As posted by Mother Laura at RevGalBlogPals:
We are right in the middle of a move–only twenty minutes away, but
we're still a mix of busy, excited, nervous and surprisingly full of
grief about what we're leaving, for me at least. So this week's Friday
Five asks about your experience of the marvels and madness of moving…
1. How many times have you moved? When was the last time?
Oh, lots! But I have been in my home for nearly ten years now. On the other hand, as an Interim Minister, I just made a move to a new church after only fifteen months at the previous church. So home is stable and work is moveable, so to speak.
2. What do you love and hate about moving?
I love the opportunity to sort through things and make choices about what needs to go with me. It's been a long time since I made a significant geographic move (when I came to Maine in 1987), but I remember grieving places and people I would not see so often anymore. In interim ministry, there will be a lot of that. Old Mill Town is not a place where I had spent any time before, and I'm not likely to find myself there again soon. I already miss the people!
3. Do you do it yourself or hire movers?
I've done both, in combination. For these office moves, I have a good set of packing boxes, crucial for moving books. I was fortunate to have my husband and younger son home on moving day this time.
4. Advice for surviving and thriving during a move?
Take care of yourself! Sleep enough, eat well, drink some water.
5. Are you in the middle of any inner moves, if not outer ones?
Always. This time feels particularly fluid, a lot of movement and insight; I am full of thoughts about where God calls me to be not just literally but internally, aware of old patterns and trying to figure out what needs packing away, what will always move with me, and what can simply go to the metaphorical dump, acknowledged but relinquished.
Right now I'm considering merging blogs and having this be my primary outlet. I realize this relates to the birdcage story at Set Free. Perhaps I am beginning to feel I am out of the cage and ready to fly?