We’re on the three week countdown until we finally move to Sisters, Oregon. We are beyond ready and excited. Our home won’t be ready until April, so we’re cozying up in a furnished rental just down the road from the construction site for a month or so. We want True to have some time settling into his new school before we make one last move into our new home.
What a journey this has been. We have been in a state of transition – living with my parents, our belongings in storage – for about 6 months now. My mama heart has been worried about True’s heart all of this time as there’s been so much transition. He’s been so nervous about a new school, a new neighborhood, new friends. I moved a ton as a kid and remember well the nerves of starting over. My heart has been tender for him while also knowing that navigating change is an important rite of passage that helps with resiliency. It’s hard to watch our kids do hard things, isn’t it?
During this last visit to our new city, he had the opportunity to spend three days visiting what will be his new school. He put his brave rock in his backpack and off he went, nerves and all. As school let out on his first day, he came bumbling out of the classroom, huge smile on his face as he said, “It was awesome. Best teacher ever!” Ahhhhh, we made to this moment. Big exhale…..
Meanwhile, John and I have been having such good conversations about all sorts of choices we want to make about how we want to live inside this new life we’re creating. We’re daydreaming about outdoor adventures, everyday rhythms, what we want, what we don’t want, how we want to feel, how we can support one another. It’s been John’s dream to live in a mountain town for as long as I’ve known him (20 yrs!) and I can see and feel his excitement – like a kid. I know his happiness will wash our family with sunshine.
I’m having so much fun building this house, friends. Yes, there are so many decisions. So many choices (tile! floors! counters! cabinets! paint colors! wallpaper! shiplap or no shiplap! But I’m into it. For those of you who want to come along for the ride with me, I’m offering up weekly episodes – super raw and unscripted – where I spill all the hows and whys of all of my choices as I build and decorate my joy. You are invited!
Sending much love, Kelly Rae
Hi, I’m Kelly Rae Roberts! Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint, and everything changed.