Our Moving Adventure (Boy Do I Have a Story to Tell!)

For the last two weeks I’ve been existing in a sort of limbo.  I didn’t realize just how much of a limbo until I sat down to write this post on Monday.  I worked on it on and off the past two days and still never got it finished.  I either ended up overwhelmed by emotions I didn’t know I was bottling up, or it got so long that even I couldn’t make it all the way through reading it.  I feel a little more grounded and settled today, and I think I’m finally ready to share the story of our moving adventure, and oh what a story it is!

Our Moving Story

It’s been two weeks since we finished loading the truck and hit the road for the first leg of our move.  In some ways it feels like longer and in others it feels like it was just yesterday.  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you already know that this move did not go according to plan.  There were so many bumps along the way that you would think we were just winging it.  In the end, that’s exactly what we had to do.

The Lead Up to Moving Day

It all started with the U-Haul truck, and I’m not laying blame here, this is just where it started.  We finally got the truck almost THREE hours later than we had booked it for.  Now we booked the truck online at the beginning of October, this should not have been an issue.  Sadly it was, and it put it us behind before we even really got started.  It was a rush to get the clutter that couldn’t be donated or sold loaded to take to the dump.  Because we were rushed, we missed a bunch of stuff, which meant my poor husband was taking more stuff the next day.

Can you tell I was getting sick of packing?

We were still packing and loading the truck Monday morning when the guy came to clean our carpets.  Talk about fun times!  My husband and I had carefully planned these two days out.  We were planning to be gone around noon on Monday.  In the end, we didn’t leave our old home town until after 6.  That’s when things really went sideways, almost literally.

The first leg of our move was supposed to be four hour drive to my parents’ place, who we were going to stay with for Halloween.  By this point in the day I was starting to feel energized and excited to be on the road, beginning our new adventure.  The boys and I were in the Jeep, following my husband who was in the moving truck.  All was going good until about an hour and a half into the drive.  We were slowing down for a corner when things went really wrong.

The Accident

I hit a patch of black ice as I was braking and it caused the Jeep to fishtail.  Because the shoulder on that stretch of highway isn’t super wide, there wasn’t enough room for me to properly correct and control the skid.  We hit the cement barrier and it kicked is across the road into the ditch.

It sounds bad, and it was.  I won’t lie.  But the important part, the part I keep reminding myself of over and over, is that it could have been much, much worse.  The boys and I are all ok.  The airbags deployed as they were supposed to.  All our doors opened, seat-belts came off easily.  My oldest suffered the worst of the injuries with a broken wrist that required surgery to properly set.  My youngest had a sore chest and a couple of bruises from the seat belt.  As for me, I’ve got either a sprained ankle or avulsion fractures (don’t get me started on how that revelation happened) sore chest muscles and badly bruised lower legs.   But we’re all ok!  We walked (or hobbled) away from it.  In the end, that’s all that really matters.

Gotta love double sided grippy socks!

The After

I honestly don’t know what we would have done without all the people who came to help us.  From the caring strangers who pulled over and came to help get me and the boys right away and went and got proper help, to the first responders and ambulance crews, to the doctors and nurses in the ER we were taken to – I can’t begin to express my gratitude to all of them.

My parents and my uncle deserve a special shout out too!  They made the drive to come and get us and take us to their place.  I don’t know what we would have done without them.  My Jeep was a write off and the moving truck only had room for three.  We had already turned in the keys to our old house but we hadn’t yet taken possession of our new one.  It was a bizarre place to be.  Without my parents and my uncle I’m not sure what would’ve happened.  Not only did they come and get us, my parents took time off work to help us finish the move. We’d still be crashing at their place without their help.  They worked with Travis to figure out the logistics of getting everyone here safe and sound.  They helped him plan the route and the stops and everything else.

So, the move that was supposed to take us three days ended up taking us six.  We left out old hometown Monday night at 6 pm and arrived in our new home town Saturday night around 8 pm.  It was a crazy journey to get here.

Beautiful, move in mess!

Before they headed home my parents helped Travis unload the truck and helped us get the essential unpacking done.  I still get teary eyed thinking about everything they did to help us.

We’ve now been in our new home for just over a week and we’re slowly settling in.  Travis has been taking care of everything as I can’t lift much yet and our oldest can only use one arm.   He credits being able to get everything set up so quickly to my packing list.  It’s made his life so much easier as he doesn’t have to go hunting through boxes to find what he needs.  He just checks my list and goes from there.  Even my parents liked and used the list!  So that’s most definitely one BIG win for this move!!  In a move where so much went so wrong, it’s nice to know we got a few things right along the way.

What’s Coming Next

My blog planner tells me that I’m supposed to snapping pictures and writing posts about how I’m organizing the different areas of our new home.  I also planned to write a post about the challenges and advantages of moving to a smaller home.  Since the house isn’t really organized, and will probably have to wait the requisite 4-6 weeks I’m stuck on crutches for, I won’t be able to get any of those posts done.

Instead, I’m going to working on updating some of the printables to match the 2018 calendars.  I’ve also got black and white holiday planner printables on my list of ones to make as well.  Those will coming out later on this week.  I’m also going to finish up the From Scattered to Sane series.  It’s missing its final few posts and I keep meaning to finish them and never have time.  So be on the look out for those as well.

I can’t promise how often posts will go out while I’m healing, but they will be coming.

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you have any moving adventures you’d like to share?  Suggestions or tips for combating boredom while healing?  Chime in below in the comments!  I may not be able to respond to everyone, but I do read each and every one!



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  1. Denise Howe says:

    Having just gone through an horrendous house move myself I can sympathise. (although, thankfully no road accidents were involved in mine!)
    I sold the house the first day it was up for sale – and near to the asking price – unfortunately, here in the UK nothing after that is binding until solicitors have done all searches and exchanged contracts – then you set a completion date. My buyers said they had sold their property and were ‘cash purchasers’ – however that often means ‘funded by bank mortgage’
    To cut a long story short – I ended up sitting in my house – with no gas/electric/TV/telephone or Broadband for 3 weeks while they got sorted.
    I have no kids but lots of stuff – so spent 12 weeks packing, running to the dump and the charity shops.
    Now I am at last in my new home (somewhat smaller) – and although I too had a packing planner – the sheer amount of stuff ( I am a semi-retired head teacher who still does private tuition and I run Community Craft Classes!)means that 8 weeks on I am STILL unpacking and moving around boxes!!
    Thanks to a very good handyman, shelves and furniture are now where I want them and the lofts in the house and garage are boarded to take more storage. I am on the beautiful coastal area of Northumberland – where we have some of the darkest starry skies in the world and a world heritage stretch of sandy beach with dolphins, seals and puffins – but I am still traumatised by the anxiety and stress of the move – so maybe it will be Spring before I begin to appreciate it. The sad co-incidence is – ALL my family were also moving home this summer – sister, brother, sister-in-law, nephew…….and we ALL have horrendous stories to tell!!!! Let’s just say I won’t be moving house again soon…or at least until me memory fades!!
    I do hope you all get settled in comfortably and can rest, heal and recuperate from your ordeal? best of luck!
    Denise – Northumberland/Scottish borders – UK

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      I am so sorry that your move was so stressful. Moving is already a stressful time, but when things pile up like that it sucks the little joy right out of it. I’m sorry your family all went through stressful moves as well. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the stars and the beach before spring. You need to be able to rest and relax a little.

      We are all on the mend, thankfully. It’s hard to not try to do too much with boxes all around, but I’m making my peace with that for the time being. Maybe I’ll just wrap them in Christmas paper and use them as holiday decorations. lol

  2. What an awful trip. I’m so sorry you had to go through that. I’m glad you’re all okay. And as Mr Rogers says “Look for the helpers”.

    Internet stranger 🙂

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Thanks so much Ellen. It’s certainly not an experience I ever want to go through again!

  3. Sharon Miller says:

    I feel your pain quite literally. When I moved from my last home, the high school students that were helping were jumping off the U-haul. It looked like a good idea, even though I had been their kindergarten teacher, so I jumped too. My foot basically pancake and produced fracture.
    Since I see you have an office chair with wheels that’s what I used for moving around. You can put stuff on your lap and use crutches as oars. If nothing else it cracks up the family. I also read and crocheted alot. Here is to an easy and complete healing. Sharon

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Oh no Sharon, I am so sorry that happened to you. It is certainly not fun. Your comment about the chair made me chuckle, as that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I can get from the dining room to our room where my office is so I can get some work done. It’s come in quite handy. Thankfully, we don’t have any stairs inside the house, so getting around on crutches isn’t too hard.

      I hope your foot and ankle healed well.

  4. Your story strickes terror in my heart as I think about the very real possibility of having to drive from coast to coast in January to get my daughter to her new job if she is chosen.😬

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      That’s a long drive. Take your time and avoid mountain passes when possible, that is my advice. I wish you all best!!!

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your accident.
    But very glad to know you and your family are doing okay.
    We will keep you all in our prayers!!
    Thanks for the awesome printables!
    Great job! I love using them!!

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Thanks so much Nicole. I’m glad we’re all ok too! I’m happy to hear you like using the printables. I hope you’ve found some that are really helpful for you.

  6. Thank God you’re all more/less OK. A car crash like that is horrible enough, but in the middle of a move, when life is topsy turvy? That’s a nightmare.

    Take care. We’ll be here when things calm down a lot.

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Thanks Kimberly. It was a very scary and strange situation to be in that is for sure. I’m very thankful that we were all ok, more or less.

  7. OH. MY. This was a Moving Adventure NEVER to be repeated. I am so sorry for all your injuries. And you are so right, it is truly awful, and it could have been so much worse.
    NOTHING to compare to your accident, and not a moving adventure, but a driving adventure. Recently my young adult daughter was driving a rental car at night in the middle of nowhere Colorado and hit a deer. 1. The trooper got there quickly and she was safe. 2. The car was still driveable. 3. We have insurance (even though the claims lady called and said we didn’t—what??!!??) 4. Most importantly, she was not injured. 5. The deer recovered in the ditch and ran BACK from where it came. {stupid deer). Yes, this mama (3 states away) really does know that it could have been so much worse.
    Blessings and patience to you as you recover, look at your mess, and keep on top of two boys! Your husband, folks, and uncle have been terrific. That too, is a huge blessing!!

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      I can only imagine how scary that must have been for you Julie. Driving is certainly full of hidden hazards. Thank you so much for the well wishes. We’re all on the mend and taking it easy. I might go a little stir crazy now and then, but better to rest now than prolong the healing process, or so I tell myself. The charm of the mess is slowly wearing off, but it still makes me smile to know we are all here, moved in, and slowly but surely getting settled.

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