We Barely Made It, but WE’RE HERE!

Friends!  I am writing my first post to you as a Tennessee resident! haha!

How crazy is that?

Some of you may be saying, “not much.”  hee.hee.

But for this Kentucky girl who has lived her entire life in the beautiful Bluegrass State, it’s pretty crazy!  Many of you have asked me if I will still be a Kentucky fan when I move to Tennessee, and my answer to that question is the same as Sandra’s….




We are in Tennessee now, but I almost thought we weren’t going to make it because packing up a whole house is NO JOKE!

We loaded all the big stuff in a Uhaul last week and unloaded it on Friday, and then we drove back to Kentucky on Saturday to pack up the rest of the house. 

This is where it got UGLY, people.  haha!

I was feeling pretty confident with the first load, but when I started packing up the rest of the house, it seemed like it would NEVER END!  Box after box after box after box after duck tape after duck tape after duck tape…..

When we ran out of boxes and duck tape, we just started throwing things in bins, and tubs, and duffle bags.  #completechaos

We were trying to be totally packed up by Sunday afternoon, but we couldn’t’ get it done, and we had to stay at a hotel in Lexington that night.  We were SO CLOSE to getting finished, but it was 10 o’clock at night, and we were losing steam and threatening to kill each other, and Cy and I knew that we had to stop.  

We ended up renting another box trailer to get all of the little leftover stuff in it.  We packed up Monday morning, and said our goodbyes to our Kentucky home.   As I walked around the property, I started to tear up thinking of all the wonderful memories God had given us at that place.  I remembered taking a picture of the boys when we built our chicken coop, and I got an idea!

I yelled at the boys to come up by the coop and take another picture like the original.  

I’m not gonna lie.  My eyes could hardly see through the lens when I took this picture because of the tears filling up in my eyes.  These boys have grown up in this home, and we are certainly gonna miss it. 

Before we left, we all sat on the front porch, and Cy lead our family in prayer.  He gave thanks for all the blessings the Lord has given us in Kentucky and asked for his continued blessings as we follow His lead to Tennessee.  

With grateful hearts, we hit the road around 12:30 pm. 

Jonathan drove the big 26ft uhaul truck with Adam, Luke drove his car, I drove my car with Sania, and Cy drove his truck pulling the box trailer, and Eli rode with him!  It was a total Hutcherson Caravan!

It was pouring the rain the whole way down.  Cy started having trouble with his truck, and we had to stop several times.  When we stopped for lunch, we stopped at a station to put some air in one of Luke’s tires, and I got out of my car to get the kids some candy. 

Then I heard a “crunch,” and when I turned around, I saw my car had run into the front of another parked car!!!!

I think I forgot to put it in park??  Sania was in the car, and she said it just started rolling forward!  So YES, I HIT A CAR on our trip down there….in the rain.  I was tired and emotional, and I started to tear up again as we talked to the people who owned the car. 

They were going to call the cops to report it, but Cy bent down and stuck his hand up under the bumper and was able to pop out the dent that I had created.  You couldn’t hardly tell anything had happened, except Cy couldn’t get the small light popped back through the hole.  He said we could still call the cops, or we could just pay them for the damage.  They agreed to taking the money, so we gave them $200 and called it a day.  

You can’t make this stuff up, y’all!

Cy knew I was teetering on a nervous breakdown, so he didn’t say a word.  He said everything was fine and for everyone to get back in the cars.  I love that man.  

Our 3 and a half hour trip turned into a 6 hour trip, and by the time we got to Nashville… we.  were.  done.  

We pulled in our driveway late that night, then went to Jonathan’s apartment to shower up, and ate dinner with our friends, the Gustasons, around 9:00 o’clock that night. 

We were all so exhausted, but so thankful we finally made it!!!

So y’all!  


We have already started renovating our home, and I will be sharing it with you all through pictures and videos. You will NOT believe the transformation so far!

I can’t wait to show you!!!

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  1. So happy to see you came to TN! I’m in Murfreesboro – just a stone throw from Brentwood! I wish you and your family all the best! Moving is horrible and especially across states! Glad you made it all in one piece aside from the mishaps.

  2. Traci~I’m so sorry about the “crunch” but I’m glad you got to your new Tennessee home in one piece. What an exciting time for you and your family!! I love the before and after of your boys. They grow up so fast don’t they? Very handsome young men!! I will be praying for you as you transition and as you work on your new home! ~ Linda

  3. Girl…never a dull moment in your life for sure – Whew! I’m worn out just reading this post. But I get it. When I moved to Tennessee from South Carolina I thought I too may have a break down. I’d lived my entire life in the same town in the same state, and at 41 years old decided to move. Once my mom died, and I was divorced, there was nothing really to keep me tied there.
    Let me say, while I live in Knoxville, home of the University of TN – Go Vols! I will not wear the color orange either, and I agree with “Sandra’s” sentiment about that color not being in my color wheel -hahahaha!!
    So excited for you all – the video you shared on IG yesterday of your property and the creek – WOW! beautiful piece of property, and I know having all your kiddos under one roof again will make your momma heart happy.

  4. PTL you all made it safely to TN! We just moved from Brentwood & if you love it 1/2 as much as I did you will be one very happy camper! I feel your pain in packing up a whole house & the “caravan” ha ha! I look forward to seeing your journey in renovating as you all do such beautiful work. Blessings to you & your sweet family.

  5. The end of moving is always the worst- for everyone . I call it the dregs. I don’t even have a family and yet the dregs, that last trailer load of crap you somehow can’t pack, man. I feel ya. Looking forward to seeing the new place and the transformations.

  6. OMG, Traci!!! The adventures continue. The side by side pictures of your boys made me tear up. My “boys” are in their 30s and
    married. Time passes much too fast. I am in California and have been enjoying your blog for quite a while (thank you for sharing your
    beautiful family with us). My daughter-in-law’s uncle and family live in Brentwood and a very special couple that we have known for so many years just moved to Brentwood a few months ago. They love it. God bless you and your family. I look forward to hearing how you are all doing.
    I have a sign in one of my rooms that I painted many years ago – “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” Enjoy, Traci.
    Take care. Debbie

  7. Awh, to pray on the porch, that made me cry. What a keeper. Thanks Cy for not throwing shame at mistakes. The lessons you teach your kids in those tough moments…… when you show grace….. oh that more children could see and experience that true love……
    Good bless you in your new home!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Yes, Penny! Cy is a good one! We were all just trying to hold it together, and I think he knew that if he got upset with me, I would break. haha! Love that man.

      1. The Lord does know best. Following his lead is the best decision ever. Best wishes on your new adventures.

  8. Traci, i so enjoy reading your blog. Glad everything eventually came out ok and you all made it safely to Brentwood. I have sweet family in Brentwood. Love to visit there. May your new home and new adventures be blessed beyond what y’all can imagine. :) God is good!!

  9. Well, I just teared up reading about your departure from Kentucky. I can’t wait to see the transformation of your new TN home!!

  10. My goodness, what a trooper you have been and continue to be. Not many women could survive all that you have endured in recent weeks. I look forward to seeing the reno on the new house. Take care, rest when you can and I pray smooth sailing is ahead. God’s richest blessings!

  11. Bless your hearts! I am so glad that the couple did not call the cops! That was the last thing y’all needed. Now that the whole family is in TN, it’s time to focus on all of the memories y’all have already made and will continue to make. I am very impressed with the progress Cy and the boys have already made with the reno. God bless y’all!

  12. Reading your story seemed like it was mine. We are in the middle of moving from Maine to Kansas! Already two large Penske trucks plus we have four storage units. I. hate. stuff. I know how tired you are and the stress level the whole family is under. We are living this new adventure with you!! We will make it, right? LOL Best of luck!

    1. Oh, Hope! Yes! We all have to much stuff, don’t we?! I seriously wanted to burn everything and live in a tiny house. haha! We can do this! Hope your move went well!

  13. I teared up too reading the story of your move and seeing the wonderful chicken coop building then and now pictures. I love those then and now pics. I think one of the nicest things about you is your ability to appreciate who and what you have. You have wonderful vision and Cy is so skilled. Where in the heck you get your energy God only knows! Bless you all. Hope this will be your forever home and you won’t have to move again…

  14. I remember our move from Missouri to Tn. The rain, the Uhaul and cars that kept having problems. Every time I pass a Uhaul I pray for them! I know they are having a bad day! So glad you made it safe. I’m still praying for you, It ain’t over yet! ;)

  15. Welcome to he great state of Tennessee! We live just south of Knoxville in Maryville in the foothills of the Smokey’s! 🙂

  16. Oh, sweet friend, I just read this post. Bless you! Oh, heavens, that last bit of moving will really get to you. . . even if it’s just a quick move across town, let alone leaving the home your kids have grown up in! I am so proud of y’all for stepping out in faith, and I am glad you made it safely after all those challenges. Tennessee is blessed to y’all! (And I can say that with confidence, since I’m a Tennessee native!) Love you!!

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