Our Move From Washington To Kansas

Our last day at our home in Oroville, WA was spent moving in a flurry. We had three hired men come and help load the ABF trailer, our sweet neighbor Rosie brought over some cookies, cooked chicken and some apples from our other neighbor Carol. I was so grateful for this as I didn’t want to really take the time to make lunch. When the movers were gone, the house empty and the kids loaded into the SUV and truck, Matthew and I went back in for one last look. I went from room to room and when I got to Benjamin’s room I started to cry. This was my baby boy’s room and I was overcome by emotion. I went to the kids room next door where some of our kids slept but all of the kids had made into their playroom during the day. I wept. It was so very hard to leave because at the moment those rooms signified our children and what they mean to me. As we drove out, Matthew told later that he looked in the mirror and saw the home and prayed and thanked God. I was sobbing in the SUV ahead of him. I am glad we are gone, very grateful. Whenever I refer to something from that house my mouth says the home in Westport… it’s like it skipped over the home. I can’t remember it much and don’t want to. What mattered to me there was our children and our neighbors…. dear, sweet neighbors. It’s so hard to make relationships and leave. You never know what people will mean to you when you meet them but you sure know what they mean to you when you part.

The next morning after spending the night in a hotel, we went to sign at Baines Title and Escrow to be released from the home. We then drove down the 97 to Redmond, Oregon and visit with my mother – Grandma Pam. We had a wonderful time with her that evening and the following day at the park where we spent 4 1/2 hours there. p1030341

It was a beautiful day and the kids enjoyed playing while we all chatted and had lunch together.


Even Benjamin enjoyed his time at the park. p1030332

Here’s a picture of the kids and I with Grandma Pam… p1030331

Another with the kids, grandma and my husband… p1030338

My mother saw this as a good shot – the twins (they may have been in trouble and having to sit down). p1030324

Hot kids from playing all day…p1030325p1030326p1030343

Sweetie taking a nap in the warm outdoors. p1030346

My mother and I hadn’t seen each other since the year before so it was hard to say goodbye. I cried. We had spent some good time together and I think with us getting older, our relationship means more to us than it ever has. After driving East for a couple of hours, I could see the Three Sisters mountains that she had showed me the day before. I kept seeing them get farther away and felt sad, I felt like we were moving so far from her. It hurt. I kept looking in the mirror at the mountains…. I should have taken a picture.


One of our first stops after leaving Grandma, the kids were running around at this rest stop. An 80 year old man walked out of the restroom and started to run in circles like a kid with the children. He ran and ran, waving his arms for several minutes saying, “Can you imagine that, an 80 year old man running?” He was sweet. It was fun. p1030355

The kids still riled up from the funny man. We had a good time. When we got on the road again, I noted that I couldn’t see the Three Sisters Mountains anymore.  : (


Then, when we were 3 hours out of Idaho we came across this park. A good place to eat and stretch our legs. The fountain of youth must be in Oregon… look at the older man climbing the ladder to the slide.


Look at him sliding down… I felt free to be gone from our home, it didn’t seem real but oh, it was. And it was such a joy to see these older men having such a good time.  What a delight!


The kids eating lunch… p1030367p1030365

Benjamin’s eyes are read from not taking his normal naps. Poor baby…

Next post on our arrival to Kansas…


4 thoughts on “Our Move From Washington To Kansas

  1. I am feeling your heart in this. Bless you. Overwhelming on so many different levels. Praying so long to be freed from where you were and yet leaving. I loved the pictures of your trip and seeing you all as a family with your mom. I am so grateful to God that you are where you are and that you will be planted for your new work in His kingdom very soon. Much love from me! Blessings!

    • Thank you Susan. We will be okay. We knew it would be hard, we are getting older I guess so we are realistic about things now. : ) About 5 years ago in January when we first moved, we were so excited and jazzed about it. We know better now. There’s no place like having a home.

  2. This makes me thankful that our “move” was only 8 miles! LOL!! I never went back to “see” the empty land/buildings that we vacationed in for 26 summers. I drove away before Tom helped the movers. My oldest kids were 14, 12, and 10 when we bought it. They are 40, 37 and 35 now. We never had any nice neighbors on the lake. People came and went. They were into sports, boating, 4 wheeling, jet skiing. We camped quietly. :o) But at our new place we do have nice neighbors.
    Your mom is beautiful, and she looks so young!! I’m sorry she’s so far away.
    I miss having most my kids ambulatory- LOL! The running and fun! Now we have so many with special needs that stopping to stretch is discouraged! :o)
    ((((HUGS)))))) and prayers

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