By sheer happenstance, our family year is divided into two distinct phases: holiday season and birthday season. Holiday season begins in October with Halloween and carries through Easter, which occasionally pushes past the April 7 start of birthday season. Our party season then stems from April through September, with our six children born in July, September, June, April, August, and May respectively. We also have a huge summer party (which I hope will translate into an annual family event as the kids grow up and out) as well as vacation, which tends to be a big ordeal that transcends thousands of miles.
But things are changing.
We still have birthday season, of course, but this year vacation will be a bit different. This year, instead of driving cross country, we’ll stay closer to home. Why? To build a new house. And why I can’t possible tell you how much we all want that brand new home with its eight bathrooms and my very own, very private office in a separate second story (ohyesplease) accessible only through the downstairs master suite, a small part of me will be kind of sad. You see, we’ve lived in this house for 14 years now. We’ve had 14 birthday seasons here. And when we move, the calendar won’t change, but the party won’t be in that same sunny room with the hardwood floors. The folding table won’t be set up to straddle the woodstove. The folding chairs won’t be needed. We won’t be waiting in line to use the ONE bathroom we have now. We’ll have all the room in the world, and I’ve wanted that so long. We all have. It’s hard to believe something we’ve scrimped and saved for so many years can come with any melancholy, but in moving on there’s letting go.
And when what you’ve got is already pretty wonderful, moving on is tough.
Not the worst problem to have, by a long shot. We have blessings upon blessings. Six kids, six months of celebrations, and a lifetime to build new memories. And that’s something we can take with us anywhere, but despite our cramped quarters here, I’m glad we have these memories. Birthday season started small. So did we.
And even with one bathroom between us, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
ABOUT SARAH BALLANCE
Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled Publishing.