We are counting down the days now — seven left!
One week before we drive north, our car packed with paintings and blankets.
Our lives as Virginia residents behind us.
Our new lives as Pennsylvania residents ahead.
Fortunately, we have had three months to prepare for this transition.
A journey of 225 miles begins with a single step, and then another.
Soon every room in the house looked like this:
And eventually, it looked like this:
Our new house will have less than half the size of our present house.
So how to reduce?
In the past, we used these questions to help us decide:
“Is it useful? Is it beautiful?”
But this time we had to let go of some beautiful things we just didn’t have room for.
And some useful things in the past have outlived their utility.
Marie Kondo asks, “Does it spark joy?”
Even that question did not go far enough.
So we decided to host giveaways and to hold a garage sale!
Our daughter and her family came the weekend of the sale,
and granddaughter Lydia hosted her first lemonade stand.
At the sale, we got to talk to neighbors and friends from church that we had not seen in person since Covid struck.
We took what was left to our local wonderful thrift store “where every purchase is a gift to the world.”
We donated the proceeds from the sale to Faith in Action, a local charity.
Each of these events and interactions brought us joy.
Yet, as this final week begins, I feel a tightness around the heart.
I recognize that pressure. It has nothing to do with giving up things.
And everything to do with leaving behind people we love.
The only thing to do is keep walking.
Singing might help too.
What song do you suggest? What has helped you to move or to downsize?