WFMW: When Moving is Bittersweet

We moved into our house Dec. 10, 2004.

We moved out July 27, 2012.

My older kids were 4 and 2 years old. There are a million memories dancing around the halls of that house.

We are super excited about this new chapter in our lives, but transitions can be challenging.

I borrowed this idea from my friend Shannon (the originator of WFMW): find a secret spot in the house and write down a favorite memory. We also wrote down our move in/out date. The new buyers will probably never see it, but my kids will never forget it!


We are making good progress on getting settled. And my kids are at their grandparents farm for the rest of week. I can’t remember the last time my hubby and I were HOME ALONE.

I’ll see y’all later.



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    Thank you, as always, for the link up in the midst of your move! We also lived in our old home almost 10 years and it was so hard to move out. I wish I had your tips when we moved :)

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    jadell says

    makes me want to search out secret places to see if the previous owner of my home did the same thing.:) what a fun idea.

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    bp says

    That’s such a wnderful idea! wish I would have thought to do something like that in our old house. So many memories!

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    Oh that’s such a sweet idea!
    When we were doing some remodeling we removed the medicine cabinet and found that a carpenter or plumber had signed the unfinished wall inside! He dated it, too! 1959.

    When I saw the picture of the closet I didn’t see you in there at first.
    I thought you were going to say to walk around your home taking some final shots.
    Photographing the places where there were strong memories.

    Stairs you might have sat on when you opened the mail to some joyful news.
    Things like that.

    ~ Dana

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    What a sweet idea for your home. If the walls could speak…the good news is that the people who made the memories come with us to the new homes. That is until empty nest but that’s another time!!! Hope you get a lot done / unpacked during this time! Enjoy the honeymoon, albeit a working one, with hubby!

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    We also had the kids write in their closets–and then we took pictures of it! So adorable–We moved in when my fisrt was 8 weeks and we moved out 10 years later with 3 more! I also had them all leave a penny around the house so when the other kids found it they might know “in God we trust”. I thought that was very special. We took a lot of pictures, we cried a lot, and we felt like our world was ending.

    Now over a year later–we still miss “home” we are going back in 2 days but it won’t be the same. I’ve moved on and have discovered that my joy doesn’t come from an address. Do I miss home? I miss knowing where everything is and the awesome food in Ann Arbor, MI, and my wonderful friends–but home is really where you make it.

    For me it has been a great experience. I can say that now, but a year ago I would still be crying!

    Be Blessed.

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