This new chapter of my life is in the big woods. Even though I moved only an hour away from where we lived on the lake, the scenery is very different. The trees here are very tall. We are now on 12 acres, which isn't huge, but it's enough for us to roam around. The Aussies are LOVING it. We do too. In addition to the change of scenery, our home is very different from our last home. I'll show you more of that later but we do use wood to heat our home, so some of our activities include things like chopping wood.
Ty is shown here splitting some wood. "Who is Ty?" you may ask, Ty is a friend and co-worker of Joe's. He's just a few years older than our kids and quickly become a member of our family, just like another kid. Someone to feed! ( Which fulfills my nurturing needs you know.)
This is what our new home looks like.
In moving to a town that a huge F5 tornado has hit we were looking for a fortress to move into. A home that was solid-built, maybe split level, and with a safe room. This home definitely fit that bill. We had thought we would end up downsizing but that just didn't happen.
With the move I've been sorting through years of goods I've collected. I've been trying to set up the house and then rearranging. I've hosted Thanksgiving, and stayed home for Christmas. We've also worked on our property taking out dead trees, started building a pool, and more. I've dropped the ball with my 365 project which broke my heart because I was half way through the year! I also stopped taking pictures much at all and blogging fell off the map.
I'm excited to be back in the game. I was laying in bed the other night thinking about recipes and ideas to share with friends and that brought me back around. It will be fun to share food ideas with you all again!
Life is still good! :)
Suddenly summer flew by and we were back in Norman moving our girl into her apartment in the hottest part of summer. Those trips up to the 3rd floor apartment were torture but it worth every ounce of sweat seeing her excitement. Her first apartment! I can remember how that felt… ah to be young again! We were all in a celebratory mood when a call comes from a friend. (cue the suspenseful music)
My friend was calling for business reasons it turned out. Would we consider putting our house on the market? We could do even a one-time- showing listing. She explained that she had a customer who was looking at her home and it didn't quite fit their needs but she thought ours might. My husband and I would have to decide quickly. So we did.
What are the odds our house would sell? It's not even on the market. And didn't he just start a job with an hour long commute? Was this a sign? The showing was to be fast because they had a new home under construction to look at as well. Our house wasn't even cleaned and staged to show, we really thought this would be a passing thought. But it wasn't. I got the text: THEY LOVE IT. That was the beginning of the weekend. We alternated between feelings of doubt, giddiness, and nausea. Would this really happen? They came back the next day to look again, this time prepared to sign a contract. The text from my friend came through as an attachment. I couldn't read it on my phone. I frantically scanned the page trying to understand the contract I was reading on my tiny phone screen. I finally got to the section I was trying to see; The offer. I was stunned when I finally realized they gave us our asking price. My daughter was driving me down the street as we'd just left the store buying apartment supplies, and she was trying to read my face as we went along. ARE YOU OK?? MOM?? YOU LOOK SICK. Indeed. My friend had said she would call when she could to answer questions. I wanted to talk to her RIGHT THEN, but I had to wait. I explained to my daughter the times in my life I'd had those feelings of being completely stunned. 1. Learning I was pregnant. 2. Learning my dad had cancer and 3. Selling our practice in Texas. It's those moments when you know you life is changing unexpectedly.
Later, once we talked to our realtor friend, it was pretty clear this was going to happen pending the home inspection, land survey, etc. She said she would review the contract with us when we got home on Sunday evening.
I knew our friends would be less-than-excited at us moving but there was no need to tell them just yet. It wasn't a done deal.
I didn't know it yet, but those doubts about it being a "done deal" would last for a month during the process of selling our home right up until the closing. The couple who were buying our home had walked out on a deal on another home at the closing table because of being misled. They were very nervous buyers. And even though we seemed like honest people, hadn't the people they dealt with before? It would be a long wait before they would decide what kind of people we were and what kind of deal this was.
The only thing we all knew, was that the sunset over the lake from our home was very special. How many sunset pictures had I taken? Had I gotten enough?
So this was the opportunity that we took. It was a huge leap of faith but it's led us to our new home here in Joplin, Missouri.
Does that explain what I've been doing instead of blogging?
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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