This past Sunday, we eagerly RAN out the door of our Kempsville Virginia Beach neighborhood. The girls were packed, we were ready to pick up the key. THE KEY to our home in the place of our dreams, the Outer Banks. Mike still hadn’t seen it, but he trusted me. I told him several times that it was definitely not the nicest condo of all time. In fact, it was going to be a big downgrade. Less room, walls desperate for new paint, messed up fixtures but all in all– everything was working..so it was livable and good enough for the girls.
We opened the door, and first off– we had forgotten to call the electric company to have it started in our name, but you know what? It was a light and breezy day in the 70’s..so windows open and we were fine.
Mike looked around. He checked out the rooms, bathrooms, the closets. He was quiet, so I was getting worried. The whole time I’m thinking..great..he doesn’t like this condo and I’ve totally broken his heart because he thought it was going to be a better place. I started to slowly come down from my omg-we-just-got-the-key high and melt down a little inside thinking I may have made a mistake.
Just when I was getting really worried and finally asked him “do you not like it? you’re being really quiet, I feel like you don’t like it” — he looked at me with that really soft, sweet grin that brings me home every time and said “I love it..I can’t believe we are really here and doing this”.
We had the windows open, my sister and her girlfriend came to spend some time with us while we were there. We bought our little plants, and more beach gear and some snacks that didn’t require refrigeration…lol 🙂 We were so sad to not be able to stay that first night because we didn’t have power but the next day, we called, had it turned on and YES– I packed the girls back up, and the car as full as I could..and drove back down and we spent the next two nights..all four of us..on an air mattress.
So there we were. On an air mattress, just living the dream in this little empty condo. Windows open, salty air breeze filling us with peace. Cammy looking to me TIME after TIME..telling me “I’m so happy here!” “I love OBX!” “I love our new home in the OBX!” — all kinds of incredible things. This little girl was meant to be here, she is so in love and obsessed and it drives me WILD with contentment to see that and know we’re giving it to her!
Some of you are going to visit us. Some of you are going to meet me there when we mentor together. Some of you will see pictures.
I will tell you right now, it’s a downgrade. It’s not awful, I may be making it sound bad..but it’s old, outdated cabinets, needs a paint job — a downgrade. But it’s okay. We are more happy than we have ever been and our hearts are BEGGING for it to be Saturday so we can be all moved in!
No more Target 5 minutes away. No more Panera. No more Moe’s. Things I selfishly thought I couldn’t live without. When I stopped shopping SO much for things like clothes and accessories and realized what was important, I felt happier. What if you vowed to stop shopping or spending frivolously for one month? What if you changed your perspective and scheduled more family time somewhere you love? It could really be the wake up call you need and something that could change your family’s life forever. Today..we booked a small and affordable vacation for 5 days to Disney World for our girls in the Fall because life is short and THAT is what is important. Not these material things and trying to keep up with people who don’t matter. All that matters is you and your family. That’s it. It really is that simple.
I just wanted to thank a certain person who commented on my status the other day about our move, Ashley! Well — thank you to everyone, but a big thank you to this girl who pointed out the obvious that I wasn’t seeing. We did get rid of and sell a lot of material possessions to make this move. We always thought the next step was buying a big two story four bedroom house. Instead..we went in the other direction and turned our lives around and planted our souls where they belong. And also below..some of our adventures over the past two days! 🙂