Earlier that week I spent some time putting the finishing touches on a few things and meeting with our realtor (and friend) for pictures and necessary paperwork.
Throughout this whole process I've had friends ask me, is it sad to leave your house? The house that you guys built? The house that you brought home three out of five babies to? The house that you lived in for over twenty-one years? The house where you have good friends and playmates in the neighborhood? Not to mention the best mechanic ever right across the street!
So many people asked me these questions, I was starting to wonder if something was wrong with me because I wasn't sad. Obviously, there is a bittersweet part to it all, but sad - no. However....
To everyone who asked me, I want to let you know I finally had my emotional moment. Isn't it funny how these things will sneak up on you unawares at times? My moment came as I watched my realtor friend pierce the soil with the for sale sign. Suddenly, I found myself choking on lungs that had jumped up into my throat. I blinked back tears as I realized this was it. We are giving someone else permission to buy our home. Strangers will let themselves in, walk through, and scrutinize. The home we built. The home where we raised our kids.
Just to put this into perspective, my moment only lasted about five seconds and I didn't command my friend to remove the sign from our yard. It's good to know that we are in a new season and to acknowledge that God has provided and guided us to where we are now. The home we are leaving will be a blessing to somebody else as it was a blessing to us.
And now, as a pictorial tribute, here are few of my favorite things about the home we are leaving behind....
|We're leaving behind our mark in the driveway. (Only had two kids in June, 1990.)|
|These two rocks came out of the hole we dug for the basement. |
Our friend used the backhoe to move and stack them in the front.
|Every year we had two pair of cardinals nest in the weeping tree.|
In fact, we saw the males when we were there a couple days ago.
They must have been nesting, because they sure did complain while we
were standing the front yard.
|I'll miss the custom cabinetry that was made by our friend's dad. I stained and polyed every piece of wood in that house. |
But, not so much the peach countertops - what can I say?
It was 1990 and we didn't have a ton of money. :-)
Now that he doesn't have to spend so much time back at the other house,
Brian started messing around in the yard last weekend.
We're now ready for a nice, safe bonfire.
|Silas and his friend, Cameron, drove the mower & trailer around the yard gathering rocks for the border.|
|There's lots of wood left for this.....|
Isn't that cool? We need a path from the front to the back of the shed and
I'm thinkin' this might just do the trick.