Goodbye Home, Hello So Many New Beginnings

on January 7 | in Family, Life & Style | by | with 26 Comments

This is where my husband lived when we met and I moved in after we got married 5 years ago. I’ve seen pictures, and that palm tree was just a baby when he bought this place!

Shouldn’t the fear be starting to set in? For some reason it hasn’t just yet. Now I have anxiety about not having anxiety lol? Have you ever felt that before?

My husband and I purchased an acre of land in a beautiful neighborhood before we got married, but for some reason throughout our 4 year marriage {probably due to his busy travel schedule, a sports manager always on duty}, we just hadn’t been motivated to build. Living at his place after we got married was supposed to be temporary until we built a new home at our lot, but we’re still here. This June, he happened to be in town for the Parade of Homes {a local builders’ showcase of new homes} and we found a home layout and a builder that we’d love to go with.

December 9, 2007 – I thought he just wanted to take me for a sunset walk at our new property. He proposed in our future backyard by the lake, where we hope to build this March after the baby is born and where we took our Christmas card photo. Pardon the “tears of joy” stained face.

Touring the builder’s parade home, we both looked at each other and thought, this is it, let’s go for it, call our realtor, and put our current home on the market! We listed our house in late November thinking, what perfect time to sell than during my “second trimester stride” when I have a ton of energy. In addition to being pregnant, my full time day job, blogging and getting ready for the holidays, I was spending lunch breaks/evenings/weekends cleaning out closets, scrubbing the house, and hitting up Target and Bed Bath & Beyond to get our house staged to sell.

We got so lucky… our house was only on the market two weeks and we had a buyer! We thought, this is perfect, we’ll be out of here by the new year and have 3 months to set up in a rental before my due date of March 20th {rent while we build}. Turns out, the buyers have a government backed loan, a type of loan that is taking 120 days {4 months} to close. We got the contract back and the requested closing date was March 20th, my exact due date. HOLY! I knew we’d be cutting it close, but dang! We were able to counter offer to close on February 20th, but the buyer has no control over bank closing dates.

So now, 2 months before my due date when I should be nesting and setting up a crib, we’re wondering where the heck we’re going to live in February after our house closes. No one will rent to us for February because they’re trying to fill January vacancies. We also don’t want to rent too soon because what if we get stuck in a lease and something goes wrong with the closing of our house.

I’m going to miss blasting the outdoor speakers, the two shallow ends in our pool making it perfect for pool volleyball, roasting s’mores in the firepit, barbeques on the deck, margaritas flowing, and so much more!

So everything is about to change. It’s going to be an amazing year, but not without a lot of hustle right before giving birth, if all goes well lol. We’ve made this house a home and have so many memories here. My husband lived here for 9 years before we got married… he carried me over the threshold {and bumped my head} when we returned from our 08-08-08 beach wedding, I moved out of my townhouse and into his home, we kept the best of our duplicate everything {washer, dryer, couch…} and had a winter of Craigslist yard sales to get rid of the rest, had many ups and downs trying to get pregnant over the last 3+ years, got a cat, got a dog, started blogging, and had so many summers of FUN poolside barbeques. We LOVE to entertain, so we usually have a steady rotation of house guests eager to stay in their “Florida vacation home”.

Ella the boxer terrier mutt rescued from the shelter and Tippy, a siamese tabby mix adopted from our neighbors that moved. Must find a “fuzzy children” friendly rental.

Just this month alone, we had 4 rounds of house guests staying with us, and the last of our company, my sister, left in tears last week after Christmas. Until that moment, I didn’t realize our house meant so much to other people as well. We always have our guests sign a guest book and write about their favorite memories of their stay. The good times documented in the book range from the summer his dad got a ton of ant bites to the Jingle Bell run my mom and I went on earlier this month.

Our guest room side table – welcome basket with guest book, waters, chocolates, magazines, and suntan lotion.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s busy season again for my husband and we still don’t have a name picked out for our child – two other factors to consider lol. We don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, so we have to come up with a name for each, quickly! I’m not sure how the heck I’m going to get through these next few months, but I hope that by the end of 2013, I’m holding a little baby in my arms and admiring the sparkly lights on a Christmas tree in our new home. I’m a first time mom, so maybe ignorance is bliss, but so far, no nerves just yet. Wish me luck LOL.

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