We have friends, Mike and Terri, who are going through the same transition we are, in a nearly identical time table. We occasionally meet for dinner, but more often will shoot emails asking about different aspects/decisions that we face during this transition, along with the emotional tugs.
They chose to utilize a company "Caring Transitions" to help them sell the house and belongings. We are using our kid's energy, strong backs, organizational skills, and savvy in selling homes.
This weekend our son, Corey, and his amazing wife, Amanda, have come to lend their help. Corey helped move heavy items of furniture (some to take to his house - yeah!), a load to the dump, and setting up/taking down beds.
Amanda, I delightfully found out, is a master at organizing - and has helped weed out the living room - where all the movies, game systems, music etc etc etc were stored.
With boxes labeled for each child, give away, to RV, and to store for our final home - it actually is beginning to look like we are moving. YIKES!
It surely has helped being able to save irreplaceable heirlooms and sentimental items - to use in our next sticks n' bricks house. Furniture will be replaced new, and our sentimental items will make it feel like home.
The most frustrating thing for me? Being laid up with this doggone broken ankle. Paul and the kids have been wonderful. Of course, phone calls from my office never end and interrupted me on and off all day. Grrr!
Amanda would give me boxes of things to go through. She is a wonderful woman, beautiful inside and out, and a blessing to our family. Corey has been a huge help to his Dad, providing the help, and calmness that is perfect during this time. We are blessed!
So, this has been one very successful Saturday. One more step to full-timing! Yeee haw!!!! :-)