Sunday, September 27, 2015

First Time

I know I haven't written in a loooong time, and it's likely it will be a while before I get the chance to again.  I just have to take one minute to document this momentous occasion. 

I'm sitting in my bed - the house is quiet, it's nighttime.  It's a little past 9pm, the girls are sleeping and Brian is at an all men's meeting at the church.  I'm technically supposed to be logging into work and setting my OOO message, but I couldn't help but stop and reflect for just a moment.

Tonight is the last night of truly being "renters."  You see, tomorrow is the day we close on our single family home.  I've been out in Chicagoland for over 10 years and never lived in a home that wasn't attached to a neighbor (or two or three). 

There's just something about buying a single family home.  Maybe it's the yard...the 3 bedrooms...the giant "attached, but not" garage...?  I don't know?  All I can say is that despite the amount of work it's going to be...I'm excited.

I'm looking forward to living in a neighborhood where neighbors TALK to each other...where we don't have a train in our backyard...and where I don't wake up at 3am to back-up-beepers and crashing metal.  I'm ready to be rid of countless FLOW-master mufflers and crotch-rockets zipping through the streets of the neighborhood. 

I'm sure the new home will have its fair share of annoying squeeky floors and 1960's-ness to it...but it will be OUR 1960's ranch...and OUR squeeky floors.  I know I'm romanticizing...but that's OK - our lives have been unsettled for 2-3 years now.  I'm ready.  I can't think of a better time to move - right before the Holidays!!!  I know the next two week will bring more stress than I want to think about right now, but in the end...we will have our home.  The girls will grow up there.  We will go through awesome times and tough times - together. 

I feel so blessed.  The Lord did NOT have to give this to us.  Once again we are experiencing an overwhelming portion of GRACE.  I'm so humbled and grateful.

I can't WAIT until closing!