Wow. I can't believe it's been a month since I've written (or read) any blogs. Hopefully I can stay on track now. AFter 9 months of trying to sell our house, we sold it and moved into another. It all happened so fast. We've had the joy of watching the Lord answer very specific requests regarding buying/selling. One of those was more space for not much more money (and not major work needed). Another was perfect timing of buying/selling so that there would only be one transition for the kids (versus having to move out of old house, into a temporary place, then into new house).
Once we had a serious offer on our house we went out to look at thte insides of houses we had look at online. Oh, did I mention the buyers wanted to close in 2 weeks! Those houses had to fit our price range and have a similar layout to what we were looking for. So, the good thing is, we knew what we were looking for and what we were not looking for. When we found this house, I could see great potential with just some paint and new flooring in some of the rooms. We put in our bid way low, believing the Lord would be working to get it for us if He felt this house would meet the needs of our family. The seller countered at a reasonable price. Long story short, we got the house WAY under the original asking price! So even if we had to put in a good amount of money for carpet, flooring, paint, etc., we still would make out great. Anyhoo (as my friend, Rian, would say), this house had been on the market a while, so the guy was more than eager for a quick closing! We ended up closing both houses on the SAME DAY!
There's so much more, but it would make for a really long entry. We are loving the house (still unpacking). Avery is really the only one having a difficult time adjusting. She is highly afraid of loud noises, and we have 3 big dogs living in the backyard next door. Avery has had a really hard time even going in her room to play, much less sleep in there. We've made progress. Instead of sleeping on the couch (we are not fans of our children falling asleep in our bed....with exceptions of course), she is in her bed in her room, with Daddy sleeping on the floor. We figure we'll go at it one night at a time. Last night was the first night she did not go to bed screaming and crying.
Okay, I'll end for now and update more later on the other kiddos. I look forward to getting caught up on the rest of you!