Many have asked us if the moves are hard on the kids. The answer? Yes and no. Moving is hard on everyone. It is exhausting. The stress is mental, emotional and physical. No one gets away from this. However I do believe that my kids have done fairly well through all of our moves. I think homeschooling helps them. They are moving with their main social unit. This provides great stability for them. We keep them involved in the plans and the process. We talk them through it. Over the years they have seen us to be true to our word in making great efforts to re-unite them with dear friends when possible. They know that these "good-byes" are likely not forever; they are excited about the new friends they are sure to make and the many new experiences they have to look forward to.
We usually do a study on the new place we are moving to. What is the climate like? What sort of wildlife and vegetation will we see there? What makes this place special? Are there things there that will remind us of where we have been living? Do we know anyone there? If we know where we will be living we try to get pictures of the house.
Months out we start talking about people and places we want to see one last time. Are there any dear friends we need to make an effort to see, to spend extra time with? It can be hard to find the time during this busy season, but you need to set aside times to fellowship with dear friends. It will do your heart good.