Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Half Baked Toys

As we continue to prepare for our move, we have been "down sizing" (yay!). Which, of course, means saying, "Good bye," to various items both sentimental and not (so much). Little by little we go through the garage, closets, and other areas, sorting amongst possessions we have had since we got married and bought (or rather, financed) this house. (Other things date back to before we even knew eachother.) This home being the one in which each of us has stayed the longest in our lives.

In addition to sorting and packing, we are also getting accustomed to the showing of our residence. Thankfully, I usually get at least 24 hours notice but keeping the place "show ready" is (as I have mentioned) a challenge and when the agents bring in buyers, we have to make ourselves scarce, of course...including the dogs.

Whether we are off running errands or just hanging out at the park, my precious pooches enjoy going for a ride in the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). Sydney (the pug) generally sits on the floor in the back seat and the brute (Brutus the white Boxer) is delighted to have the 3rd row folded down and all to himself.  When we are not in motion I open the back window so he can take in the fresh air...not yet too cold, despite being on the fringe of winter.  I have yet to smell the fireplaces burning at night.

Frequent trips to the storage unit are going to be thrown into the mix, soon, as well. Further, I cannot help wondering about our next dwelling place. I know we are going to rent and we have an idea as to where, however we are not actively seeking anything.
I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. (Ecclesiastes 3:14, 15 ESV)

I tried to talk the kiddos into putting this peddle car on the curb with the other "free" items but they were not going for it. I thought they were too big for it now but they (and hubs) insist they are not. Oh, alrighty then. (We got it off of one of our neighbors.) The curbside pieces started with a few beloved, half baked, outdoor toddler toys. By the end of the evening it ranged from toys to home decor with a tad of this and that thrown in there.

We finished up at roughly 8:00 that evening and by 9:30 the following morning all but two items (a suitcase and booster seat) were gone.  Infact, we have since put out another group of items and everything but the suitcase and booster seat disappeared from that batch, too.  I guess no one wants a suitcase and booster seat.  I'll most likely end up donating all of our old suitcases (there's at least three) to foster children so they do not have to pack their belongings in garbage bags when they move from placement to placement.  (That breaks my heart when their stuff is just tossed into trash bags.  I cannot imagine what that action says to them.  But that is a post for another day!)

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24.)
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