This has been a super stressful time, and we have finally accepted an offer on our house and had an offer accepted on another home. Of course, like selling a book, it’s something to celebrate but also something I never quite trust will go through until I’m holding that book in my hot little hands. Until the moving truck pulls away from our new place near the end of July, I’m not sure this will actually happen. But…I am grateful. Grateful to have a house that has sheltered our family for almost 21 years. Grateful to not be a refugee, homeless and adrift in a new country, where I might not really be welcome. Or where I’m welcome but still cut off from all I have known. Grateful not to be homeless in my own country, like so many families and children are. Grateful that even if the “worst” happens, and our house deals fall through, I am lucky enough to know we will not be sleeping on the street. So as I stress out over the next 6 weeks, I will continue to be thankful for always having a home, with my beloved family, in a beautiful state.
Jane Heitman Healy says
and the dog! Don’t forget the dog! 🙂 Stressful, yes, but a good move. Here’s to being settled soon!
I could never forget Jack. He will get his own post next week ;>) In fact, we got estimates yesterday on having carpet on main floor replaced with wood before we even move in, because Jack has accidents (combo of age, behavior, and health issues). Jack influences EVERYthing:>)
Jane Heitman Healy says
After I hit “send” I thought, oh, wait. She said “family,” and Jack is family. 🙂
I’m so very happy to hear this news. You must be thrilled and relieved. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that all goes as planned and you are in your new digs soon.
Thanks, Tricia! Yes, thrilled and relieved. And stressed. But trying to focus on the first two!
Martha O'Quinn says
Congratulations on the sell and the purchase. Sending positive thoughts that things from here on out will be smooth sailing. Thanks for the poignant reminders of thankfulness, especially in light of the tragedy in Orlando.
Thank you, Martha–and yes. Horrific news like this, as I think of all my family and friends in Orlando (my hometown) and the whole city, and our country, puts my moving woes into perspective. Again. So much grieving for the state of things…
Oh, PHEW. I knew it would happen eventually, but it’s all such a strain, isn’t it?! And we’re just about ready to start the looking processes ourselves again… ugh. And yet: gratitude. We have the bills paid off and the ability to talk the bank into letting us get into more debt. It could have been otherwise, as Jane Kenyon puts it so eloquently. So, gratitude and grace for what we have, and may we not forget to be thankful. Thank you, Laura, for the timely reminder.
We were starting to feel like it would never happen. I mean, we knew in theory it would, but…And yes on the Jane Kenyon poem. I love her. Thanks, Tanita. Hoping your process goes quickly and smoothly!
Linda Baie says
I went through it nearly 4 years ago, and it is stressful, but does happen, and then you can sigh a big sigh of relief. It was hard to leave my home of so many years, but going to a place I also loved was good, and has been a good change. Thinking of you, Laura, glad you have a couple of “deals” nearly complete! Hugs!
Thanks, Linda–always helpful to hear from the other side. And hugs appreciated!
Pat Podlipec says
Glad your “selling” process is over. We have moved several times and that was always the hardest — keeping the house neat and clean constantly. I remember putting some pans under the bed to hide them when the realtor gave me only a few minutes warning. Ha! Best wishes for a smooth move.
Hehe–we didn’t do pans, but I was always shoving packages from that day’s mail under my husband’s side of the bed to hide them. Thanks for the good wishes, Pat!
Elissa J. Hoole says
Congrats and good moving thoughts to you!