photo-70No capes, shields, hammers, side-kicks, or bat mobiles.  My heroes do have one super power though: Love. My last post left you off at pre estate sale, me a jumble of nerves, overwhelmed, and already exhausted, then Thursday came, Dad had won his court case against a ridiculous ticket, and he and Ma swooped in bearing their gifts: food and tools! Along with a ton of muscle, elbow grease, sense of humor, drive, and prayer. Their arrival re-energized me!

photo-66Here’s Ma with all the food she cooked and brought. Mama mia! Ma knew that feeding three kids, plus the adults was one major task above getting ready for the estate sale, cleaning, packing, loading, hauling, and raising kids in the midst of it all.  It truly is about the belly! We ate homemade, healthy food that was easy to reheat and gobble down. What a huge blessing to have Ma and Daddy come and rescue our family during this trying time.  And “trying” is an understatement.


Here’s Ma and Dad loading up his truck, one of many hauls to a charity thrift shop post estate sale. Guess what? No one wanted our stuff. The estate sale was a bust therefore everything had to be hauled off in three truck loads and a car load to a local charity before the looming deadline of the Open House the following Sunday when our house was to go on the market.  We could not have done it without Dad’s big truck, bungie cords, and his mad loading skills- which of course made me nervous, but no loads were lost, only my nerves!


Here are my little heroes. These two cleaned, hauled, priced, carried, and did anything asked of them the week leading up to the sale. They did it with joy, but sadness too, to see most of their possessions sold off or hauled to charity. The sacrifices they made breaks my heart. But they are with my parents now at Smith Mountain Lake trying to reclaim some of the summer and childhood they have lost in these last few weeks.  Moving to Williamsburg is a big dream of making things better for our family, more time together instead of in traffic, more active lifestyle, and freeing up more financial resources for our children’s education, charity, and future travel.  Everything comes with a price. A hard price.


Here is Ma, my sister-in-law Tonya, and I post estate sale. We were pooped! Nothing a little coffee and an Aperol Spritz can’t fix, along with Germany’s victory at World Cup. Super! My brother Rob kept the little kids with him and gave then a typical Uncle Rob good time as he could sense my little ones were pretty melancholy about this move.  Tonya worked the estate sale like a champ, wrapping, selling, and chatting up customers convincing them to buy!

One of my favorite lines in A Knight’s Tale with Heath Ledger (sniffle) is “You have been weighed.  You have been measured.  And you have absolutely…Been found wanting.” Although this downsize and move were our choice, I still have experienced every emotion spewed out by Kübler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. My strengths have been stretched, my weaknesses made manifest, and my Spirit shaken. I wish I could say I handled everything up to this point with grace and calm, but I have not.  I have been found wanting. I have cried too many tears, fumbled too many decisions, shouted, bared my frustrations, and doubted God’s plan. But my heroes filled in my weaknesses, pushed when I couldn’t go on, took over when I could not make another decision or lift another box, and lifted me when my strength wavered. Some of my heroes are even afar lifting us up through prayer.

Heroes are the people who serve us selflessly, unconditionally, and without judgement. What would we do without them?

Thanks Ma and Dad, Rob and Tonya, we could not have made it last week without you! La mia famiglia.



  1. Lisa
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM | Permalink

    What a blessing family can be! Thanks for sharing your trials and adventures as you move on with LIFE! 🙂 Try to imagine looking back at this time, after you’ve got a couple of uncluttered years under your belts. I imagine the move will be well worth that hard price.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

      Lisa, we could not have done it without family. Everyone says that we will look back and laugh. I hope so:)

  2. Joyce Kinsey
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    I think I see some superhero capes in those pictures! Life is certainly a journey. Sometimes we all need more help than other times! You have helped me with your blog, recipes, stories and friendship! Any move is a big deal-when you add the other challenges of downsizing it is a tremendous undertaking! I am so glad your family was there for you! Prayers for you and the family!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

      Thank you Joyce, we need prayers!

  3. Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM | Permalink

    Oh goodness. Thank heavens for family and its support and love. We are going to be at the lake Sat. night – Thursday…are you coming down? Praying for you and the big changes. donna

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM | Permalink

      Hi Donna,
      I don’t think I will make it like I had thought. I have so much to do in the next 2.5 weeks. But then it will be done! Except for getting Manderley in order. Oy vey!

  4. Posted July 24, 2014 at 3:11 PM | Permalink

    My very best wishes on this next chapter in your lives. There is much to be said for downsizing and simplifying. It takes courage and the support of the family. Bless your Ma and Dad. I will be following you at your Manderley Cottage.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM | Permalink

      Thank you Penny!

  5. mary a
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

    well done. congratulations from a complete but totally impressed stranger.

  6. Kris
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    Friends of ours did this exact thing a couple of years ago. They are starting year 3 of less is better, simpler is better (they moved from the metro DC area too and they actually grew up here so both sets of gparents were here) and they still say it’s the best decision they have ever made. Both sets of gparents have since moved closer and are actually quite happy living in a slower paced area. I hope things are less stressful now that you are settling into your new home.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted August 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Kris, things are coming together little by little.

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