Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fearing the Jinx

I've not written in far too long, but there was a thought process involved in the absence. Our house went on the market in July. It has been an ordeal to keep it show-ready and free of thick disillusionment as we've been battered by a dead market and insulting offers.

Toys, clothes and dishes have all been kept in their places. We've made our beds, wiped down the shower and hidden any semblance of a personality. The girls have been stoic as box after box of things have been shuttled to dark corners of the attic. Trips to a storage unit, walk-thrus of other houses, not to mention the innumerable showings of our house have led to Briar say things like, "Mom, can we go and live in a hotel for 100 days? And then can we just eat at restaurants and that way every night there won't be dishes and some can make the beds for you." My little worrier, be still my heart.

Emails from friends and BlogHer have me all too aware of how long it's been since I've written. So here I am.

I never thought it would happen. We've worked so hard, dreamed for so long...

Our house has sold.

They are lovely people. It is everything we could have hoped for and more.

They want to close on January 29th.

Grandma and Papa arrive on January 28th.

We have decided to rent for 6 months.

We have yet to secure that place to rent.

Work is insane.

The girls are magnificent. Everything is perfectly on track, yet feels perilously close to out of control.

Looking at a place at 1. If you'd do me a favor, cross your fingers that it works.

xo

-Amanda

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11 comments:

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Thinking of you, my dear. It stinks to be in such flux, but you will end up where you are meant to be. Know that.

Cristie Ritz King said...

Fingers crossed. Mine, the kids and everyone I see today!

slouchy said...

YAY! I'm so glad that the house sold!

Crystal D said...

Eeeekks! That is awesome.
Oh little sweet Briar, she is just so wise beyond her years. I am sure that hotel sounded like an oasis for her.
Fingers are crossed my friend.

Kristy said...

Blah! Oh so sad to see it go but am happy for your next chapter!

The time in flux is tough but you will get through it and be so much happier in your dream home.

It is great that you can get a six month rental!

Happy luck wishes to you guys!!!

Amanda said...

You are all dears. It is going to be fine. We are so surrounded by wonderful friends and an incredible community. Blessed, nothing less.

flutter said...

Oh babe!! So exciting!

Heather said...

xoxo All the best, always.

Ree said...

Congrats on the sale. I hope the rental place works!

I rented a place in Chicago for Sept-June, but the building had a really bad fire in December (I was in India, which was great because I would have been asleep in the bedroom where the fire came in the windows!) and so looked for a new place this week.

The first one I went to is adorable and I get to move in in February. Now, to put the Ann Arbor house on the market and get real about finding something permanent in the Windy City.

Colleen said...

Congratulations on the house sale!

Selling and renting seems to be the thing to do. My brother's family and my brother-in-law's family both recently sold their houses and are both now renting.

The whole process is so very time consuming. I'm sure you'll be stressed... but I'm also sure you'll all end up smiling on the other side!

Mandy said...

Fantastic! So glad for ya.