As we drove out our driveway for the last time and rounded the corner past the grocery store, my six year-old asked, "Well, can we at least keep the same Krogers?"
That question just about broke my heart. We were leaving a church we'd been at for nine years
-- the only one my daughter had ever known-- and were headed to our new house. This house would actually be ours, because our new appointment didn't have a parsonage, so I was happy about the move. But to my child, moving meant leaving her friends, her school, her church--most everything and everyone she knew. So being able to still go to the same grocery was a pretty big deal, and we did keep shopping there for a long time.
And, of course, she made new friends and was able to maintain a connection with a couple of her friends, still to this day, over 15 years later.
So this particular story has a happy ending, but other stories have different endings.
How do you prepare your kids for moving? What do you do to keep security and stability in their lives?