We loaded up the moving truck Friday and Saturday, said our goodbyes to all of our friends, family, friends, and church family, and were ready to leave around 2pm Sunday afternoon. After many trips to Goodwill, a couple to the dump, and selling what seemed like half of what we owned on Craigslist, we fit all of our stuff on a 26 ft. truck. After 13 years of marriage and 4 kids, I'd say that's pretty good!
Chris and his best friend, Adam, decided they were going to relieve their youth as they planned an all night road trip in the moving truck. They drove all night and got to Stanton around 6am. They had to stop a lot to fill up the truck with gas and practically had to push the truck up hills, but they made it!! They slept about 3 hours on the floor of the house with a couple of old moving blankets and rolls of paper towels as their pillows. Seriously, folks. Ridiculous right? Then they got up and started unloading the truck with lots of help from our new church family.
I took the four kids and the dog in the suburban with me. We made it as far as Columbia, MO before stopping for the night (in the world's crumbiest hotel -- I'm now officially boycotting Days Inn...but that's a whole other story). I'm head over heels in love with the inventor of the DVD player with wireless headphones. Beautiful technology! The kids watched movies for 14 hours and I was able to listen to the radio. Must have been a pretty good movie!
Poor Max rode in his crate (see him in the back, right). He's a travelling rock star and did great sleeping most all of the way. Cozy right?
We pulled into Stanton around dinner time Monday night and the truck was already unloaded and someone brought us dinner. Good timing!
The rest of the week we've been unpacking and eating a lot! Members of our new church have been bringing us delicious meals and even stocked our fridge and pantry for us before we arrived. Completely unexpected and awesome!!
Chris' parents drove his car over for us and stayed a few days. They were able to watch the kiddos while we did some serious unpacking. Today we were able to show them a little of the area. This place is gorgeous! Here are a few pictures from Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest which is only about 15 minutes from our house. The kids loved it, though they acted like it was their own personal photo shoot wanting their picture in front of every rock and tree. So funny!
Sky Bridge - a natural stone bridge
Can you believe how beautiful it is? There are so many different trails, Chris thinks every Saturday we'll just go explore a different one.
Tomorrow we'll enroll the kids in the local elementary school and they'll start classes on Monday. They're excited and nervous, but ready to get started. The kids here missed about a month of school due to snow so our kids are bummed they're going to be in school until June 6th. But I think it will just give them more time to make friends before summer starts.
A giant thank you to all of our Kansas friends and family for all the help moving and then all your warm goodbyes. We will forever miss and love you! And to our new friends here in Stanton, you've blessed and welcomed us beyond our wildest imagination! We are so excited to be here!