Where do I begin?
J and I married in the fall of 2008. During our engagement, I had the pleasure of planning our beautiful wedding. It was the perfect day and a wonderful beginning of our life together.
Nine months later (yeah, I’m serious) we were blessed with the arrival of our son, E. He is the greatest joy in our lives! Nothing tops being a parent…absolutely nothing.
It was about at that time when J and I decided to take the leap and put our house on the market. The ever failing, doomed selling market. We were optimistic, however, because of all of our updates and “pride of ownership” in our home. Bring it on MLS!
We patiently waited.
We waited…kind of patiently.
Showing after showing, sometimes two per day for multiple days in a row. We had to be doing something right…?? Clean, bake cookies, pack up kid and dogs in car, and go somewhere for an hour…over and over and over and over.
This fall our family had a terrible tragedy happen to our family. It started the busy evening of a showing, open house at school, and other activities. Although we know that the showing didn’t cause this to happen, it finally caused us to pause and say, “Enough.”
With that, we took our house of the market.
At the same time, we began to be interested in a home we saw online. Well let’s be honest, I couldn’t get the house out of my mind. I drove past it every day on the way to school and thought, “Really? Is this the one?” One day I called the number on the sign, I just wanted to find out what was wrong with the place, it’s bank-owned you know.
Then, through a strange twist of events, we found out that our childhood friend is the owner of the listing company. After a couple Facebook messages, we went for a showing and were initially disappointed. There was another offer on the table and this place needed A LOT of work. We sat around for a while thinking about our next move when our Realtor called us and told us that the other offer fell through. We decided to move right away and put an offer on the house.
J and I both thought that things wouldn’t work out…there were way too many obstacles in our way. Just the type of loan we are doing requires a lot of work, papers, time and effort. Thankfully we have a great mortgage broker and fantastic Realtor. Combine that with J’s impeccable organization and attention to detail, and we have a winning combination. I was fortunate enough to sit back and dream big about all of the decorating, remodeling, and parties that were in our future.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind and it seems so crazy that in less than a month we will be closing on our home. We still have a few hoops to jump through so J and I can’t consider this finished until the keys are in our hand…but how exciting this has been.
I can’t wait to continue to share with you and we continue on this journey!