Sunday, December 28, 2008


I've done a lot of packing in my life. When I was young, my sister and I would pull out our duffel bags before the end of the school year. The day after the last day of school we would be on a plane to Boise to our dad's. I had a pretty good strategy for packing. When I left for college, we had two carloads full of my stuff. What I thought I was going to do with all that stuff is beyond me! I wanted my dorm to be like home. Having a roommate ruined that delusion.

At the end of my sophomore year of college, I packed up all my things and moved to D.C. My appendix ruptured that summer, so my mom had to pack my things up. I am pretty organized about my packing (except for the last two boxes, which are always junk boxes), so unpacking that year was a little tough.

After college, I packed my things and had them shipped to Boise. I thought I was going to move to San Francisco. Instead I moved to New York. We shipped everything back east to NYC. The shipping place unpacked EVERYTHING I had worked so hard to pack to ensure it wouldn't break!

A year later, my stuff was again in boxes and back in Boise. Since then I've moved three times.

I always used moving as an opportunity to de-clutter. I save everything, so it is a great time to take stock of my possessions and decide what I really want to keep. I wasn't the best at getting rid of things, but at least it was a start. We had been in the house for 2.5 years, and I still hadn't unpacked all of the boxes in the garage. I joked that I could probably just throw the boxes away because I obviously didn't need whatever was in them. By that point I didn't even really know what was in them. Oh how the universe has a sense of humor! A fire has a way of de-cluttering your life and possessions for you.

I am preparing to pack again. I am usually excited about moves, but none top the excitement of this move. I've always been "home" before, just moving to a new home. We haven't been home in 4 months. Even though we don't know where everything will go, I am trying to be systematic about how I pack. Kellen's stuff will likely be half of our possessions. People were so generous with baby things. We are looking forward to having room for all of his things. Before, I would have boxes of which I was uncertain what was inside. The items were sentimental and not quite as functional so sat a lot longer. Now we have boxes of things of which we are uncertain... but only because we still don't know what all we own. I am (for once) looking forward to unpacking to uncover those items.


  1. are so blessed to be packing and looking forward to moving into your newly built home so soon! My brother's family's home burned down July 12, 2008. They are living in a 5th wheel trailer on their property and have not yet begun rebuilding. :( I will point them to this website to prove that their is life after the fire!!! Best Wishes and Happy New Year!!!

  2. Brooke, I am getting excited FOR you! I hope moving into your new house will give you the opportunity to start again (for the last time) and establish a HOME for the three of you. I'm so glad you were able to have Christmas there. One day you'll look back and say, "Remember that first Christmas we had here? You know, before the house was even finished?!"

  3. I am so sorry to hear of your brother's home. There IS life after the fire. For all of us who have walked this path, finding that life takes time, and it is not a journey that ends after 2 months, 3 months, or even after we move home. He is lucky to have someone like you who is able to support him as they work on rebuilding their lives.

    Thanks Kristin! It is starting to get real now. They stained the door and staircase today, and paint will be done by Wed.