Friday, February 10, 2017

Selling Our Home


Dear Friends-

Goodness, things in my life are in such a state of excited, stressed upheaval.

Our home went on the market January 13th, and we had a contract the next week.

Why are we moving? It becomes very simple and clear when it involves grandsons and family and adventure.

As I have said often in recent weeks, there are lots of moving parts involved in this process.

Here are a few things I have realized in recent weeks, and if you are going through a big change in your life like I am, these will probably make perfect sense.

* It is ok to cry. Crying doesn't mean the decision to move out of a home that has your soul embedded in every single inch of it is a wrong decision. It simply means that crying is processing.

*The reason (grandsons) you may be moving remains the same regardless of how you feel. Just because at times it feels overwhelming and scary doesn't mean the reason for doing it has changed. It just means it feels overwhelming and scary.

* Change is good and is not finite. Life doesn't give us a change limit. We can keep changing. We can be brave and strong.
Change is good.

 Let me know if you are planning a big move this year.
We are in this together!

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44 comments:

Tricia said...

Oh, my, things are moving quickly for you! Best wishes as you live through the busy phase of this process! I hope you will keep blogging about it, as many of your readers are in the midst of or contemplating similar moves.

Katie Clooney said...

Congrats on your contract! And also for beginning a new, very exciting time in your life. Are you moving out of state or staying local? Have a good weekend.

Carole West said...

Congrats - we're just waiting for our farm to sell so we can move and begin a new adventure. I can hardly wait! I see moving as closing a door so a new one can open which always helps me grow on the inside. It's a wonderful thing. Where are you headed?

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Stacey said...

I'm thinking of you sweet friend! I know how hard it is even when it's something that you really want.

I don't remember seeing the front of your house before. It's so pretty!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I have been right there with you. Our home sold in 6 days and we moved the week before Christmas. Everything was a whirlwind and one that had me in a dizzy for sure. I love our new home and am so happy we made the change. Good luck on your move.

Manu said...

Congratulations!!!!
Love

Bonnie said...

Laura, I will be praying all will go well. Change is hard. I'm so shocked I don't know what to say. Blessings to you.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wishing you all the best in your big move!

Tammy Lagaly said...

Laura, change is so hard! I have always hated moving, but loved the "clean slate" that I got to move into. Know that wherever you land you will make your next home fabulous!

taylorlisa said...

Moving is always bittersweet to me. I hope your next adventure is wonderful.


Lisa

Deanna Rabe said...

I am both excited and sad for you! I understand both sides of your emotions, Laura! Its perfectly natural!

happywonderer.com said...

Great advice and encouragement. We are facing change just not sure what that change will look like yet. Yikes! God bless you and yours in your move...

Simply LKJ said...

Wonderful news about the contract. Can totally relate to the rest as we moved quite often when I was a child. You are in good company with several bloggers I know that are currently in the midst of selling, buying, building, moving.

Karen said...

Congratulations on your quick sell, Laura. I totally get those mixed feelings. We left a home a few years ago, and although we were happy to be moving to the new phase of our lives, leaving behind the face of so many memories was really tough - especially for me. Most women tend to feel pretty deeply and everything about our lives is all wrapped up together.
Wishing you well in your journey - and the space to cry when you need to! :)

Laurie said...

We made the move last year....to be closer to our grandchildren. Our move was so stressful on me. I was leaving behind so many good memories. I could hardly stand it. But, I've come to realize those memories moved with me. Good luck with your move.

Jeanie said...

Congratrulations, Laura. How exciting to have it happen quickly -- exciting and way too daunting! I can imagine you have your work cut out for you. I hope your new home won't be too far away so instead of goodbye it is "see you soon!"

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

How exciting! We have moved around quite a bit and it's always bitter sweet!! The physical move itself can be exhausting but it will be worth it in the end!! Congratulations Laura!

Eilis said...

Congratulations on the quick sale! I know you're beautiful style will follow you to your new nest.

NanaDiana said...

Yep-Laura. Big changes coming for us, too...but not sure if it will be this year or next. How exciting that your home sold so quickly. It is a bit overwhelming but you have a GREAT reason to move. xo Diana

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Congratulations on the quick sale! That is a really good thing. Yes moving brings all of these thoughts and emotions to the surface but how exciting to moving closer to your dream!
Jemma

Katie Mansfield said...

No big move for us. Congratulations on yours. Great tips for any life change.

Sarah said...

Good luck with all of this. We went though some upheaval a few years ago when we thought we were moving. I empathize with the stress level and the emotion. We ended up taking our home off the market when we didn't go through with the purchase of the townhouse we considered. Suffice it to say that after packing up most of the house, moving things to storage, and then changing plans, I was in a stressed out state. Still have some things in storage and don't feel that I'm completely back into an organized state here. We are content with the decision to stay in our home though, so that alone is a big weight off our shoulders.
Congratulations on the quick sale and good luck as you move forward with the new adventure. Where are you moving?

bj said...

Wishing you much luck in your move. We moved about 3 yrs ago and, altho we were so excited and moving into such a beautiful place, leaving our home of 40 years was most stressful. Memories embedded and connected in that house will be with me forever.

Pam Richardson said...

Laura, change can be exciting and difficult. Praying with you that everything will go well! Blessings~

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Laura, a very wise assistant principal that I worked under always said, "To live is to change," and I always tell myself that if things are in a upheaval! If we ever move again, the sole reason will be to live closer to the grandchildren. Congrats on your quick sale and I'm sure you're taking that as a sign that it was meant to be!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I so understand as we sold our house in Galveston, Texas to move to upstate New York to be with our grandchildren. It was a big move but I would do it all over in a heartbeat. I wish you the very best and for you to see and feel the joy!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alex M said...

Few things are as stressful as selling a house and moving. It doesn't surprise me your home sold so quickly. You have always been so meticulous and loving with it and I bet that was a big selling point. I hope you not only cry, but find a way to laugh a bit too!

Bluesky Kitchen Carol Lander said...

Laura, selling a home can be very emotional. I've done it many times when I wanted to and a couple of times when it was a bittersweet experience. You'll get through it and think of a new home to decorate and enjoy.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Wow, the fact that it happened so fast makes for having to process fast too. Change is good but can be stressful. We are planning on moving this year...it was going to be this summer but with the wedding coming up in October, we decided to wait until after that to make our move to the farm. (Less stress? Ha). I will be sad to leave the house my children grew up in but the farm will be a dream come true! Best wishes on your move. I know being closer to your grands will be wonderful.

handmade by amalia said...

That is a big change and so quickly. Deep breaths :-)
Amalia
xo

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Good luck, Laura. I can't imagine moving, although at times it seems exciting.

Connie said...

To live close to grandchildren is the best!! You will adjust very well, I'm sure, & be so happy to be able to participate in the kids' lives on a regular basis. Congratulations on your big step & enjoy every minute of it!!

Pura Vida said...

I am living in my 5th house on Barkley Street...but I could never leave this one! Unless I find a Barkley Street in France

Nancy said...

its bittersweet i'm sure but i'm excited to follow your new adventures!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Congratulations on the new adventure and the quick sale of your house.

Mountain Mama said...

Oh my gosh, Laura - you have a lot of things to be grateful for....just not the actual packing and moving, ha ha!! Best of luck with the process!

Lea said...

Oh, so glad I stopped by this evening. Bless your heart, since we just moved 18 months ago after living in the same house for 35 years, I feel your emotions. It is indeed a process and I hope it will all go smoothly for you. Hugs!

Pondside said...

It's certainly a time of change and upheaval when we decide to 'pull up stakes and move' but it can also be such fun! I wish you all the best in this new adventure, and I look forward to seeing where you end up. Whatever you do, it will surely be life-enhancing!

Theresa said...

Oh Dear, I bet you are one busy lady! Grandchildren are the reason we do lots of things in life, right? I'll follow along as you make the big move! HUGS and PRAYERS coming your way!

Leslie Harris said...

I don't know how I missed this post in my feed but I stopped by to check in with you and see that the move is underway. It sounds like you're feeling your way through the experience and I can relate to your wise reflections. Crying and change, yep sometimes they go together rather nicely. But you are going to wake up one morning--maybe have already--and feel wonderfully light and giddy about things, I just know it....I'm sending you a warm hug,
Leslie

Queen In Between said...

How exciting! I understand what you mean about crying isn't necessarily a negative. I've been doing some purging and though I'm not so much sad about tossing things out but going through have evoked some emotions I wasn't expecting. Good luck on your move!

pieceofferings said...

Best wishes on your new adventure! We moved closer to our family two years ago and I feel
so fortunate to be close to our grand babies. I completely understand the feelings you are having! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and I am looking forward to seeing your new place.
Sending prayers!

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Maggie said...

Moving is hard, and it consumes so much emotional energy even under the best of circumstances. The therapist my daughter saw in high school (we moved before her 9th grade year) said that moving was not just a change, it was an experience of loss. The next move we made (before my son started high school--some people don't learn) was experienced by all of us as loss. It sounds like you're treating yourself gently, which is the best thing to do. Eventually things will settle, but in the meantime there is kleenex and chocolate.

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