On Sunday and Monday, I excavated the children’s rooms. Now a huge stack of books awaits placement on the kid book shelf, and the landing halfway to the basement toy room is piled with toys that need to be put away. I won’t mention what else I did to their rooms as my oldest child often reads my blog, but let’s just say that Flylady would be proud.

In the last few days I have done at least a dozen loads of laundry with many more to do. I’m debating whether or not the washable curtains should be laundered before being packed.

Every time I cross something off my to-do list, I seem to add three more items.

At the doctor’s office yesterday, I saw that my blood pressure was 130/80. Normally I am about 117/65, or as Bill calls it, “Barely-alive over needs-CPR.”

I am fighting the desire to panic. I am fighting the instinct to be crabby and short-tempered. I am trying to remember to smile.

I have two children (other than my infant) who need more attention from me than usual. “Mommy, will you sit on the couch and schnuggle wif me?” I am sitting on the couch and snuggling as often as I can. I’m trying not to spend that time thinking of more things to add to my to-do list. As a distraction, I’m reading a book about how deployment affects a soldier’s family. It’s making me cry. I’m not sure this is a good distraction.

I am grateful that I do not have to pack my house. In the end, even dirty laundry will get packed. In the end, even a pile of junk will get packed. In the end, every possession will make it onto the truck and to Virginia and into the new house. The more work I do here, the easier will the transition be. But I have to balance snuggle time on the couch in Virginia with snuggle time on the couch in Kansas.

As I lie in bed every morning, I pray, “Thank you, God, for this wonderful life. Please help us to get through these weeks with patience and love.”

11 thoughts on “Stress

  1. I am so there with you. I am trying to get our piano fixed, the orthodontist visits wrapped up, school finished, freezer emptied, bathrooms scrubbed, and everything in my house organized for our move. I need to swing by the liquor store and get boxes so I can start packing stuff that I don’t want the movers to say, “Let’s just dump this drawer of junk into the box.”I’m thinking of throwing away all the jigsaw puzzles in the house and buying new once we get there- I so don’t want to organize!

  2. I have counted the pieces to all our jigsaw puzzles already. Two claimed to be 100 pcs, but were actually over 100 pcs, so I’ve had to construct those puzzles to confirm all pcs were present and accounted for. I have 3 puzzles missing one or 2 pcs, but I know they’ll show up when furniture gets moved. At least I know which ones. My neighbors were laughing at me for this.

  3. Ugh…and I’m struggling to find all of the pieces to our “20 pc” puzzles. I see I have greater challenges awaiting me. 🙂

  4. PUZZLES- (at a time when you’re NOT moving LOL) put a letter/letters on the back of each puzzle and on the bottom of the puzzle box to know which ones go with which. My kids loved dumping all the puzzles out together.

  5. Eeek. I’ll say a Rosary for you today…

  6. I hate moving! I will say some prayers for you all. It sure sounds like you are doing a great job trying to balance it all, though I know it is tough.

  7. Coded puzzles…yeah, after < HREF="" REL="nofollow">this incident<> I did that. The puzzles with more than 100 pcs actually had more than 100 pcs – one had 104 and the other 108, but they said 100. (They now say 104 and 108!)

  8. Thank you so much for your post! I randomly came across your blog today and was comforted to know that I’m not alone!! My husband and I are in the midst of a move from Pittsburgh to Boston. It’s a crazy time of boxes, address changing, car issues, sudden health problems. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers and wish you a smooth move.

  9. we just found out we are likely to be in your boat needing to be in the new place by august. we already have a vacation planned for most of july (7/3-7/27)…if the move goes through, i dont think these next few weeks are going to be fun!r

  10. Prayers from South Carolina. Traveling mercies. Angels around you. Ice cream helps!

  11. KM, we have had some success with the ice cream, but seeing that I had one lemon and a refrigerated piecrust that had to be used up, I decided to try lemon meringue pie tonight.

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