We are on either our fourth or fifth house offer right now. We’ve lost count. We’ve also lost a fair bit of hope, I’d say. Our family is operating under a cloud of anxiety, apathy, and discouragement. Except for the two youngest–they seem to be weathering the situation fairly well. Oh, to be young and oblivious!
Our current offer is on a city-owned property–a foreclosure. It has no yard (not a plus!) and a parking slab in back. I don’t know if a garage could be built back there. If we did get the house, the lady who is living there would get a notice that she has 30 days to move out. (The city says the house must be owner-occupied and converted back to a single family dwelling.) We’re not sure how she will take it and hope that she won’t take it out on the house by busting stuff up. So…we’re not 100% in love with this house, but we feel like our options are pretty limited right now. I’m praying that if this isn’t the right house for us, that God will prevent it from working out. Oh yeah, did I say that this is the house that our realtor toured, but we’ve never even set foot inside it? Sounds like the set-up for a comedy of errors, doesn’t it?
Besides that, we’re trying to get the kids back into some semblance of normal homeschooling, while having virtually all of our supplies packed away in storage. Yeah, it isn’t easy. A couple of the kids have been chomping at the bit to dive back into school.
As you can probably guess, our kids are bored out of their minds. Their belongings are in storage; they’re trying to keep entertained in someone else’s house; the weather doesn’t permit them to go outside very much; socially they’ve been uprooted. They don’t have a lot going for them right now. We’ve especially noticed the effect this situation has had on our 12-year-old. He’s become bored, apathetic, anxious. What we all need is some stability, a normal routine, and familiar surroundings. We need a home, but as far as we can tell that isn’t even on the radar. It would be nice to know one way or the other about this current offer. We were assured it would take only a couple of days to get an answer, but that has turned into a week. One more week of waiting in what seems to be an endless and cruel trick of the universe. Waiting is pretty much all we’ve been doing for the past 2 1/2 months.
Sometimes I think about all of the things I miss, but I try to follow that up with things that I’m thankful for. Things could always be worse.
Things I miss:
- my own functioning kitchen and pantry
- the use of craft & homeschool supplies
- the ability to control how comforting & inviting my home is
- a yard for the kids to play in
- a mattress & being able to sleep next to my husband
- being able to have people over for a visit
- a warm place to sleep
- a comfortable environment for our cats
- a functioning home where my kids can live normal lives
Things I’m thankful for:
- 2 running vehicles
- a space heater
- that we didn’t have to get rid of our cats
- family who is willing to let us stay as long as we need to
- tea (my daily stress reliever)
- good health
- the time I’ve gotten to spend with extended family
- chickadees & cardinals
- that my dad had a successful surgery
- enough food to eat
- that we’re not out homeless on the street in winter