First and foremost, thank you for your prayers yesterday. The girls and I ended up having a GREAT day that only got bicker-y toward the end when we were all hot and tired. It was good. There was an ease to the day, if that makes sense.
(And we got to have lunch at In-n-Out Burger! Mmm... And we swung in to Trader Joes and devoured a whole box of popsicles on the way to pick Toben up from his office.)
Okay. So we have a house. All the pictures are still on my camera--and I didn't take a picture of the outside. Or the screen door that features a cowboy and a cactus! Oy. In fact, I'm not sure any of the pictures are great, more just to help me remember size and shapes of rooms.
Toben's thrilled with it. Me? It'll be fine. We had planned to do a vacation sort of rental--furnished and with a pool. Instead we have an unfurnished house with no pool. But in a great neighborhood that does have a pool. So it'll work. It's just a change in plans that I'm still adjusting to.
It's small and well within the budget we've been given. As Toben and I were talking last night, that feels right. We could spend extra to get a house with everything we want, but then we'd be spending extra. And part of this next year for us is paying off debt and being responsible with what we've been given.
The neighborhood is what's going to make it wonderful. Clubhouse, gym, tennis courts, lakes, pools, and so on. Even boat rentals! We'll be in Val Vista Lakes in Gilbert, for anyone who wants to know or is familiar with the area. Or wants to drop by for a visit after July 1.
An empty house (and an empty house with the air conditioning turned off when it's 105 outside) is always just kinda sad. But we're starting to think about what we're going to bring and what we'll need to find and how to use the space creatively. And about what we need to bring to make it home instead of just a house. Even if that means bringing more than we originally thought.
So, what do you have to have to make a house a home? What can't you live without?