Monday, September 1, 2014

Just Keep Packing

It's Labor Day weekend, you know the last celebration of summer. You go the the lake, deer lease, camp out, swimming pool or whatever your family enjoys doing. My family and I, well I keep hearing the voice of Ellen DeGeneres from Finding Nemo saying "Just keep packing, just keep packing, just keep packing..........". I think I am almost finished but then I remember the coat closet, the building outside, the storage under the window seat and on it goes. Soon it will be finished.

Everything has happened so quickly, that I feel as if I am spending more time being reactive instead of pro-active. Just when I think I have a plan, things change and I need another one. I have drawn kitchen layouts on graph paper, I have measured closets and openings and walls trying to figure out where everything will go and yet it feels we aren't much farther in the process than when we first looked at the house.

The current plan is get the bedrooms painted and new carpet in those areas so we can have some measure of order. Everything else will be done in order of necessity after we are in the house. I just keep reminding myself that this is suppose to be fun!

I hear Ellen again, "just keep packing", so it is time to go. The next time I check in I hope to have a house tour of the new place. You are going to think we are crazy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Times, They are a Changing

I have always, pretty much, enjoyed every decade that I have celebrated. But there are moments that I realize that time is progressing and yes I am aging. In my thirties when I realized that both my children's pediatrician and dentist were younger than me, it was a funny feeling, only I wasn't laughing. Celebrating 29 years of marriage, uhh young people are 29, not married 29 years. And now in my (late) forties I have had a moment! You see my baby girl started her senior year. Not only that my oldest started teaching in high school today. I am the Coach's mom! When I get to visit my younger son at his business, I am the boss's mom! Me, the teacher's mom and the boss's mom! Wow that is an eye opener!

Yes times are changing, I have lots more gray to cover with that little bottle, I see more and more wrinkles, and I am not as spry (such an old people word) as I used to be. But I am enjoying this season. I can't wait for Darling Daughter to enjoy homecoming, prom and all of the other fun stuff that goes with Senior year. I like going to my son's job and watching him manage his employees. Although I won't be able to see the oldest teach, he is also a football coach and I will get to enjoy watching him do something he loves.

I am thankful for each and every day that I get to enjoy. I am thankful for my children and delight in seeing them move toward achieving their goals. I am thankful for a Wonderful husband that walks with me through the journey of life and pretends not to see the wrinkles and gray hair.

Embrace the changes of life and enjoy each day!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What a Difference 24 Hours Can Make

Does anyone else remember Paul Harvey and the rest of the story? Well when I left you we had just bought a ranch in serious need of a re-do and were getting ready to put ours on the market. That was on Wednesday, our realtor/friend/neighbor was getting ready to go out of town for a week so we said that would be perfect it would give us enough time to get the house ready.

Why had I not painted this?

Wonderful and I worked for a week cleaning and taking care of items we had put off. Touching up paint, decluttering, weeding flower beds, trimming bushes, etc. We talked with the realtor and made an appointment for Friday to do paperwork and take pictures of the house. The house was listed on the realtor web site by Friday evening with no pictures, the pictures went up Saturday morning along with the sign in the yard. I got a call for a showing on Saturday at 3:30 and by 4:30 we had an offer. We were on the market 24 hours, now I have seen Jack Bauer do a lot of things in 24 hours, but I have never seen him sell a house in that amount of time, crazy right.

So humid in Houston area, a non hazy pic was impossible!

So my clean picture worthy house has gone from this ......

to this in a just a matter of days.

I am so thankful for this journey and I want to give all of the glory to God. God's love for me, His goodness, mercy and grace in my life is not measured by how quickly everything is happening with our houses, He would still be just as loving, good, merciful if our house hadn't sold this quickly, but I want to make sure He gets the glory and praise for it!

Back to packing.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

What a Difference a Week Can Make

On Wednesday of the week we were in Seattle a friend texted me and said a house was just listed on her street. Now we weren't looking and had decided not to look until spring unless the perfect place came along. But when we received the address we took a peek. Can you say fixer upper? The house is 50 plus years old and had only been updated with carpet in the 80's, nothing else. The layout was a little choppy and there was no true master by today's standard, but we really liked it! It is in a quiet neighborhood closer to church for Wonderful and closer to Darling Daughter's school AND it is on a lot that is almost an acre!!!!!

The Great House but Not the Perfect House

After returning home I called our realtor, who is also our friend and neighbor, and scheduled a showing. On Monday following we met him there and took a look. It was in better shape than we expected (we knew it needed a roof), overall it was very solid. Immediately we knew we loved it and after praying about it overnight, there had been much praying going on this whole time, we decided to make an offer. Tuesday the paperwork was drawn up and submitted, Tuesday evening there was a verbal acceptance of our offer, with completion of official paperwork signed by Wednesday! One week from the day we received a text saying there is a house on our street!

The Forever Fixer Upper House
(This is a view of the back of the house, I didn't have one of the front.)
It has been a crazy stretch, but we are so excited. Yes we are moving from a "perfect" completed modern home with every amenity by today's standard to a house that is out of date, needs lots and lots and lots of work and is several hundred square feet smaller and we couldn't be happier. Many people think we are crazy, and that is ok we are looking forward to our making our project house our own! There will be things that won't be completed for years and things that have to be completed before we move in like a new roof. I can't wait to show you around, but that will have to wait. We have a house to sell!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mini Update in the Bath

This update in the bath started with this print from Lemonade Makin' Mama. I have been following LMM for a couple of years. I love her raw honesty when it comes to her personal walk as a believer, wife and mom. I also adore her etsy shop and when I saw this I knew I had to have it!

We just did a small remodel here  and although I liked it, it felt a little stuffy for Darling Daughter. Yeah I only have her at home one more year before she goes to college and I wanted to make the bathroom youthful. That and the bleach incident with the existing rug and the stain on the shower curtain.

I found the new shower curtain and plain gray rugs at Home Goods, they matched the print perfectly. The little pail that holds the toilet paper, isn't it adorable, along with the one that holds the toothbrushes came from Hobby Lobby. This is also where my clock redo  ended up! Those few things were all it took to give this room a fresh new look.

I just love how clean and bright it is, as well as being fun for Darling Daughter.

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