Monday, August 14, 2017

Blooms at the Fair

One of my favorite places to linger at our state fair is the master gardener's exhibit.  It gets more elaborate each year.  So many people labor over this garden.  It is a work of art.  It's an excellent place to have fun with my camera.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Park Across the Street

When we were looking for a house to rent for the next year, we decided amenities were key.  This house has turned out to be situated in the perfect spot for our family.  Just across the street sits a beautiful little city park that boasts a giant sledding hill, corn hole, porch swing, shelter house, playground, firepit and a connection to a multi-use path.  Did I mention that it also has a Little Free Library?  Well, it does!  I have already donated a book.  The sledding hill is quite steep and so fun to climb to the top.  Up there one can see for miles.  There is also a table with a chess/checkerboard. We are planning to use this park for our required PE minutes.  Who knows?  Perhaps we will find a house to buy in this neighborhood next year.  We won't go far, that is for certain.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Good-Bye House Tour

The other day we had to get the house all tidy and clutter free to take pictures to send to a Realtor who was going to give us some comparables, so I thought I would share some of the pictures here as a sort of memory post.  We have had a lot of good memories here. I have never had a nicer home. Selling is bittersweet of course.  I don't want to go into that here.  I want to remember this house as just another example of God's great mercy to me.  He is an amazing God!!  As it turns out, I was already living in my dream house and now it is time to move back home.  Good-bye home sweet home.  You have been very good.  I am so very thankful.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June is Going to be Just Peachy

June is a special month!  School is out.  There is no band until August band camp at the college my son is going to attend.  We basically have the whole month to relax.  OK, not really relax, although if you think preparing a house to sell is relaxing, then it is going to be really chill around here. Ha.

Yes, that is right.  We are finally going to set a date and get it done!!  Another house around the corner, the only house for sale in our neighborhood, just sold in less than a week.  That is scary fast.  We have done some scouting around and think we may end up renting in the area that we want to move to for a few reasons.

First, prices are on the rise everywhere.  We can no longer afford a house like ours even in our neighborhood so image trying to find something comparable in the most desired area of the state.  Thankfully, we are not looking to upgrade.  We want as small a house as possible so that we can maybe even pay it off in our lifetimes.

Second, houses are moving too quickly.  I found what seemed to be a perfect house yesterday.  By the time I had emailed the listing to my husband and he got home so we could talk about it, it was SOLD.  Gone in a day!!  How can we compete with that?  I am not sure I can make such a huge decision in such a quick manner.  It is a very important decision.  People are basically forced to buy a house the instant it comes available and hope for the best.  Nope, can't do that.  It is too risky.

Lastly, we don't know exactly what kind of house we need or exactly where would be the best location.  We still have two kids who will be living with us for the next 5 years or more.  We are not kicking anyone out.  We would love for them to live at home and commute to college, saving 10k a year easily.  We may not be ready to buy a house that is built for two.  We don't know where they will be going to college.  There are some good state colleges that are an easy commute from our desired area.

So as much as I hate renting again, we are probably going that route, unless a house pops up that would fit the bill and no one else wants it.  The worst part is having to move again and knowing that the houses are just going to keep rising in price.  I am praying we have wisdom and courage.  We are not the kind of people who enjoy risk.  The main thing is to be up closer to work, our church and friends.  So exciting!!