It's hard getting rid of old things that have meant a lot to you. Even though you don't use those things any more and even though you probably never will again, they hold so many memories. Other things are still useful, but need to be passed on. John and I have been sorting through our stuff that's stored in the attic. We have thrown, thrown, thrown. As John says, it feels like we've lost half our life.
One important thing I've passed on are the Christmas stockings I made for Daniel and Suzanne when they were little. I enjoyed our Christmas with Daniel and Suzanne so much, but at the same time it was difficult to think that this will be the last Christmas with them for awhile. We are truly moving into the empty nest era. It's not easy, let me tell you. As much as I am proud of my kids and who they are and as much as I want to see them succeed, I also don't want them to leave. I cross-stitched these when the kids were toddlers. I made one for John, too. Now they can have them to hang in their own places when they get one. We're all feeling a bit displaced right now. Change isn't always bad, but it is often difficult!
When we cleaned out the attic, a lot of the stuff we got rid of was really just junk....old cards and whatnot. But by old doll baby is there, too. I can't decide if I want to keep her in storage or try to sell her on e-bay. She was given to me when I was about six by another girl who had played with her and outgrown her. I got her in about 1967 and the girl who gave her to me was then a teenager. So I'm guessing the doll's original "birth date" was in the early 60's. I called her Rosie Anne and loved her dearly. She is even missing a bit of her thumb when I stuck her hand in a rabbit cage to pet a rabbit. The rabbit decided to have a bit of doll for lunch. The funny thing is, I was so scared because I thought the rabbit would die from eating doll and I would get blamed for killing the poor bunny. Suzanne played with her, too, but now she just lies packed away in a box. So, what do you think? Keep or sell?
Thankfully, there are new things, too. Suzanne and I got these new shoes from an organization called Toms. The shoes seemed a bit expensive to me, but when you buy a pair you are really buying two pairs because for every pair you buy, one pair is given to a child in need. Suzanne and I both loved these because they have baobab trees on them and the 2nd pair of shoes was specifically going to a child in Africa. She didn't mind that I wanted the same kind she got. They are so comfortable and I've already been wearing them a lot.
And we have a lot of old friends, too. Maybe I shouldn't say old because we aren't thinking of getting rid of them! Maybe faithful would be a better word. Faithful and maybe comfortable like a good pair of shoes. We have a group of friends around the world who have "gone" with us to Niger by faithfully supporting us and/or praying for us. We decided to invite friends in Connecticut who pray for and who financially support us to a little party. Sunday afternoon about 40 people dropped in for some snacks and to see our power point. It was a great time to get together with them and let them know how much we appreciate them.
This has been kind of a random post....just some of the things we've done and the emotions we've felt in the past week. Transitions are difficult, but thank God for friends!