In these last several months, we have been on the vomitrocious roller coaster known as buying a house. From finding the perfect home, and then finding out it was in a flood plane, to finding a second, even more perfect home and realizing it was no longer available. We were up, we were down, at one point, I was ready to just give up! I was perfectly happy where I was, why inflict further pain?
Then it happened. Again.
We found the perfect house. Everything just came together, and we were at the highest high, foolishly believing that the worst was over! Nevermind that we had yet to sell the home we were living in! We just kind of assumed it was smooth sailing once we found “the house”.
Oh, friends, was it anything but!
Can I just say, I have not had a more stressful time in my entire thirty plus years of existence?!
Suddenly, everything came down to delicate timing, we had to sell our house to show we had the funds available, to be able to move, to even be eligible to buy a house. Miraculously, we were able to sell, and quickly too! But the paperwork, the red tape, the heartburn and the headaches!
It was hoop after hoop, and after you just barely made it through one, they lit the next one on fire. There were times I didn’t think it was going to happen. There were times I wanted to give up. I spent months unable to sleep, feeling constantly on edge, worrying about every little thing. I developed a rather funny little eye twitch, and I drank much more wine.
Just when things looked as though they may all fall through, we did it! We got a closing date!
And then it was cancelled.
More papers, more red tape. It was all out of our hands, there was literally nothing we could do but sit and wait. At this point, our house was sold and we needed to get out or face paying rent to the new owners. This, when we were expected to have this stockpile of cash, just sitting on the ready for signing. Oh, it was a nightmare!!
At the very last possible moment, before our amazing interest rate and loan guarantee expired, we got another closing date. This time, it was meant to be!
We signed papers on July 26th, and we moved into our new home two days later, on Abe and I’s 13th wedding anniversary.
This was the fifth time in my life that I have moved, and it was by far the most stressful of moves, with four children. All of that pain was nothing though, compared to the entire house buying process. If you are in the process of buying a new home right now, you have my deepest and sincerest sympathies. Stock up on antacids and learn to embrace the eye twitch, she is a comin’.
All that said, we are oh so blissfully happy in our new home!!!
We have a nice sized, fenced back yard that we quickly set a pool up in, swimming away the heat of the summer. The kids have started their new schools and they love it! Their new mascot is the owl, how awesome is that??
Everything else is slowly but surely coming together. Of course, there are a million things we want to do with the house, and already, we have done quite a bit. I think we are finally starting to relax and recover from the last several months, settling into our new home.
Thank you for all the thoughts and well wishes, I should be easing back on, now that my eye twitch has mostly disappeared and I find myself with a few extra moments to sneak away and visit with you all!
I’ll be sharing lots of pictures in the coming weeks of things we’ve been doing around the house!
Have an awesome weekend, friends!