Some of you may have noticed that it has been about two weeks since I last wrote and for those of you who are personally connected in our lives then you probably already know why; we were in the process of moving and relocating our family to a completely different part of the state! Of course this was an invited and exciting change for our family as is any movement The Lord makes in our life, but that also meant sacrificing a lot of time and energy to get things in order. So I thought it would be quite appropriate for my first post back, since that said big transition, to write about some of the moving traditions we have formed over the past two and a half year of marriage and now three newlyweds nests!
1. Prayer – This may seem interesting to many but the first thing that Matt and I do when we move into a new house is pray over it as a family. We invite The Lord into that new space and thank Him for the roof over our heads that He has graciously provided for us, no matter what the size.. and I am telling you we have lived in some pretty small places before. Regardless we begin by keeping our hearts content and praising God for what He has given us because the word says that He will bestow more upon those who have taken care of what He has already given them (Matthew 25:14-30). We pray for Gods hand of protection and peace to rest on our home and that He would fill up every corner and crevice of our new space with His presence because that is what will truly transform it from a house into a home. We ask for it to be overflowing with His love and grace, therefore making it into a haven for our family, and all who enter, to find true rest in. We also ask for Gods love to be poured out on the community that we have entered into. That we will be effectively used to touch the lives of those that He has placed us around because we believe that nothing is by accident, everything, even what we would deem as the smallest, most insignificant encounters, have a higher purpose. We always ask that our eyes be opened to that purpose and that we will be a blessing to our neighbors lives. We even pray for those who enter into our home while we are living there, that they will be washed over with love, laughter and life while they are in our presence and that God’s hand of favor, safety and peace will rest on them when they leave. This is by far the most significant thing that Matt and I do when we move because it is setting the tone for our new home.
2. Being carried over the threshold – Ever since Matt and I moved into our first newlyweds nest, in 2011 right after stepping straight off the honeymoon, ,my handsome husband has always insisted on carrying his blushing bride over the threshold and into our new abode. Some may think it’s old fashioned, cliche and corny but to us it is one of the little ways we keep our marriage fun, fresh and filled with romance! I personally love the fact that Matt is such a gentleman… I honestly eat it right up! I love feeling secure in his strong arms as he steps through the doorway for the first time! We always make sure to snap of picture of it as well! As of now we have three pictures of him carrying me over the threshold that will one day be framed over the front doorway of our forever honeymooners home, once we decided that were ready to take the leap and buy/build a property. For now though, we hang those photos next to the doorway to remind us of all the treasured memories we’ve made in each place that we once called home during that particular season in our family. It is also a great symbolic reminder to us that every threshold we walk through in life we are going to go through together!
3. Friends – I know many families prefer to hirer a professional moving team but for our household we would never even dream of asking anyone but our nearest and dearest to be apart of such as special, memorable occasion. Instead we prefer to turn moving day into a fun time to spend with those we love making memories. After all these are the folks that are going to be filling our new home with the most important of necessities, love, laughter, family, good food, great friendship and genuine life! We have been blessed enough to have a multitude of friends and family to offer and help us move as well so we have never had to actually ask anyone if they would be willing to take on the task with us. I guess that is one of the ways you know that you have been blessed with outstanding support system!
4. Pizza – As much as I wish I was a modern day Betty Crocker or June Cleaver on moving days, I am not. I am Mrs. Elisabeth Blair Pomeroy and honestly wouldn’t trade my identity for the world. I am the one who is dutifully standing right beside my husband as we welcome our family and friends in our front door for the first time to unload and unpack our home. I am the one who is in the mix of things just as much as Matt is, assisting in all areas I am strong enough to help in. I am the one people come to and ask where each piece of furniture or brown labeled box belongs. For our family it is unrealistic to believe that we will have the kitchen, let alone the rest of the house unpacked, just a couple of hours after moving. Therefore Matt and I decided, the first time we moved, that we would have our first official dinner in the Pomeroy home after all the hard, but good, work was finished and order pizza for all those amazing friends and family who helped out in the process. This is the way we literally fill our home with the things that matter most to us, right from the beginning, by inviting those we love in to spend time with one another over good food and great company. By setting a warm and inviting atmosphere right from the start even if that means we are drinking our soda out of mason jars, eating our pizza on paper towels, and sitting on mismatched pieces of furniture. It’s those who you surround yourself with that make life joy filled, not the belongings you acquire or the accomplishments you attain, even though those things are nice, in the Pomeroy family, that is not what life is about. Life is about relationships. Life is about people, and sharing some pizza with those we love and cherish most, or breakfast for our wonderful Lexington friends that helped us move out of our last newlyweds nest that really was a honeymooner sized home lol, is just one small way to show our appreciation and gratitude to have them in our lives and apart of our family.
These traditions have become such a meaningful part of each moving experience we have had. Most families dread moving, and I am not saying that every part of it was a piece of cake or bed of roses, especially when you are moving in the thicket of winter like we did this time. There were definitely rough patches such as our queen beds box spring not fitting up the narrow stair case in our beautifully, old, historic home, which is a story for another time, but these little treasures definitely make moving much more enjoyable, dare I say fun, in the Pomeroy house! So from our little family of two, to yours heres to a happy moving day whenever, and if ever , that day may come! I hope your honeymooners home is filled with just as much prayer, peace, love, laughter and life as ours is right from the beginning!
Much Love & Prayer,