That’s right, folks. We just moved again. We counted it out the other night and concluded that in 33 years of marriage we have moved 18 times!! We have lived in some truly beautiful cities and experienced many different climates and cultures. Most of our moves, especially to different states, have been because of a job change. However, there were a few moves in our early years that were out of our control.
We moved from Flagstaff, Arizona to Colorado Springs, Colorado to attend Nazarene Bible College. We moved there without jobs and with no savings into a crazy expensive housing market. Our first few months we rented a house with another Bible College family. It was the only way we could all afford to live at the time. After securing jobs and getting settled we were able to get our own place.
We became part of a program called Show Homes of America. It was a great program that enabled us to live in nice places for very low rent but there was a catch. Each of the homes we lived in was on the market. So we had 3 days to completely move in and make our home ready for prospective buyers. We had to keep the house “showable” at all times. This was actually helpful to me as a young wife to keep our house tidy. We had to be ready to show the house at a moment’s notice. The phone would ring and it could be a realtor saying they were bringing a prospective buyer to the house and would arrive in 20 minutes.
Our first home was a very cute older house in downtown Colorado Springs. We got a little spoiled because we were able to stay in that house for 9 months which was highly irregular in the Show Homes program. Our next home was a condo which we lived in for about 6 months. Then we moved into what we affectionately call the “10-day house,” because we only lived there for 10 days!!! Now, fortunately for us, it was fully furnished so we did not unpack like usual but still, 10 days was a very fast turn around. It was after this experience that we decided to get out of the Show Homes program. I had gotten to the point of not wanting to answer the phone for fear it would mean moving again. We found a house for rent near the college and lived there happily for the next couple of years.
In our 6 years in Colorado Springs, we lived in 6 different houses!!
So when I say we moved again, you understand the significance. We know a thing or two about moving. One thing is that just because we do it a lot doesn’t mean we like it. Sure we’ve gained some skill in packing, transporting, having garage sales, downsizing, and unpacking but we don’t necessarily enjoy the process. I can tell you that every state has different rules about vehicle licenses and driver’s licenses and the fees associated with them. Changing addresses and sometimes phone numbers can be a challenge as well but it’s all part of the package.
What I do enjoy is the hunt for our new home. It’s exciting for me to be looking for a house to buy. When we moved from Texas to Arizona a few years ago, we looked at 58 houses in a weekend! That’s right, 58! It was crazy but we found a beautiful home we enjoyed living in for 6.5 years.
This time in Albuquerque, I was looking online for houses while we were in a rental. I became obsessed with finding the right house. I would search during the day or late at night. If I couldn’t sleep, I would search in the middle of the night. I was on a quest. Our realtor showed me quite a few houses as well. They all started to look alike after a while but then I found the one. It was unique and beautiful with a great yard, a balcony with a wonderful view in a very quiet neighborhood. We were looking for quiet because our rental was right up against a very busy, noisy main street.
We met some neighbors right away through our moving in process. It’s exciting for us to have friendly neighbors because we love hanging out in our neighborhood. We look forward to getting to know them better and developing deeper friendships. I will share more about friendship and the effect moving has on them in my next article.
We still have some unpacking to do but it is so nice to have found a wonderful place to call home. There are so many great sayings about home.
“Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.”
“Home is where the heart is.”
“It’s good to be home.”
“Life takes you unexpected places. Love brings you home.”
“Home is not where you’re from, it is where you belong.”
“A house is made of walls & beams. A home is built with love & dreams.”
“Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm. A refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.” ~Marvin J. Ashton
I think Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz said it best…”There’s no place like HOME!”
What are your thoughts about home? What’s your favorite home quote? Have you moved a lot or have you taken root in one place? I’d love to hear more about your story. Please feel free to share it in the comments below.