And We’re Off! Moving Tips You (or a Friend) Just Might Need…

This weekend is our big move.  THE big move.

I've been armed with boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape for the last few weeks.  Buried in it, actually.  And you haven't heard much from me.

(thanks for being patient)

My black magic marker has been one of my very. best. friends.

Our new house has been painted, wallpapered, and visited by handymen, and it's awaiting our arrival.


Some of you have offered valuable advice on our Facebook page.  My favorite idea was submitted by Laurie Dyer (what great friends she has!):

Tsh, editor of Simple Mom, also wrote this helpful checklist for moving into a new home.

And who knew you could easily order moving supplies via  They have great prices, especially on packing tape (which I've used LOTS of).

I can hardly wait to share more details with you soon!  Thank you for all of your well-wishes and prayers during this time of transition.  What a blessing you all have been!

Have you made a long distance move with young children?  I'd love to know what worked for you!


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  1. Lisa says:

    I pray your move goes well! I was thinking you had moved already. May the Lord bless you in your new home!

  2. Ann says:

    I have moved lots of times with my family but our biggest move was international from NZ to Australia. We knew absolutely no one here. We didn’t have a home to move to and my husband had no job. It was a huge exercise in trusting God. We bought a car when we landed in Sydney and the lady who sold it to us offered my husband a job! However we did not want to live in the city, we thanked her and began our big adventure. We stopped in some lovely places and met lovely people – complete strangers always asking them about their town and what it had to offer. We eventually came to the place where we knew God had called us to – it was love at first sight but once again we went and talked to people – shopkeepers, real estate agents even people just out walking their dogs! They all loved their region and gave us invaluable information. Local knowledge is very advantageous. God put people in our path. We discovered employment was by word of mouth and checking situations vacant in the newspaper was fruitless. It was through people that God provided us with a home to rent, a job for my husband and therefore my advice is for anyone moving to a new unfamiliar place is to befriend people – don’t wait for them to come to you. Be bold! We went to our neighbours first and reached out to them, we invited people from our new church home for lunch to meet our family even though we still had boxes to unpack in most rooms.
    Our furniture and belongings were shipped over and were delayed so we camped for several weeks in our rental home. We ate stir fries every night cooked in the wok I had to buy (that wok saved us lots of money on takeout meals!) and we pretended we were Japanese sitting on cushions on the floor eating out of bowls that would be washed up and used at breakfast the next morning. The children loved it!
    I wish you well Jamie as you settle into your new home – I just love setting everything out and arranging and rearranging cupboards, rooms, pictures and so forth – it’s homemaker heaven!

  3. Shelly says:

    Jaime, we just finished loading the first trailer today ourselves. This will be our 4th and longest move yet! How far are you guys going? We’re moving from Colorado to Tennessee… with a short stop at Lobelville…!

  4. Emily says:

    How exciting! We are going to start looking for some raw land to have a place built, so I share in your excitement. :)

  5. Our family relocated to a new area, home, and church this past May. With a family of four young children, it was quite a challenge! I guess my biggest “tip” for surviving a move is to pace yourself and SIMPLIFY as much as possible. I planned a simple menu that we reused for a week or two until things settled down a little. I also discontinued homeschooling for about a month during the actual move (this made us go longer into the summer, but at least we didn’t stress!).

    Praying that all goes well for your family during this transition!

  6. My family has moved several times… I’ve been from Panama (where I was born) to Germany to South Dakota to New York to Japan to Georgia, so far. :) But the Sd to NY move is the first one I remember, and the NY to Japan move was the first move that really affected me that much.

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  7. Love this post! I am praying that your move is going smoothly and that you all will settle in quickly! It’s always so fun to be able to take your time and get your new house set-up the way you like it. I hope you have time to take it somewhat slow with the unpacking and enjoy finding just the right spot for everything. I also hope you have an awesome new kitchen to cook in. May the Lord richly bless you in this new home with many opportunities to share His love and truth with others! Much love, Kelly xoxo

  8. Aprilfresh31 says:

    I too was thinking you had already moved and were in the process of settling in! I know i — like many others — have really missed seeing you on post here regularly. I look forward to hearing more from you when you are settled. God’s blessings and joy in your new home and new church venture.
    By the way, I finally purchased my Komo after a whole summer of contemplation. Now I’m figuring out how to actually bake bread :) Thanks for your continued inspiration! Can’t wait to see your new kitchen!!! (via background of wonderful recipes of course!)