1/28/2013

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Hello and a happy Monday to you all. Well I suppose if you work you might not be happy to start another week and with the dreary weather we have here today I'm not so happy...anyway hello!!!

I have some interesting news to share...I guess we're moving. Now while part of that is exciting, a lot of it is overwhelming, some of it is scary, a little of it is nerve wracking, most of it is heartbreaking. You see we both grew up in this little city of ours that we call home. We went to school here, met here and fell in love here. We married here, moved back here after a short military tour, most of our family is here and we had hoped to spoil our someday grandchildren here. 

You're going to shake your heads at this part and say out loud WHAT!!??!! My hubby works for Ford Motor Co. ~ on Wednesday they told him of two openings in his field that were in Michigan. The kicker...wait for it...he had to give them his answer Thursday...yep the NEXT DAY!

You see he moved to another plant last year. He has a long commute and is out of his skilled trades position. This move would put him back into his trade, secure his pension and retirement.

He went back to work on Thursday and asked for an extension until today. We made a whirl wind trip for him to visit the plants and take a peek at the surrounding area. We know this is the best thing for our future, so as I said...I guess we're moving. Not sure when yet, we have a house to sell and a new one to locate.

Now while I would like to cry me a river (believe me I think I'm almost there), I know how blessed we are. He has a good job with excellent benefits and this move is a little less than three hours from where we are now. Not so bad I suppose. But our son and daughter-in-law are HERE. That's three hours may as well be three hundred in my heart right now. No more texts from my baby boy that simply say lunch?  I fear I may need a heart transplant as mine has just about broken in two. But I know with God's grace and each other we'll get through this. 


Thanks for letting me bend your ears...think I just needed to get it out. This card is not for a challenge...this card is for me. It will make the move with me, be in my new craft space with me and remind me that one day we'll be back here (home) to stay. ~Lisa

21 comments:

Paulina said...

Oh my goodness...I was not expecting this kind of post when I visited today. This is such HUGE news! I know that moving is never easy- especially when you have loved ones in the area. Thankfully, it's not a cross country move and three hours isn't TOO terrible. :) I know God has great things in store for you and I'm so thankful that your husband has such a great job, that's pretty rare nowadays.

I'll be thinking and praying for you, Lisa. <3

Jackie said...

Lisa, after reading your story my heart is breaking in two for you as well. I'm so sorry you have to move. I'm sure it will be a huge adjustment. I hope you can focus on the fun part of finding a new home and making it your own.

Your card is so beautiful and a perfect expression of what you are feeling. Love it!

Geri said...

Well, all I can say is...What a beautiful work of HEART!!! It's so lovely, Lisa!!! One of your prettiest EVER!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh how bittersweet Lisa! I am so happy for your hubby to get the transfer, but I know this will be such a hard move for you. Bend my ear anytime. You will be strong and get through this. Your card today is absolutely gorgeous, the blues are beautiful.

Heather Jensen said...

This is a darling card Lisa. I love the banners and cute little PTI house. :)

Congratulations to your hubby! I bet he will be happy to be back to doing work in his field. My in-laws are 2 hours away and we go back and forth in one day, about once a month. Just look at it as a good thing that your options were not farther away. :)

Hugs~

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Lisa, what news! And such short notice! I know you feel like your world is spinning out of control!
Your card is so pretty! I just love the little banners!
Now just breathe! And try to look at is as a new adventure???

Sue Lelli said...

Lisa, you should move more often if it inspires a Gorgeous card like this! What a Beauty! As someone who's husband just retired, securing your pension and retirement is a GOOD thing! If you communicate with Deb Frings, she lives in Northville. Good luck to you! God has a plan for you

Karen B. said...

You'll remember this post for a while, I'll remember that card for a while. Both are amazing.

~Tammy~ said...

Oh Lisa, I know this is so much to take in. As a military spouse who has had to live away from everything "home" from most of my adult life I know how difficult it can be, but what a blessing to have the memories you have and it's not across the country. I lived in Hawaii for 9 years with family all on the East Coast. As lovely as Hawaii is, living there alone especially during deployments is not ideal. 3 hours is a cake walk! Right now you have been thrown a lot that wasn't expected...once it sinks in and maybe a few more grays you will see securing that pension and maybe the benefit of meeting people you might not have and adventures you wouldn't have had otherwise will be a little treat.

Your card is out of this world...oh my Lisa, Your Mojo sure kicked in under this whirlwind! Love it!

Emily Keaton said...

Oh my goodness, Lisa! Talk about having the role of cool out from underneath you, right? That is a lot to digest. Sounds like your life will be in flux for quite a a while now, but I think you have a healthy attitude about the change. Every little thing will be OK. Good for you for making a creation for yourself to help process everything going on. It will be a lovely focal point in your new craft space. Sending you big hugs! Hang in there, okay? I'm thinking of you :-)

Michelle said...

Wow... THE most beautiful card! Love the detail, texture, color.
A move is exciting,and a bit frightening, but is an opportunity for many new experiences. Best of luck!

Marybeth said...

Your card is beautiful ! I will have to email you. I knew something was up ....I heard it in your voice in one of the comments.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOWOWOWOW! This card is AMAZING! Beautiful and shabby/chic! LOVE the colors, papers, and details! YOU ROCK!

OH MY! I can't believe your husband had to make a decision that quick! I know how difficult it is to move away from family-- I'll be praying that you and your husband have peace over this choice/move. I also pray that your heart would feel full and loved and mended (all from God!!!)!! HUGS!!!! <3

Jill Norwood said...

Oh Lisa this is so big and I teared up for you and your family just reading your post. I have been there and it is hard but you have such a great attitude about it. And you are right that your husband's job with benefits like that is a wonderful thing in this day and age - a true blessing! But I feel for you especially the impromptu lunches etc. with family...I think the silver lining is that 3 hours means you can still come back for visits often but I agree it is still 3 hours and it changes everything! Your card is so heartfelt and beautiful! I wish you and your family the best as you all adjust to the change...
Hugs,
Jill

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, Lisa, you've brought tears to my eyes! I'm so sorry, but I can hear you say that you know what's best, and God will take care of you both. He already knows what you'll call home, who your friends will be, and how often you'll still get to see your precious family, and all. Embrace the change, and know that God has plans for you in this new city. Big hugs to you, dear friend!

And your card is DELISH! We must've been thinking on the same wave length this week. Just wait until you see my Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration post. LOL! LOVE the color palette and all those fabulous textures! Yum-O!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Lisa! love the little banner! A move is a move no matter if it's 1 mile or 3000! I feel your pain! :(

Mynnette said...

LISA! Oh, no!!! I feel soooo bad that I didn't see this until today! What sadppy news! Meaning sad emotionally but happy financially. What a super hard decision! Your card is lovely and I think sometimes we just need to create something for US that is OURS. I hope you frame this and/or have this displayed in your new house. The best news is that you are only moving 3 hours away. My mom and dad had to move 20 hours away from their families when my dad got a job. My mom had a really hard time with it. I know that you will be blessed to see your son and DIL frequently because you are so family oriented and that is just the type of person God wants you to be. HUGS dear friend--I hope that all goes smoothly with the move and I'll keep checking up on you! Mynn xx

laughadaisy said...

Oh, thanks for making me cry, girl. :-S I can feel how overwhelmed you are, and I wish I could reach out and give you a big hug!!

Your card is beautiful. Just gorgeous. I would want to keep it with me always, too.

You're in my prayers and thoughts, my friend. Praying for God's richest blessings upon you right now!

(((hugs)))

Barb said...

Oh Lisa that is tough news. While it doesn't ease the hurt, the good points you've mentioned are excellent reasons to jump forward. It's obvious that a lot of love went into this gorgeous card...your heart will always be with loved ones regardless of where you live. Sending hugs your way xx

Lisa Petrella said...

GORGEOUS card, Lisa!!! Every detail is just PERFECT!!! Definitely one of my all-time favorites of yours!!!! Best of luck with your move and congrats to your husband on his new position!!! I'm sure it seems a bit overwhelming now, but try to embrace the move and the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things!!! Think about it as an adventure!!!! I have a good feeling it's all going to work out wonderfully!!! (((HUGS)))

Michelle said...

Lisa, you created a stunning card out of agony, grief and uncertainty! Amazing what we can do under these conditions! This card is truly a keepsake of what 'might have been'! (I'm backtracking...I read the good news first ;)!! Hugs, Michelle