I like that part of the roller coaster where it just ---coasts.
First, there was the 40 years of undiagnosed celiac.
As we know, and as I've shared about myself, it takes a toll (and certainly took its toll on me!)
Then there was the healing that followed. And part of that healing has been a constant state of unsettledness (nope, not a word, but I'm using it anyway---because I like it.)
Health issues = stress
My life has been an up and down roller coaster between those last three major life stress causers since I was diagnosed with celiac in 2000. And through this, I have moved six times in the past twelve years. (well, more than this if you count work.)
*I've learned so much about myself through this....That I can keep chugging along and do what needs to be done. I've been able to maintain a positiveness about it. Have I stayed on track 100% of the time? NOPE! 90% of the time? Nope! There have been times when I've derailed, but I've worked through and worked on, trying to maintain focus on what's important.
Two years after my diagnosis (in 2000) and A-Mazing health improvements, my twenty year marriage ended. Three years later I moved out of the house I raised my kids in (because I didn't want all the work of that 135 year old house). I moved into a new house so I could focus on life (going back to school, starting a new career, etc).
But during those months, I met Steve (in 2005) and ended up living in that new house for only 2 years or so. We got engaged and my son and I eventually moved in with him. We got married, sold my house and made plans to build our "together home."
One year later, with our new house almost ready, his house sold, and .... we had to move into an apartment, putting most of our stuff into storage (because our new home was only "almost" ready.)
We lived in that apartment for the summer of 2009 and moved into our new home that September.
Time to Downsize
Finally sold that house this past spring..... back into an apartment and storage (because we wanted to take our time looking for that house that was just right.)
A Home for Thanksgiving (even if it won't be all put together)
We will have twenty (ish) in the house Thursday and I can't wait. I just have the turkey and stuffing, and mashed potatoes and gravy to make. I made the rolls and a variety of mini cupcakes a couple weeks ago. (they're in the freezer). Everyone is bringing a dish (or two), so the rest is covered. (and it will all be gluten free.)
It feels so good to be finally settled (even with the mess): marriage, job, and HOME!
(Moving is a true test of marriage! The fact that we're both still living after these past few days and all these moves is definitely a good sign! If we haven't killed each other by now I guess we'll stick it out together :)
Now I just need to get back to unpacking.... (after another cup of coffee maybe--and a few more games on my phone. My feet are enjoying being up for a while.)