“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”
Chaos pretty much sums it up. My mind is swimming around with so many things to do and so many post-it notes. Luckily, “write a blog post” is on one of those lists.
I’m writing today, because I am pretty sure there will be no post next week. Next weekend is moving weekend. Which means this is my last week here in this little town.
People have been asking if I’m excited to move and get started with the next chapter. I am very excited to be a complete family again, as this has been hard on Hubby and I and the little ones. I am so excited to get the business going and help people with their health. I am also excited for Tyler and Jenna to see their extended families more often.
But part of me is also very sad. We have made some great friends here, and so many of my patients have become my friends and some even like our own little pseudo-family. Whether it is offering to help watch the kids, giving us extra produce from their garden, or shoveling a path for me in the snow, I have grown pretty attached to the people in this town. I am so honored that they trusted us with their health and well-being. That means so so much to me, and I can only hope that we find patients like that at our next clinic.
So today was the start of a week full of good-bye’s. I only cried 4 times today. I know they are all going to be in good hands, but I know I probably won’t see everyone again someday. That part is pretty hard because I have gotten so invested in their lives. I won’t get to see the new babies, won’t get to see the kids growing up, won’t get to hear about vacations and won’t get to cheer along as they reach their goals.
I leave them in the hands of the new Dr. Leah- Dr. Hubbard. I know she will be excellent and care just as much as we did about all of our patients. They will also have the familiar face of Kelly greeting them in the office.
Since I won’t be blogging next weekend, I need to write a little something about Kelly. She was the first and only person I interviewed for the front desk/office manager position. My sister-in-law was working in Cedar Rapids at Yellow Book at the time, and she told me she worked with a girl from Manchester who might be interested in the job because she was tired of driving so far to work, and Katy thought she was a great people person. I trust Katy, so after a very short interview, Kelly was hired.
After 5 1/2 years, she is still by my side. She had to learn a whole new language of insurance and chiropractic and supplementation, but took the challenge head-on and ran with it. She put up with all of my procrastination and horrible organizational skills. And I know through all of it she is just as invested in these people’s lives as I am and has done so much for us. I am going to miss her more than she knows, and I don’t know if I will ever find an employee that will know me so well. If I can just find her husband a new principal job in Spencer, she can come with us and I can bug her forever!
Ok that is probably enough sap for one night. Who wants to see pictures of the house?
That is the view into the living room from the kitchen counter.
Here is the fireplace that Hubby painted. This area is far from finished, we need more paint on fireplace, trim on doors and built-in, and flooring. The chandelier that you see in the upper corner was an original brass fixture in the house, but my mom spruced it up with some spray paint. I think this place is going to look pretty cool.
I’m so thankful for all the work and many many hours Hubby and my parents and my brother have put into this house. I feel so helpless sometimes all the way over here. Guess I’ll just keep working hard so we can pay for all of this.
And now the rugrats…
Sweet Jenna. She is getting so big. She really has the word “hi” down, and she waves both her hands and says “hi hi hi hi hi”.
And look at this crazy hair. We finally tamed the beast tonight- I took him to Cost Cutters and got it cut but didn’t get a picture. He’s been a little mean towards Jenna lately, taking toys out of her hand and shoving her down for no reason. I’m hoping it is just because he misses his daddy and is acting out. If this is a regular thing, I see a lot of time-outs in our future.
Well, I suppose the next time you read this, I will be in our new hometown. Manchester, you have been wonderful, but it is time to start the next chapter in our lives. Stay tuned…