...

Friend, So sad you are gone already. We hardly had a chance to hang out together. That bums me out so bad!!

Just happy you made it safe. Have fun setting up your new home. Can't wait to see some pictures.

Miss you!

Debbie said...

It's great to hear from you again. So glad to know that you had a safe move. It is wonderful that the improvement in your health and weight made a difference in your energy and ability to cope with the move. Loved seeing the photos, that sunset is gorgeous! God is an amazing artist!
Blessings as you settle in and explore your new home.

Bring Pretty Back said...

So happy to see you posted!
What an emotional time you are going through.
Yes... Life is good
Have a pretty day!

Kimberlynn said...

Wow, I feel like I've missed so much, but am so glad you're safe and sound in your new home. That's the best news.

I've sure missed you and reading your blog. I'm taking a lesson from you...someone who can find time for a bike ride at the end of a long day of unpacking. I'm going to start making more time for myself too!

Love and hugs my sweet friend!!!

Christine said...

Thinking of you this morning!
Hope all is well!!!

gracies tough journey said...

So glad you had a safe trip. Hope all is well with you and family. Take care , blog when you can, we will still be here for ya! Gracie