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Monday, December 1, 2014

December Update

Hello all! 

I thought I would pop in with a little update. The last couple of months have felt like a marathon
of movement and decision making, and I am tired! :)
My dad passed away the first week in October, and we made the decision to move from Colorado to California to be closer to my mom and family during this hard season of changes. 

We arrived in California the first week in November, and are staying with my mom for another month or so while we sort through what the future holds for all of us, and look for a place of our own. 
I knew I was going to have to drive a moving truck, which was really intimidating. In the end, I chose a 16 foot truck. After the first few nervous hours of the trip, it ended up being pretty fun to drive! 
I would like you to pause for a moment in silent awe {smile} at my ability to pare down the belongings of myself and 3 kids to fit in a truck that had a 15-1/2 foot x 7-1/2 foot space inside! 
I knew it would require us to get rid of a TON of stuff, which was really challenging, but I was also very happy to get a fresh start with much less. 

Three of the kids and I are sharing the family room here at my mom's house, sleeping on futons and an air mattress. I'm sure you can imagine, it can be pretty stressful at times. But we are warm and safe and, most importantly, together!

Not gonna lie, I'm missing having a bedroom!

Experiencing our first Thanksgiving without Dad was really painful, but we were blessed to have lots of family and friends together on Thursday, and we truly have so much to be grateful for.

 Sometimes I wonder if there will ever be a time in my life when I feel settled. My family has gone through so many changes over the past several years! I really have to resist falling into the trap of feeling like I'm waiting for my "real" life to begin. 
A couple of months ago, I was pretty focused on upcoming projects for the blog, and {it seems} in the blink of an eye I'm living in another state, grieving the loss of my dad, and really struggling to find a new daily rhythm for my family. 

Don't get me wrong, this is where I really want to be right now, but we are naturally in a period of major adjustment. I am really looking forward to getting to a place where I have a new space to put my stamp on, and coming up with some creative projects to share again! 

I am looking back over the last 2 months wondering how in the world we got from 'Point A' to 'Point B'. 
I know {as always} that it's the stepping stones of grace that God continues to provide for us in this crazy life! 

Until I get back in the blogging groove, I would love it if you would come over and stay in touch with me on the Creating a Life Facebook page!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends. 

Welcome, December! 



  1. You've had some major changes going on in such a short period of time, Jeanette. I'm sure you are where you need to be right now. I hope you will find a new place for yourself soon.

  2. Jeanette, I'm happy you were able to make the move successfully and safely. Kudos to you for accomplishing that, and all in the 16' truck! That's incredible, really it is. When my daughter and her husband moved to FL with the same size truck, I thought that was impressive, but wow. May many blessings be yours, now and always.
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. Jeanette,
    So happy the travel to California was successful for all of you. I know you will find a wonderful place to call home. I think it is so great you will be near your mom as you all grieve the loss of your dad. You know they say that as you travel through the tough journey's of life it is hard but when you get on the other side of the journey it is totally worth it. I think you are headed for new and beautiful things ahead. So proud of you that you could drive a 16 foot truck. You go girl!!!!!!

  4. glad to hear from you and that y'all are safe and warm the old saying just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get there i know sometimes it's hard but you drove a big truck you can do it xx

  5. It is good to hear from you and know you made a safe move. I'm sure your mom is very glad to have you close.

  6. So sorry to hear of your loss and all the major changes. I lost my husband in April, sold my home and moved to a condo in August. The hardest time is holidays so I will keep you and your family in prayer. Good ;uck in your new place. May you find the perfect home.

  7. I have told you are an amazing woman. You have been through so much, yet you have been focusing on keeping the family together. It's important to grieve your loss(es), although you will always miss the ones who relocated to Heaven before you. I pray for peace and joy for you and your family. Blessings during this time.

  8. I had forgotten you were moving to California. I know it is difficult to live cramped together, but it will be so nice for your mother to have you with her.

  9. Hi Jeannette,
    What part of California did you move to, just wondering if you are close to where i live?
    Prayer are moving mountains for you friend, and soon a blessing with a home of your own where you can start filling it with great thrift and yard sale finds.

    Your in our prayers and I was just about to write you to see how your heart is doing?

    See you soon.

    Love your photos.


  10. I am now following you on FB :)
    Don't you just love Dreamy whites photos?


  11. That bedroom is simply gorgeous. I love its minimalistic touch with the decor. Anyway, my deepest sympathies for your loss and I hope you find that nest and that you guys get settled in nicely. Good luck on all your future projects and thanks for sharing!

    Naomi Walters @ Chicora

  12. I'm so glad you posted! I was getting worried about you and your family. We'll be here when you get your place and put your personal and creative "stamp" on it.

  13. I admire you so much, Jeanette. You do what needs to be done for you and your family and you don't whine and complain about it. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. It's difficult to be in a state of transition but I just know things are going to work out beautifully ~ everything happens for a reason!

  14. This is the first time visiting your blog! I follow you on FB and enjoy so much~~~I love your style and creativity! We are trying to get settled after downsizing and renovating a cottage...moved twice in 18 months. I am looking forward to your posts! Blessings~~~Roxie

  15. It's so good to hear from you and happy that you are with your mom. I will do my best keeping up with you on Facebook.


  16. Jeanette, even amongst all of this your creativity still shines. I love the little vignette on the plate!! I am glad to find out about what is going on in your life. I'm sure that God has a plan for you! I'm sure that your mother is loving your company. Losing your dad is difficult and being with the ones you love will help you all heal. I know that when you get a place you will transform it into a place of beauty! Look how much fun you will have starting over.

  17. Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas and tell you that I hope the family is settling in once again in California.

  18. Jeanette, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you, and hope things are going well. Have you found a place to live yet? Take care and God bless!

    1. Hi Angie-
      Still looking for a place for me and the kiddos. Thanks so much for thinking of me!

  19. Ever since I read your story on Spotlight Saturdays I have thought you belong back in California. So I am happy to hear that you are with your Mom and near family and are HOME again.

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