Moving On...

Saturday, July 26, 2008
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We are moving.  My husband was offered a great career opportunity in a city far away and we have decided to move very quickly.  I am sad.  I really like it where we live.  Our children are in a great school and we live in a very family oriented neighborhood.  It is beautiful where we live and the area is steeped in American history.  I will miss the good friends I have made in the four years we have lived here.  I will miss having four rather mild seasons.  And because I am human and flawed, I will desperately miss our home.  I know that we are not supposed to be attached to material things.  I know that this is not how God wants me to be but I must confess that I love our home.  I am working on this.  I am praying about it and trying to let go.  The truth is, I feel as though I will be leaving a part of our family behind. 

It is in this house we waited for Kate.  It is this home that we brought her into.  As I look around and get it ready to sell, I am flooded with memories.  I have memories of designing each room and choosing each finish.  I have memories of our first Christmas party here (even though we had only lived here a few months at the time).  I remember when Dave and I were trying to figure out where the best place for our Christmas tree would be.  I remember the boys spending all of their free time playing at the creek behind our house for months after we moved in.  I remember wanting a front porch swing for years and finally getting it just a few months ago. We have used it daily since then.  I remember Easter dinners and lunches with girlfriends. I remember Kate's first footsteps and so much laughter here. I get so attached to the memories a house holds.

I know that houses are just things and that we ought not cling to material things but I am trying to work through this.  I am human and obviously this is a weakness of mine.  Maybe God is trying to teach me a lesson here.  My wise friend Staci tells me that I need to admit my feelings and work through them rather than ignore them.  I agree.

I want to thank everyone for their immensely kind comments and e-mails and postings on their blogs.  I was overwhelmed to say the least with the response from people when I closed our blog.  I will not go into details as to why I shut it down so quickly but I will say this...I received over 300 (I stopped counting) e-mails and messages from people who shared incredibly kind and supportive words.  Blogger only allows you to invite 100 people to a private  blog.  So, I simply did not blog for a while.  I could not limit the blog to 100 people as our Christmas card list is bigger than that.  Thank you to those of you who posted pearls as a little nod to us here at 3 peanuts.  It made me smile each time I saw that.  Thank you Lynn for starting it.

The break came at a really good time for me.  Our family has been extremely busy. We were traveling, trying to make this big decision, and I have been very ill.  I spent 6 hours in the ER yesterday.  I have a severe sinus infection and bronchitis and I was completely dehydrated and needed 3 liters of IV fluids and medication as I have just not been getting better.  I am sure it is worse due to stress.  

The next few months are going to be very busy and chaotic so my blogging will likely be sporadic.  I apologize to any of our friends who are finding out about our move from reading this.  I have not had a voice for a week now and have been too sick to call people.  We have tried to tell as many people as we could but this all happened very quickly.

I will probably post some of the things we have been doing lately because as I always say, this is our family scrapbook.  


110 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...Your blog is open again! Yea! I read about your decision to close it and meant to write to ask to be invited to view the private version, but hesitated as I didn't know how to write such a letter to a total stranger. Yet, somehow, you are not a stranger. We have parallel lives. I have three bio boys and a daughter adopted around the same time as your Kate. Our daughter also rocked our world that first year. I love your style in decor and in fashion for both yourself and Kate. I have bought more than one thing you blogged about for my daughter. In thinking of how to word my comment to you, I hesitated too long and missed the cut-off. I was so sad that you had made the cut, and I have missed your site greatly. So very glad you are back...You were dearly missed! Praying for your family in this time of transition and for your health.
    Blessings,
    Julia in TX

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  2. Yay.

    You made my day. I am so happy I could reach out and hug you.

    You ave so much going on. I know it must be hard. Stay in touch. I loved seeing your comments these last couple of weeks.

    Missed you. Soooooo glad you are back my sweet friend.

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  3. Oh I know just how you feel! I am moving in two weeks (after foot surgery to boot) into a house I'm not that thrilled about. I'm moving out of a Victorian I love. I know it's for the right reasons (school, parks and other perks nearby), but I am oh so sad. I too keep telling myself, it is just a house. But our houses are full of memories--they are more than just houses, they are our homes.

    I am sure you will put your eye and talent for beautiful design to good use in your new space. And I'm sure that your new home and neighborhood will be filled with as much love, family and friendship as your current house!

    Best of luck!

    Mary

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  4. Yay!! I have missed you so much!! I can't beleive that you are moving. You have so much going on. And any woman would miss her home that she put as much into as you did.

    My father called tonight to say that they are moved into their new home and will sleep there for the first time in the four poster bed we gave them. They were in the old house since I was 14! We build this home we have now also and I cannot imagine leaving. But you faith will get you through it. you already are so wise about it.

    Again, I am so glad to get to come visit you again!! Did you see the blue dress post?? I left you a message in the text!!

    LOVE and HUGS and I will keep your move in my prayers (It is a very stressful thing! Along with your safety with the newly opened blog.

    I know All of blogland will be so happy!!

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  5. oh I was so happy to see NEW by your name on my blog;)
    Kim, I totally love my home too. I have put so much work into this house to make it our home as I am sure you have. I would feel the exact way you are feeling. Just try to focus on the fact that God always can do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think. I pray your new home brings you much happiness.
    I am so sorry you have felt so ill. Bronchitis is AWFUL. I will be praying you are strengthened this week and feel better. Its hard to get positive about the move when you feel sick and weak I know.
    BIG HUGS and PRAYERS
    Love
    Connie

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  6. I stopped by with my fingers crossed and was so glad to see a post from you! Wow...you all have had a lot to figure out. I am so sorry you aren't feeling well. Do take care and know I am thinking about you!

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  7. I am so happy that you are back. I hope you get well soon. I agree with your friend admitting your feelings is part of processing it. Your home seemed lovely but I believe any home with a porch and swing can't be bad (yes I have one too)but your next home will be filled with love and will start to feel like home also.

    I am very glad you are back and hope to see some wonderful fashions on Miss Kate soon. Sophia is a few months behind her so Kate can be her fashion inspiration!!

    God Bless.
    Hannah

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  8. What a nice treat to find you back online. I am excited for your new adventure for your family. You will do fine. I love the verse Joshua 1:9 so just keep saying that to yourself. I know what you mean about a home and getting attached I do the same. I to am sick with a sinus infection and trying not to end up in the ER for fluids. Can't wait to see all the fun pictures.

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  9. I thought I would just click on your blog again, not really expecting to see it up... what a happy surprise! We have been thinking about moving also and then I keep thinking about our house and how I love it. We put so much of our heart into it that it's only natural to feel the way you do. Good luck with your transition and hope you're feeling better. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  10. I CAN NOT BELIEVE MY EYES!!! Your blog! I just so happened to click on it to just see if for some reason it was open, and it was!!! YAY! I'm so happy to "see" you again!!! I'm sorry that you've been sick. I'll pray for easy transitioning in the move. Blessings to you and your SWEET family!

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  11. Thank you so much for stopping by today so I knew you were up and running again! Welcome back! We missed you!

    My heart is just breaking for you right now. I can only imagine how hard this move is going to be for you. You have so many wonderful memories in this house. I will sooooo miss your Christmas pictures this year with all of you coming down the stairs!

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

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  12. Kim... so glad for an update! I hope that you are feeling strong and healthy very soon.... you will need your strength for the move. I am hoping that "a city far away" might be near me!? I know that you have so much affection for your home, as I do for mine. I think that this is as it should be... homes are sacred places where the business of life and love carries on. But I know that you will make a lovely new home for your family... and I think it will be fun for you! Looking forward to coming along. Fondly, Erin & Libby Mei

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  13. Hi Kim,
    I am so happy to see your blog back up. At the same time, I am so sad that you are moving away just as we and Kate and Lily are becoming friends. Although we've been friends for a short time, I will really miss you.

    I know you are sick and busy. Please do not hesitate to call me if you need anything in the next week.

    You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Rachel

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  14. Oh, Kim. So sorry you've been dealing with sickness on top of everything else! Please take me up on my offer to help - however, whenever.

    We're gonna miss you sooo badly but I've already got my plane ticket. Yea!

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  15. Glad to read your update!
    I heard about this book and listened to some parts... maybe it will be a blessing for you.

    After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In. By: Susan Miller

    Alyson LID 01/27/06

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  16. Hi Kim,

    I saw that a visitor on my blog had come from yours so I clicked the link and saw your new post. I'm thrilled that you are back! I really missed you!!! After being online together since our DTC group, I felt like I lost a friend. Seeing you back made my day!

    I'm so sorry that you are so sick and hope that you have already begun to feel a bit better. Sinus infections are miserable!!! It does indeed sound like a busy and stressful time. Please take care of yourself.

    Moving is a huge transition and it is obvious that you really love your home, community and friends there. We moved a quite a bit when I was young. My mom always told us to think of it as a new adventure and I think that's just what it is. It will be hard (and I, too, would have a hard time leaving that gorgeous house...it's much more than a material possession!), but there will be lots of new opportunities for each of you and you just might find, in the end, that it just the right thing at the right time. Plus, "home" is the place where you are all together, wherever that might be.

    Get better soon!

    Wendy

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  17. I feel the same way !!!! I am moving too (west coast to east coast) and selling our very first home. We bought this home to start a family and put alot into it thinking we would live here for a very long time until my husband's work moved him to another state. After being apart (and still apart) for 7 months now, we are no longer attached to this beautiful home as we were in the beginning. Home is where my husband is.

    I wish you the best of luck in this new journey. Its soooooo hard to sell a home (expec. in this market) but can be fun to look at new homes. I hope you feel better soon !!!

    warmly,
    Kari

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  18. I am thrilled to see your blog is open again!!!

    I will pray for your family as you prepare to move to a new place and to have peace. It is so hard to uplift your roots. I know that you will have no trouble making friends because you are so sweet!!!

    I will pray for you as you recover from your illnesses. You have such a beautiful family who loves Jesus!!

    God Bless,
    Keara
    Big Sister to Maura Xiao Mei!

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  19. So glad you are back! Moving is a hard decision to make - we've done it 3 times! I know that it is very stressful and probably not helping your physical health so we are praying for you and the peanuts! Please rest and get well and know that people all over the country are lifting you up in prayer - isn't that amazing!!
    Take care friend!
    Kim and Katiebug

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  20. It's so hard to say good-bye to a place well loved- and though I agree we're not supposed to be attached to material things, I venture to say it's not the house itself you'll mourn but being present in a place where so many amazing memories were made. But you'll make new ones :) I wish you all the best as this next chapter of your life unfolds.

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  21. Welcome back and good luck on the move. Our decision too move happened rather sudden too and it scared me but it has turned out to be the best thing ever. All the best to you and your family.

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  22. So glad that you posted again :) I've so missed your blog! Please know that I am praying for you and your family!

    Love,
    Emily

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  23. I was checking in on Denise and Maggie and something just made me click the 3 Peanuts and voila! I've really missed you Kim! Hard to believe I am so attached to a blog. I am so sad you all are moving. I always dreamed we might meet in _ _ sort of a half way point, with our little girls. Not that I am an oracle or anything close, but I think you've made the absolute best decision about moving. And I think it's ok to enjoy material things, but to know that they in themselves do not bring intrinsic happiness or good health, or peace of mind. Some people love art, some food/cooking, some sports, others travel - materialism is a part of so much in our society. If we lived in a tribe in New Guinea, it might be different, so do not be so hard on yourself. I hope you feel better soon. I am beginning to feel better myself. Love, Dale

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  24. Yeah!! I can read again, I was so sorry not to be able to keep up with your family adventures.
    I'm so sorry to hear that you've been so ill.
    Moving is so hard, facing those memories and knowing that your home will change. I moved at least every 3 years as a child, new homes bring new adventures and I soon learnt that home is where my family and possessions are.
    Good luck,
    Kate

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  25. Oh!! So happy to "see" you!!! You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I will continue to pray for you and your move!

    Blessings,
    Jenn

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  26. When he closes a door a window is opened - good luck finding your next view(home) - soon it will have new memories and laughter filling its halls. Get well soon - see you in blog land! We missed you!
    C & K/FL

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  27. Glad you are back. You blog is always so uplifting and fun to read. Good luck with all your plans.

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  28. What a fun surprise to see 3 Peanuts up again! :)

    WOW...you guys do have a lot going on in your lives! Changes in life are certainly hard, but changes can also be good! Moving is a tough one on me as I too get attached to "life as we know it". I hope you are feeling better each day too Kim!

    Blessing to you all as you go through this next transition in your lives! So glad you are back!! :) One good thing about the move....you will still have your blogging friends with you! :)

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  29. LOVE that your open again! Moving can be such a hard thing especially with all those "firsts" there with Kate. I am sure you will make your new home just as wonderful as this one and I will be praying for good friends where you are going...

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  30. Wow! Exciting news! I understand your hesitation, though. Sometimes I long for the opportunity to move, since somehow I 'know' that we'll live in this house forever. How exciting to find a new house, the 'perfect' house, and plan and organize... I will have to live vicariously through you I guess! ;)

    Can't wait to see where you end up and your new digs.

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  31. I'm so happy you are back. I miss reading your posts. You always have something to share and I've been blessed by your blog.
    I was spending a summer holiday with family and when I came back home I couldn't read your blog!. Yikes. I missed you.

    Kari

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  32. So great to "see" you again. I'll be praying that you are feeling better soon. And for the move ahead. I know that it will be bittersweet.

    Julie
    LID 1.24.07

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  33. Wow - - you and your family have been going through so much! I'm sure it is so hard to move when you have so many loving memories. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

    Janet

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  34. I'm so glad you're back! I've so enjoyed reading your blog. You and your family will be in my prayers while you prepare for your move. God Bless. Glenna

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  35. Kim,
    Bless your heart! I hope you are feeling better soon, especially with all that you have going on.
    I have so missed the Peanuts! And I keep checking to see if you guys are back on and then today, here you are! I am so happy to see you back on line!
    I know you hate moving from your beautiful home. But what wonderful opportunity. You and your sweet family will make new friends quickly. I pray the Lord blesses you with a wonderful new home!

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  36. I am so glad you are back up. I am so glad I checked it. I feel for you as I too attach to homes and things too easily. I hate moving but it also could be a great experience for you all! Hope you are back to 100% soon!

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  37. Thank you Kim for sharing a piece of your life with all of us. I missed reading your blog while it was shut down, but totally understand everything you have been going thru. I'm sorry to hear you have to move away from a home that hold so many special memories for you and your family. I know God has a bigger plan for you though!! Hang in there!! I hope your feeling better soon. Take care, Patti

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  38. Kim and the Peanuts,

    I must admit that I am so overjoyed to see your blog back. Not even for the posts, which inspire and encourage, but just to know that you are all ok - although going through a difficult time. Know that prayers continue to be uplifted in your name. Although like another post said, so many of us are techhnically "strangers", know that good thoughts and kind encouragements are being sent to you family.

    Ashley (Baltimore)

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  39. Wooo Hoo Kim is back! I have missed you on here. I am so sad to hear that your lunch date with Dave must have came to this conclusion. I have been thinking about you and praying that you will find peace with your decision. I am a super sentimental person and I totally can relate to how you are feeling about your home. I still drive by the homes that my grandparents lived in just to give my heart a boost. Savor all of the memories that you have had in your home but just think of the wonderful memories you will have in the new one. Sorry that you are feeling so terrible! You poor girl! Hang in there, I am sure you are going to ride a crazy roller coaster over the next few months! So glad to see you are back!

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  40. I am so thrilled that your blog is back up again!! I have missed checking in on you guys and I have certainly been wondering what the Peanuts have been up to.

    My heart goes out to you as I can only imagine how you are feeling leaving your home...and where you have so many memories! Get well soon!!

    I am so happy you are back! :)

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  41. Glad to have you back, and you know of course how sad I am that you are leaving...sniff, sniff. I will miss the opportunities for fun playdates and quick visits, but I am so glad I can keep up with you on your blog.

    And remember, that God has a plan, you may not see it now, but there is one...enjoy the ride and try to see the excitement in a new adventure.

    Love and hugs to you Kim and thank you for your friendship~

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  42. I'm so happy you're back! I've missed your posts! I'm sorry about the move, that has to be hard. I hope you're feeling better, and I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this very stressful time!

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  43. So happy to see the blog is up and running again! We too are moving and we just got an offer today-although we have been praying for this day it still hurts to leave our home...this is the only home our adopted daughter has ever known...but I know many happy memories await in our new home-Wishing you and your family many new happy memories in your new home...just remember God's timing is perfect! :)
    Jeannine, NY

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  44. I can't believe you're back!!! I clicked on it, just in case! I was so sad when I got back in town and saw you had gone.

    I understand the attachment to a house. We lost our first home to a fire about 3 years ago. It was hard. I had all those "baby" memories in that house. I learned that you can live without a lot of "things" you may think you need. It also became very clear that as long as we were together, we would be ok. I mourned all the pictures and special momemtos (I guess I still do) that were lost.

    I know it is so hard, just remember that you will be having new adventures and creating new memories wherever you go. (Wouldn't happen to be my neck of the woods, would it?) Hey - a girl can hope!!

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  45. Welcome back. I certainly missed you. I know the emotions of moving onto new places and things and I also know the feelings of leaving a home behind that we love. I remember crying through every room in our first home the day we moved out. I also struggle with leaving this home and the same knowledge that we shouldn't be so attached to material things, but when I look around it isn't the material things I love, it's the memories that brought them to life in my heart.

    Thinking of you as you transition and hoping you feel better soon.

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  46. I love the pic of sweet Kate.... oh, how I have missed your beautiful pics of your beautiful babies...
    I know how hard it is to move dear friend... I am proud of you for supporting your husband and I know Jesus will honor that. I will be praying for you.
    I also am so sorry you have been sick... you have to start going in before it gets that serious! I will be praying for you about that too.
    Love you
    Daleea

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  47. Yeahh.Im Glad Your back..Ive Checked Daily To See If You Have Returned.Ive So Totally Enjoyed Your Blog.Im sorry to Hear you are sick.I hope your feeling better soon.

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  48. I'm so glad you're back. I kept clicking on your name hoping to see you again soon! I'm so sorry to hear you have been sick. Sorry to hear about your move too. Hopefully it will be a great transition for you guys and you'll fall in love with the new place too. I love your house-I wish you lived near by so we could buy it :)

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  49. What a wonderful surprise to find your blog back online! Always the optimist, I have been checking in periodically, just in case. :o)

    I am so sorry that you have been ill and will pray for your speedy recovery!

    Change is hard. Moving is a BIG change. If anyone can pull it off with style and grace, it is you, Kim. You seem to put 100% effort and so much love into everything that you do. Your next home will be a labor of love, too, and the results will be amazing! Just don't work yourself too hard in the process. Your body is telling you that you need to slow down a bit and take care of your own needs, too. That is a tall order for a perfectionist like you - but something that you need to do!

    So happy to have you back. Stay healthy. Best wishes in your latest adventure!

    Hugs, Laura Beth
    mama to Ben & Eliana ZuGuo

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  50. I'm so glad you're back ... I have missed reading your blog. I understand the different reasons why people choose to close their blog, but hate it when one of my favorite blogs is gone! Thanks for coming back. I am thinking of you and your family during this time of transition and will keep you all in my prayers.

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  51. Oh what a blessing to see this post. The things I have to say I have said personally, privately and you know them.

    I am so sad that you are still not feeling well and I pray (still praying) that you can move forward without complicated issues right now.

    As for missing the home you love - I don't think that is flawed, but I do believe it is human:) God weaves the places we love into the tapestry of who we are. You have made your home into a sanctuary, a place of love, comfort, joy and hospitality. It would have to be hard to let that go. I am certain God will prepare your heart for just this and prepare your path that the future may hold something different but that you will make equally your own.

    Thinking of you...
    Love,
    Heather

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  52. Hi Kim,
    I'm not sure why, but something told me to click your blog today (which I have not done since you closed it). Was very excited to see it was open but then sad to hear you have not been feeling well and that you are sad about leaving your beautiful home. I know this is very difficult for you (thanks for sharing) but I know that wherever you go you will have a beautiful home and many new precious memories and new friends because God will always provide and because you have such a loving heart and family. Wow look at how many comments you already have within hours of being back up! Wishing you the best always and hope to continue reading about your blog (when you have time!). God bless, Wendy

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  53. Happy to see you back. Oh I know how hard it is to move - we've done it before and I am sure we will do it again. I think it is natural to love your home as it is where you and your family are making memories that will last forever. I am very sentimental so each house holds something special for me. I wish you the best with the move and everything that goes with it. So sorry to hear you have been ill - I hope you feel better soon. Glad your back:)

    - Bridget

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  54. I hope you are feeling better....I have been thinking of you and about this move....praying for peace, health and safe travels as you prepare to start a new adventure of life with your family.
    Hugs,
    Steffie

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  55. I was so delighted to see an update! You have been terribly missed! I am so sorry you are feeling ill.

    I completely understand your feeling about moving. We have the opportunity to buy another house (beautiful by the way) however I am so hesitant to do so. The house we live in is our First house. So many memories have been created here that I just can't bring myself to put it up for sale. As small as it is, it has become our home.

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  56. Dear Kim,

    I'm sooooo happy because your blog is open again.....¡¡¡Bravo¡¡¡.

    Respect of your new life I will try to translate into English a famous poem from Antonio Machado:

    Wanderer, the only way
    is your footsteps, there is no other.

    Wanderer, there is no way,
    you make the way as you go.

    As you go, you make the way
    and stopping to look behind,
    you see the path that your feet
    will never travel again.

    Wanderer, there is no way—
    only foam trails in the sea.


    A very very very big Kiss,

    Belén from Spain.

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  57. yeah! so glad you are back too. I came back from being away for a bit and discovered your blog had closed, I am really happy you are blogging again!

    About moving and your house, I agree with Kris, it's the memories your house has, is what you will miss most. Hope you move goes well.

    So glad to have you back!

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  58. I pray that you will find a new home that will be a place to fill with new and wonderful memories for you and your family! I'm also praying for your speedy recovery!!

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  59. Oh Kim, I'm so glad that you are back!! I LOVE the picture of Kate on your porch. I am very sorry that you have been so ill. I hope that you feel better soon. I can only imagine how difficult leaving your house is going to be. Through our home building conversations I can tell that you really put your heart into your home. And I understand all of the sentimental ties that a house can hold. When I'm in OKC I still drive by the first home I ever knew, even though we moved out when I was almost six.
    I was looking through my sweetpeas blog and noticed an old "new" comment you made about adoption, I'm so glad that you understand. I just keep praying.
    I can't wait to see more pictures of your summer, and I hope yopu are all better soon. :)
    Hugs,
    Chesnye

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  60. First, I was SO happy to read your comment this morning and see that you had re-opened your blog...I am certainly one of the hundreds of people who missed you terribly in your absence. Welcome back, my friend!
    Second, I am soooo sorry you have been so ill and weak. I do hope you are on the mend, and feeling more like yourself again soon.
    Third, (and lastly) I will definitely keep all of you in my prayers regarding your move. The things that you are going to miss about your home are so beautiful. It speaks volumes of the kind of woman, wife, mother, friend, and neighbor you are. You truly created a HOME for your family there - you've all made memories that will last a lifetime. I have every confidence that you will do the same thing in your new home - but I understand that it will take time, and I will pray for everyone's transition.
    Yes, give it to God - it's all in His hands, and He knows and loves you all!!!
    XOXO

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  61. Wow - surprised that your blog was open again and surprised to hear that you are moving! I would be really sad too about leaving a house that had so many good memories...and it so beautiful too! :)

    It sounds like you will be quite busy for the next few months so I will be praying for you!

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  62. WOW...you have been busy. So happy to click on Bloglines and see you BACK : ) I have been out of town and so it was a sweet surprise.

    I know what you mean about the house. We were thinking of moving last year and I too was sad as this was the house we had memories with Annslee in. I too know that new memories will be made. I pray the move will be just what you need : )

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  63. Good Morning Kim,

    So glad to see that you are back and so sorry to hear that you have been so sick! I know your heart must be so heavy to find out that you will be moving from a home you love so much. I will be praying for you and your family that God would orchestrate everything supernaturally on your behalf and that your new home would be filled with His love, peace and joy! May you be healthy and whole in no time at all...blessings to you!

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  64. Good Morning Kim,

    So glad to see that you are back and so sorry to hear that you have been so sick! I know your heart must be so heavy to find out that you will be moving from a home you love so much. I will be praying for you and your family that God would orchestrate everything supernaturally on your behalf and that your new home would be filled with His love, peace and joy! May you be healthy and whole in no time at all...blessings to you!

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  65. I am so glad you made the blog public again. I was so confused when I went to visit your blog and it was private! I need my fix! Your move will be great in the end - it's natural to mourn what is passing. Don't be so hard on yourself. You mentioned a gift for Sarah - please don't worry about that - I appreciate the thought - Sarah has so many things already. Just keep blogging- and if you are ever in LA then e-mail me so we can meet !

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  66. Just thought I would check this am to see if by chance you had said anything and wow you did!! You know I have missed you by the email I sent, I am sorry you aren't feeling well. I know what you are going through I had all that this past year at the same time but didn't get dehydrated. You didn't say when or where you are moving to. Is it in the midwest?????
    :) That is where we are.

    Keep us posted and God bless!
    Debbie

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  67. Hi Kim,

    It is so good to see you back! I've been clicking fruitlessly every day and could hardly believe it when I saw the familiar header this morning. I'm glad that you were able to get everything sorted out - you were definitely missed!

    Your post made me cry a little because I know exactly what you're saying. It is SO HARD to leave a life behind and start anew. But, as with all things, I know you will create a wonderful life for your family in your new city, and another beautiful house full of fabulous memories.

    It is so good to see you back here; I look forward to reading more about your lovely family. Wishing you well and a speedy and complete recovery.

    Best,
    Tamara

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  68. Kim, I can't believe you are still so sick! It must be awful with everything else you've got going on!

    I totally understand about leaving your house. And it's not just a house...it's your home. I remember when we moved to Indiana. I had hand painted murals on Jackson's nursery walls and Blake cut by hand and laid plank board floors. He'd been home for only 6 months when we moved!

    I'm praying for your move and for your family. SO glad to see you posting again!

    ~Lynn

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  69. I am so glad you opened you blog back up! I pray God gives you wisdom and strength as you embark on this new adventure in your life. I know how sad it is to leave a house that has so many memories for you! We did the same thing last year and it gets better as time goes by because you will create new memories in your new home. Good Luck!!
    Robin

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  70. I hope you are feeling much better by now?! I was so glad to see you are back :)

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  71. So glad you're "open" again. We missed you! I'm so glad that I didn't stop checking on you everyday!
    Prayers for peace and a smooth move for the Peanuts and their parents. God bless you!
    Many blessings,
    Kateri in Delaware
    www.thefiveofus.typepad.com

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  72. I am a lurker, but wanted to tell you that I am SOOO glad that you are back!

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  73. Oh Kim... I am so happy that I found your blog open again today! I have missed you too! I am sorry that the news of your move has made you sad... but know that you will make the next house you find in your new city a real home... you are very gifted in making your home a special place for your family. Hope you are moving somewhere fun (i.e. close to some of us)!

    I hope that you are feeling better soon!! It stinks to feel bad and think of all the things you have to get ready for a move!

    Sending you many hugs and prayers that all goes well! Welcome back!

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  74. Hey there DTC friend! I was so happy to read your update today. I've missed you terribly. I wasn't sure how to contact you. I just want you to know that you have another friend missing you and wishing you well. I'm sorry to read that you've been so sick! Hopefully you're on the mend now. Sounds quite frightening. I'll add you, you're health, and your family to my prayer list here as well. Best wishes to you all as you prepare for some big changes over the next few weeks.

    Thinking of you in WI - Beth (Hope's Mom)

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  75. yes you are back!!! I`m so glad. the whole time i have been home with my daugther from China I have checkt your Blog every single day,and I missed you when you closed the blog. I REALLY admire you. And I think that we need that... someone to look to who lead a real life.

    I wish you get better, and I can totally relate to your feelings towards leaving your house!

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  76. Yes You are back!!!!!!!! I almost could not belive it. You have been a part of my day for a year and I missed you whene you were gone. Hope you now feel better.
    Line in Norway

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  77. I am so happy you are back! I am sorry to hear about the emotions you are feeling about moving, but God has a plan and it will all work out.

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  78. Oh so glad you are back! Thanks for the call today - I have missed you dear friend :D

    Ladybug hugs,
    ;D

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  79. Welcome back bloggy friend. What a nice surprise! Congrats on the new job. I know it is hard to leave a home that holds so many memories. I believe that where ever you are you will make sure that your home is homey and you will make sure that new and wonderful memories are made. Don't feel guilty because you love your home....You worked hard and a lot of love went into it. I am just glad your back....you really have a way of brightening my day....I don't think it is just my day you brighten :-)

    Have a good one and blessing to you and your precious family.

    Kim

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  80. Moving is SO hard!! My family moved from my childhood home last summer and saying good-bye was sad and difficult. However, once we got to the new house it was fun to have a new house to make our mark on, with the good-bye and the move behind us.

    I was so glad to see your blog back up. I wish you only the nicest of visitors to your blog from now on!! :)

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  81. Kim,

    I was up late surfing and thought I would give your blog link a click for old times sake . . . . so happy to see you back! You have been so missed! I hope you feel better soon and I'm sorry about your house, I can totally understand your feelings as we are living in a rental (beautiful but it is a rental :( I'll be praying for your family!

    Cheers!

    ellie

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  82. Oh Kim, I am so glad that you are up and running again. I have missed visiting you and seeing what you are up to. I know you have so, so much going on. I will give you a call and check on you. I didn't know that you went to the hospital. Sending you my love, prayers, and peace about the whole move.

    I am going to miss you dearly! You have been such a wonderful friend to me this past year. I am so thankful we got to know each other, and I hope that we can keep in touch through email and blogs it shouldn't be too hard. BUT, I am going to miss you so much at my little MOPS table next year:( Thank you for all of you phone calls, listening ear, and support you have given me. You are wonderful person inside and out, and our little town is going to miss you! Love, Clare

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  83. Yeah Kim!!!! So glad you are back...I was having some extreme peanut withdrawls! Moving is tough in some ways and will help you all to grow in others. Your kiddos will learn flexability that will help them in their grown up lives. I will begin praying for you all in the mornings!
    Love and Warm Wishes,
    Michelle
    Illinois

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  84. Glad to see you back! Congratulations on the move...I'll be praying for you all during this exciting yet stressful time.

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  85. I am so sorry I have not commented on your blog closing because I have not opened my computer very much with the move and by the time I did, the blog was closed. I am very happy you are back but sad you are moving. I know how it feels to leave the home where you children came home to- that was our home in Atlanta but we are very happy in our new home and I know there are many wonderful blessings yet to flow from this house. I hope things will fall right into place for you all!!! I will be praying for you all!!!
    Love Shay

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  86. What a big, exciting change you and your family are in the midst of! I totally understand missing the home that housed your happiness! And the next home will do just the same!

    Wishing you all the best!

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  87. So glad you are back! You're such an inspiration to us all...

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  88. So happy to see that you are back. You have been very missed in the blogging world. I always love reading your post and the cute outfits you dress Miss Kate in. I will be praying for you and your family during your move. Hope that you feel better very soon.

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  89. Oh, Kim- I've been a "clicker" since your blog closed and would hope each time I clicked to see your familiar mast head appear. So glad that you're back...I have missed you along with the masses!

    Am sorry to hear that you've been so ill, do hope that you are on the mend.

    Such huge news about the move- I'll say some prayers for all of you.

    Hope the peanuts are doing well-

    Carolyn

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  90. Oh wow! Welcome back. I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick. And I understand how attached you can get to a house when you put so much time and love into making it a home. I'm sure that in no time you'll be able to do the same for your next one. I don't know if you've noticed but you do have a talent for it ;). Nothing can take the memories ( especially with all of the wonderful photos you take). And whats great is...we never stop making new ones. It's good to see you back.

    Gin =)

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  91. ah i totally clicked here on accident because i knew it would make me sad if i stopped by and it was still on private!! i'm so happy your back!

    i'm saying a prayer that everything goes well with your move..i'm very sorry you have to leave your wonderful city..but as long as you have your family thats all that matters!

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  92. I am so happy that you are back-you and your family will be in my prayers as you prepare for the move-I hope you feel better soon-I have missed your post and helpful hints so much-Can't wait to see updates of the peanuts this summer.
    Get well soon,
    Angel

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  93. I have been so out of touch lately but am thankful that you are blogging again. I am sure that Satan does not want you to blog because you always show all of us Gods infinite love for us.

    I will be praying for this move but know that God has even more special memories ahead for you.

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  94. Kim~
    Out of habit, I clicked on your link to check in on you and almost halted the search once I realized what I had done. Lo and behold, there was a post...What? She's back? Welcome back...

    I am sorry to hear you are still so sick--especially now that you have so much going on in your life.

    Moves are hard. Change is hard. I know it is sad to pull up roots, not just for you but for the entire family. You have had some lovely times in your home there. You invested a lot of emotional time and energy creating your beautiful haven of love and happiness. I don't consider it materialistic to want to cling to something so dear... I am certain all of you will find special friends and a lovely home once again. It won't be the same--it never is. However, it will be new and exciting and I pray it will be filled with many unexpected blessings.

    I pray you will have a complete recovery NOW and that you will be able to get everything done as it needs to be done. I look forward to hearing more.

    Love,
    Lisa

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  95. Dear Kimber,

    I am sorry you are not feeling well. Thank you so much for the update on your blog. It's hard to move and my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
    You are source of brightness and great information. I hope you can continue to blog whenever you want to. Feeling better soon!

    My best wishes, Cindy
    LID April 20, 2006

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  96. Hi Friend!!!! Welcome back!
    I look forward to seeing God's perfect plan for you and your precious family unfold! I will be praying you through this journey!

    Love,
    Di

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  97. Kim,
    It's so good to see you're back, but I'm sorry to hear that you have been sick. I am sure it is difficult leaving a home filled with so many wonderful memories, but I have no doubt you will make your new house a home very quickly. I pray that you will recover quickly so you can prepare for the move.

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  98. Sorry you have to move from your beautiful house, but can't wait to see your new one. : - )
    Sandra
    www.sammynmick.com

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  99. Best of luck on your move! Cherish the time you have now but just remember that memories are always in the making! Just think of the beautiful memories that will stem from this life altering decision and the time you spend getting settled into your new city, new home, and new niche!

    Lora

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  100. So glad you're back!! Best of luck on your new journey! We're hoping to move...that is if our house ever sells. Have a great week!

    Karen

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  101. I am so thrilled you decided to blog again!!! Your blog provide daily inspiration to me as my family starts our adoption journey & because we (and our children) have similar health/food challenges. I missed reading your kind words and seeing your beautiful pictures!

    Good luck with your move. Moving is hard, but I hope you will love your new home just as much & that it will soon be filled with new memories.

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  102. I did not know that you were blogging again and someone came to my blog today from yours.

    I completely understand being attached to your home, as I am very attached to mine. But you are the soul of your house and when you move, your love and vibrance will fill the halls of your new place as well.

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  103. I am a lurker :O) and am very happy/excited you are back!

    Jill S.
    tableforliu.blogspot.com

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  104. popped in to catch up and see that ya'll are one busy little family right now! I hope the move, although quick and difficult, will be a blessing. We recently moved states...a huge change, but there is a peace in knowing you are in God's Will...even when it wasn't yours originally. Surrender it all to Him and you will continue to be blessed beyond measure.

    what precious memories are sure to follow you and new ones to come!! with so many blogging friends you are bound to land in an area with instant friendships! :)

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  105. So glad you're back, so sorry you have to move. We've moved many times, and while we've always found new friends and new joys, it's so hard saying goodbye. I hope finding a new faith community and keeping touch on the internet will make things easier for you all.

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  106. Kim,

    I am praying & grieving for your family right now. Life is so hard sometimes & there doesn't always seem to be a "rhyme or reason". The ends cannot always be tied here on earth.

    Don't be ashamed about feeling sad about leaving your beautiful home & the memories that you have built there.....but know that you get to take your memories with you!!

    I have missed you & the Peanuts & am so grateful for the pictures!!

    Please check my blog in the next 2 weeks or so......

    Big Hugs!

    Sara

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  107. It is great to have you back. Best of luck to you.
    Fondly,
    Marie

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  108. I am so happy you came back to blogging! : )
    Moving is so hard. I lived in CA all my life except for 2 years that we lived in NC. 10 years ago my husband was offered a big promotion in Chicago. It truly was a leap of faith for us. We left family behind and it was hard. Three of my four boys did really well but my oldest who was in 11th grade had a tough time. 10 years later we love it here. Winter's are tough but we are getting used to it LOL
    {{{hug}}} you are going to be just fine.

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  109. OMG I logged on to your blog today, hoping to be "lucky" to be "invited" and BY GOSH you were back! I'm happier than a kid at Christmas! I happily read all the "missed" entries and enjoyed all the great photos! I have been an avid fan of the "3peanuts" for a few months and I think you have the most beautiful kids! I LOVE YOUR HOUSE and I agree it is hard to leave behind such memories! I hope that the next family find as much happiness and good times as your family shared in it! Again, thank you so much for opening your blog again! I wish you and your family the best!!

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  110. Kim,
    I'm glad to see you are back again! Congratulations on your move~ I know it's very hard to up your whole family's life and go somewhere totally new, but hopefully this opportunity will open up new doors for you and your family.
    I'm so sorry to hear that you have been very sick. Hopefully you will be feeling better soon so you can focus on everything you have to do for your move.

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