I don't know about you, but it feels like every time my world starts to fall into any sort of comfortable pattern, life kicks me in the stomach.
The Hubby and I bought our first home in Massachusetts at the height of the market. We were so excited! We bought in a great neighborhood. The kids went to a great school. The hubby's contracting business was doing well. And then...we all know what happened...the housing market crashed. Hard! And that wasn't a good thing for contractors either. The work slowed down. Our house decreased in value. We got to a point where we had to sell it. Thankfully, we sold it quickly, and we only lost our down payment.
So we moved to Utah - in January of last year. We planned on renting a house for a couple of years while we saved up a new down payment for another house. Things went well for while. Then, as many of you know, in August of last year, the Hubby was in a near fatal car accident. Thankfully, he survived...but he basically crushed his right leg, broke 8 ribs and punctured a lung. Needless to say, his recovery has been slow. Now, unless you're really paying attention, it's hard to see him limping, but he does. And if he's on his leg for any length of time it swells terribly. So working is still difficult for him. He hasn't really been able to work since the accident, and that has been hard on both of us. But, with retirement money, and the money I make from the blog, we've gotten by. Our neighborhood is FANTASTIC, the kids school is amazing, they have a great group of friends. In short, we're really happy here.
You can see it coming, can't you?
About three weeks ago, we found out that our landlords are selling the house. Yep. Selling it. They offered us first dibs if we'd like to buy it. But, of course, we can't. So now we have to move. Yuck. I really hoped to stay in the house we're in until we could buy another one. No such luck.
We have an opportunity to rent a place that is really a blessing considering the situation we find ourself in. Thing is, it's about 40 minutes south of where we are now. A great town, and family close by. We feel blessed that it has come up. It will mean downsizing (not that we live in such a palatial house now). But that's good. There are boxes down in our basement that we've carried with us from move to move for probably 10 years...it's time they went. It will also mean a new school for the kiddos, new friends, new experiences. (Not to mention a new place to decorate!)
And so, despite the fact that I cried when I first found out we have to move again, I've come to embrace it as a new opportunity. A reinvention if you will. I hope you'll join me on this little journey. It should be an adventure!
And another fun change is on the way (well, fun for me at least). The blog is in the middle of a redesign! I'm loving what's going to be the new look and can't wait to share it with you all in the very near future. So if you pop over one day, and everything looks different...don't worry...it's just a change for the better!
And on an entirely unrelated note, it's about time I announce the winner of the Lisa Leonard Gift Certificate....KIM WEBB!! Congratulations Kim. Please email me, ane we'll get you set up with your prize!!
Have a great day! Frugal Friday goes live tonight at10:00 pm EST.