Back to Reality

It has been a great few weeks. We’ve had lots of company – the happy combination of Camille’s birthday and teachers’ schedules. Because mom and Erin have the summer off, they’ve been able to come visit more than usual. And with all of the festivities around Camille’s birthday, we had lots of other friends and family visit as well.
But people have begun to trickle back to their homes, and tomorrow, Erin flies back to Miami. It’ll be us three. I love our three-piece family unit, but I also love our extended family. I wish “going home” meant they were just headed down the street and around the corner instead of miles and miles away.
And now, that means it’s time for us to get serious about selling our house. Whenever I thought about selling the house in the past, I saw Camille’s birthday as a sort of line in the sand. I didn’t want to have the house for sale while we had company in town and parties to plan. But now, I have no excuses. Thank goodness, Alva and Erin helped us do a lot of stuff around the house yesterday to get ready for future showings. Among other things, we organized 4 closets and took about 7 bags of clothes to Goodwill. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly our family jumps in to help on house projects like these, and it’s such a huge relief.
I view the impending sale with mixed emotions. We wanted to get into this neighborhood so badly, and it will be hard to leave. But our lives have changed and our priorities have changed, and closing this door will open many others. I think part of my hesitation is that we haven’t found a house we really want to buy yet. We’ve done a little looking, and found a couple of possibilities, but nothing we’re really excited about. I think if/when we find “the house,” selling this one will get easier.
And how am I supposed to keep working on the house when there is still so much Harry Potter to read? I’m only about 175 pages into the book! My friends are all finished, so I have some catching up to do…