Good Ideas Gone Awry

Proverbs 3:5

Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! 

Here’s the thing; I think I make good decisions. Here’s the deep & ugly truth; I think I make better decisions than most people. There. I typed it out loud. Part documented fact. Part self-glorified pride.

We’ve been full-steam ahead on the prepping-for-real-estate-sale/ find-a-new-home-purchase-train. Two days ago was my first apprehension of wanting to back pedal.

Repairs Saga:

1. No one’s ever had more trouble getting weeds to grow than we are in our front yard to “green up” the place.

2. Fixing a heater that’s been sad since the 60’s.

3. Being told by one drain specialist we’ll probably need to jackhammer through the slab to fix a pipe situation.

4. Being told by another plumber that is unnecessary and a good snaking will do the trick. (Hallelujah and AMEN AND AMEN)

5. Opening up an under-the-sink-mess to find mold. Lots. All the weird hallucinations should be pretty well accounted for now. Tearing out the counter, sink, dishwasher to leave a clean, restored mold-free wall looking like this:

Looks like I get to wash dishes in the bathroom sink and Nate gets to learn how to do a little cabinetry work this weekend. Uhhhhhhh, sure!

6. Termite inspection good news ends with the fact that we don’t have to fumigate and then begins with a long list of shoddy work from the last company and the fact that if you spin around blindfolded outside and walk up to our house at any point you will win the prize of finding dry rot. Yay! We’re going to wait on our buyer to see if we can pass that on or not.

Whew! If I let it, the anxiety can threaten to sneak in. So I run back to this verse in Proverbs. And I look back on the path of our past and see those rock altars we built to remember the times that God provided for us.

Did I mention we’re having a newborn any day now? It’s a perfect storm of chaos.

Today Nate and I made the decision to push back our open house date as sellers for a few weeks. With opening up that space it feels like we’ve also flung open some windows around our hearts and lungs and let some breathing space in.

And now Nate is off on trip #4 out of #1,209 to Home Depot for house projecting items and I am off to Target for a similarly shameful number of times this week for home and baby prepping. Really, it’s a problem and embarrassing enough that I’m thinking of using three various Target locations so I don’t have to avoid eye contact with the employees. I hear others of you mamas have this issue too though.

That’s the house update for now! We’ll see what happens over the next few days! Whew!

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