This past Saturday, Dale and I took four car loads of stuff over to the new house. Also during the week we made three more trips. You don’t think you have a lot of stuff until you have to move! But today is our actual moving day. The day when we move our furniture and other random odds and ends out of the home we have been blessed to live in for more than five years. But since our two boys are in Canada and it’s just the three of us now, we no longer need such a large home. We’ve made a lot of wonderful memories here. Our kids have spent their teen years here. It’s the longest we’ve lived in any house.
This home has been a huge blessing. I love this house and I will miss it. A lot. I will list the many things I will miss. However, I was thinking of all the things I won’t miss about living in this location. I could only think of four and most are traffic related.
- The noise of the traffic when I am trying to sleep. Elisa has said however, that the noise lulls her to sleep.
- Getting out of the driveway is a pain and very stressful at times. It’s a busy road and cars come around the corner super fast. You have to watch three directions…left, right and infront of you, and get across the road while trying to get the gate to shut with the tempormental remote. We have had many close calls.
- When walking our dog after dinner, it is really difficult to cross the road to get into the community across from us and back again because there is so much traffic.
- I don’t mind people going through my garbage. It’s a normal occurance here, and I am used to it. If someone needs something I am tossing out…I’m cool with that. By all means, please take it if you can use it/sell it. However, what I don’t like is when someones sorts through the garbage and tosses what they don’t want on the ground, outside the bin. That happens often.
What I am going to miss about living here.
- My neighbours. We have been blessed with great neighbours that we get along well with. And we all have schnauzers so that doesn’t hurt. Four houses =7 schnauzers.
- Monte Verde…the community with the mountainous view that I walk in across the road. I almost get emotional when I think of this one. Over the last five years I have gotten to know so many wonderful people who live there. I have loved talking with them and getting to know them. I’ve been sharing with some of them that we are moving out of the neighborhood and have had goodbye hugs and surpisingly there have been a few tears. One lady kept saying to my dog in her broken english..”Goodbye Abby….Goodbye.” I’ll miss the guards who work there, and the sweet, and lame guard dog Ranger who always limps his way over for a pat. It will be weird when they are no longer a part of my everyday life, my routine.
- Sitting on our balcony. Enjoying the spectacular view. Fireworks at random times throughout the year. Devotions in the morning. Sleeping on the balcony on Christmas Eve. Church services in the distance. The sound of their worship carries and at times. And then there is the odd concert at the stadium that we can hear from this home.
- The fruit truck down the street I will miss walking to. The fresh fruit that is so delicious and not badly priced… pineapples for a little over a dollar and creamy avocados that are about three for a dollar. However, I’ll never forget the one time Ben walked down there and they tried charging him the equivalent of four dollars for one mango! He asked the man if that was the gringo price and the guy just grinned.
- Walking to the pulperia whenever I run out of eggs or something else. ( They sell pretty much everything…even mascara!) I have enjoyed being able to purchase just one egg for 3lps if that is all I need. I’ll miss the women who work there too. Like a lot. They have always been so kind and honest and nice to talk with. I remember one time they owed Dale 3 lps in change and Dale walked away with out it. That’s only about fifteen cents. The next time I was there they took 3 lps off what I was buying. “Because I am an honest woman” she explained.
- I will miss our landlords. God truly blessed us in this area who a couple who have been amazing. Sweet and gracious. We felt a bond with them from the first time we met them, seeing as they had been to Stratford Ontario…the last place we lived in before moving here. We consider them friends.
There are many things I will miss and it is going to be hard to leave these things that have been such a part of my daily life here behind. At the same time, I am looking forward to making new memories in the new place and a new community to settle into.