remember when i mentioned that andrew got a new job and we’d be moving to alabama once we sell our house? well he actually started his job down south in the beginning of august and has been traveling back and forth every week. there’s been a couple times in the duration that he’s had to work weekends and at the end of september he headed down there and didn’t come home for three weeks.
luckily addison is a pretty easy going baby but man has this been a hard season for me. we have had dozens of house showings where i’ve had to have the house looking picture perfect and disappear with the baby and the dog, sometimes during bed time or nap time. i’ve had to make sure the house looks 90% spotless before I leave the house for work every morning because sometimes a house showing request came through during the day for a showing within the hour. we had an offer on the house and home inspection that went as good as it could and then buyers who backed out the day before we were supposed to leave for alabama to house hunt for ourselves. plane tickets were cancelled and andrew took off to alabama once again two days later for three weeks straight. house showings started up again and i started living in what felt like a museum like house one more time. in the meantime, i’ve dealt with some foundation things, a fabulous retaining wall, daily talks with our realtor, big stuff decisions to be made, relocation paperwork.
then a week ago, one of my car tires got a nail in it that couldn’t be patched up and a new tire had to be put on. insert half day of vacation from work spent at a car service place. it was the frosting on the cake so to speak. i finally broke down a few days before andrew came home and just prayed it would be over. i know this is only temporary and we’re in the middle of the ugly part of the story. eventually we will get to the end where everyone lives happily ever after in one place but this middle…it’s ugly. i prayed and prayed to god that he would grant us a little more peace in this season of life.
i’m not interested in any more surprises. no more flat tires or house problems or people who can’t make up their minds. i want someone to love our house and say yes we will take it and love it, flaws and all.
i have to admit though; i never would have been able to do all of this without the help from our families. they both have been mighty terrific with helping and with addison and jack and house stuff when i didn’t know what to do. it’s been a true blessing to know we have their support and care through all of this stuff that’s been going on and i’m so grateful we have them around like we do.
now do you see why i didn’t say anything until now? it’s a good reminder that behind all the glamorous blogs and beautiful pictures, there’s a life and season that not everybody shares. we all go through the tough stuff and it’s how you deal that can keep you afloat.