A dream is a wish your heart makes, and a dream of mine finally came true and I am sooo excited to share it with you all!
Most of you know my story, but for those who don’t here’s a quick recap…5 1/2 years ago I was in a wheelchair. I could only walk with a walker and only for very short distances. There was a time when I feared I would be bound to that chair for the rest of my life. Thank goodness I fell into the right hands of an amazing physical therapy team at Barrows Neurological Institute and was able to slowly regain my ability to walk again. I do still use a crutch to walk, but I am doing much better than I was 5 1/2 years ago! However, because of my disability, our tri-level home was no longer functional or safe for me to live in.
We had only lived in our home for one year when I got sick. So for 4 years I had been struggling to maintain our home, and when you have 4 kids and 5 dogs, it adds up fast! The three main things we wanted in our new house was:
2.Our kids school was a 20 minute drive one way, so we knew that we wanted to be closer to their school as well.
3.A room or area for my studio
We had been casually looking at houses on Redfin (a realty app-if you haven’t checked it out yet, you need to!) over the last two years. One evening while glancing through the app together we found “the one.” It had everything we were looking for and more! It was one level, it was about 8-10 minutes from the kids school, and it had an amazing room at the front of the house -perfect for a studio! Complete with its own bathroom and closet. It was the perfect house for us!
This house that we found wasn’t even built yet. We had the opportunity to put an earnest check down when there was nothing but dirt in the lot our new home would soon be on! It has been so fun to be a part of the whole process, literally from the ground up. We chose the flooring, cabinets, wall color and landscaping at the house. Sounds great right?! Buuuuut….there’s been a loooooot of bumps along the way. If you read part one and two of our moving journey, you know the drama we have had to deal with building this house.
The drama continued right up until the day of closing. We had been told for WEEKS that our closing date would be Friday March 24th at 11:30am. We had a moving truck reserved, we gave notice to our storage units that we would be out that weekend, we had arranged for help from family and friends, and of course we were all anxious and ready to move in. The day before we were set to close, we got a phone call at 2pm telling us that they needed to reschedule our closing appointment because they messed up on our appraisal. If you read part one of our moving journey, I talked about how my studio room mistakenly had carpet in it. They had to rip out the carpet and install tile. The tile increases the value of the home, and our builder forgot to reflect that on our home appraisal. Which meant that the appraisal was $875 less than what the value of the home should have been. Thus, when a home appraisal is created or changed/edited, there is a federal 3 day waiting period until you can close. THREE DAYS! All because of a minuscule amount of $875! The hardest part was telling the kids that we couldn’t move in that weekend like we had planned. It was absolutely crushing. We had been looking forward to this day for so long.
We thought when we started this journey that we would be out of a house for a couple weeks until our new home was done. No big deal, so we stayed first at my in-laws house and then moved over to my parents house. We have definitely overstayed our welcome, I know that for sure! Lol We moved out of our old house on January 6th and have not been living in our own home for a total of 84 days. 84! Almost 3 months total our life has been turned upside down. Needless to say, we are so ready to get things back to normal again!
Even though building this house has been a rollercoaster of emotions and a never ending drama filled mess, we cannot wait to make our new house a home. My heart is filled with so much happiness and joy. It has been a dream of mine to have a single level house for the last 5 years, and we finally did it!!! Dreams really do come true, if you believe!