Yeah, we are in a state of flux. It has been an incredible adventure so far, but it has also been a lot of stress on our crew so that isn't always fun.
Here's the low down.
Just over month ago, Josh came to me and said he felt like we should think about selling the house and moving. This is something we've talked about occasionally over the years, but never very seriously. I thought, "Ok, we can work toward that and probably in a year or so we can start the process."
Pretty quickly I had the same impression that Josh had had that it was time for us to move. This was not exactly in my plan and I do not really love it when my plans get mucked up (I'm a planner, I like plans).
But, alright, we felt strongly that it was the right thing to do so we decided to move forward. We called a friend who is also a realtor (and if you need a realtor, you should call her too) and told her we were interested in selling our house. It just so happened that we were getting ready to go on vacation the next week so she said we should spruce up the house and while we were gone she would take pictures and work on getting the house on the market. We cleaned but didn't pack much of anything away assuming that we'd deal with that when we got home so the house looked less bursting at the seams.
So while we were away the house went up on the market (take a peek at my super cute -- if a bit cluttery -- house right here).
We got a call from our realtor while we were driving home telling us to take our time coming back because there was a showing that afternoon. So, we drove slowly and stopped for lunch rather than eating while we drove.
Soon after we got home we got another call telling us that we had an offer on our house for nearly the full asking price. So, we essentially came home from vacation and our house was already sold.
I wasn't ready for that.
We hadn't yet found a place to go. We hadn't even really thought through this whole deal because we assumed it would time at least a little time for the house to get some attention.
No dice. House: Sold. Family: homeless (sort of).
So, we got to work. The Monday after we got home we started touring houses and we've seen dozens of them so far, but haven't found the right place yet. We've been at it for a few weeks and it is starting to get a little bit scary that we don't have an end in sight. Remember the part where I like planning and it is very difficult to plan when you can't see where you are headed? Ugh.
But, on top of that, while we were on vacation Josh got a call from a high school principal he used to work with. That principal was creating a new job at his school and he wanted Josh to come and interview for this position. It was only about 10 days before schools started.
Josh interviewed and we feel that this job was just the right fit (it is called a "student advocate" position meaning that Josh will work with teachers, families and students at risk of dropping out of school or failing several classes to try to help them get the help and support they need to be more successful -- it's kind of perfect for him). So, literally days before school started, Josh changed jobs (which was really hard for him because he LOVES the teacher and especially the kids at Murray) and he now works at Granger High School. He already loves his job and is developing the same kind of care for kids at Granger that he had at Murray.
And then our kids started school. It is hard on them that they will only temporarily be at school with the kids they have grown up with (we have lived here for nearly 15 years). That's fair. I understand and I wish I could do something to make that easier. I can't even tell them what schools they will be attending in the near future. I guess we'll see what happens.
So, that's it in a nutshell.
Our life is kind of turned on its end, but we have each other and as long as that's the case we can get through pretty much anything. Hopefully this will be an experience that pulls us together as a family and makes us stronger. Hopefully we will find a new home where we can live happily ever after (because I have no intentions of doing this ever again if I can help it). Hopefully we can be patient and faithful and will feel the Lord's guidance as we try to find the right place for our family.
Thanks to family and friends who have been so supportive, I can't tell you how much that means to us.
And off we go, continuing down the path of adventure. We'll see how it goes.