May 12, 2010

A home of our own

The other day I wondered if we'd be able to enjoy finally closing on our house because of all the stress we were feeling. The answer is yes, we are enjoying it very much!

Today was so cool. Mark got the key to the front door from our realtor Wendy. (Apparently the other keys and garage door opener are with the escrow company.) So we gathered up a notepad, tape measure, camera (which turned out to have dead batteries), frozen pizza and a special bottle of wine and went over to OUR HOUSE. I had the kids bring something they'd like to put in their rooms to help it feel personal for them.

First thing we did was measure both the kid's rooms to see if one was bigger than the other. If one was bigger, Cami would get it, but if they were the same, they'd just have to figure out who wanted which room. Turns out one is a few inches bigger, so Cami claimed it.

We had a fun time wandering around and talking about where we'll put stuff. My dad came over too and of course we talked a lot with him about how to set up our living room and the all important electronics! The kids ventured over to the playground and back twice. We cooked our pizza in our new oven (gas!) and discovered that the previous owner took the cool fridge she had and left a plain old normal one. Oh well. Like I care right now!

Again I have to say I can't believe this is happening! It's so fun....and emotional. I could cry at any moment. But I would be crying because of happiness and gratitude, which is wonderful. Oh ok, there I go! ;;-)

My quote today is: "The best way to get something done is to begin." ~Author Unknown because now we have to start PACKING!

May 11, 2010


"We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves." ~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

*deep breath* Ahh, OK. The past 2 days have been a couple of the most stressful I've had in a long time!

The process of buying a house is a roller coaster. Stress as you're looking at houses, relief when you find one you like, stress while you wait to find out if your offer is accepted, relief when the answer is yes, stress while you have the inspection done and sign the loan applications, relief when all is good and you're in escrow, stress when there are last minute hoops to jump through for your loan, relief when that's taken care of, stress while you wait for escrow to call with the final documents, relief when they do, stress when they think you owe money at closing, relief when it's confirmed that you in fact do not, stress getting through the paperwork and FINALLY relief that it's all done! And there is so much more emotion to it when it's been a long time coming and a lot of things to fall into place to happen. And, AND, more stress is added when your husband is sick at the same time!

I honestly never thought this day would come. How could I have known that a shift in the state of our economy would lend this opportunity for us to afford to buy a house? Who knew that I'd eventually become a full-fledged grown-up and actually WANT this? I sure didn't know! But I do know that everything happens for a reason and in its own time (or in God's time). I know this was meant to be...not before, but right now, right here, this house. I love knowing that. And I will love our home. I think I already do!

Now comes the process of moving. It's gonna be a busy time, but I think this will be the most fun move we've ever done, and should be our last for a long time to come. We always seem to move around June (wonder why that is). But it's great cuz we'll have all summer to get settled in and used to our new surroundings and then jump into next Fall and the new school year.

I am so grateful. For the opportunity to buy and live in a house, that I managed to open myself up to it, for all the support our friends and family show us every day and for great professionals who took good care of us during the process.

"Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights." ~Pauline R. Kezer