Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moving?... Do you need help?

My family just made the move from Utah County to Las Vegas this week, and oh am I EVER exhausted!!! However, I am SOOOOO thankful for all the help from my wonderful friends and family.

I re-learned some important life lessons during this move that I hope I'll always remember... {that's why I'm writing them here....}

1. Never ignore a generous thought!
 When someone needs help, think of something, and then do it. DON'T EVER EVER say "Call me if you need anything". Most likely, even if people desperately need help, they will NOT call you. Just do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My dear friends and family did these things that GREATLY helped during this move:
  • Watched my kids while I packed and cleaned (even at Midnight the night before we moved!)
  • Made dinner for my family-- even several nights in a row!
  • Helped scrub walls, floors, tubs, and even toilets
  • Helped move boxes and furniture to and from the moving van
  • set up beds, and helped unpack a few boxes 
  • Made pen pal kits for my kids- so they could keep in touch with friends
  • Brought bubbles to keep my kids occupied during the unpacking time 
  •  Brought the BEST donuts in town for breakfast the next morning with a business card so we could find those donuts again
I feel so thankful for AWESOME friends and family who just pitched in and helped. I love you guys!

2. Stuff is stuff!  
It's hard to lug stuff around. Best thing is to just get rid of the extra baggage!
When my grandma had to move out of her home to an assisted living facility, she had almost every item she owned in a big pile in the middle of her living room. It was all up for grabs. That was such an "a-ha" moment for me... we can't take anything with us, so why let it clutter our lives? 

Yes, we need stuff, but not excess! I sure wish I'd had less during this move!!!

3. Life is awesome!
On our way to Las Vegas, one of my twins kept saying, "I don't want to go to Las Vegas, I just want to go home :(". 
That made me cry right along with her. I realized how grateful I am that we loved where we were so much that it was painful to leave.

Life is full of such great times, and such hard times, and everything in between. There is always a whole lot to love and be thankful for no matter where we are. The trick is gratitude. One of my heroes, President Gordon B. Hinckley said:

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” 



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  1. Wow I LOVE that quote. I think I may need to print that out and stick it everywhere. Thanks Nancy!

  2. Thanks, Maren. That quote is definitely a life changer for me <3.


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