The birds are tweeting, the sun has come back, the weeds are blooming in the garden – waiting to be pulled… alas, Spring is here in Texas. After this past week of rain, we are SO HAPPY that the sun returned this afternoon. My legs are still hurting from pulling weeds yesterday, and I have yet another 3 flower beds and one raised bed garden to go before we can mow and call it a wrap in the back yard. There was way too much mud out there to mow today.
Kev and I stayed home this morning from church with our sick 7 year old (who I have been dosing with elderberry, vitamin C, Chestal Honey by Boiron, and other herbs). We used the ‘sick day’ to continue painting the trim throughout the house. It is amazing how much trim makes a difference once you start getting it back to its original bright WHITE. My youngest said, “The more we do to the house, the more I want to stay.” You and me both, baby. You and me both.
Staying isn’t in the cards, though… as much as I’m going to miss our community here and being just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from all our favorite stores, restaurants, and friends.
Friday we SIGNED A CONTRACT. Like a real, legitimate, money-exchanging hands and legal-mumbo-jumbo type of contract. A you have X-amount of days to get your rear off the premises type of contract. Not one single realtor involved, but it’s official and filed with the title company. If this goes through, I’ve effectively cheated the system. That feels REALLY good. I never even had a sign in my yard. Wasn’t listed in MLS. It’s a God thing, totally.
I’m trying not to hold my breath yet; or get too crazy with packing and the insanity that is sure to engulf us in a short time.
We are within our option period and expect someone to call for an appointment next week to get the inspection done. It’s really happening. I am not sure how I feel about it. A little sad, a little happy, a little excitement, a little dread, a little grief, a little spark of adventure. Can’t help but think of the Disney Pocahontas song “Just around the river bend”. It is true that when we refuse change to be safe, we lose our chance of learning and growing through new adventures.
The great thing is, with God, we couldn’t have made a totally wrong choice here. We weighed out what we thought God might want from us and this was the clearest path. That’s all He asks of us – to consider Him in all you do. I don’t feel we can fail, given that He is opening the door for us to walk through. We can just walk forward and have new experiences (instead of staying behind in a false state of comfort and security) – because no matter what:
He can use anything for our good… even what seems like a trial.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
He is always with us … even when the answer is no for a time.
Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
And… we can do all things through His power (not our own).
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
So I guess today is as good a day as any to start a new adventure, right? So let’s go! Or as I always say, “Get on witcha bad self.”
My adventure begins with a LIST (doesn’t everything?) that starts with all of the things I have to DO before we move out of this house we’ve been collecting stuff in for the past ten years. I broke down and scheduled a mover, but to save on their hourly rate, I have to empty the attic and garage before they get here (and all the closets, too)… and I have to start boxing a library’s worth of books very soon.
I’m still not sure where all of my stuff is actually going to go, and I’m still not finished purging my mom’s tiny house of all of her things, either. Such is the clutter of life. I wish I had a magic wand or a free professional organizer… or just a few friends to come keep my head screwed on straight so I can make progress in taming the chaos. I’m a bit rusty in the moving department after putting down roots here… but I used to be a pro, so hopefully it will all come back quickly.
At least the taxes are filed. I’m ready to put that box in storage for sure!
I may be pretty quiet in here while I work diligently on all the things that need to be completed before we head into the wild blue yonder… but feel free to shoot me a “Howdy” on Instagram or Facebook if you see me popping in there. I’m more than willing to let you come over and pack, too, if you are looking to waste a few hours between now and the middle of March.
Koko got his wish, though — which was to BE IN OUR HOUSE on his birthday. They are all sad, but also kind of excited… just like mama. The big kids are spinning their wheels trying to figure out living arrangements so they can stay behind and work here in town. If you know of any CHEAP and SAFE places either of them can rent so they can work and go to school here, shoot me an email!
Disclaimer: there’s an Amazon link up there in the first part of the post… go click it – that’s some great stuff! 😉