It Has Only Just Begun
One day my husband and I are going to look at each other and say, “Oh hey remember that one time we got this crazy idea to put our house on the market with a middle schooler, toddler, infant, and a dog with no real concrete plan of where we were going next so we could pay off a crap ton of debt and be one step closer to our dream home? Yeah. That was crazy!” So crazy, but oh so good
We officially closed on our house yesterday and it was such a bittersweet day. If I am too sentimental to get rid of hand written letters and cards over the course of basically my entire lifetime, I am way too sentimental of a person to sell our first home! Especially the one that we brought our babies home to and made all of the memories in. But, we did it. It is over. We are no longer homeowners. And you know what?
We are okay.
Disclaimer: I always knew that we were going to be okay.
While I never quite knew how this process was going to go (and let’s face it – it is only just beginning) I never for even the smallest second doubted whether or not we would be okay. I knew we would be just fine. You know why? Because God is so faithful. And just like every other time in my life He showed up in H-U-G-E ways that I never could have imagined! We have truly been blessed beyond measure during this entire process – and we know that and do not take it for granted. We have two amazing friends who were going to take us in for however long we needed to stay. We are so thankful to them for being willing to open their home to us [ps I still have your keys!]. Just a few days before we were set to move in with them, there was an opportunity that opened up for us to live [totally free] at one of the homes that I used to oversee when I was a Program Director at work!
What?! Are you kidding me? Is this real life? Live in a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment totally free with people that I already have relationships with living upstairs? And in a town that has my favorite cupcake shop just a few minutes away? Yes, please. I might have cried a little when I got the call that we were all set to move in. Actually, that is a lie. I straight up ugly cried. Why? Because God is so good you guys.
I work for a company that provides residential and medical support for people with disabilities. The residents live upstairs and my family lives in our own private apartment downstairs. We are loving living in again and my toddler loves going upstairs to tell all of them goodnight before bed. In fact, the other day she had a temper tantrum because she wanted to go upstairs and see one of the ladies and I told her she needed to wait. It has been such a huge blessing and we feel so fortunate to be able to do this. The next best thing would be moving in with my parents, and well, Iowa.
I never could have predicted that selling our home would turn into this. We were fully prepared to risk it all & crash with some friends for awhile before looking for our next home. And it would have been amazing! But now we have the ability to not only pay off all of our debt [minus my student loans], but now we are able to save and do even more than we originally thought. Not only that, but now we can take our time finding our next home. And what beats being able to walk upstairs to a job that I love [and have loved for 10 years]. It honestly couldn’t have turned out more perfectly and I am excited to see where this debt free journey takes us.
God always shows up people. Every single time. You’ve just got to trust that He will & let Him.
It has only just begun.