The best Pose we could get together on Christmas Eve, minus Sean.
Life has seriously been crazy since, well, November! We ran a huge black Friday sale and were very busy with that. But there has also been a huge change in our family taking place, which I’m ready to share with you.
We are moving!!
(Yes I know you were waiting to hear that I was pregnant. I know how the mind of a woman works. )
It is truly a miraculous story of how we were able to sell our house. We have been trying for several years off and on to sell our house. At one time we had an offer and both parties had verbally accepted, but before we could meet to sign the paperwork the couple backed out. I get really restless when the house is on the market. It takes a lot of work to make the house ready to show, and leave the house with an hour’s notice so people can come and look. We decided to take it off for the winter, and really thought we would just stay here for a few years and then try again.
Then one afternoon Sean was outside with the children playing three weeks after we pulled the sign in the yard. A man drove by and asked if our house was still for sale, that they really liked it and would like to see it. We had heard it all before, and couldn’t imagine them really being interested but we decided it wouldn’t hurt to let them look at it.
They came in, and ended up really liking the house…and the rest is history! We held our breath waiting for the appraisal (in today’s market you just don’t know!) but so far everything has gone extremely smooth, and the appraisal came back quite a bit higher then we were expecting! We sign the paperwork in just a few days.
I’m so very excited, but it’s also bittersweet to leave our home. I love the outside of our home, the curb appeal is cute and I always did want a house with a white picket fence. We have done a lot of work to our house getting it fixed up the way we want it.
The Lord brings new paths to walk on, and we are currently in the middle of a new path. I’ve mentioned that my husband has gone back to college to finish out his graphic design degree. He has been blessed with a talent for art (I linked to his college blog showing his projects), and I encouraged him to go back and finish his degree and get into the art world.
A Moby Dick Project Sean did this last semester
For a father of five this has been no small task. We are making sacrifices in our family in order for this to happen. He sold his lawncare business in order to go back to college. I work more from home on our online business then I normally would. Our homeschool hours do not consist of extracurricular activities. And we are moving from our 1600+ square foot home to a rental home that is 1000 square feet. The house is really a blessing, friends of ours own it and are renting it to us. But downsizing some belongings is a must if we are going to fit seven of us into a 1000 square foot home for 1-2 years!
I have piles of belongings to either sell, go to goodwill, or just trash. My children have gone above and beyond what I had expected and been really good about going through their toys and getting rid of things.My husband and I have gone through our closets. I’ve had many conversations with a good friend about wanting to live like Little House on the Prairie, and my mindset is this house will be the closest we come. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not parting with my books, and my grand piano is being stored at my mother in law’s house until we move somewhere bigger. But things like china, extra dishes that I do use but are not necessary, nick nacks, and even extra cups and kitchen supplies are being packed up. Since I inherited some of my mother’s things when she died, I can’t just get rid of everything, but I also don’t have to have everything with me at this house.
The challenge is exciting me. The kitchen is much, much smaller then what I have now, so I’m working through how to organize it. Thankfully I have a hall closet and a linen closet to work with. I know Pinterest will come in handy when I’m looking for ideas on how to organize. My favorite pictures are coming with me, and any other smaller decor is either going to goodwill or being packed up. The house will just be too small for doilies and pretty things sitting around.
So if I seem preoccupied this month, you know why! I’m in the midst of packing boxes and deciding how much an item tugs on my heart. I’m currently in bed sick, but hopefully will be back to packing in a day or two!
Thank you all for bearing through my busy times. The good thing about the new house is that it has a basement, which will hold all our business inventory with a better shipping room. I’m dreaming of getting a white background set up and doing more videos and tutorials. But first I just need to get moved.