Here's my disclosure before I get into what will totally sound like bragging (it's actually gratitude): All good things are from the Lord. All praise and thanks go to God, our Provider, Comforter, and Firm Foundation. Although this particular story has a happy ending (compared to where we started out), God needs to be given glory and thanks in all situations. He is in Control and His purposes are for our benefit and His glory.
Moving after 11 years with 4 children is no small feat. I didn't realize what a task it was until it was all done. Wow. I can't offer enough gratitude to the friends and family that helped us move (included tons of last minute packing and LOTS of heavy lifting -- we kept our appliances!)!!
June 30th we were able to move our first truckload in the evening. We started out just after 7 am on July 1st and took 6 more Budget Moving Truck loads plus 3 pickup loads and stuffed my van full a couple times. I went back several times to get a few remaining items and to clean. 2 truckloads were dropped off at a thrift store (with tons more to donate still) and several truckloads went to the dump.
I didn't realize how big the old house was until it was empty and I had to REALLY REALLY clean it for the sale. Wowza. That was not fun to do all by myself. Ran out of vacuum bags for the Kirby halfway through even!
The closing for the sale was July 11th to a very sweet couple getting married this weekend! They are gutting and remodeling it before they move in - and have kids. Mr. Buyer was very excited about having kids to fill the home soon! :)
BTW my real estate agent is a shark. Seriously, a-maz-ing. If you are buying, selling, under water, having trouble paying your mortgage, building, etc. I have a recommendation for you!! Thanks Ravit for your hard work!
First "home improvement" project (we're renters, we can only do so much): Replacing the tattered, worn, faded, ripped flag with a beautiful brand new one to honor our country on Independence Day! Now we get to have a proper flag burning ceremony to retire the old one, which will be pretty cool.