When Moving Forward Means Moving Back…Life can be difficult at times, and losing my Mom was one of the most difficult things John and I have ever gone through because her suffering from brain cancer and her death were both so horrible. It has been hard, to say the least, especially for my Dad, John and myself because the 4 of us were always together. And, it seems like the 3 of us just can’t move forward here in Florida and that is why we are moving back to Michigan to be with our family and friends.
We recently sold our house and had an excellent realtor, Deb Henderson. She is hard working, professional, friendly, and works at the Melbourne office. Her assistant, Jennifer was also super to work with too. And, her photographer was amazing, just look at the pictures of our house in this post, he did a beautiful job! If you’re thinking of selling or moving to the Brevard County area (East Coast, Central Florida), please give Deb a call at 321-704-3378.
We made some changes since we moved in, added some additional landscaping and thought you’d enjoy seeing the updates.
Another reason we’re moving back is that we see Mom everywhere. She loved it here, the weather, the community pool, riding her bike all around the neighborhood and she especially loved the beach.
Although we really loved our new Florida home and living here, except for the hurricanes, oh my, we had 2 really bad seasons! My Dad turned 87 years old last month and he needs more support than just John and I can offer. We see him pretty much every day, and sometimes a couple times a day, but he’s still so lonely. So, we sold both houses, packed them up, and we’re moving back to Michigan on Monday. God worked out every detail and we closed on both houses on the same day!
Another exciting reason we’re moving back to Michigan is our son, Andy and his wife, Jessica are having their first baby, a little girl named Ruby. We can’t wait to spend time with them and our little Ruby. We bought them this outfit and this was how they announced their pregnancy on Facebook and Instagram – so cute!
So, where will we live? Well, my Dad has chosen a brand new, absolutely beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. These apartments look and feel just like a new condominium because everything is taken care of and he will have immediate occupancy. We’re hoping with more family and friends around my Dad he will not be as lonely as he was in Florida and John and I will not feel as overwhelmed from time to time.
For us, we have our eye on a real fixer-upper in Michigan, and it’s actually a little bit scary. But if you’ve been a Sweet Reader for awhile then you know we like to remodel homes and are up for the challenge. We fixed up a house in 2011 and showed you the before and after pictures before moving to Florida in 2014.
The house we’re looking at has really good bones (layout) and the lot and the subdivision are both nice. What makes it scary is every square inch needs painting, and possibly all new floors as well. We’re going to take a look at it when we get there. There are a couple other houses to look at too. We promise we’ll let you know what house we buy and share some before and after pictures again with you.
We loved our Florida home and thought it was on a beautiful lot. We actually had people ask us if it’s staged or if we lived here. Like I said, we love to decorate and make a house look nice.
We added the cabinets above the washer and dryer for extra storage.
The master bedroom is at the back of the house, which looks out to the small lake as well, such a beautiful view.
The master bathroom was spacious and functional.
This guest bedroom had a nautical feel to it.
The other guest bedroom was bright and sunny, just like Florida. Our granddaughter, Laila loves turtles, so we put one on the wall for her. This was her room when she visited us.
The guest bathroom complimented the sunny Florida bedroom.
Many times we would see an eagle fly over the lake, swoop down and catch a fish. We also saw a few alligators, turtles, ducks, big sandhill cranes and fish jumping in the water. The wildlife in Florida is quite unique.
My Mom and Dad bought us the fox-tail palm tree in the middle of the yard for Christmas a couple of years ago.
We enjoyed our 3 1/2 years here in Florida but are excited to get back home to Michigan with our kids, family, and friends. Plus, we’ll be a little closer to our daughter, Chelsea’s family in Washington state. Shorter and cheaper flights are a good thing!
If you recently lost a loved one and just can’t seem to get over the grieving process, it’s ok – it takes time. Allow yourself to grieve. We’re big fans of the show “This Is Us” and this last Tuesday Kevin gave a beautiful toast to his sister “Katie-girl” and Toby.
The following is taken from POPSUGAR:
“Kevin asks his siblings and mom to “let go” of a collective breath they’ve been holding, a symbolic way of letting themselves grieve their dad’s death properly.
Turns out, this breathing exercise may have been a tribute to Jack in more ways than one. If we throw back all the way to the start of the first season, you may recall that Jack’s “Big Three” chant begins with a deep breath. Both as kids and adults, they breathe in before starting “First came me . . . ”
While this is definitely a popular calming technique and one we admittedly use ourselves when watching the show, we can’t help but see the parallels between these moments. After all, Jack teaches his kids to take this deep breath in. Little did they know, they’d be holding it (metaphorically, of course) for so many years after he passed on.”
Have you been holding your breath for a long time? Then maybe it’s time to let go too. This doesn’t mean you forget your loved one, but hopefully, you’ll be able to move forward and have more joy and peace in your life.
We pray this for our family and for you if you’ve suffered a great loss. You can trust God, even when you don’t understand Him. God is good and can restore your joy, peace, and love of life again. Your loved one wouldn’t want you to be sad, and neither does the Lord. So, let’s all exhale and ask God to help us let go.
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