Monday, April 21, 2014

Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s Here!

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Spring is in the air!

Grass basket were growing…

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So we planted jelly beans to see what would grow….

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…she was so surprised to see lollipops the next morning!

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Since she wasn’t going to be with us for Easter we had our own little Spring Fling Thing! The week we get every other month goes by so fast. However, when she is here, it’s like she has never been gone. She calls the guest room her bedroom. Loves to sit in there and play like it’s an every day thing.

After she left, we left on a road trip. Headed north to see where God is taking us. Making that first appointment to see our future was scary and exciting at the same time. Hey, I’ve done this before! However, as the day got closer we still hadn’t had a confirmation on a time. Knowing pictures can be deceiving, the lack of communication, we already had the mindset that this one might not be the one, but what the heck, it wouldn’t hurt to continue on and see it for ourselves without the realtor.

The plan was to be in that area by the Friday, with a one day stop in Napa to test water at a spec house for his brother and at a friends who just had a well put in. Saturday my niece was to be having a birthday party (so I thought) for her two children who are a year apart by a day. With that in mind we would visit at the party for a while then head out to look at the property. Well, I am such a blond at times! I heard Saturday when it was actually Sunday! Imagine her surprise when we walked up with gifts in hand a day early! Unfortunately there was no way we could make it on Sunday since we had to head home. We did have a great time visiting. Taught her kids a bit about baseball. The man created a hopscotch game out of the tissue from the bag. My heart was heavy with what she has on her plate but feel God is guiding her properly. She means the world to me and hope everything works out as He plans for her. She is surely putting His steps in motion and assure her that it only gets better each day!

The property we were looking at was about 20 minutes away. And as expected it was not for us. Just as suspected the picture didn’t show that this land was behind 2 other homes, making them right in the front yard of this parcel. Step hill made up part of it as well. I will not buy land that has no purpose. That hill meant problems! So we went up to make a u-turn and head back to town.

God! You are awesome! The place we turned around at had a For Sale sign hanging on the fence. The house was empty so we we explored…

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Contacting the realtor we learned it had just gone to auction but did not meet the reserve. Unfortunately the home is not financeable, meaning CASH only! Not really a problem as God would bring a solution if it is the right one for us. However, I DID fall in love with it and just tuned out the guys comments of “this will need done” and “you will have to do this.” What they don’t understand is this place, or one like it, is what my dreams have been showing me! In fact, the minute we walked up and around the garage to the quad area, my first response was, “oh my God!, this is exactly what I dream about!” Chills went down my back after a breath across my neck. Could it be!  Will it be? It’s a see how it goes thing right now. In the meantime, one of two things could happen. It sells or it doesn’t. Price might get better down the way. Some might jump at the first thing they see, but not us. We constantly review it, adding in many scenario's of this or that’s. After all, it took us 4 years to find where we are now. 4 years to find the business that brought us here. We want what ever we find to fulfill another 20 years too, so if it takes 4 years to find this next place, so be it. I am patient!

But I do LOVE IT!

I must add I can’t stop thinking about this place though. I totally understood all the work it would need, but I can so see myself living there.

The next morning before we got on the road, we found 3 more places to view first. Sure, why not! You’re not going to get my mind off the first one we saw, by chance, by GOD!

Then right up the road from our friends, our first stop, we see this…

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6+ acres!

With it’s own creek and a knoll…

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I pictured the grand’s running down the hill, with kites in tow. Catching pollywogs and lizards. I see a tree house. I see, I see, I see!

The guys surveyed the knoll…perfect location for a house!

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The other side of the knoll looks about the same. It’s a big half circle overlooking a meadow that the creek runs through. Great views! More land! No house! We got to meet the neighbors which was very encouraging. We hiked around checking it out for almost an hour. I loved how they would say, “We can build this knoll to look like the one you love, only better!”

Wow, I came home with so much to think about! If either or both of these sell before we are ready, there are others out there we haven’t seen yet. It’s all about God’s plan. He knows we are waiting for those I’s to be dotted and T’s crossed before starting this new journey. Keeping it in pray!

In the mean time, I needed to Hippity Hoppity onto making some Easter Baskets…

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My table needed to get ready…

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Then the man decided to run a new water line to my garden the day before! Oh, I am thankful for the water. It’s been so needed, but I think a better day might have been available. I just “Let it Go!” and work with it.

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As he said, the hole was filled in by the end of the day and our Easter Egg Hunt was ON! In case you wonder why I am always so skeptical of things. Sometimes his time line for projects aren’t quite on the dot or even close at times. Knowing this, I create a contingency plan just in case. In this case, it didn’t matter. Sun and Easter eggs are not friends. I had already planned for the hunt area to be around the porch area, and in the shade. So no problem, give me water!

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The man cooked our Easter dinner, which turned out awesome! It allowed me to enjoy the kids and keep healing. In the middle of this wonderful stuff going on, I fell in and land on the edge of the tub, broke a rib, and strained what muscles actually work properly. It’s been challenging having had a 3 year old just 2 days later, but her little face was worth each and every ouch! With 4-6 weeks of healing ahead, the family is doing what ever they can so I won’t. I’m so blessed!

Actually they want me to be ready for my Mother’s Day Adventure,….

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As a gift from our daughter and her hubby, she has made all the necessary arrangement to assure we all are happy at “The Happiest Place on Earth!”  I am so excited! And to think I get to do it all over again this fall! Different grand but grand it too will be.

Our Journey Through LIFE wouldn’t be what it is without the love and support of all our family and friends. Please continue praying for us that this agreement meets everyone’s needs and allow us to begin this new direction of His plan for us. I can’t wait to see what is ahead!

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