Saturday, March 7, 2009

What we've been up to.

We have a lot going on right now, so it's time for an update!

We have found a house. Actually strike that. A house found us. Yes, it is as strange as it sounds. I have been "house hunting" for about 2 years. I have looked religiously at all of the houses on the market for the past 2 years. I can tell you what areas sell quickly, what time of year is busier, which houses have dropped the most. I know EVERY house in the 20 mile radius that we have been looking. The funny part is, is that now I find out that all of that was a waste of my time. I mean it kept me hopeful that eventually we would be in a home, but in the end it had NOTHING to do with how we found our house. I've repeated the story countless times, but I'll post it for everyone else.

I am a Troop Leader for Kelly's Daisy Troop. The other leader's name is Elizabeth. She is great to work with and we became fast friends. Her husband (Jim) was raised in St. Louis, and his parent's have stayed in St. Louis. Jim's father passed away 1 1/2 years ago. His mother had been very sick and they moved her to a nursing home in Kansas City. She passed away this past December.

When I met Jim for the first time, I mentioned that we were moving back to St. Louis in May, and he joked around about having a house for us.

Well in the end it really wasn't a joke. He did have a house for us. The house needs some love, but it is perfect for us. It is a 2200 sq ft ranch, with a finished basement. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on the main floor and 2 bedrooms and 1 bath downstairs. It also has a sunroom.

It is less then a mile from Adam's office and 1.3 miles from my mother's house. Adam can get to work with 1 stop light. It also has a neighborhood pool and pond.

So I think that's about it. I'll post pictures after Spring Break. We are suppose to close next week and then we are going to start doing some work on it during spring break.

It hasn't been easy, we are quite stressed, but I am trying to stay focused. Keep our eye on the prize. We know that this house won't be our dream house when we move in, we don't expect it to be. We just know it's the right place for us. We know it is where we are suppose to be.

My only regret is all the time I have spent looking for the "right house". Then again, who could have predicted this one.

Trust me, I know the hard work is just beginning. I am not delusional. I do not believe that since Adam is graduating, that all things will suddenly be sunflowers and daffodils. I know it is hard and will continue to be that way for sometime. I also know that we take each trial as it comes and deal with it.

So, now that I have typed out the story HOPEFULLY I won't have to repeat it 40 zillion times.

It's late, and I just realized that it's Daylight saving, so I'm going to bed.


Crystal said...


The Pagets in Florida said...

Wow. All the houses within a mile of my work are kind of slummy. When is the big date?

Christine said...

As always my dear, I adore you. Loved ALL the updates...especially the quote that is "not a Jen original". Buy one get one free sounded tempting after the day you described, and I am SO excited and happy for you to graduate and move into your new house!!!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the house!

Amy R said...

Yay for not being homeless! Can't wait to see pictures!

Aim said...

I can't wait to see pictures! Horray! Finding a house is the WORST! Its took us about a year and a half so I know what you are going through.

Kara said...

Wopee! I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to see pics - is it close to me, maybe I can come by and see it?

Shortcake and Company said...

That is so exciting, and a great story. Lots of luck in the upcoming weeks.

emily and adrian said...

SO happy for you!
I've never had the perfect house mojo, but every place I have lived has been good gor me in some way.
Sounds like it is wonderful though. It's nice to hear that someone is moving in these days, with the unfotunate news of so many having to move out. Truly, I am so hapy for all of you. Can't wait to see pics!!!

The Loveridge Family said...

That is soo exciting!!!! We're both getting houses..yippee!!! I can't believe how close it will be for Adam...and for you to go to your mom's house...that is AWESOME!!! I'm soo happy for you guys and I can't wait to see pictures!

Lisa said...

Congrats on finding a house! I'm jealous of you being so close to your mom- what a great thing!