Coming up for air

June 4, 2012 | My Jottings

After what seems like months of packing and unending days of moving, we are in our new house. We don’t know where anything is in our new house, but we are here.  🙂

And I am grateful to the Lord for bringing us here.

Things I Love About Living In Our New House

We have a beautiful view of Lake Superior
Our neighbors are so nice
Our bedroom is already a quiet oasis
Our foster gals love their new bedrooms
We have a much smaller mortgage
There’s a fireplace in the kitchen/dining room area
Every room is bright and cheery
The tub in the master bathroom is so deep one can float while taking a bath
We have central air conditioning
Edith and Mildred have finally settled down

Things I’m Still Having To Adjust To In Our New House

Not being near our old neighbors  🙁
Having half the kitchen cupboard space
A fancy dishwasher that broke after one use
A small fridge and freezer paired with a husband who likes to stock up
Less privacy due to a smaller yard
No woodsy view from our kitchen windows
Hardwood floors
Gas stove and oven instead of electric
One less person with us  🙁
No washer and dryer yet (the new ones brought on Saturday did not fit)

The photo above is part of our bedroom. Boxes, boxes, everywhere! And we’re actually about 2/3 unpacked, I would guess. I thought I had gotten rid of so many things, boxes of books, with many trips to our local Goodwill, but on moving day I could see I hadn’t done enough. I should have had Ember come and supervise everything — she would have helped me pare down a lot more!

See the newer super thick shag carpet? The previous owners had it installed and I’m hoping my vacuum is up to the task. I was told I just need to use the highest setting. Hmmm.

I don’t know what I would have done without my daughters. They’ve helped and carried and put away and organized and blessed us so much!

Well, I have paperwork to do, a dishwasher repairman to call, boxes to break down, dinner to plan, books to shelve and a bathroom cabinet to stock with towels and toiletries.

Some of you sent cards and emails and I can’t tell you how heartening this was to us….thank you.

I’ll come back up for air again soon,


  1. Jessica says:

    Two things stuck out to me on your list of things you’re still getting used to.

    1) Hardwood floors. Remember that vacuum that you bought after reading my blog about them? This will work fabulously on your hardwood floors. And I know you have slippers you love to keep those toes warm.

    2) Once you get used to your gas stove, I would be willing to bet you’ll never want to go electric again. It is SO MUCH EASIER to regulate the heat and you don’t have to wait for the burners to heat up or cool down. It’s more immediate. I LOVE ours. And I have yet to start anything on fire with the open flame so I seriously doubt you will.

    So glad you are in and getting settled. What a big job. I’ll continue to pray for your transition.

  2. Just Julie says:

    So many people have said the same thing to me about cooking with gas, Jessica. I hope I get the hang of it without ruining too much food. :). And the electric broom? It will be perfect here, you’re right! xxoo

  3. Ember says:

    I think Jessica is right, too. And you can always change back later if you aren’t happy with the gas as time goes on.
    Hardwood floors – I was amused that they were one of the things you don’t like – I would love hardwood floors!
    The tree view – in the photos I saw, I think there would be room to plant a tree. Out yard is 80ft long by about 30ft wide. We have planted 9 trees. Even one tree to look out upon blesses the soul and rests the eyes.
    My unasked-for and possibly unwelcome advice for the day: keep on chucking out vigorously as you unpack; eat out and get take-outs as much as you need in these days of settling in. Use the time you save by not cooking to curl up with a book or take a walk by the lake.
    God bless you all in your new home. Have Edith and Mildred settled in well?

  4. Ember says:

    Whoops! I just saw, you did say about Edith and Mildred. Glad they like it! xx

  5. Just Julie says:

    Hello Ember! I think I will like the hardwood floors – they’re beautiful – it’s just something to get used to for me. And I think tree planting is a good idea too. We get a full sun exposure on the front of our house all day long (very good for people with SADD!) so future owners would appreciate that too. And continuing to throw out? Yes! We have already done that, and today will be another load. I am still trying to figure out what to do with all these, since there isn’t cabinet space for them. Have a good week….

  6. Helen in Switzerland says:

    Congratulations on your new home Julie! I hope you will both be very, very happy there¨

  7. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Helen! It feels really wonderful already….xxoo

  8. Shari C. says:

    Blessings to you in your new home, Julie!
    What sweet daughters you have 🙂
    When we moved, I switched from an electric stove to a gas stove, too. I love it now. I did burn a number of things, still do :)…but I think I did that on the electric stove, too! I’m not good at multi-tasking 🙂
    You’ll love how much quicker it is at times!

    Here’s to many beautiful memories in your new abode!!!

  9. Just Julie says:

    Thank you dear Shari!

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