A lot of you have asked about how the sale of our house is going as well as the house hunt. I haven’t been ignoring those questions, but I’ve just been busy talking about Lucketts stuff and furniture makeovers. It felt like too big of an answer to squish in at the bottom of another post, so I’m dedicating an entire post to an update.
For those who missed it, we put our house on the market a little over a month ago. We really love our current home and have put a lot of work into it, but our business is growing out of our basement and has taken over a lot of our house. I didn’t realize how many closets and cabinets are filled with things that are for my business, not our personal use. We would rather expand into something we own instead of leasing a commercial space. Plus, we’ve always dreamed of having more property with more possibilities. Our business and life goals and dreams have come together and we’re ready to go for it
As most of you probably know, selling and buying a home is an emotional, stressful process. Not only are you dealing with your home, a little corner of the world that is safe and yours, but also dealing with the biggest investment of your life. I’ve been pretty relaxed about the whole thing, because we don’t have to move. When you add need into the equation, it gets even more tense, but because it’s our choice to move, we’re not in any hurry or under any set time table.
That being said, I had a plan. There was a farmette we loved. It was so perfect for us and I was already planning improvements and arranging the furniture in my mind. I wanted to have our house and the farm under contract before Lucketts, so I could sell the furniture that wouldn’t work for our new house and we could move in June. That was my plan.
Things didn’t go according to my plan. After being on the market for over six months, someone decided to put a contract on the farm we liked just a couple of weeks after we set our sights on it. I wouldn’t say we were devastated, because that’s too strong of a word, but it felt like a loss. I teetered between being really bummed and being hopeful, resting in the fact that God has the perfect place for us and this one wasn’t it. I was looking into the future to the time when we said, “I’m so glad we didn’t get that farm. This is so much better for us.” Whatever this is.
For those who don’t know, my background is in musical theatre. I grew up on the stage and singing with my family. My mom was a music teacher and taught everyone in my family to play the guitar. She always played music as we fell asleep at night and I still remember the crisis it was when my tape player batteries were dead and it was time to fall asleep. Music has always played a big role in my life and I always seem to have a running soundtrack in my mind as I go through life – sappy heart-broken songs when I was brooding over a boy, uplifting songs when I was going through a hard time, anthems when I was feeling triumphant. I remember when I saw the grand canyon last summer, I got in the car and said, “I just have to listen to some music, Jeff!” There was a Downhere song that goes…Because I’ll never hold a picture of the whole horizon in my view. Because I’ll never split the night in two it makes me wonder who am I and great are You. I had to listen to that after seeing that amazing sight. It will forever be the grand canyon song for me.
I shared that random snippet from the life-of-Marian to say that as we’ve been going through our house selling & house hunting, two songs have become the “sound track.”
The first one I have listened to over and over again, especially when I’m feeling bummed about losing the farm we really loved or because no one has made an offer on our house or because things aren’t going according to my plan.
Sovereign by Chris Tomlin speaks to all of that and so much more…
He pretty much nailed it with that song, right? Sovereign on the ocean floor…in the mountain air…all the pieces of my life…You work everything for good…God, whatever comes my way, I can trust You. It’s hard to not see God as sovereign over a house hunt when you acknowledge that He spoke the entire universe into order.
The other one is Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble. This song is not so much a comfort, but it runs through my head and I find myself humming it as I’m searching through Trulia and Zillow for the one…
When I start to get discouraged because this one is too expensive and that one has an awesome house, but not enough land and this other one has beautiful property, but the house is a disaster, I think, I just haven’t met you yet! The place that is perfect for us and the timing and all the little details will work out and we’ll look back and say, “Ah-ha! This is so much better than what we had planned!”
I’m realizing now that I’ve let all of you into my weird little world! I’m sure I’m not the only one with a soundtrack, though. Right…?
Anyway, my boys have been a part of this process as we’ve talked about farms and moving and getting a dog and chickens and needing more business space and cleaning up a lot because someone might come look at our house. We’ve prayed for patience and perfect timing and contentment and asked God for what we want as a family. And yesterday, my youngest brought me this…
…it’s our farm. Yes, with a purple roof and a green door…
…and even a barn and a baby horse (which Jeff says we will never, ever have.) He’s such a sweet guy. My youngest, not Jeff. He’s a humbug when it comes to getting horses. (Just kidding, Jeff’s a sweet guy, too, he’s just more realistic when it comes to vet bills and mucking stalls.)
So, to sum it up…we haven’t sold our house and we haven’t found a place we want to move to. We’re just waiting for things to happen.
We did find a place last week that we really liked. The house had amazing light…I mean, huge windows and multi-directional light in almost every room. I loved it. We would have to build our own outbuilding, though, which is exciting and scary, but we need to do some more research before we can consider that as an option. And we need to sell our house before we can even do anything!
I’ll keep you updated as things happen…