Celebration: Moved!

I have been writing about leaving, packing, saying goodbye and boxes for months. Months and months. And months. All of this writing means lots of processing. Processing means I am in a good place. Calm. Happy. Excited about what’s new. Able to be okay with leaving.

But, to fully arrive, I need to pay tribute one last time to the moving. This time, the actual move. One box at a time. Yes, again, those boxes!

Forgive me book lovers, posts about books will be returning very soon! But when there are lots of books + a move, the end result = lots of boxes.

And this is something to celebrate!

My old classroom with box towers and stacks of things to move.

Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That

This was the major load in the truck. We also took some things in our vehicle and then the truck went back for a few more things. I always have wanted a bookmobile! But this is not exactly what I pictured 🙂

Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That

Filling a room with boxes. There are stacks like this along two more walls.

Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That

And then the unpacking begins . . .

Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That

Every box had a base layer of books in it so I spent some time amassing all of the books in one location. Basically, turning partially full boxes of books into completely full boxes of books. Now that nobody needed to carry them, I could do this.

Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That

Setting out the books will be last – once I figure out shelves, systems and spaces.

Celebration: Moved! There's a Book for That

Of course, this was and isn’t a job for just me! I have lots of gratitude for my family, the movers, the building engineers at either end and my amazing husband. All of them have helped and continue to help. It’s a dusty, dirty, exhausting job and I couldn’t do it without my team!

I continue to unpack, think about room design, source book shelves and imagine how students will share this space with me. I celebrate this happy mess full of all kinds of possibility.

Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!

Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.


18 thoughts on “Celebration: Moved!

  1. Wow! Have fun setting up your new room. I can only imagine the job you have ahead of you, having seen the amount of things in your old room. Let me know if you need a hand.

  2. Teachers and books and moving oh my! I know with all of the times I have moved my stuff, I could never do it without the help of others. I know how grateful you must be for all of the support with the move. Enjoy setting up your new space! Have fun relishing in seeing and connecting with all of your books as you place them too.

  3. Congratulations on the move! I can only imagine the work involved in moving all your books! Can’t wait to hear where you’ll be teaching. Sadly, it doesn’t look like my daughter’s school.

  4. Looking at your photographs has me remembering the work and joy of moving many times as an educator. Excited to see and read your new room, thoughts and celebrations!

  5. Wow, what a move. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve done it, and are in your new space, Carrie. Congratulations! My whole school moved to new quarters one summer, and you’re right, we would never have made it without so many volunteers. My colleague and I spent the rest of the summer designing our space, as I’m sure you will. But it was exciting, just took a bunch of time. Hugs for this part of your journey!

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