The Dawn Has Come

The Dawn Has Come

My laptop has been gathering dust on the nightstand for nearly 2 weeks now, blinking at me and wondering where I’ve gone.  Why am I having so much trouble opening up and blogging right now?

Let’s face it.  No one wants to read a post entitled “600 Things That Kept Me From Showering This Week.”

Right?!  Yeesh.  But I’m not one to get all fakey on the blog.  Or at least I try not to be.  I couldn’t bring myself to write about my rainbow paper pieced flowers, or a fresh new quilt top, amidst a half packed house littered with laundry, disassembled furniture, game pieces, and dried tears.  I’ve been telling friends that “we’re moving!” for nearly 2 months now, and it has yet to actually occur.

We are, however, now actually, really, FINALLY (for real!) moving next month to a larger, more kid-friendly home that’s closer to family, but WHEW, what a journey.  God is at work on my heart, big time.  We’ve been under contract on 3 different houses, and finally have found THE ONE, but only after a whirlwind of inspection dramas, erroneous credit obstacles resulting in a Congressional inquiry that just finalized in our favor (I know!), musical mortgage brokers, endless negotiations, and on top of that, a real estate market fierce enough to bring the likes of Simon Cowell to a fit of weeping despair.

But alas, the dawn has come.

I’ll be back to share about paper piecing and scrappy rainbows tomorrow.  Right now, hmmm, that shower is calling my name.



  1. Karen Burns says:

    Hi Amy!
    Congratulations on buying your new home! I wish you much love and happiness there!

  2. We will be here. Please relax and take care of your moving adventures. It will all work out. Promise. God Bless you and your family!

  3. Oh girl! So happy for you and your new house- sounds like it was a long bumpy road indeed. Y’all are so worthy and will so enjoy your new space closer to family. My heart is happy for you all!

  4. Andrea Williams says:

    God only gives us what we can handle. Cuddle the kiddies a little longer each time you can, they always make things better. Wish I could lend a helping hand to pack some boxes to help lighten your load but we just live too far apart. I am glad you got your home and before you know it you will be all settled in quilting away…

  5. Deep breath, relax….it will be fine. Good luck xx

  6. Judy Currie says:

    Enjoy the move. I know it is hard work but what a reward at the end. Such a great time for your lovely family.

  7. Buying a home, selling a home and moving is never easy! Best of luck for things to smooth out a little now for you though -whew! Catch up with us when you can. We’ll all still be here. ;-)

  8. Glad it all worked out in the end, that last house was obviously meant to be (shame about the heartache to get there though!)

  9. I’m so thankful you have a house and can start to put that pesky ordeal behind you. And it sounds like your ear is attentive to what God is whispering to your heart in the midst of all this, and I know that makes Him smile! Wsh I could come help you pack and bring a casserole or something!

  10. Kathy Fair says:

    It is so hard to be ‘up in the air’ with things and still concentrate on the important stuff, but as always, you have it all under control, even if it seems to you that it isn’t.

    So when are you actually moving? We will be traveling through Denver in mid-May, maybe we could stop by and help with a couple of boxes. :))

  11. Marye Albritton says:

    Amy, please try to relax! We can all understand. As someone earlier said, we will be here . Just sorry we can’t all come pack/ clean/ cook/ or babysit! Hang in there!


  12. Karen Caswell says:

    God has a plan for each of us and the house you finally got is meant for your family. I know moving is crazy but make some fun with it. We will be here when you are done.

  13. congratulations! I sure other than being kid friendly there must be an area perfect for your quilting creative juices flow :)

  14. Buying a home is one of the most stressful experiences ever! Hang in there!!!!

  15. Karen McClung says:

    Congratulation on your new home!! Hope you can just stop and reflect on the important things in your life! Each day is a new beginning, so let God carry you through this hectic time. Praying for you and your family during this transition.

  16. Peggy Toomey says:

    My daughter is going thru the same thing! Sold their home, but haven’t found THE one for them yet! Have to be out mid-June. Guess where they are moving if timing is not right on a new one??? yep, my house! yikes!

  17. Hope everything runs a lot more smoothly now. Best wishes to you and your lovely family, and I can’t wait to read your further crafting exploits again,

  18. Congratulations on your new home……and take your time…your friends will all be still here. :)

  19. I am thrilled to be reading this. What a long journey! so thankful that there was indeed light at the end of the tunnel. The state of Denver will think twice before messing with Amy G again! Yay girl, can’t wait to see/hear about your new home and the memories you create within it. xoxo

  20. Repeat after me….This too shall pass, this too shall pass. I can assure you it will and the mantra helps until it does. A shower and a good cry can’t hurt either.

  21. Good luck with the move. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and it must be that for you it’s going to be the perfect house you move into x

  22. Fingers and toes crossed here for your move. Such a stressful time – hang in there. The new house will be brilliant! xx

  23. It is going to be the prfect house for you and your lovely family.

  24. Congratulations Amy. Cant wait for the paper piecing – how did you know it was on the top of my must-do list?

  25. Moving? HATE IT! But this lady, Marla, changed my life with her organization blog – Here’s her moving tips – a lifesaver!

  26. Wishing you the best on this journey Amy. We are trying to move as well. We are now on the 2nd house after the first house fell through.. Dealing with multiple offerings….we are on our 4th counteroffer. I haven’t blogged forever!
    Looking for to your paper piecing and rainbow project!

  27. Janet Green says:

    Amy I have moved all my life (AF Brat). 4 yrs ago moved from England left my 19 yr old there broke my heart and the stress and heartbreak of leaving the best friend confidant and memories was difficult enough to make me think twice. Trying to start again at 40 also terrified me. My quilting gave me comfort my husband is my best friend!!! As it should be!!! I am still working on friends but my family is here and there is a quilt shop 6 miles away! I believe we never get more than we can bear, and by the way kids could be 10 before ya get a shower when YOU want. Take care

  28. Ginger Mileski says:

    Oh Amy! As my momma used to say, “this too shall pass”. Take care of you and yours for now. We will miss your paper piecing and rainbows, but focus on your family for now. …….and relish those showers;)

  29. oh, amy. thinking of you. it’s so hard to move… but being closer to family?! what a gift that will be. all the best.

  30. Bet Courey says:

    AMY, Blessings to you and the family in your new home…….i look forward to photos……..take it a day at a time…….

  31. Deborah French says:

    Congratulation on your new home!! I love reading your blogs because you are so real. Life is full of ups and downs, and you show the real thing. I have always been so impressed with your ability to do so much – and everything so well! Thanks you for sharing your life with us, you are a true inspiration!!

  32. Just take one day at a time…one step at a time.
    Last year while doing your Craftsy BOM quilt, we were downsizing from a house we built and raised 3 children in, to a condo. All the while, I kept your quilt classes close @ hand, until the sewing machine absolutely had to be packed. We lived in 2 transitional residences, the last 2 months in our camper.
    The sampler quilt I now have from your class will always remind me of the difficulty(sobbing as I’m going through our grown kids things from their childhood), but it also reminds me of the intense joy we now have, living closer to the kids and granddaughters, in a remarkable place that people come to, to vacation, ….and we live here, wow.
    All the while, I will keep you and the family in my prayer intentions.
    May you continue to be most blessed. Hugs.

  33. Amy, congratulations on your new home! I sure hope the rest of this journey goes smooth, full of easy to please children and daily showers :)

  34. You’ve survived step # 1. :) Hope all goes well with the move and congratulations! :)

  35. Amy, there is nothing more stressful than buying and selling a home! There are just so many things that can change the direction of your life in a single day…..Sounds like things are stable now and going down a good path. Best of luck in your new home……

  36. Linda Crandall says:

    You’re in the midst of REAL life girlie girl and it’s ABSOLUTELY true that in that place of turmoil and suffering that God meets us in a very special way, making his reality and presence known in way we never experience when things are purring right along!

    Enjoy your family and new home. We out here in ether-ether land can wait!

    I know you don’t exactly have time to read, but I’d like to recommend a short, encouraging book my daughter-in-law just had published called “Christ in the Chaos How the Gospel Changes Motherhood.” It’s Very easy to read and can be purchased on Amazon for under $10.

    Appreciate you, your attitude, and your quilting inspirations!


  37. “Closer to family” …. that’s all you need to keep in mind. That makes me happy for you.

  38. Nancy Angerer says:

    glad your move is finally happening and that you are going to be closer to family. I don’t have children to take up time and energy, but I do understand about the move. We had a contract on another house, but that fell through. Now we have a contract on a house and it lookes like everything is a go. We are 70 and are moving from Illinois to Alabama to be near our oldest daughter. We are also downsizing. So we are packing, packing, packing:) What a job!

  39. Machelle says:

    God bless you! I remember that season in my life… I remember telling my Mom when my children were toddlers I was excited if I shaved BOTH my legs on the same day!(and I wasn’t kidding!!) Good luck on the move and enjoy those children and all the great things happening in your lives right now!

  40. Amy , will be praying for you and your family. What a long time of ups and downs. Hope the move goes well. I can relate about the shower I have so many prom, wedding and bridesmaids dresses to do, try to find extra time any way I can. Today when I also got a box of hockey jerseys I almost cried.

  41. Karen Bergt says:

    Amy, Congrats on the bigger, kid friendly home. Moving is always a chore. Take your time getting everything put away. We will all be here when you return. God bless you and your family.

  42. So happy for you! Thankful it is finally a go. I know how stressful it can get when you are moving, then you aren’t, then you are. Been there. Done that. Have the memories left over for it. :D God Bless you and your family on this journey.

  43. At least you have your humour! Oh the hoops to jump through to buy a home! There’s always something that throws a spanner in the works isn’t there? Are you still going to live n the same city?or is this a major move to another city or state?

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