I briefly mentioned a few weeks ago that our house is up for sale.  It was a decision that we made several months ago but just recently decided that the timing was right.  We have loved spending the past four years in our charming brick Tudor home, but we are ready for some change.  Any of y'all ever feel that way?

We met with a realtor, made some updates, and settled on an asking price. You can click here to take a virtual tour (or send it to a friend looking to buy!). I have to admit that I was so nervous during this process.  I had this idea in my head that realtors would call me to show the house and I would only have 10 minutes to get the girls out before they came to show it.  I stressed about the house being dirty and was a bit overwhelmed with feelings of insecurity as to whether or not people would like our house.

Since we put it on the market a little over a month ago, we've had several lookers and one almost buyer.  It was hard hearing that our house was an "almost" house for one couple but they chose another.  We have gone into this process with a realistic mindset that it could take a while to sell in this economy but still...we couldn't help but get our hopes up when the couple came back for a second peek!  All along, I have been praying that God was preparing another person/family to live in this house.  I've determined that when the right family comes along, they will be the ones to buy.  So, for now, we wait.  And isn't that the hardest part?

Because waiting brings dreaming.  Dreaming of new layouts, new colors, and new design.  Here are some of the things that I have been dreaming about:

A kitchen with an island...

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Neutrals for the walls...

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A tub for the bathroom...

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And an office that inspires....

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If I have learned anything from dating Raleigh for six years before we got married is patience.  I'm not naturally a patient person (Type-A all the way!) but God has showed me that my path is not rushed but takes time.  I still love this house so I don't really mind waiting in it but I will be so happy when the day comes that it is sold.  Many of you have asked us some questions about where we are going, etc. so I thought I would take some time to answer what I know.

Q: Where are y'all moving?

A: I have no idea.  We will probably move into a rental once the house sells and then start to answer that question.

Q: Have you looked at potential new houses/neighborhoods?

A: Yes and No.  We did visit a few homes in Pike Road before we put the house on the market.  We found some that we liked/in our price range but it hasn't gone past the initial phase of getting ideas.  Since our house has been on the market, we have not looked at any homes...it would kill me to find the dream house and not be able to buy it so we just aren't going that route.

Q: Why Pike Road and not another old house?

A: Raleigh and I have such affection for older homes.  The stories that they tell, the attention to detail/design, the feeling of the neighborhood...we can't get enough of it.  But, for this next house, we need something that better fits our current stage of life.  I know this sounds lame, but I would love a garage.  When we dream of our "forever house" it is somewhere in between being really old and really new.  We would like for Raleigh to design the forever house with all of the details that we have stored in our "one-day" file.  So, we are thinking that this next house might be the house in between the first home and the forever home so it needs to be functional and easy to maintain.  I'm really in a "less-stress" is better mentality with our lives so it just seems right for the next house to fall into this category.

Hope I've answered some of your questions.  Feel free to ask more below and I'll do my best to answer.  Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement as we move into month two of house for sale.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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