Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
- We offered the buyer of our house money to help cover the cost of repairs. We're awaiting a response.
- We went to look at house #3 and after careful scrutiny, we decided that an awesome yard is not worth all of the money we would have to put into the repairs - roof, plumbing, electrical, etc.
- We wrote up an offer for house #4 and our realtor called us back within an hour to tell us that someone else has already put in an offer & they are in the middle of negotiating. We went ahead and submitted our offer anyway - so if they don't accept ours, we are back to square 1! The house has been on the market since April 2nd - what are the chances someone else would put an offer in within one day of us?!?!
We also sat down with our realtor last night to hopefully write an offer on house #5. He brought with him the disclosure and a recent inspection report for that house. Unfortunately, it has major issues - too big to fit into our budget. The basement foundation is cracking & bowing, there is evidence of water damage, there are termites, etc. So... we're letting that house go and moving down the list. Rather than just going for house #4 (the newer boring one), we're going back to the drawing board with house #3. We're going to look at it again tonight. It looks like it might have scary issues too, but we're going to make an offer on it & have it inspected and then decide. If it turns out that the issues are cosmetic, we'll buy it. If they are bigger issues, we'll buy house #4 and try to "un-boring-ify" it.
Also, I'm pretty sure I'm coming down with strep throat. I've had a sore throat since the demolition derby last Saturday - I thought it was sore from inhaling exhaust fumes & dust. Unfortunately, it has only gotten worse each day and today I can hardly swallow or talk. I haven't slept well for the past two nights. I've had strep many, many times and I know that if I can get an antibiotic, I'll feel better in 24 hours. So, today my mission is to find a new doctor and get a prescription (all with 3 boys in tow!). My patience with the boys has completely run out, so I need lots of prayers to return to happy mommy fast! Mean mommy seems to be living here right now!
So... I'm feeling very exhausted, irritable & discouraged right now. However, I'm trying not to live by emotion. I know that God has a plan and that He is good. I just keep having to remind myself of that right now!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
"The Girls" - Megan, Gracie & Hope
Truman getting a ride in the pool from Hope
Majeres girls & Payne boys
Back of house & some backyard landscaping
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Those of you who visited us in Texas understand that we are leaving a gorgeous house with a wonderful floorplan - a newer home with many upgrades. Well, our price range here dropped about $40,000 from the house we just sold, so we are not looking for a house that is newer & gorgeous - nope, we are deciding which 1970's house will work best for us! ha, ha Each house has something very good to offer and a thing or two that can be overcome with a little elbow grease and/or money. It will be interesting to see what features win out over others. Without disclosing our future address & location to any unknown readers, here are the top 5 (from least expensive to most):
- 1977 bi-level, 2090 sq. ft., 3 bed/2 bath, yard: 100x120 grassy - nice screened in porch, needs some updating in bathrooms, overall good condition, quiet no-outlet neighborhood with rolling hills
- 1968 two story, 1890 sq. ft, 3 bed/2 bath, yard: .33 acres grassy w/basketball court - immaculate, small but lots of storage space, move-in condition with nice upgrades, spacious quiet neighborhood (house next door is rundown)
- 1972 1 1/2 story, 2300 sq. ft. (1400 sq. ft. unfinished basement), 4 bed/1.5 bath, yard: 1.14 acres (1/2 grass, 1/2 woods) - very large, needs a LOT of updating and work, yard is very appealing, house has good layout and good potential, but needs help, quiet no outlet neighborhood with lots of boys
- 2003 2 story, 2568 sq. ft., 4 bed/2.5 bath, yard: fenced 62x135 grassy - newer, very nice, lots of big closets, boring yard & house - not much character, but move-in condition, cookie cutter neighborhood with lots of young families
- 1972 quad-level, 2220 sq. ft., 4 bed/2.5 bath, yard: 1/2 acre landscaped, backs up to woods - funky 70's decor, but custom home quality workmanship, yard needs TLC, floorplan is great, wooded neighborhood with hills
Place your vote! :) Any comments or thoughts that would help us make a decision? I know it's hard to imagine the houses without seeing them, but any opinions voiced will be considered!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The puppies have grown from 5 pounds each to 22 pounds (Max) and 19 pounds (Lucky)! I'm always amazed at how fast some things grow - kids & puppies!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I don't have a lot of updating to do. They boys & I are swimming, exploring our area and playing with the puppies. There's not a whole lot to do right now. Today, we took a tour of our local YMCA. We would get a $20 per month discount on a family membership because of the company Tommie works for - yippee! We'll have to see if it fits into the budget.
Anyway... time is ticking... We miss everyone already! I'm looking forward to meeting a friend...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Today at 11:45 a.m., I drove away from my job. I had just turned in my keys, my laptop and the remaining paperwork that someone else will have to follow up on now. I have loved my job at our church, and while I am sad to leave, I am grateful for the 2nd opportunity I have to be a stay-at-home mom. I laugh when I hear the term "stay-at-home" mom. When I was a SAHM before, I rarely stayed at home. I would imagine it will be the same this time around. I am not one to sit still for very long. Here are some plans I have for the next couple of months:
* Resume couponing - grocery game & more
* Go swimming with the boys (A LOT)
* Return to my Flylady (www.flylady.net) habits
* Manage my home with love & organization
* Eventually... get a part-time job or start my business to stay busy while the kids are in school
* Attend a Bible Study
* ... oh yeah - settle into our new home (when we get one) by unpacking & decorating & organizing
I'm thrilled to return to my career of choice - professional motherhood. Thank you, Tommie, for working so hard to provide for our family so that I can provide a place of refuge and love for our family. I love your hard work & dedication to your career that allows me to have any career I choose. You are an amazing husband & father. I love you!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This is our fourth "major" move. We have been married 10.5 years and have lived in 8 different apartments or houses. You could say we have moved a lot. In fact, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on moving. There is a HUGE difference between simply "moving" and a "major move".
To me, a "major" move is when you have to change churches, schools, doctors and more. A "regular" move is when you move within your comfort zone and you are simply sleeping in a different place. (There is no "simple" in moving, but you know what I mean!) Unfortunately, with a "major" move, the vast majority of your friendships change also. I resist change. Probably because I have moved so many times - duh! I want everyone to be my Forever friend. I want every friendship to stay the same. There's not a conscious effort to "end" a friendship - it just happens. People drift apart. Lives change. We no longer see each other at a weekly gathering or drive past each others houses. Drift... It's a natural thing, but I try my hardest to rebel against it. In fact, I could probably use the HATE word here (and I try really hard not to use that word). I definitely have used the word HATE many times when talking about moving.
Anyway, I digress... I have been blessed to have a lot of friendships in Texas and though I know that some friendships will drift, I also know that many will not. I am blessed to have called so many people friend. In fact, I've contemplated having an entire blog devoted to the people that God has brought into my life and the impact they have had on me. I'll let you know if I start that blog someday. It may look something like this sweet post from my friend Jenny. (Thanks, Jenny! I hope that my friendship with you doesn't drift...)
While we're walking down memory lane with all of this moving business, let's review the places I've lived (red capital M indicates Major Move - remember, major move means changing our church/school/doctor/friends/learning a new area/etc.):
- Auburn, Nebraska (7 years, 2 months)
- Decatur, Illinois (10 years, 9 months) M
- Macomb, Illinois (3 1/2 years, minus summers - college) M
- Potosi, Missouri (summer job - 2 summers)
- Amboy, Illinois (summer internship) M
- marriage to Tommie -
- Beardstown, Illinois (2 1/2 months)
- Pontiac, Illinois (7 months) M
- Gridley, Illinois (2+ years)
- Bloomington, Illinois (7 months)
- Peoria, Illinois - house #1 (1 year, 11 months) M
- Lewisville, Texas - apartment #1 (7 months) M
- Lewisville, Texas - apartment #2 (2 years, 2 months)
- Lewisville, Texas - house #2 (2 years, 4 months)
- and now... Evansville, Indiana - temporary housing M
- Newburgh, Indiana - house #3 (20+ years and counting...)
[Side note: Just in case anyone is curious - the boys & I arrived in Texas on July 7, 2003 and we are leaving on July 12, 2008. Five years and five days later. And, the longest Tommie & I have ever lived in the same town - by far!]
I'm so grateful for our time in Texas and so grateful for friendships, but that is a post for another day (or a whole other blog). I'm exhausted just remember our moves... I'm going to bed.
"Mommy, you sing pretty!"
My first thought was: Awwww... that's so nice of him. Isn't it wonderful to receive compliments? And, my, how my little boy has a sweet spirit and loves his mama.
Honestly, my second thought was: OH NO! My poor little Truman has absolutely NO ear for music! I guess he won't be a musician of any sort when he grows up.
I realized what I was thinking & had to laugh out loud. I am certainly not a great singer - in fact, when I was young, I would sit next to this middle aged lady in church occasionally and cringe at the awful sounds coming out of her mouth during worship (the "make a joyful noise" verse could be applied here - but I'm not even sure God thought it was a good sound). I literally used to pray every day that God would allow me to have a singing voice just good enough that when people sat next to me at church they wouldn't wish they had sat somewhere else. Well... God answered my prayer - and with not a bit more than I asked, I'm afraid! To my knowledge, people don't avoid sitting by me in church due to horrible singing, but I certainly haven't been asked to use a microphone while singing either!
Lord - I pray that Truman would have musical talents & abilities when he's older and would STILL think that his Mommy's voice isn't horrible! (I believe God still performs miracles...)
[ps. As I re-read this post, I realized that people might think the "middle aged lady" is my mom (since I sat by her in church almost every Sunday) - but it is NOT you, Mom! My mother has a wonderful voice and is also a talented pianist.]