FinallY, Moving day

We finally moved. Our home is a little tiny thing. I’ve not moved in 20 years and never with a toddler. We started over fresh. We had a moving sale. Then a moving giveaway. Finally donated and trashing what was left. Moving is no joke moving with a toddler and downsizing to a tiny home is a serious thing.

I had started downsizing a month prior to our move starting with our clothing then furniture and household items. I was patting myself on the back celebrating to early. Oh my WORD TO THE MOTHER!!!. Lol

Moving weekend:
Most certainly things went wrong. We reserved a small moving truck they gave us a truck almost the size of a 18 wheeler. My sister was scared I was not.  I used to drive trucks like that in the Army although it was 20+ years ago with no power steering. It was a smooth accident free drive and we got done before our rental time was up. They made a mistake and only charged us for the small truck. It was a win because we had a whole bunch of stuff to move that was greater than our expectations.

Getting settled:
My sister is an amazing organizational wiz with and a financial guru. She was settled and unpacked and cleaning in 3 days time. Me on the other hand I was scouting Amazon & FB market place to find our new home furniture. I only unpacked enough to have clothes for the week. It will take me time to get settled I am a hot mess In a good way. Completely unorganized.

Our new normal:
Whew. I was so happy I love our time schedule. I pack nutritious car snacks for Zi’Joy and get her ready while she is sleeping for her learning center. She has been nervous exhausted and exciting maybe a bit confused. I’m Am working to get her space setup. I want her to feel comfortable and at home. That is my priority right now. She has her toys that she paired down as well I got her a few things like a play kitchen and an Art Easel. And for me I found a brand new Ashley Stewart Recliner that is amazing and can fit all of my curvy self.

Overall we are adjusting it only has been 4 days but it has been a blessing in many ways. I also had a chance to trade in and upgrade my sporty car to a family dependable SUV with the same car note as my sporty car (Note:  I got my 2 door sporty care 3 months before I found out I was pregnant.)  . Now that’s a blessing and made me smile.

Oh and I love my closet It makes my heart happy. I may get a chaise to put in that sucker. Thank you for reading and our commenting.

I call my chair the Mama Bear Chair and my daughter’s the Baby Bear chair she has a blue recline,

For ZiJoy needed a bigger space because we do Physical Therapy Strength Training and  Yoga from home.  So even though our home footprint is tiny she has plenty of  room to grow in.  Our drive way is long enough for her to run in and for me to exercise as well. I'm grateful for the possibles for her further recovery from her spinal cord injury AFM Acute Flaccid Myelitis

All I could thing of when we were moving is that we are like the Golden Girls, 227, Mama's Family comedy shows.  I kept singing Sisters are doing it for themselves.   Standing on our own two feet and ring our bells.  I feel so proud after valley moments and difficult times. I finally see the clearing and the mountain tops.  I can finally breathe.  With our old home sold this has been a game changer.

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  • replied 2 years ago

    This story made me smile and chuckle a bit. Moving is not for the faint of heart , is it?  Her room is SO great with the angled ceiling - why is the name not in my head right now?  Looks so cosy and fun for a little kid.  

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    Moving is hard and can be very unsettling! Congratulations on what you have done so far. Take some time off to rest in your comfy chair and read with your daughter!

  • slim cat replied 2 years ago

    Congrats on the move - it's always an adventure! The new place looks great - hope you'll be settled comfortably in no time :) . Love Zi' room!

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Lisa P  I fell in love with  the room it is perfect just perfect.  She loves it we have impact mats so she can flip to her hearts delight and I want to set up her a yoga/meditation station.  I'm so excited My sister said the name of the style of roof line but I forgot.

    Unfrumped I sure will.  It has been taxing on the body but good soaks work wonders.  i have her books out we are reading now.  Momming never stops. 

    slim-cat thank you so much I figure in about 30 days I will be good.  The deep cleaning is taken care of so now it is just downsizing some more and organizing then the fun part decorating. 

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    Oh boy, moving is the worst, isn’t it?  I’m glad it went well.  Getting settled can take awhile.  We moved half way across country with an eleven month old.  It’s probably much harder with a toddler.  

  • Helena replied 2 years ago

    LOOk at Zi'Joy's toy nook, that is a kid's dream.

    I actually started having anxiety thinking of you driving that giant truck ... you are a braver woman than I am ... it's amazing how the amount of stuff seems to double once you start loading a truck isn't it?

    Congrats and enjoy your new beautiful home Ledonna! xo

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    What a great adventure! Your new chair is awesome. Now let me tell you about moving with a dog... Lolol ;)

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Rachylou tell me I love your stories Like for real They say it is the same with kids and pets.  i am tinkling of getting a cat for our family.

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago


    moving across county is such an amazing feat and with an 11 month old I am simply flabbergasted.  Funny story while we were moving the 13 inches of snow melted and Zi  happily played in it and just got so very muddy like she was living her best life and i was unshaped by it all.  We had extra clothes available so I let her have her fun while I moved stuff.  

    Helena (Torontogirl)  It most certainly is.  Zi will have extra room for us to do yoga physical thearpy meditation and strength training as she recovers from AFM her spinal cord injury.  Acute Flaccid Myelitis. I was sold on the home when we saw the space.  Play is the best for of physical thearpy and learning. 

  • replied 2 years ago

    I'm glad you posted about your move, I've been wondering how it went. It's great that the hard part is over and now you can settle in and make that house a home!  

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    WOW. Congrats! WELL DONE. A truly new beginning, and another big thing ticked off your list. 

    Wishing you countless happy memories and good health in your new home :)

  • Joyce B replied 2 years ago

    All the best to all of you in your new home, wishing you much happiness and good health.

  • Eliza replied 2 years ago

    All the best as you settle in to your new space; it seems like the transformation into a home is well underway and the space looks just right for Zi'Joy's activities and yours. At such busy times, it can be hard to remember that mothers count, too. Wishing you much happiness and the chance to rest. 

  • Laurie replied 2 years ago

    First and foremost, Zi'joy is the cutest ever! I love her hair. She looks truly happy in your new home. Kids are so resilient, aren't they?

    As painful as moving is, the purge process is a real bonus. We haven't moved for decades, but we've done the kind of renovation that made us empty out a floor of the house at a time. I'm feeling like it's time for something like that again...hmmm.

    Ok, you should totally get a kitten/cat -  this will add even more love to your new home. Just look on YouTube for cute kitten videos, and that will be all you need to convince yourself! (Seriously, my husband and I get sucked into those things and sit there going, "awww!" and "we need another kitten". For, like, hours.)


  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    We moved half way across the country with a two year old and a new born in record heat. Of course you can’t air-condition the house with the doors open, but luckily a kind neighbor took the little ones to her house to cool off. You look like you found a great place. Congratulations on the move.
    Z’Joy looks happy.

  • greycat6 replied 2 years ago

    Congratulations!  Sounds like the hardest part is in the past and now the fun part of setting up your home can begin.  Z'Joy already looks like she 'owns' the place which tells me you have done a great job not letting any anxiety you have spill over to her.  Good job, mama! 

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    Congratulations! You are an amazing woman and mom. I felt uplifted just reading this. I wish you all the best in your new home. Cheers to new beginnings!

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Thank you everyone  I'm exhausted but tackling a bit every evening or early morning and the place is coming along.  Last night I started to tackle the closet and i got to see my beautiful clothes as I've been living out of a very small capsule wardrobe.  I also have to pair down again I have found a lovely use for my Fav T-shirts and Graphic shirts.  I put them on the front seats of the car to keep the back of the seats from getting dirty by Zi'Joys little sometimes muddy feet.  Such a great hack and I get to see something I love.  Then take them off and wash them or replace them with another t-shirt.

    I am seriously thinking about getting a cat  it would be nice to have but then I have to clean up and have major sassy pants ATTITUDE from Zi so maybe that will be on hold.  This midlife mama can only take so much SASS

  • Barbara Diane replied 2 years ago

    So glad you’ve moved and are settling in. Zi’Joy is looking so grown up.
    Watching kittens grow up is joy but can be so much work. Maybe consider an adult cat who is completely house trained and whose personality is known. A sweet cat that likes to be pet is a wonderful edition to a home. One that doesn’t like people but you have to take care of for years-not so fun.
    And I’m all for only taking on as much as works for you.

  • madeline replied 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your move! You are one wicked strong momma. And I mean that in a very good way. Now when I’m scared, I’m going to ask-what would Ledonna do?

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    I love that! What would Ledonna do? That's going to be my new mantra! Hugs to you!  

  • replied 2 years ago

    Best wishes in your new home! Awesome idea with t-shirts on seats :)

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    Love the t-shirt idea - genius!

    Congrats on the move, it is a stressful time but well worth it in the end. Nice size closet is a plus for sure, especially in a smaller house.

    Zi'Joy is getting old and looks adorable :)

  • Kate replied 2 years ago

    Your tee shirt hack is genius!

    Congrats on the move. I love Zi’Joy’s room under the eaves; it’s utterly charming. I would have loved having such a space as a child. It’s like your own secret harbor.

    You are a warrior mama indeed, tackling a move on your own with a toddler. Kudos to you, Ledonna! My hat’s off to you! That truck alone scared the pants off me. Yet I used to love to move. When we were first married, my husband and I moved every year for the first eight years. Just because it was an adventure going from one house to another in different neighborhoods. I shudder now at the thought of moving, but in my defense, back then we could stuff all of our belongings in our two tiny cars, and anything we were missing we could replace at the huge flea market held every weekend at the state fairgrounds. Mmm, good times.

  • Glory replied 2 years ago

    I’m so happy the move is done and you can take your time to get things organized. Amazing on the size of the truck and huge props to you for taking that in stride. 

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    (I’ve moved twice with Lilypup, locally. I’ve built in overlap so she could get used to the new place before abandoning the old one. Ok. But that little dog is something! I know she can count. And I know because our first move, from a second floor apartment - I’d put three boxes on the dolly before rolling it to the car, taking them down the stairs one at a time. She came with me up and down the stairs for about six boxes/two trips. Then she started waiting for that third box before she made her move! Stinker! Lol :) )

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Rachy your fur baby is so smart. Lol

    Glory it is just another part of life I’m thankful to have had the experience and blessed that it was not a stick shift lol

    Kate moving sounds go great and I love flea markets. I miss the outside and attending them

    Barbara Diane that is such a great idea and will fit into our home when we get settled I figure by the summer we may just look into that because a senior cat would be awesome it really would be and would be something to keep us company. Maybe a midlife cat like a midlife mama

    What would LaDonna do?
    Yo Bobby cracking up reading this so early in the morning. To be honest with you I would be down to do add cry and I think about it and then I will move forward because we really don’t have a choice and try to do it in a positive manner. My dad used to say you can sit there and think about it or you move and be about it.

    I finished our shared closet. I had to store some of my sisters praise dance garments 3 large tubs so the chaise is out but I put in a nice comfortable chair and small ottoman glad to have my clothes in place. I’m calling this the mama time out room

    Before and after

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 2 years ago

    You did it—you actually put your comfy chair in the closet! That is awesome. I also love the playroom for the preschooler. That was always a priority for me too.

    When he was 3.5, we rented a big U-Haul intentionally and moved from Southern Georgia to the Texas Panhandle. A neighbor showed him how to tighten the chains used to tow our car. I never quite caught onto where to pull, but my son knew, and he did it at every stop!

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