Thursday, September 9, 2010
For years we have been trying to sell our house. We haven't tried really hard, but it has been on the market for six years. Last year we bought 80 beautiful acres of land so that we could build our inheritance house and have room to be self-sufficient from the cares of the world. Now that we have our land we have really wanted to sell our house so we can get going on this beautiful plan.
So Monday night out of the blue we were able to sell it. It was sudden and it was a surprise. Imagination and I cried. We've lived here for almost 10 years. This is the only house my kids have ever know. We didn't sleep much. We weren't so much sad as we were nostalgic. We all know it's what we are suppose to do. We all know it's time to move forward. Imagination's goal this week is to not cry.
So after finding we had sold our house we needed to find a rental quick. We live in a little town of 400 people. There's not a lot of rentals. Pretty much ZERO. And if there is one you really do want to run away fast, because they are nasty. However, the Lord loves us and had a plan all ready prepared. All 760 sq feet of it that is. Across the street from our land sits a charming (not really) old house. Every time I have worked at our land I saw it sitting vacant and the thought always came, "When you sell your house you need to move in there." The whole time however every one in town thought the bank owned it. So we check on it. NEGATIVE the bank does not own it. Mr. Patriot is a pro at whipping up deals. He bargained with the lady. (Our family will do well when we go back to the barter system). There is work to be done on the house. (Surprise!) We agreed to put in all new flooring and make it livable for renters. We've spent $950 so far with $250-600 more to go. What's our rent for our 10 month lease? Priceless. That's right free rent.
It looks like some where between October 1 and 10 is our move in date. That's not a lot of time when we'll be out of town for the last two weeks of this month. AND Mr. Patriot is staging a massive campaign against an incumbent for November 2. (That's going VERY well by the way). Yes, we are craZ-y. But we feel a call to move on and we do much better when we can just work fast and furious and get it done. We've had a lot of spiritual experiences confirming this is what we are suppose to do. It's been amazing!
So how do you go from 2400 sq feet to 760 sq feet? The Lord has prepared me already though because the last 6 months I have dejunked and dejunked and dejunked. In fact I had spent all of Monday (before I even had a clue we'd sold our house) getting rid of more stuff. Yes, we will put some in storage, but I am tired of having excess. Excess in food is good and other necessities, but not in stuff. I feel that I have taken too much of my allotment from the world and I must now give it all back. We are minimizing around here. Every drawer and box will be gone through. We are not moving anything extra. Period. The End. I'm not packing it around.
One blessing of not having our TV idols is that we don't to fit our furniture around them. It's so nice to have them not apart of this.
So I have my list, pile whatever of what I'm taking. (The rest being put in storage: extra beds, furniture, desks, bookshelves, etc). I feel like the pioneers loading up their handcarts or wagons. I have packed the essentials only to find out that I am still very much over the weight requirements. Gasp! Now what? Do you dump the piano, the 72 hour kits or the food storage? Yeah, wish me luck. We are debating on whether to have the piano or a second couch in the living room. We'll store either one we don't use, but mmm? Not having to deal with piano for a year does sound a little appealing?
We will not have a printer, dishwasher or a microwave. We are contemplating a land line still? I've wanted to live without some of these things anyway; to see how we did with out them. Guess I'm getting my wish. I'll share more of the joy later. : )