So it's starting to hit us that we're moving. We've got a lot of stuff! It's amazing how much stuff can accumulate over the course of 6 years of marriage! We found a home for our hockey equipment, and we're excited about that. Mom has lots of assorted figurines that she's not taking, so we'll be gathering those up and finding homes for them. We've packed a number of boxes of books (we're book people), and have given a number of them to Southern Virginia University. We still have about 6 more boxes of books to pack.
You see, most of what we'll be taking with us is books and clothes. Other than those, we're really not taking much. No couches, or beds (though we are taking two twin mattresses), or entertainment centers or dishes or tables or really anything else is going with us; most of it we'll leave for the family moving in after us.
That said, we still have lots of stuff to get rid of. It's crazy how much stuff accumulates over time.
Of course, we're still doing our own accumulation, even as we tear down 6 years of married stuff. We have kids, and want them to feel both wanted and welcome in their new home. So we're working kid-by-kid to create images along the lines of President Eyring's talk. No, they're not made of wood, but after finishing our first one (for Gideon) for FHE last night, we're rather impressed. We'll have to take a picture of it sometime so you can see it. We'll put the pictures we create into frames, and then put those in each kid's new room. Though Gideon will sleep with us, we want him to know that he's wanted.
As a part of the picture, we found a scripture that relates to each kid. In Gideon's picture, we listed the Lord's words, ironically, to Gideon: "Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel...." (That's Judges 6:14, for the record.) We also put in there the name of each kid and its meaning. In Gideon Davis Adams's case, it's Hewer down (of men), Son of David, son of Adam. Talk about a heritage to reach for! I think he can do it all. He's a stud.
I can't wait to find out what we come up with for our other kids. We are truly raising a generation here, and it's great to see!
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