I woke up really early today...like 5 am. This is not normal for me, as I'm created to be a night person. The sun wasn't even peeking through my uncovered windows disturbing my slumber. Billy's alarm hadn't started breaking the silence. The kids slept soundly in sleeping bags at the side of my bed. Our dog, Lady, slept curled in a ball at the foot of my son. No, nothing was causing me to awake but my whirling mind. You see....God answered our prayers and we have found a buyer for our home of 7 years. (I'll get to those details later.) Right now, my mind whirls with all the details of moving and selling a house. We have a list of things to "fix" according to the home inspection. Tedious things like a missing knob on the gas fireplace and a missing screw on the ladder to the attic. And then a few larger problems like missing screens, replacing accordion blinds and blah, blah, blah.... I'm so grateful that my brother was raised to be a handyman because he is helping us with all these projects and makes them all seem easy. God blessed us all when he gave my parents one son!
We are moving into a rental house just a couple miles away and right now some of our belongings are there (like the kid's beds), some is still here and then even more is in a storage unit. This move is a significant downsize so deciding what to do with everything is challenging for me. I'm visual and I kind of want it all at the house so I can "set up" and then they can move what's left over to storage once its all beautified! For some odd reason my sweet husband does not agree with this method to our move!
God is blessing us as we move forward in faith. We've already met three neighbors and several children in the neighborhood. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. We walked out last night and neighbors were out visiting and kids were playing basketball near the house. They all came right out to visit with us and even offer to help us this week-end! In our current home, we've really enjoyed knowing our neighbors and the kids being able to run and play outside, so this scene was a huge gift to all of us. God provided this encouragement before we've even moved in!
The family moving into our home has never owned a home because of the need to move with their work so often. The woman is from Russia and her husband is from Oklahoma! They have 2 children...a boy and a girl. They love to host dinners and parties so they will carry on the traditions of our home. For many reasons they are leasing from us for up to 12 months before they finalize the purchase so we will be renting for this same amount of time at least.
I am doing really good. My body doesn't love working in the heat outside as I get fatigued much faster than I used to. I don't lift as much as I normally would moving and packing, but steady wins the race...and we are going to be sleeping in our new house by Sunday!
I want to say a huge thank you to so many of you that have helped us stay in our home as long as we have. It has been a huge blessing to recover in this home and have the chance to live some "normal" life again before moving out! We even got to have one last big 4th of July party! Again, God's timing is perfect!
"For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust EVERYTHING He does."