Well, we are completely out….and others have moved in.
I did shed a few tears. I tell myself not to be emotionally connected to houses. When you DIY “fixers” for a part-time job, you have to look at the bottom line, not the house with a ton of molding. You have to look at the possible re-sale, or renting ability, and not the perfect number of rooms.
Not “falling in love with a house” was advice given to me early on, and it’s advice that has been good for me to stick with!
….but this house was more difficult than normal to leave.
For starters, I usually live in houses for around two years, and this one I had lived in for almost six. It was the longest that I had lived anywhere since high school. It was also 3200 sq ft, which means it required almost twice as much time as past houses. Oh the countless hours I had poured into that house!
I had two babies while living there, and the other kids and I moved in when they were so little…. So many memories!
It was also an incredible location! We will miss the river and the riverwalk outside the back gate a lot! We lived by our WONDERFUL family, and dear friends, and had caring neighbors…
…but over and over, I would tell myself. Don’t fall in love with your houses, your cars, your job, your situations in life, because they are simply not what life is about, and all of it is temporary.
Falling in love with these things holds me back. It stifles my love for new adventures, it causes me to not rely on God to present me with what He has next for me.
When I was young, all I wanted to do was marry a farmer and live on a farm. It was what I knew, it was what I loved. I’m so glad that God pushed me outside my comfort zone. I’ve seen fantastic places, and met incredible people and experienced so much of life along the way. My horizons have been expanded and I have a greater perspective and respect for more in life than what I originally knew.
Do you have an upcoming change you are facing? Is it hard to let go to what you’ve known for some time?
I hope this post is an encouragement to you, because my advice is to pray, know that there is a plan for you, and enjoy being “stretched” during the transition. You’ll arrive stronger, and more enlightened as you “travel”, and you’ll allow yourself to experience new adventures wherever you are going.
I love the book at Ecclesiastes. Through the entire book, Solomon, who was very wise, talks about how everything is meaningless. He had tried to please his own heart with everything he could think to make himself happy, and when it came down to it, none of it made him happy. At the end of the book he said, “ So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
I’m so happy that I enjoy my work, and I’m excited to be painting my new “canvas” (house), and loving on the community in my new location.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17
I sanded down the hardwoods last week. I just need to find a few minutes to get all of my posts caught up. So stay tuned everyone! I’m excited about all the ideas in my head! I finally have my camera fixed and internet at my new place…..here we go!