A New Chapter

A New Chapter

Hey, Folks!

How are you?

You’ll have to pardon this scatter-brained post – we’ve been painting maniacs for the last couple weeks, and I just can’t seem to get my ducks in a row. (I just love that phrase. Isn’t it hilarious?)

It’s funny how closely life aligns with a book. Both have plots; both have conflicts. Some end well; some don’t. The story unfolds, page by page, with heroes, grief, joy, and pain.

I like to think of my life as a book full of chapters. Each phase of my life builds upon the next to make me who I am. The old chapter is never left completely behind. Rather, it is kept in front as a reminder of what was. And what could be.

As some of you know, the Cummins family is about to enter a completely new stage in life.

We’re moving to South Carolina.

We want to be closer to our family and have lots of opportunities for homeschooling. Traveling is going to be a big part of it, too. (See below pictures for more information!)

Leaving is bitter-sweet. I’ll miss the people here ( 🙁 ), the neighbors, the weather, and even this big old house we live in.

I have always believed in God, but living in New England has made it more evident than ever to me that He is a personal and loving God. He has always taken care of us.

Being an adventurous person, it’s now time to put the theory to the test. Moving will certainly shake things up!

Here are a few pictures of the goings on around here. We’ve been gettin’ ‘er done. 😉

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This is an RV show we went to for fun in Boston. We’re hoping to get an RV when we move, and travel to all sorts of places!
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Dad felt pretty at home in this sweet truck – a Cummins Diesel!

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These are two of my favorite people on earth. Seriously. They’re great.  

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These are boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. They were empty when this picture was taken, but they aren’t anymore! I thought the immense quantity of them was photo-worthy.

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This is Anna. I had her pose in front of our handiwork: many boxes full of books. Maybe we’re just a book-loving family. That would explain the volume of volumes we own. 😉 Homeschooling might have something to do with it.

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This is my room, which was being painted in this picture. It’s done, now!

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This is Anna’s room. Also done now.

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This is Micah’s room. Not quite done.

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Mom and Dad told us kids that we could redo our rooms when we moved. Turns out, I get to do mine ahead of time to help with staging the house – the bright pink curtains weren’t exactly neutral! 

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Isn’t this bedside table adorable?

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My closet-turned-desk is looking gorgeous with all new paint. 

Back in the fall, I had already made the mindset turnaround and was ready to move. Restless at not being able to do anything yet, Mom told me to enjoy the quiet time. She called it “the calm before the storm.”

Yep. This is now the storm part of that saying.

Have you ever moved before? Have any bits of wisdom to share?


15 thoughts on “A New Chapter

  1. Wow. You’ve certainly accomplished a lot! Great job. We will miss you all terribly. I hope you will come to visit! Great pics here. 😄

    1. Thank you, Mrs. Fab! We are going to miss you guys terribly, too! 🙁 I’m so thankful for Skype and text! I’ll continue messaging with Gracie, and hopefully we’ll get to see each other again! You guys are such wonderful friends.

  2. Even though we knew your plans a fews months ago, this brings it to real life. A great post – full of information and enthusiasm. Love the analogy of life to book. You’re so perceptive, Ellie. We know God is good and are praying every day for His guidance and help each step of this move. It is probably the most exciting move I’ve heard about for a long time. We moved once from Illinois to Indiana when your mother was 6 months old. Grandpa (with help from Uncle Jim, Kenny Robert and Uncle Kenneth) drove a car and a Uhaul truck 250 miles at

  3. 25 below zero temperature!! Our move from Indiana to South Carolina had quite an impact on us as change comes harder with age. Change is inevitable and I think you are all going to handle it well–with God all things are possible. Love you. G’Ma

    1. Thank you for your sweet compliments, Grandma! Thank you for the prayers, as well! We are excited for what this move holds, and are looking forward to living near you!

      I certainly hope our move will not be quite as extreme as your’s was! From Illinois to Indiana – goodness gracious! I applaud Grandpa!

      Can’t wait to see you. Love you lots! 😀

    1. Thank you, Gracie. I’m going to miss you tons and TONS. It’s really, really sad to leave. Really sad. I’m excited for the adventure of moving, and for the excitement of new surroundings, but I wish I could take you with me!! 🙁

  4. How exciting that it is finally going to happen.What town will you be living in?When is your move date? I am going to be in Charleston,SC the last of April,for 4 days.Then we are going to Savannah for 4 days. Moving is a big job.When I moved from Kansas it was alot of work and I did most of it by myself.I am so happy you will be close to family. Love all of you. Nola (a.k.a. Grandma)

    1. It is exciting and very busy! We aren’t sure yet, actually! We’re hoping to put the house on the market in a couple of weeks, and see if there’s interest before taking the next step.

      Wow! That is a lot of work for one person. I’m not surprised, though. You’ve always been a go-getter! 😉

      I love you! Thank you for your sweet comment. I hope you have a stellar weekend! 😀

  5. Ellie! This is so exciting!! I’m planning to visit a friend in South Carolina in April, so if you guys are going to be there, maybe we can stop in and say howdy!!

  6. Yahaha! I love moving! Your closets always get cleaned out! I love the way you decorated your room! We will come visit when you get all moved and ready for company! I’m anxious to hear all about it! Plz give my love to your folk and siblings! Lovepat

    1. Hi, Mrs. Pat! Getting things clean is so nice. I love that about moving. That would be wonderful if you could visit! I would love to see you guys! I will tell everyone you say hi and send your love! 😀

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