Saturday, September 19, 2009

Grateful Girl

It's been a week of packing, goodbyes, awkward conversations, and running off to Target at least three times every day for more bins and boxes. I'm exhausted.

And yet in the heart of my exhaustion is a little beam of excitement. I'm not sure where it comes from--it could be having my sister fly out for 36 hours to pack our entire house and share glasses of wine as we chatted late into the night. Or receiving emails from friends in Cambridge (and friends coming to visit Cambridge this fall) who don't even care what happened to us here, but are just glad we're coming back. Or having a few key friends here tell us that our relationships are worth the effort of continuing. All those feel like so much more than we could ever hope to deserve. And yet they're ours--they're real and they've happened. I'm awed, and grateful.

It makes me think of a passage in the Bible that talks about how when you've received a lot, a lot is expected of you; that all of this love is in our lives for a reason: so we can love other people even better because of what we've received.

I'm excited to start.

Tomorrow: a long drive, a new home, and a fresh new chapter of our lives. I've had a line from the Grateful Dead circling through my mind all week:

Sometimes the light's all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me...what a long, strange trip it's been.

I think that about sums it up.
Yay for new beginnings in familiar places :)

7 comments:

Sarakastic said...

hope your move goes well

kim said...

That's so awesome your sister flew out to help. Looking forward to seeing you.

Swishy said...

A very wonderful new beginning! Safe travels :)

heidikins said...

This made me smile--wishing you all the best on your move and the drive and everything!

Lots of love
xox

LEstes65 said...

Well, I love that bible verse. But I also have to flip it this way: You're getting so much love and support because you guys have been the SOURCE of so much love and support. If God doled out blessings based on my requests, you and Steve should be up to your eyeballs in blessings!!!

Em said...

I think a trip to NoVa is long overdue......I'm just sayin'.

I love you, sweet friend. You've been on my heart so much over the past month and have been in my prayers. I had no idea why until I happened to see something on facebook that led me to believe you were moving...

a series of unfortunate events caused all my numbers to be erased. Call me if you have the time. I love you.

Sarah said...

Hey Trish - hope you have a safe trip! Also, thanks for writing me back that was so so cool of you and very encouraging! Here's to being blessed wherever you are (Deut 28:3 and on)