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Motel Mondays With The Family

For the next few months, I'm going to be posting about our life adventures in a motel! 2 adults and 3 teens sharing 1 motel room  with 1 bathroom (did I mention 2 of the teens are girls?) There will be humorous posts, drama posts, and posts of insanity....but it will all be fun! Did I mention that CL and I are sharing a motel room with our 3 teens?


Todays Monday post: Moving Madness!
Our house went from THIS
To THIS


To THIS





  • Friday - Got word that we will be moving in 7 days instead of 3 months.
  • Saturday - Kids were given the job of dividing their stuff into 2 sections. Section 1 was to be stored in a storage unit. Section 2 was what they could take to the motel.
  • Sunday - A day of rest and saying goodbye to our church family.
  • Monday - Searching for a place to live.  Nothing for rent that would accommodate my special needs. 5 ladies from my church family came to help me pack and clean. Dinner was delivered to us by a neighbor.
  • Tuesday - Closed on the sale of our house2 ladies came to help pack and clean. Dinner delivered to us by a friend.
  • Wednesday - Registered at a motel to live for the next 3-4 months while our new house is being built. 5 ladies came to help pack and clean. Another delicious meal delivered.
  • Thursday - Entire house packed and ready for storage with the help of 4 ladies and friends delivered dinner!
  • Friday - With the help of 3 men, CL was able to fill the U-Haul and get a load delivered to the storage unit. Dinner delivered again!
  • Saturday - 20 men, boys, and girls showed up at 8am to help.  They filled the U-Haul and a pick-up truck with our stuff and delivered it to the storage unit.

NOTE: all the ladies that helped and the dinners delivered where done by different women from my Church family. Each day new friends showed up to help.  Our Ward (Congregation) Relief Society President coordinated the helpers and the meals.  It was awesome!








  • Saturday Evening - Spent the evening figuring out how 5 of us were going to live in 1 motel room...where were we going to put our clothes and items we needed?  We found out that life can become very simple when necessity says so! Went out to Cracker Barrel for dinner and to unwind!

Next Monday I'll share some "choice" quotes that were expressed during our frantic move!

             
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51 comments:

  1. Oh my. What an adventure you are having. Please email me and tell me where you are at. Maybe I can see you when I come in April.

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    1. Karen, It is an adventure! I'll email you our information! It would be fun to see you again!

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  2. My Hubs and I lived for 5 weeks in a motel in Las Vegas. I had a hard time finding room for 2 of us to put our things. I can't wait to see what you do with the things of 5.

    I just did a post on motel room cooking to stay on my alkaline diet. It gets expensive eating out..... find your crockpot and cook some meals in that.

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    1. Heading to your site to check out your motel cooking ideas! A crock pot would be a great solution! Thankfully, one of our married daughters lives near by and she's been fixing us Sunday and Wednesday dinners!

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  3. Hey but it looks all organized in boxes! lol My house looked really bad on moving day, total chaos, it looks like you had it well under control :)
    I am wishing you the best of luck that things keep going smoothly for you all :)

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    1. It was a blessing having so many boxes given to us and so many totes on hand. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  4. I would die if I found out I had 7 days to move. Thank goodness you had so much help! I look forward to hearing about your new house being built!

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    1. When I found out we were moving so soon, I cried, not because of the sudden move, but because I wouldn't have time to say good bye to everyone like I'd planned. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. How wonderful that you all had so much help from your friends and church family!! I think that is just lovely!! My dear friend I don't know how you got through this in one piece!! What a lovely home you had, I can't wait to see what the new one is going to look like! Hopefully this process will be a lot like pregnancy and when the baby, or new house is here you will forget all the discomfort of this part!! Much love to you! Can't wait till next Monday to read the phrases!! xo

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    1. Kathy...Thanks for thinking I got through this in one piece, but if the truth were known, I'd have to admit that there are still pieces of me missing and I'm not sure which box I packed them in...LOL

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  6. Becky, I must say that you have one wonderful adventure ahead of you!! How cool is that... and then when your house is finished and you get everything out of storage... it will be like Christmas in August!!! Can't wait to read your Monday posts!! Blessings to you and yours!!

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    1. I can't wait for Christmas!!! The other advantage is our house will feel SO BIG after the motel room! LOL
      Thanks for stopping by Carla.

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  7. Wow I didn't know you had three teens at home. I thought it was just a boy and a girl. Good luck I'm sure this will be an adventure.

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    1. YUP, we've got the 2 girls and our son! They all keep each other entertained!

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  8. Oh my goodness!!! Prayers going up that the teenagers survive. LOL

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    1. Lisa, your comment made me chuckle...I hope they survive too!

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  9. OMG can't even imagine doing this but you have some really good church friend that have your back, that it self is a blessing. Hopefully, the time will past very fast for you.

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    1. Thanks, It's been going fast so far...hopefully it will continue!

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  10. Wow. You sure have your work cut out for you. I can't imagine ONE teenager in a hotel room with his/her parents for that length of time. :) But think of the wonderful posts we can look forward to. The ups, the downs, the humor, the tears, the "want to pull your hair out." That which does not kill us makes us stronger. This adventure will be something you will cherish when the kids are grown and gone. Make lots of memories and photos for you to look back on.

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    1. AH Sweet Bee, thanks for stopping by. I will try and do wonderful posts about our adventures. We keep telling our kids that one day they'll be telling their kids about the time they lived in a motel!

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  11. Ummm...holy crap. That's all I have to say! Haha I'm trying to imagine my family living in one motel room- and no, we would tear each other's hair out in a matter of minutes. I can't wait to read about this journey and hopefully it brings you guys closer together!

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    1. Thanks Leslie, I hope we keep our hair...I'll let ya know! LOL

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  12. I'm glad you will be sharing this. I love continued adventures!

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    1. It will be an adventure that's for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Oh my word, this just looks like to much fun to read about!!! I really do not envy you at the moment, good luck xx

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    1. Wishin' I was just reading about it too! (Actually, I'm enjoying the adventure!)

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  14. How far away are you moving? It must be really sad leaving your church family. Looking forward to reading about this time in a motel, I bet it will teach us a lot, especially to be content with what we have!

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    1. We moved about 20 miles, which seems like a continent away. The other day I told the kids we're going to just keep what we have in the motel when we move to our new house...needless to say, my kids did NOT think that was funny!

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  15. When our youngest was 6 months we had what we thought would be a three week gap between houses. The 6 of us moved into my parents home putting 8 people in 1700 square feet. Two of our daughters slept on the couch, two in pack n plays. It was a crazy wonderful time that lasted four months not three weeks. Blessings to you during this time of transition!

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    1. Your descriptive words 'crazy' and 'wonderful' hit the nail right on the head! Sounds like you survived! Very encouraging!

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  16. That was such a fast move! I am still amazed at how fast you were able to pack all up and move out!

    We had to live in a hotel room for about 2 months when we moved to Kansas from Germany. But we only had 2 little boys, and I was grossly pregnant with Jade. lol. It was definitely not fun, but we made it work. The hardest part for us was the meals, not having a kitchen where I could cook HEALTHY food. We got so sick of fast food after the first week!

    I wish you the best of luck! I hope your hotel at least has a pool for your girls to play in!

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    1. You are awesome! 2 tots and being pregnant? I can't even imagine how difficult that would have been...well, maybe I can a little bit! You changed! I saw something on facebook about it now I've got to check out some more details!

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  17. I would have to "pretend" I am living in a little cabin on the prairie with my family...waiting for others to come and help settle the land as we embark on a new life full of adventures and uncertainty...Now if only there was I place for me to do some canning and baking I'd be set!
    Can't wait to hear from your "Little Room on the Prairie"

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    1. Rachel, I ♥ your idea! During our move, I suggested to the kids that they could pretend they were living in a cabin up in the mountains...they weren't too convinced 'cause they still have to go to school. But your idea of 'Little Room on the Prairie' is cool. Several years ago I read the entire 'Little House on the Prairie' books to them, so they can make a connection with that! Thanks!

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  18. Oh, I can't wait to read about the adventures of "Hotel 5"....little play on words!!! ;-)

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  19. Wow! I can't imagine what that is going to be like! Hopefully the time flies and you'll be into your new house soon!

    http://fivefeetoffun.blogspot.com

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  20. Whoa! You and yours will be in my prayers. I thought of you recently because the front of a local newspaper had 2 guys on bicycles in slacks, white shirts and ties, and the headline spoke of the influx of Mormons on the Grand Strand. :) I say the more the merrier as all I've met have been super people! :)

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  21. Oh my, I'm sure this ain't going to be easy especially for the teens but with someone as strong like Becky, I'm sure things will be alright.

    Can't wait to see photos of the new home! :)

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  22. Dear Becky Jane, blessings to you on the upcoming living in a motel. It might be a little tight like a can of sardines but I'm sure you'll have God to provide comfort, hahaha. Hope they can speed up the construction of your new home. Take care :)

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    1. Thanks Barbara. We are praying for a quicker build, but know the Lord is on our side and helping us in ways we never imagined.

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  23. Oh wow--7 days!!! That's crazy! I pray all goes well and that the Lord leads you down His path of blessings, including a beautiful house perfectly suited to your needs! I've moved 3 times in the past year, so I know how tough it is! We are just now settling down--have been here for 6 months now. May God bless you!
    PS Your moving mess looks very neat and tidy to me!

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    1. I can't even imagine moving 3 times in 1 year. The last time we moved was 20 years ago that that is enough for me!

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  24. Wow, you are very blessed to have such an awesome church family. I miss being home for that reason. My prayers are with you as your family is on this adventure.

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  25. Wow my 4 children and I are living in a motel been here for 3 months the road has been rougher then I can explain but I know God has a perfect plan for us so with this said just pray for my strength.

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  26. That sounds difficult. I hope you are at least building memories!

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  27. oh my goodness oh my goodness oh my GOODNESS! what a whirlwind and thank HEAVENS for meals delivered (and Cracker Barrel)!! ;)

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    1. Love your comment...coming back to this post after 2 months and rereading it, it seems like this happened such a LOOOOOONG time ago!

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