I spent the first 18 years of my life in one town, one house. Very secure and stable. I married my dear husband and have moved around ever since!
In the last 6 years we have moved house 4 times…and we’re off again! Some might say that it doesn’t really count if you’re only moving 10 kms away but when you are a homeshcooling family (books and computers), it really does count!
All the moves are unsettling to the older children. There’s no easy way to say it. I’d like to not complain but it is hard on them. They want to put down some roots, which can be important in knowing one’s identity. Instead, they’ll have to change school (my 14yod attends school), make new friends yet again, find a new church and youth group, and get a new part time job. We’ve only been in this house for 12 months. My girls do a fantastic job of handling all this, each in their own way, but it would be nice to be in one place for a few years.
We have always tried to find positives in each move, even though at times this has been hard. Doing this though has been a great teacher- our children have learned to look for the positives in situations…even situations that are out of our control. We remind them that are having the opportunity to not only see parts of our beautiful country but to live in the state and city and truly experience it. This is far different to a quick holiday.
So over the next month or so, if I’m not around much it will be because I’m busy packing again.