We Made It!

These three words–“WE MADE IT”–says it all!

After planning a retirement move from Minnesota to South Carolina for over a year, our dream of living closer to our son and being active outdoors throughout the year was materialized this past month.  On July 24 (our 44th wedding anniversary), we closed on our newly built house in Charleston.

It’s been a busy, if not hectic month, to say the least.  Those of you who have experienced a move, which is probably most of you, know the extent of work and planning that goes into such a process.  And packing and lifting and moving and stuffing boxes are only part of the experience.  There’s the emotional aspect as well.  Our exhaustion and excitement sometimes gave way to moments of homesickness, of missing Minnesota, where we lived so many years and made so many memories.

And now, after being in our new house in Charleston two and a half weeks, we are able to slow down a bit. Though not everything is put away, hung, or organized, I was able to take some time this morning to download pictures of our moving process. Though I try to stay away from simplistic cliches, I do believe that in this case pictures are worth a thousand words.  Hence, here are some pictures of our move that may well tell the story best.  Enjoy!

Our home of 22 years in Minneapolis
Our home of 22 years in Minneapolis
Our house sold in a few days.
Our house sold in a few days.
Boxes accumulated right to the very last day!
Boxes accumulate right to the very last day!

Rick is hard at work

And don't forget the garage!
And don’t forget the garage!
The movers arrive to our front door.
The movers arrive to our front door.
Four men (one unseen) move the Steinway.  This was our biggest worry.
Four men (one unseen) move the Steinway. This was our biggest worry.
The car is jam-packed and ready to start a long journey.
The car is jam-packed and ready to start a long journey.
Every night we loaded up a cart and carried into our hotel room.  Thank goodness for wheels!
Every night we loaded up a cart and carried into our hotel room. Thank goodness for wheels!
Pausing to reflect in the Smoky Mountains.
Pausing to reflect in the Smoky Mountains.
We stayed in downtown Charleston a few nights before closing on our house.  What a great view!
We stayed in downtown Charleston a few nights before closing on our house. What a great view!
We made it to our new home, grateful and exhausted. And then...
We made it to our new home! And then…
We do it all over again!
We do it all over again!

2 thoughts on “We Made It!

  1. Jan, this is so weird. Last night Ray and I were talking about you guys and I told him I was going to email you today, and low and behold there you were. So glad you made it safe and sound. I know it’s a real change for you. When Ray and I retired we also doubted ourselves and questioned if we made the right decision. (Sometimes we still do). Being in the same town as Susan and her kids, we really missed them as well as Calif. And Perri is only 3 1/2 hrs away. but it’s been 11 years and we really like it here. Still miss them, but they’re only 4 1/2 hrs away. We’ve made many friends, as I’m sure you will.

    Anyway, your new home looks lovely and Charleston is such a beautiful city. I know you’ll love it. Being closer to Brendon is a real plus too.

    When you have time and are settled, we’d love to see some more pictures.

    Love, Ruth a

    1. Great to hear from you! Thanks for your words of support. We are gradually getting settled and enjoying our new home. I’ll send more pictures when we’re more settled. Best to both of you.–Jan

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