First was packing up and loading. Penske is apparently run by monkeys. Incompetent monkeys. We wanted a 22ft truck with a trailer to tow Justin's truck. What we got was a 16ft. They refused to rent us a 22ft with a trailer, saying it was against their rules or some load of crap. (never mind that we saw numerous 22ft trucks towing trailers...) We thought we got rid of enough crap to be able to fit in the 16ft.
We were wrong. We lost a lot. Kitchen table and chairs. Furniture. Things that belong to my mom. The kids' bikes and yard toys. The rockers my mom made for them. It was infuriating, heartbreaking and caused heartache to all of us. Justin's hunting equipment. The list goes on and on..
It wasn't about the stuff. It was the sense of loss that went with.
The trip itself was a long 4 days confined in a rental with 4 small kids. Steph rode in the moving truck with Justin, which helped her cope a lot. By the time we got there, my feet were so swollen...the skin was breaking along the creases in my ankle. :/
Yes. I am complaining.
We also had two tire blowouts on the trailer. 12 hours apart. That was fun! (No. It wasn't.)
We made it though! I'm not gonna lie. I cried when we got here. I miss the green of NY. I miss my friends. I miss the small-ness of our last town. I felt very defeated when we arrived. Lonely and overwhelmed. It was a very hard first week or so.
My dad and mom came up and helped us unload the truck, which was blessedly free of trouble. Aside from Justin's back, which is in pretty much constant pain now. But...the VA hospital here is AWESOME. He's already got an appt.
I'm finding things I like about it here every day. Our house is nice, I love the layout. The neighborhood is quiet. The kids' new school is great. We are on the edge of our city, so we've got the benefits of farm land/country..while a short drive from everything.
Resources for Stephanie here are EXCELLENT.
We found a church we like.
So yeah. While things were overwhelming and hard at first...we are getting settled, the kids are mellowing out, and the silver linings are becoming apparent.
And we got a new van! That's awesome.