Today, we get back into it. Our routines. Normal living. Healthy eating. Ordinary life. And I’m looking forward to it. I still greatly appreciate that there’s one more week of the Christmas season. (Let the Christmas music play! =) But I’m also looking ahead to what 2010 will bring …
Before I get too ahead of myself, I would like to share a few posts on my family’s Christmas (finally). This first one goes back just a bit more to Advent … and ties right into the year ahead …
In my family, we experienced an Advent like no other. I learned some personal Advent lessons along the way. But we also were blessed with an unexpected gift that touched each of us: we sold our house!
To give a brief background, a few years ago, my husband and I felt called to invite my mom and step-father to move in with us. We looked into remodeling our current home but quickly realized we would be better off building. When my step-father passed away in February, we felt all-the-more convicted to bring my mom into our household. We put our house on the market shortly after Easter. We had an offer early-on that fell through. And it was slow-going ever since.
The day after Thanksgiving, we took our house off the market, to take a break for Christmas. I was looking forward to the break, of not having to keep up with the cleaning and the stress that goes along with the call for a showing.
So, if our house was off the market, how is it now sold? Well, here’s what happened, in a timeline format:
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Last showing before our break (or so we think).
Friday, Nov. 27: House goes off the market. Relief!
Saturday, Nov. 28: Husband gets a call from an acquaintance who’d like to walk through our house. Sigh. OK, OK, we’ll do this one.more.time.
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 3 & 4: The cleaning is killing me. So hard to be motivated. Where’s my break?
Friday, Dec. 4: The real last showing.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We get an offer! We try not to get our hopes up. Offers can fall through, like last time.
Tuesday, Dec. 15: The cleaning is killing me again. I want to enter into Advent and prepare for Christmas, not clean for an inspection. I complain. I pray to Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. They help me tremendously!
Wednesday, Dec. 16: The inspection. Also my mom’s birthday. All went well. Really well. It looks like a done deal! And during the Gaudete week! Rejoice!
We are so grateful. So blessed. What an incredible, unexpected Christmas gift! We endured an Advent that was a bit more penitential than we had planned. It was a sacrifice to set our Advent plans aside, but these were His plans for us. And His plans are far more important, especially when His plans really are our plans in the grand scheme of things. For His plans involved Advent, but they expanded beyond Advent, too. The Lord is so good, providing what we need, even when we don’t realize what He’s doing. He doesn’t always work the way we think He’s going to work. But He does work in a much, much better way.
Our new year will begin with a BANG! in the form of a lot of busyness—sorting, packing, cleaning, etc. We close on Feb. 5, moving out the weekend before. This gives us about four weeks.
And since we will be building (not breaking ground until the ground thaws a bit =), we will first move into a temporary home for about six to eight months. Most likely an apartment or townhouse of some sort. It will be an odd experience, living in a temporary home, but we can do anything for a short while, right? But how do you pack a family of seven for a small, temporary, rental space? What do I bring? What do I store? (These are not rhetorical questions. If you have ideas and suggestions, please share them with me!)
Oh, yeah, and one more very important thing that has to happen: my mom’s house needs to sell, too. (Come, Lord Jesus!)
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 1:6