Oh, where to start with this seemingly arduous tale?
I've hinted at something in the works for a while now (like here, here, here, and here). Vague, persistent little hints sprinkled throughout this space for almost 6 months, then (for those who noticed) no resolution and no more hints for the rest of the year... and now- finally- almost a year and a half since that all began, there is an ending to a tale I haven't even told yet.
So I guess the best place to start is at the ending (which is really just the beginning): we've sold our house.
[insert trumpets and general fanfare here]
We were kicked into relocation mode by a change in job location, but ultimately that led us to the realization that the place where we were just didn't fit us anymore. Since opening our minds to making a move, we have better defined the goals we have for our family, the ways we use (or don't use) the spaces we live in, and what we actually want for the space we call Home.
All of a sudden, we weren't selling our place to move closer to a job, we were selling our house because it wasn't the right place for us.
Unfortunately, it took half of a year and a lot of hair-pulling, effort, stress, and parading strangers through our house to get to that point of realization. We listed our house for 6 months with a Realtor (who did a great job, it just didn't turn out to be the right time for us), then we withdrew from the marketplace for a rest and regrouping, and this spring we went back at it with the increasing light in the new year (this time By Owner).
Now, almost six more months after the launch of our second attempt, we have a solid contract, we're packing our boxes, and we're on the hunt for our next place in this world.
It really puts into perspective how long this process took us when you look back at some of the original photos I took when we first listed our house, and were optimistically undertaking the tedious process of packing those first few boxes...
Holy cow, right? I know!
It's been bittersweet, this journey we've been on... some of the bitter coming from unpacking the pre-packed boxes because, well, we needed our stuff back, and we still hadn't gotten anywhere! And honestly, there are still enough hurtles between where we are now and when we actually hand over the keys to the next family that will live in this space, that we could see another round of unpacking and re-listing. However, we just have to keep our chins up and believe that if it's meant to be, it can't be jinxed, and come the end of the month, we'll be turning the page and moving forward!
At this point we're thinking about heading to a rental property to pause and collect ourselves once this deal closes, then from there, who knows?
Will we renovate?
Will we build?
I can honestly say I'm quite looking forward to finding out.
No question, though- we've been waiting for this moment for so long, and we will be even more grateful for all it brings because of the journey that's brought us here.