Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Right This Moment.

A little catch-up post - grab your frappe and relax!


Jake and I celebrated 7 years on the 15th.  How did this happen?

Here's to 70 more!

Some days we feel like kids, and other days we look at eachother with disbelief as we realize we're very close to our thirties.

Like the time we were pulling into church and I said "I'm 27...right?".

"Honey.  You're 28."

"So I'm going to be 29 in 2 months?!?  Oh my gosh."


We put our house on the market on July 2nd.  Long story short - after 4 showings and 1 craptastic offer, we got an offer for full asking price on July 12th.  That's 10 days on the market.  We're still in shock. If everything goes through, we'll be closing on August 30th!

Fun Fact: The buyers names are Jake and Ashley.  I can't make this stuff up.  We prayed that people 'like us' would come to look at our house.  We prayed this because our house is not really fit for anyone middle aged or older (because of all the steps), and too small for a growing family.  So really, young newlyweds were our target.  After some Facebook snooping, we learned that Jake & Ashley D. are young newlyweds.  And either they have a baby on the way or they just like to post photos of ultrasounds :)

So that's the good news.  The bad news?

The house that prompted us to list our house (because we loved it!) went off the market.  And the little old lady has decided she's not ready to sell.  Of course.

That makes us practically homeless.

Okay, well not quite.  More on this story later.


I said goodbye to this little lady a few weeks ago.

She's a beauty, isn't she?  So glad I got to do some photos before her time here was up!
I loved having her (and now miss her conversation throughout the day!) but with all of Carter's appointments & therapies & lessons over the summer, it just didn't seem fair to always be dragging her along.  It was kind of a hard decision, but looking back I think it was right for everyone.

Miss you, Little Princess!


Family vacation is quickly approaching.  We are practically counting the seconds.

St. Germain 2010

St. Germain 2011

St. Germain 2012

Knowing that 'St Germain 2013' is right around the corner makes me giddy - come quickly, August 17th.


Carter started swimming lessons four weeks ago.  I didn't say anything initially, because....

...our first lesson is something I'd like to forget.  He hated it.  Which means I hated it.

Carter loves the water.  He does not love being told what to do (kick your feet! blow bubbles! over here please!).  I didn't realize it then, but I'm pretty sure that's what all the fuss was about.

The second lesson, well - I think I heard angels singing.  He didn't fight it {as much}.  He didn't try to pull Ms. Liz's suit off {as much}.  He didn't scream {as much}.  Now we're approaching lesson number 5 - and I can bring a book and wait in the lobby :)

THAT is a beautiful thing.


Lately we've been busy cleaning out my dad's house - preparing it for an estate sale and what not.  This has been hard work.  And it's not even 'fun' hard work (like spending the day doing yard work for a cookout or clearing out a room for a fresh coat of paint).  It's un-fun hard work.  Which makes the hard work 12x harder.

But we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I've never seen anything so beautiful.  We can hardly wait to be done with this.

We think we have a buyer (well, two, actually) and are hopeful that once it's cleaned out we can sell it and close out the estate.  Which means it's done.  Finished.  Thank you, Lord!


So to recap - in the last 30 days we started swimming lessons, had a sleep study (This needs no commentary - Carter cried. That is all.), listed our house, sold our house, frantically searched for new house, had an anniversary, had two hearing tests (Why two? Because Carter cried. A lot.), said a good-bye, started speech at the hospital (Found something that doesn't make Carter cry!), cleaned out my dads house (Read: emotionally exhausting), and that brings us to right this moment.

Right this moment - Carter is in bed.  Jake is on his way home from a loooong day.  My brother-in-love just mowed our lawn.  And I'm here.

And now I'm done.  Congratulations - you are caught up.  How has your month been, friend?  Good, I hope.

One Thing I Know For Sure: Quiet house - windows open - book on couch.  Now!


  1. Hey, thanks for the update! :-) Still smiling over Jake and Ashley buying your house. And oh my - you are getting SOOO old! LOL Wasn't July supposed to be an "easy" month for you?

    But on a serious note, I'll be praying for you on your vacation. Seeing those photos w/ Moses made me realize there will probably be a bit (lot?) of sadness not having him there with you.

    Wow...what a year you've had! Love ya!

    1. Love you, friend. Vacation will be different without Moses - that's for sure. We plan to bring his ashes (& kleenex!!) and have a little ceremony :)

      I fear July WAS an 'easy' month....!!! Not sure how we'll make it through August!!

  2. Wow, this is making my head spin just thinking about it! You HAVE been busy!

  3. Oh, your reunion pictures! I'll be missing our family reunion this year and it's killing me!! Hope your move is fast and painless!


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