One More Walk

walking“We need to take a last walk here before we leave,” Emmy said this morning. We’ve sold our current house, and the moving truck will be here in a few days to move our things to the new place.

It will be bittersweet walking with my little daughter on our old route one last time. We know about every tree and yard and house along the way from memory. Emily has grown up on that route, having accompanied me on the walk before she was even born. Then it was in the stroller, then running and playing the route as a preschooler, then a kindergartner and now, nearly a first grader on the brink of her sixth birthday.

I’ve watched the sunshine in her brown hair that has the gold highlights, seen her limbs get longer and longer and lose their chubbiness. I’ve listened to her questions about the world and God and flowers and birds along that route. Walks are great conversation times with children. You have the privilege of introducing them to the larger world. Those are precious memories to me that are locked away in the bank vault that all mothers have in their hearts.

We tentatively walked near our new house the other day. It will take a while to feel like it’s home. The houses and yards are unfamiliar, and there aren’t sidewalks like there are in our old neighborhood. There is the paved trail to the south of our house where people bike and walk. We’re going to have to explore that. Along the avenue before you turn into our new subdivision there is sidewalk that runs north for quite a ways. The nature preserve to the west of the avenue makes it feel like you are suddenly in the country. I liked that a lot when I drove past.

I met a walking neighbor in her late 70’s. She walks five miles a day. We have met several neighbors who are original home builders/owners in the neighborhood and had a wonderful chat with several the other evening after they approached us while we were working in our yard. New friends are already being made.

I was in the back by my flowers inside my picket fence the other evening when I suddenly heard a high piping voice of a child calling out in excitement.

“Grammy, Grammy!”

It was little Peter, my grandson, and his baby brother Max standing on the other side of my gate, waiting to be let in. Grammy and Grandpa’s new yard.

New adventures are calling, and there are new memories to be made!

“Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment in life.” ~ Unknown

P.S. Tom’s friend who has a big garden came over the other night and told us what we had in our new flower garden and front mound. The previous owner was an avid gardener who clearly knew much about flowers and bushes. He made suggestions about what to pull and what to leave, and with my sister-in-law and her husband’s help this week, the place looks wonderful. They removed some of the dying plants that had been neglected too long and did some pruning back of bushes and roses. Tom, Kris and Mike cut back the beautiful magnolia tree in the front so the light comes into the front of the house now. It’s all coming along, one step at a time.

8 thoughts on “One More Walk

  1. terriergal says:

    I remember many walks with my dad when I was younger… precious memories….but when we moved, it was to a home on the lake, and I was really ready for that too! New adventures. 🙂 Praying they will be good ones!

  2. healingInHim says:

    “New adventures are calling, and there are new memories to be made!”
    Yes, Ingrid … and you have many friends praying for you.

  3. Ron Whited says:

    Isn’t it amazing to look back and see the wondrous hand of God and how He has brought you to this place,at this time in your life? Truly,our God is an awesome God! There are many who rejoice with you at the blessings you are receiving.

  4. Ingrid says:

    Thank you, everyone! Ron, I completely agree with you. How we ended up with this particular home and how it was made possible in the first place is its own story. All of the good that has happened to us is because of God’s love through people. Undeserved and unexpected and wonderful. Tom and I are looking forward to making our new home a place of blessing for our family and others he sends our way to encourage. We often haven’t known what path to take ahead of us in the last four years, but God has been faithful to us, even in times of doubt and confusion. Thank you to all of you who have been so kind. My brother-in-law (a true brother) and my sister-in-law, a very dear sister, did an incredible amount of work this last week, helping Tom get repairs done to the new house, cleaning out the yard, doing things that otherwise would never have gotten done for a long time. Their love has been such a living example of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. My tired husband is grateful, as I am, and words are really inadequate. Thank you, Lord, for your great kindness to us.

  5. Kris says:

    You will find new and happy memories here as well as walks with new adventures in the neighborhood. It’s a beautiful place. Congratulations!

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