After a huge amount of debate and struggle we decided to spend Christmas in Atlanta. The main factor was having to get the remaining items out of our garage in our Georgia house. I’ll admit that I haven’t really enjoyed this Christmas season. I don’t have any huge crisis of a reason. It has just been a different and difficult Christmas.
After moving and having quite possibly the busiest two and a half weeks of my life funds were short for Christmas. God of course (as He always does) provided and Santa was good to the girls. But our time here in Atlanta has been filled with frustration and inconvenience mixed with a few moments of happy Christmas. Savannah Grace almost got a lump of coal in her stocking. She did have many of her new toys taken and put away just a few hours after receiving them.
All things aside the two biggest things that have caused me to be such a "Scrooge" have nothing to do with anyone in our family or the typical financial irritations. One: I’m not at my house on Christmas. For the last three years I have held tight to a decision I made a long time ago. After we had children I wanted them to wake up in their house on Christmas morning. I made an exception this year because of the move. I will not make that mistake again. Much love and appreciation to all of our family for all the assistance and welcome but 2008 and until will be spent in Charlotte.
The biggest factor is the fact that UHAUL is full of morons. At some point in history UHAUL decided that Ford Explorers were unsafe vehicles and made rule that they would not rent tow behind trailers to Ford Explorer drivers. This is a bit of an issue because that is exactly what we drove over to Atlanta in. Luckily my Father-In-Law is letting us take his trailer until we can get it back to him or he can come get it.
I think part of my mood is a God thing. When we decided to move to Charlotte I asked God to give me a love for the city of Charlotte. This was a big request because I love the ATL. This may sound super spiritual or just crazy but I I believe God has begun turning my heart to Charlotte. I can’t wait to get back. I miss my coworkers and volunteers. I do love my family and am looking forward to visiting with my parents as soon as we can but I love what I do.
We’ll be headed back tomorrow so if you want to hang out or something just swing by the old townhouse. Bring a movie or a board game and we’ll make an evening out of it.