We moved! The last week in May we closed on a house in Boise. The home buying process really started for us in January. When we came back from Seattle we were living at a home that Matt's mom owns. It was a great fit temporarily but we wanted something more permanent for the boys, especially because our oldest is starting high school next year. (!!!)
After almost 6 months of house hunting, I thought we should just throw in the towel. We had put in offers and had the owner decide to rent it out instead or raise the price $20,000. Seriously, so many crazy stories to tell. Finally we found a good fit and fought through the closing process that was again, the hardest we have experienced in 5 times buying a home. We are getting moved in to the new place and I will share it on the blog, but I wanted to share the space we created in our "temporary" home first.
I was having such a pity party. When I would fall in love with a house and it fell through, I would freak out. It felt like, even though it was only a few months, we would never find and close on something that could be home for the 6 of us for the next season.
Then Matt's mom asked me to take photos of the house we had been staying in, so that after we moved out she could list them for future renters. Total perspective shift. I cleaned everything and staged it like a house showing and snapped away. I was feeling so good about what we had done since August to make the place feel like "us." Love the one you're with. Or something like that.
It was so interesting to me that such a simple practice could give me a new outlook. I have already been doing that at the new house. When I get stuck with something about a different set up, I will clean house and start hanging pictures for the now. The perfectionist has got to go, after all, we will probably be moving again soon. Ha! (laughing out loud, crying inside)