Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 8: Moving

"She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."  Proverbs 31:27

Today, I want to talk a little about moving.  You know--that sometimes dreaded task that all of us have done at least once in our lives.  Moving can be exciting, too.  Going to a new place, a new house, a new adventure.  Maybe it's just to a new house; but, many times it's to a new job in a new town where you know next to nobody.  That can be a little scary, to say the least!

My husband and I, along with our 2 teen kiddos are going through this very thing right now.  In fact, we will be moving 5 hours away to a new job, new home, new town, new everything next week!  Eeek!
This "10 Days of Proverbs 31" blogging I have gotten the opportunity to participate in has been a very timely reminder for me.  It has helped me in closing things down here at our current home and getting everything up and going at the new place.  

There are many things to worry over do when getting ready for a move to new house--regardless of the location.  This is not an exhaustive list, but it does contain many important things to do.

1.  Sell house or close out the lease on your current place.  (PRAISE ALERT!  Our house was only on the market for 10 DAYS when we accepted a fantastic offer from a pre-approved couple looking to buy their first home.  God is SO good!!)
2.  Close out utilities at current home and get everything turned on at new place.  (electricity, water, gas, phone, Internet, TV, etc.)
3.  Submit a change of address or forwarding order to your local post office.  This way, you can get all of your mail at the new place.
4.  Get all medical records (health, dental, vet, etc.) if possible.  You may want to talk to your doctors to see if they recommend a particular doctor in your new town.  Sometimes, you have to wait to get your records requested by the new doctor.  Also, get new prescriptions from your doctor to take to a new pharmacy near the new place.
5.  Get all the information when checking your kids out of their current school in order to enroll them in the new school.  Many schools are doing all of this electronically, so it may be as simple as signing a paper.
6.  Try to use up all the food in your house before you move, if possible.  Plan meals according to what is in the kitchen.  *This may not be important if you are just moving to a new house in the same town.
7.  Before the movers (or you and 5 of your closest friends!) start packing boxes to move your things, pack 3-4 days worth of clothes for each family member to carry with you.  This is just in case there is a problem with the delivery or delivery date.
8.  Spend time with close friends and family members before the move.  They will hate to see you go, but will rejoice with you for your new adventure.  Also, they help break up the monotony and craziness of the move.
9.  Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray!  God will guide you through the process and help set your mind at ease.  (This probably should have been Number 1 on this list, but since we should pray all the time, I don't mind too much it being number 9..)
10.  Make one last check of the old house before you leave.  It's amazing how many things you can miss because they have been in that place forever and you just don't "see" them anymore.  Have someone else who hasn't lived there do a walk through to check for items missed.  (I ALWAYS miss the over-the-door hooks/hangers in the bathroom and bedroom.)

Like I said, this isn't an exhaustive list by any means.  It has helped me in "watching over my household" while getting ready for this move.  Please be in prayer for my family as we embark next week on this new adventure.  Doing God's work is always rewarding, but can be a little scary, too.  I'm so glad GOD is on our side during this whole thing.

Do you have anything else to add to my list of things to remember when moving?  I would love to hear any suggestions you may have.  Thanks!

Check out these other blogs as well about 10 Days of Proverbs 31.  Good times!  Great information. Blessings all around.

13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.
A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.

1 comment:

LaFreda said...

Yes I have a comment! Give me a hug before you leave....lived through your living way north and now not so far north, but still not here where I see a glimpse of one of you from time to time and know your are all right! You are a great woman and have grown so much in the past years. Seth has too, but Amy you have moved to a place where God is and is blessing you and your house and your children. I love you kids and I am so proud of each of you! Thank you for the glimpses!