Sunday, February 10, 2013

Five Years Ago....

Five years ago, we were moving in to our lake house...
which we thought was going to be our final home.
One that "W" would retire in and we would enjoy our kids and grandkids in for the rest of our lives.
How things change!
Turns out "W" was a little too young for retirement and I found myself a little bit bored.
Retirement is not all it's cracked up to be....ya'll.
Today we are packing up the lake house and moving all our "stuff" to storage.
Nothing is for sure.
there is one thing for sure.
I'm happy!
I have found myself in uncharted territories.
A place that I haven't been an a very long time.

As I am packing ALL of this stuff up, I have realized how incredibly unimportant all of this "stuff" is!
 It's just stuff.  Stuff that I want to purge myself of.
Why though?
Maybe because I'm tired of it.  I'm just tired of "stuff"!
I'm ready to have just the basics.
No more junk!
Is it my age or what?

You know, packing has brought up a world of emotions.  I am going through 32 years of stuff.
I still have wedding presents that I am packing!  I even remember who gave them to me and I wonder if I wrote them a thank you note....
and wonder if they remember if I didn't.

Let me interrupt my blog for an important message......

I remember when "W" and I were in our thirties and forties.
It is so weird and I know those of you who are in that age bracket are seeing this happen.
This is the time you want to "prove" yourself.
I've seen it happen over and over.
You have to have the best of everything.
Don't you?
More than your friends?
Country club life, a Lexus, designer purses.
Willing to max out that credit card to prove that you "have it"?
Take my advice my dear readers....
Don't do it.
It WILL NOT change who you are.

now, back to the blog.

I look at my kids.
I am so proud of who they have become.
"W" and I gave them everything in the world that they would have ever wanted growing up.
We went on the finest trips, private schools.
We always lived in the nicest homes.
Country clubs?  (usually two or more)
they each got a car on their 16th birthday.
and you know?
You would never know that they came from a privileged life.
We did something right on that end.
They live their lives on strict budgets.
and I am so proud of that!

So, as I pack up and say goodbye to my lake house.
I carry fond memories of it with me.
Another chapter in my story of life.
One that I will always remember but never regret leaving behind....

It's just another chapter!

have a wonderful day y'all!


  1. I know exactly where you are - a simpler life surrounded by those we love is what is so important at our stage - can't wait to see where this new stage in life takes you - good luck with all of the packing!!

  2. Wonderful post Kendall! Well put! It's the family and friends that are important...stuff is just that..."stuff":) Looking forward to seeing what you do with this new adventure!