Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lessons I've Learned

It's been a whirlwind the past 6 weeks and this poor little blog has suffered terribly. But I'm happy to say that we survived our cross-country move, and while we are not necessarily settled in yet, it does feel good to have that all behind us. Here are the biggest lessons I've learned:

1. Never, ever agree to your husband packing just his tools and then leaving for his new job while you stay behind to take care of the kid, pack the whole house, negotiate sale contracts on the house, sell the car (and then not have one for a whole week), say goodbye to friends and also continue working in your own job up until the very last week.
2. You should always buy triple the rolls of tape that you think you need.
3. You will absolutely use all the boxes that are piled on your front porch.
4. No matter how much stuff you get rid of, you will still have a million more boxes to pack.
5. Basements are really just black holes for tossing and storing things that you will never, ever use.
6. Going back to the house for one last time to pack just two more boxes will really turn into FIVE more times and FIFTY more boxes.
7. When every item is finally packed and loaded, the truck will drive away and you will silently hope that a fireball from heaven will crash into the trailer and destroy your stuff so that you don't ever have to see it again.
8. I will always offer to help every friend in their moving process and I will stay by their side when they are delirious and crying and walking in circles. (Thank you Jayana!)
9. It's terribly heart breaking to say goodbye to best friends that you love so much.


  1. God bless you all - it sounds like things have been just a little hectic. Just know you are missed dearly and we look forward to every entry you post in this blog! More pics!!! We miss lil baby E!!

  2. Oh, in case you wondered who was begging for pics of Elias and was anonymous - Tracie and friends @ Strong O&P

  3. I remember thinking some of those things when I moved from TX to RI! Hope y'all are recovering well!!! Where exactly are you guys?! Take care!
    Karen, Jonathan and Dominic Teoli

  4. Hi Meagan, I am a friend of Todd S & Becky Gomez. My husband Jake McGlothlin and I (Amanda) are adopting from China. I would love to talk to you about your experience. mcglothlin_a@yahoo.com