Are you just as surprised as I am to be writing that?
After our son got married this year, my husband and I randomly started a conversation one night about downsizing from our large home, and dreams of owning a small farm so our dogs could have plenty of space to run. (Okay, I admit this conversation may have also happened right after our neighbor complained about Pippin’s barking one morning.)
But, yes, you read that right, we were discussing selling our house and moving not only to a smaller house, but one with more land for the dogs and even possibly a small farm.
Just imagine it, nothing to do to a new house but chose paint colors and what plants to add to the already beautiful landscaped lawn! We could finally relax and not think about our constant to-do list of repairs and upgrades needed for an older, dated home. Sigh…
No floors to repair and install. The garage door would work. The basement didn’t need a total overhaul and new electrical panels. The bathrooms wouldn’t have blue fixtures and the kitchen cabinets wouldn’t need a makeover. We could only imagine.
We even went out a few times, to the confusion and dismay of our daughter, to look at a few of those gorgeous, new shiny, no projects to complete, kind of houses.
Let’s get real here!!
During those same conversations we would discuss all the many projects that still needed to be done on our house – the many many projects that needed to be done – as well as the projects we WANTED to get done like the new garage, the remodel of the basement apartment, and even the conversion of the screened porch in to an all weather glass enclosure.
We also discussed how much we like the quiet neighborhood we live in, the rustic modern charm of our house that we haven’t found in another house like it anywhere else in our area. And we discussed ways to make use of the full 1.25 acres of land we do have.
It was after one of these conversations that I realized I don’t want to move! I’m not finished with this house yet! We have owned three fixer uppers and I have yet to completely finish all of my fantastic and dreamy plans for any of them.
So we are staying put for a while – or the next ten years – however long it takes us to complete this house. which is something we have never been able to say before about any of our other houses.
Will we move on to the next fixer upper at that point? Only time will tell.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13