Hello there, friends! As previously mentioned, my husband got the job we prayed for and we’re now two months into the process of selling our home! Praise the Lord for the job and answered prayer!! Hubby began his new job six weeks ago and being separated by 1,000 miles has been strenuous to say the least! He visited three weeks ago and I flew to visit him (and retrieve our other car) two weeks ago. Our beloved 12 year old SUV decided now was a good time to die! *Sigh* Fortunately, hubby didn’t need the car he drove to our new town as he has another vehicle.
We’ve had a lot of showings over the last two months, although some slow spots in between. The real estate market tends to be slow this time of year, but we are resting in God’s hands. We’re very happy that we have TWO showings scheduled for this evening!! If you would, please pray that someone will fall madly in love with our home and make a solid offer! What would be truly awesome is, if there was a bidding war!! 🙂
We’ve lowered our price twice now and are offering a $2,000 buyer’s agent incentive. I think that incentive is largely the reason for the sudden interest. Whatever the case may be, we are grateful! The kids and I are ready to begin our new life 1,000 miles away and be reunited with my husband! We’ve been married for 19 years and this is certainly the longest period we’ve ever been apart. It is a strain on all of us. I know the kids really miss their dad too. The first month, I cried just about every night as it was completely foreign to be alone in our king size bed. Although we are very thankful for Skype and cell phones, there is no replacement for the huge void that spans such a distance. Now, I don’t cry, but I am ready to move onto our next chapter and settle in.
Preparing the house for showings is much like a dog chasing its tail! We do the same actions — again and again! And, then wake up the next day… and do them yet again! It would be simple if we did not live here. The house would simply always be ready for the next showing! But, somewhere amongst the madness of selling our home, my children are plugging along in 9th and 12 grades!! They’ve been absolutely wonderful throughout this process! My daughter, who’s a senior this year, makes sure we are all duly fed. She’s the chef, most days! And my son has had a fast course in operating our John Deere riding lawnmower and has done an outstanding job maintaining the yard! He mows, trims and blows the unending leaves off the driveway and sidewalk! The John Deere is my husband’s baby, so it’s been interesting to see him hand over the reins to our son. (only because he had to! haha) I have to say, our son blows it off each time he mows and even wipes it with a cloth. He says it’s like his first car! 🙂 Precious. My husband has told him a number of times, “Now, son, you’re the man of the house while I’m gone. Take care of mom and your sister. Make sure the doors are locked and the alarm set.” 🙂 My 15 year old (now suddenly very mature) son has taken his marching orders very seriously and has been wonderful! He’s been taller than me for a while, which isn’t hard to do, considering my 5’4″ stature. But, he’s pushing 6′ very soon, I can tell! He has really grown over the last six months and is about 5’11” probably now. Considering he started out at 9lbs. 10oz. and 22 1/2 inches long, it’s not surprising at all! 🙂 Our 26 year old son stands at 6’2″ and I’m afraid it may injure his ego to know his little brother may surpass him in height before it’s all over. 🙂
… Pardon me, I just received a text from my husband, wishing me a great day, complete with heart symbols. (only because when he types “I love you”, his phone prompts the emoticons! haha) I have to laugh because my husband is a very hard worker, very diligent. He really doesn’t have time for trivial things. He’s not on social media and up until six weeks ago, he didn’t have a Smartphone for personal use. So, he’s had a crash course and I helped him set up his address book, etc. on his new toy. But, it’s been nice to text back and forth as we’ve never done that much in the past. 🙂 Feels like we’ve reverted back to our courting days with all the phone calls and wishing we could be together!
I can honestly say, our faith has grown as the Lord has truly been stretching us! My perspective has changed on our relationship. When you can step back for a minute … or six weeks … you see what’s really important in life, in your relationship, and what things you need to let go of, as well as things you want to change moving forward! Perspective is a beautiful thing! And, so the Lord has been teaching me that He is not confined to statistics nor seasons, but can perform miracles any time He so chooses! Statistically, this is a dreadful time of year to be selling a house and the weather is turning colder now. But, He’s been reminding me to take Him out of the box that I’ve put Him in, remove the limitations my little faith has placed on Him, and just believe that He is able to provide for us and show Himself strong and mighty on our behalf! For He truly is working all things together for our good and ultimately for His glory! That’s where I rest my faith!
If you would, would you agree with me in prayer that our house will sell very soon? During this separation, I am made keenly aware of just how precious my husband is to me. Perfect? No. Precious and priceless? Yes! He gets on my nerves. Yes. I’m sure I do too. But, far above any trivial irritations in our relationship, he remains my best friend, my lover and one of the greatest gifts God ever saw fit to bless me with! He is diligent, tenacious, loving, caring, generous, thoughtful, loves Jesus and serving others … and invaluable to me! On our wedding day, we were so in love and one would tend to believe that it doesn’t get any better than that! However, the longer we’re married and the more we’ve grown and experienced life together, I can honestly say our love becomes deeper and richer for it! God knew what He was doing when He ordained marriage to be a lifelong committment. Somehow I think our richest and most meaningful days are yet ahead…
Sorry to make this post so long. If you’ve held on to the end and your eyes haven’t glazed over, thank you. And thank you for your prayers, most of all. There’s a testimony after the test, folks! God is good and He is ever faithful that promised!