Michigan: The First Few Days

Michigan

Photo credit: the Husband, who drove 2405 miles across the country with Sam the Labrador. They made it in just 2 1/2 days (because he is amazing!)

The first few days in Grosse Pointe have been very surreal. I’m more exhausted than I’ve been since the girls were babies (both terrible sleepers) and I’m emotionally…..distressed? stunned? drained? I can’t even find the right word. Perhaps emotionally confused.

I knew once I got here, that my body would shut down somewhat from all the packing and adrenaline surges that got me through the San Francisco moving process, but I didn’t realize just how tired I would be. Every day (no matter how much coffee I drink), I’ve fallen asleep at some point – on a chair (while talking to someone), in a car (while kids were being loud) and I’m not the kind of person who can sleep anywhere (quite the opposite).

Since I haven’t been able to sort out my emotions, it’s also been hard for me to write, which is why this entry comes five days after our touchdown in Michigan. I can’t seem to organize my thoughts properly; everything is jumbled.

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Lake Shore Drive (also spelled Lakeshore)

But I press on. I’ve gotten out for a couple runs, which always does wonders for my disposition. I’ve found a perfect 3-mile loop, which includes a few blocks on Lake Shore Drive, which borders the calm and beautiful Lake Saint Clair.

The day we arrived, it was cold and raining. As we pulled into town, there was still evidence of the brutal winter that so many experienced this year. Clumps of snow on the ground, ice in the lake, bare trees and bushes, and dry leaves everywhere.

However. All this…cold weather hanging-on stuff means that I haven’t missed a drop of Spring (thank you, Jesus). My heart needs the full season. New beginnings and such.

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Moran Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Yesterday, the girls and I were the only ones at the playground (save for the friends who took us there – friends of my husband’s who are my only friends here) , mostly because it was about 40 degrees out – yikes. But today…today it was sunny and blue skies. The girls played outside while I fixed dinner and kept an eye on them through the kitchen window (we’re at my mother-in-law’s place ’til the moving truck comes). And after dinner, they bundled up and went back out again. Laughing, exploring, not wanting to come back inside. Although this was just a minor portion of my day (there were time outs, tantrums, breaking up of fights, the usual), this is why I came here. And I hope it’s a sign of what’s to come.

The forecast for the weeks ahead show some cold (super cold!) and wet days. But they are dotted between days of sunshine and clear skies. I do believe that Spring has found its way to Grosse Pointe, and I welcome it with arms wide open.

GPrun

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Michigan: The First Few Days

  1. Love this, Lani! I’ve been reading all your posts about the move so far…..keep ’em coming! Your writing is refreshing and real; and I love seeing the Detroit area through fresh eyes! I’m so happy for Leslie……how wonderful she can have you all together in town for good!

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  2. You have a strong spirit and a knack for seeing the silver lining without losing touch with reality, and these skills will serve you well as you find your way around your new home. Keep plugging away, darlin’. Rewards are still to come.

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  3. It’s a pleasure to read about your journey and see photos of your new city too! It makes me wish I had written my thoughts down when we first moved to Portland… Wishing you a beautiful and increasingly warmer Springtime!

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  4. Dearest Lani,
    Thank you so much for sharing from your heart. I can just picture you standing at the window watching your girls. May you have many more peaceful moments like that.
    Hugs,
    Sara

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  5. Hey, glad you all made it there safely. That sign looks familiar, went under it about two weeks ago. Your timing is good, the weather will be better by the end of April. Until then, anything could happen weather wise. There is a shipping channel in the lake, have you seen ships out there yet? They transit between the Saint Clair river to the Detroit River via the lake.

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