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The Road I've Traveled


I was thinking today about how many different places I've lived during my lifetime - some for just a month or two, some for many years.  I decided to make a list of where life has led me over the past fifty-eight years. (The numbers in parenthesis indicate the number residences I occupied at one time or another within that city).

Growing Up Years
Mansfield, South Dakota (2)
Ipswitch, South Dakota (3)
Webster, South Dakota (2)

On My Own
Anoka, Minnesota (1)  
Whapeton, North Dakota (1)
Forrest Lake, Minnesota (1)
Mitchell, South Dakota (7) - Married Husband #1, my daughter was born here
Ethan, South Dakota (1)
Martin, South Dakota (1) 
Denver, Colorado (1)
Indianapolis, Indiana (1)
Ay, West Germany (1) - Married Husband #2, my son was born in Germany
Augusta, Georgia (1)
Las Cruces, New Mexico (2)
El Paso, Texas (3)
Hobbs, New Mexico (7) - Lived here for 20 years, Married Husband #3
Odessa, Texas (1) - Married Husband #4 My Beloved Papa Bear 
 Gardendale, Texas (1) - Where we live now, a few miles from town

That's thirty-seven residences in eighteen cities, eight states and two countries that I've called home, and each one has a story of it's own.  Is it any wonder I feel a bit road weary at times?  :-)

14 comments:

  1. whew. Though I haven't lived in as many different towns, I've moved and relocated my life more times than I care to think about. Yes, it's no wonder you get weary. Me too. I'm struggling right now to find my place...
    Love your blog.

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    1. When I was young, moving was an adventure Robin, as I got older it was all about following restless husbands to and fro. I haven't moved to a lot of new cities in the past 24 years, but my life has changed 360 degrees! I'm not in love with the heat here, but home is where the heart is and my heart is with Papa Bear. We'd love to live someplace greener and cooler but jobs are hard to come by when you're older. You will find the place that's just right for you!

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  2. You have moved and travelled around a lot but think of all the places you've seen. That's what I tell myself when I am faced with moving again.....I would love to see Dakota (either North or South.) I've only seen it on TV or in books!

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    1. That's true Selma, I've lived in some pretty interesting places, and experienced things I never would have if I'd have settled in the midwest for life as my sisters have. Living in Germany for 2 1/2 years was quite an experience, and even moving to the Southwest was a culture shock for a small-town Yankee girl! :-)

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  3. Your travels are similar to my own, Josie we just need to adjust the map a tad bit and we'd be just about right. Funny, huh? Although, most of my traveling was in my teens/early twenties =)

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    1. Most of my travelling was done in my 20's Elsie, many of the moves since then were house to house (or I should say apt to apt. I've only ever lived in two homes we actually owned since growing up. That's one thing that makes where I am great now... it's paid for and it's ours, and so is the land it sits on. We can pretty much do what we want out there!

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  4. Most of my moving was done as a child, resulting in eleven schools. That is so hard on a child, even then I felt the weight of it all. I did move a few more times once on my own. Once married, my goal was to put down roots. We have definitely accomplished that! There is security in sameness, at least for me.

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    1. Being moved from school to school takes a huge toll on a child, Annie. John went thru the same experience. It makes me angry to think that parents gave so little thought to uprooting thier children over and over again, never giving them a chance to settle in and focus on schoolwork. I loved moving about when I was younger, and I still love to travel and see other places, but like you, I cherish a place that I can call home and know it will be for a long time to come!

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  5. Wow, that is a lot of places to live! I have only moved less than a handful of times and lived in only 2 states.

    You have been around and that makes for an interesting life!

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    1. It has been interesting, Lena! Truly, each move involves a tale all it's own, another chapter in my story. I only wish that I had been more involved in the choosing. We'd love to see one more move, at retirement age to some place greener and cooler, but our place is paid for, and that is a great comfort, so we may be there to stay, and that's ok too. I love being at home, I am a hermit at heart!

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  6. Whew, that is a lot of places. I've moved to lots of houses (12) but only three towns.

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    1. What's interesting, Jill, is that each time I've moved, especially the last ones, I've disposed of so much stuff, yet between Papa Bear and I we still have two storages packed full of boxes and things! Our goal is to lighten the load, and get rid of things we no longer need or use, and that our children won't want. We don't want to leave them with our junk to dispose of some day!

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  7. In my sixty-one years I have lived in 19 residences (as close as I could remember) and I am so grateful that I am (hopefully) in my last place until I go to be with my Saviour Jesus.

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    1. I'm with you Len, enough moving already! Maybe that's why I am such a homebody nowdays, there's no place I'd rather be than at home with my husband and furkids, to me that's the best feeling in the world! I suspect it's probably the same with you. As I note often regarding my life, God saved the best for last!

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