• Suebob

    Mormons, man. They should have their own named force in physics, like gravity or momentum.

  • Sara

    I thought you weren’t supposed to recycle pizza boxes. Learn something every day!

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    I believe it depends on how greasy they are. Something about grease makes them ineligible/hard to recycle. Hence why many pizza places use liners. (Or maybe my info is outdated and greasy pizza boxes are a go now? Not sure.)

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Congratulations to you all! Mom’s are the best…and Glad garbage bags are a close second-love them and use them. How hard is it to become Mormon?

  • http://profiles.google.com/amber.gregory Amber Gregory

    They are compostable!!! In SF we compost now and pizza boxes, no matter how greasy, are compostable.

  • Kristi K.

    Heather, thanks for taking the time to post top-notch content with everything that’s going on in your life. Yes, I know it’s your job and you are a ridiculous overachiever, but seriously, I am impressed. By the way, the new house looks good! Can’t wait to see how you make it a home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Jacobs/590861439 Amy Jacobs

    Heather, you seem to be more and more like the old you every day. I hate your life has been so difficult, but the one good thing to come out of all the bad stuff is that you seem more grounded and more genuine. I’m enjoying reading you again! Truly. Good luck with the new house. Diggin the floors (though I hate grout!)

  • lizmk

    Your family is fantastic.

    I am moving 700 miles this summer; may I borrow your Mormons? It’s like asking someone to borrow a pickup truck for moving, only better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483184920 Zoe Kingson

    Your family sounds incredible.

  • http://www.yourfridayafternoondistraction.com/ Joanne Zeis

    You coulda taken all those boxes to your small concrete courtyard out back and made a flaming pile. Kind of a welcome-to-the-neighborhood celebration! Fastest way for the neighbors to get to know you, at least once the firetrucks have left.

  • Dee Thompson

    Awesome the way your family pitched in to help. I want to see some photos of the new house!

  • HeatherArmstrong

    Thank you for this. I’m taking it from hour to hour because if I don’t it all becomes too overwhelming. In fact, I mark days off on a calendar, not in anticipation of some event, but because I like to look back and go, I made it through that week. And that week. And that one. I’m truly hopeful for the future, that it will settle down and the fires will stop going off every other minute. Words like yours really encourage me.

  • http://twitter.com/Greeblemonkey Aimee Giese

    We have mainly stayed in this house for 13 years just so we don’t have to move.

  • HeatherArmstrong

    Why didn’t you give me that advice earlier, AMIEE?

  • HeatherArmstrong

    I should note that the official costume of my family is Anything Bought At The BYU Bookstore.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    Lol we noticed.

  • NJGirl

    One thing about having LDS family – you get all the benefits of the LDS Elders Quorum without the dogma.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gangster.Furious Amanda Stackis

    Borrowing Mormons for moving is the best thing. I borrowed one of my Mormon besties and his brothers and I was loaded up and ready to move from SLC to Vermont in 2.5 hours.

  • Rachel Sea

    I just found out that the Mormon missionary boys will do chores for you if you ask, even if you are a godless heathen, such as myself. I am debating whether I am a horrible enough person to take advantage of this next time they show up on my doorstep. My yard needs a LOT of work.

  • Ari

    I do the checking-off thing, too. Getting to the end of a month and looking back at the aggregate number of days I’ve *survived* is such a relief. Anyway, I’m immensely grateful that you have this family, these people who love and help you, and I’m immensely grateful that you share this stuff with us. So, thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Chrissybernal Chrissy Bernal

    Nice!! Congrats on the new place, too!

  • http://www.tokenblogger.com ɯoɔ˙ɹǝƃƃolquǝʞoʇ

    The new house looks good — and like it even has a few of those things you always wanted in your dream house. Down sizing is not a bad thing at all. I hope the yard is fenced in so the dawgs have plenty of room to play, dig, and poop (that’s what mine do)!

  • http://twitter.com/jenwilsonca Jen Wilson

    I moved exactly one time in my first 18 years of life, and it was when I was a year old, so, I didn’t do much. Then I went and moved 14 times in the following 12 years. Because I hate my self-destructive self. We’ve been in this current house for almost three years and as much as I hate it, I hate moving more and NEVER WANT TO DO IT AGAIN. (Although five people in 900 square feet feels a little cramped at times.) I remember moving my grandma out of the house she’d lived in for like 40 or 50 years. All my family came and helped and had her all packed up and out in 4-5 hours. Incredible what can happen with so many loved ones helping.

    Your mom sounds amazing. I’m so glad that you have her for support, and that she helps out so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.c.mckown Carol Chitko McKown

    I want to hug your mom!

  • Kelly B

    Isn’t that what large families are for? Moving help. That’s what I always heard.

  • Lisa

    @Amy Jacobs Yes! She seems…happy again?! And I’ve been glad to see it. (And also, I wish I had one iota her mother’s talent.)

  • slc

    I want your mom!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristin-Latina-Dumont/1093519748 Kristin Latina-Dumont

    Ack! I can’t believe you paid $7,000 to move once. This is the benefit of living in New England where you can cross three states without running up your mileage too much! In other news, Marlo is a doll; and your family is awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/MadamVonSPants Madam Von Sassypants

    More like MORMENTUM, amirite?

  • http://twitter.com/agirlandaboy Leah, agirlandaboy

    TEN YEARS? The first time I read this site, the masthead was the one with all the boxes. Whoa.

  • http://twitter.com/ashleyaustrew Ashley Austrew

    Why does Marlo look so grown up? Tell her to stop it.

  • http://twitter.com/elizabethbake Elizabeth

    Now I’m wondering who I can give GLAD trash bags to for Christmas.

  • http://twitter.com/Bookworm Laura

    Dear Avon World Sales Leader — you are really, really awesome. Heather — so glad the move itself is behind you.

  • GKAdams

    Oh, man! That is amazing! I wish I had a family like that because I’m about to face the same scenario.

  • Kristen Strong

    Your mom is a rock star, Heather!

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  • Meg H

    It’s up to the municipality/recycling center — just like some places take all plastics, some take certain numbers, and some make me insane.

  • Meg H

    In the last picture, Marlo looks so much like her grandmother. Is she the future Avon World Sales Leader? (Leaving aside the crazy-making, of course.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Jacobs/590861439 Amy Jacobs

    You’re welcome! I am a long time reader…8 years. And I must admit, over the past few years I’ve gone through phases of really being critical of you (surely you remember that, lol). However, the past often shows us MANY things, (I’m learning that in my own life as well now at age 40) and I see what I was reacting to could have very well been some manifestations of your personal situation that I knew nothing about. Everyone has a backstory that influences how they operate. It’s an invisible domino effect often not even realized by the person it is impacting. I am sorry for my harsh judgement. You’d think at this point in my life I would know better (BIG learning curve apparently).

    During hard times and suffering, you either falter or stand. There was a time, a year ago, I was not sure you would make it. I could see you wobbling and struggling to stand so many times. It seemed precarious at best when reading your words. But now, with much help from your family and friends (God bless them!), and time and distance and your own realization that you CAN do this, you’re coming out the other side showing just what your made of!! Bravo Heather!

    I’m a mother of two young daughters. I lay awake at night sometimes scared shitless what I would do if I had to raise them alone (hell, let’s be truthful, I lay awake scared shitless about raising them not alone too!) I know I could do it. I’ve been through lots of tough stuff in my life, so I’m not worried about being able to do it. I simply know how hard it would be and am scared of the prospect! It’s like knowing how painful recovering from surgery is, but knowing you have no choice but to go through it. You will live, but suffering pain is an unavoidable byproduct. So all you can do is take a deep breath, overcome your fear, do it and then hold on to the hope that you’ll be healed and whole again at some point. But the fear of the unknown and how painful it will be and how you’ll be able to cope and function is terrifying! No one knows what they are made of until they are in the midst of the pain.

    One day you will look back on these times and realize that life was hard, miserable and even nearly unbearable at times, but every moment worked to make you a better person! That’s what it’s all about…not big houses, pretty things, money, fame. What matters is at the end of the day you feel that, no matter what came your way, you muddled through…kept going and lived and learned from ALL of it. I wish you nothing but the best! But keep in mind that “the best” might not be what you thought it would look like five years ago, and that is OKAY!

  • http://shamozal.blogspot.com Kirsty Rice 4kids20suitcases

    Everyone needs a stepmother who doesn’t judge them for their gay porn. From someone who has moved 7 times in the past 12 years, I bow at your feet.

  • Sassy Lawyer

    I agree. The spontaneity and lilt are back in your words, Heather. Have to admit I rarely read you for the past two years (though I read you a lot before then) but I’m reading you again now almost every day.

  • http://twitter.com/ffjewelry FrancescaFineJewelry

    Just take it one day at a time and you’ll survive. Being a single parent is hard work, but it’s good that you have a support system. It will all pass. Kids will grow and go on their own, and you’ll look back and wonder how you got through it without anyone losing a limb. My kids are all adults now. The baby is in college. My daughter asked me the other day how I did it as a single parent, and I didn’t have the slightest idea.

  • Misty Hinnefeld

    oh my that sounds all kinds of NOT APPROPRIATE! haha

  • Misty Hinnefeld

    YOU NEED TO HAVE AN OFFICIAL ONLINE DOOCE-STYLE HOUSEWARMING PARTY! I really want to see the rest of your house, especially the outside of it! Also, what does the bathtub look like??!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.rowe.33 Michele Rowe

    When we moved out of Boston and into the suburbs, we used a moving company that employed young Israeli men who were visiting the US after serving time in the military. Talk about military precision. They moved us and all of our newly married acquisitions in record time. And they didn’t even require pizza – just lots of water. I couldn’t believe the speed and ease with which they navigated the three flights of stairs between our apartment and the street. It was a sight!

  • Samantha Durrie

    I am inspired to go clean out my apartment right now! And if I use only one bag, that would be a miracle.