"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ~Ferris BeullerThat Ferris, he was on to something. Life has been indeed moving rather fast .
Shortly after my last post, we made this big, huge, enormous decision that we needed to move. For multiple reasons, really. Which I could spend an entire blog post or two explaining. But nobody really cares as much as I do, right? Basically, life here isn't working on so many levels and I've been LONELY for far too long. I've tried REALLY HARD to make friends here over the past 3 years specifically and it just isn't happening. I'm sick of driving an hour plus to see our existing friends, who are WONDERFUL and AWESOME and sad that my kids don't really get the chance to know their kids well enough.
We made the decision to move. We drove multiple areas of Dallas proper and some various suburbs. Researched school districts, home values, average days on the market for each area, etc. I really spent a LOT of time making sure I didn't make the mistake of picking another location that isolated us from friends that could make us happy and options to make life easier on us both.
After a lot of talking and praying, we opted for a small suburb on the opposite side of town. Close to my hometown, so I am VERY familiar with the area. Where my best friend (!!!!!!!) and several other friends and family members live. And where the schools are rated VERY well, the people are incredibly nice and there is a somewhat "small town" feel. Really, I cannot overrate the value of living within 2 miles from my best friend. There is no one in the world I consider family more than her and we have lived an hour apart from each other for at least 8 years now. THIS IS LIFE CHANGING for me.
We figured that we could put a contract on a new house to be built in the spring, ready in early summer and prayed that at some point in the next 6 months our house would sell. We met with a builder, looked at home sites and plans and got really excited about what could possibly be for us.
Then we put our house on the market.
And got a full priced offer the same day.
I almost fell out of my chair when our realtor called us with the news. No negotiating, no waiting, no drama at all. The buyer wanted the house ASAP and was extremely poised with amazing financing and cash to use as a down payment.
We signed the contract. We close next week.
So we were suddenly left with less than 4 weeks to figure out what on EARTH WE WERE GOING TO DO!!! In usual fashion the husband had a long business trip scheduled, the kids were both sick with a MAJOR stomach virus and I was left to rush through trying to figure things out, field home showings that were still happening, clean up puke, look at houses, line up movers, start packing... Really. It is ridiculous what has gone down in the past 3 weeks.
We found a spec home that is under construction by a builder I am crazy about and both loved it. It will be done some time in December (hopefully early!) and we have to float around living temporarily for about a month until such time as it is done. Our plan isn't perfect and I know it is going to be hard not having a place to call home with 2 smalls kids and living out of boxes for a month but eh? We are so beyond words excited. I can not wait.
Keep us in your prayers!