Monday, July 8, 2013

The Goings On

Wow, it has been a long time since I've made it to this space.  Things have been rolling along at quite the pace here.  There is never, NEVER a dull moment, and I think we like it that way?!

First we headed off on a wonderful roadtrip tour of the Midwest- especially exciting for our state and geography loving little boy.  Despite the sad loss of our trailer to some busy mice, we camped...a few nights of tenting and a few cabins at state parks...and it was very pleasant.  We saw a ton and I hope to share photos here soon.

In other exciting news, we have decided to go out on a limb and put our house on the market.  Let me back up.  A week before we left on vacation we had been having serious discussions about putting an addition on our home.  We LOVE our home, and it fits our family fine for now, but it doesn't allow us to share our home very comfortably with friends, family or foster kiddos from Safe Families.  Just last week we had to turn down a little boy because he is too old to sleep in with the girls, in our only spare space.  So we were thinking an addition would be great, but it turns out that it would be way too expensive.  Meanwhile, I was browsing the web looking for info on additions and how adding on would affect our home value when...

**Voila** I came across a listing for a very interesting home.  I clicked on it and realized that the house hit everything on our "need to have" list, nearly everything on our "nice to have" list, and even one or two "dream to have" items.  We went to see it (secretly hoping it would be awful) and it was very nice.   Most important to us is the house size, the school district, and the way that this house would allow us to share space.  It even has an attached apartment that might allow us to eventually host teenage mothers and their babies, or possibly parents and children who come to the local hospital from other countries for surgery.  Hubby could walk to the train, which while being further from the city, would allow his commute to remain the same.  Details details...in a nutshell, it is a cool house with lots of potential.  So we thought about it and tried to talk ourselves out of it, and then decided we would go on vacation and see if the home was still available when we got back.

And it was.  Sooo...we hemmed and hawed (and talked to our financial guy and mortgage guy and realtor and all the wonderful people we are so lucky to have advising us!)  We looked for other houses that would be equally interesting and found none that fit the bill.  We looked for every reason why we shouldn't do this.  And then we decided that we owe it to fate, or God, to give it a shot.  I mean, when you find a wonderful house when you're not even looking, and all these little signs and happenstances fall into place, it is hard to chalk it up to chance.

So we spent the last few days taking loads of our stuff to my wonderful parents' house where we will be staying while we show the house.  We packed (with the help of wonderful friends), organized and cleaned like crazy.  It goes on the market tomorrow.  I have to say, it is looking so good I am somewhat loathe to sell it!  We do LOVE our little house, so if all goes wrong, we will not be too sad to move back into our now-spotless house again.  Which very well may happen.  But who knows.  Maybe, just maybe.

We are in the wait and see stage.  Specific prayers:

1) that our house would sell
2) that our house would appraise for enough to make it worth selling
3) that the house we want is still available (we can't make an offer until our house is under contract)
4) that my type-A, risk-avoiding self makes it through without losing it

So that's where I've been lately.  I'll keep you posted.  Meanwhile, I'm going out to enjoy the hot tub here at my folks' house...gotta enjoy life, however crazy!


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