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Renters

Posted in family, moving on with tags on June 27, 2008 by erin

OMG.  I seriously cannot believe it.  We listed our house for rent this week and within hours had several calls on the place.  Our first showing was today, two young (as in their mid 20’s) kids-brother and sister.  Very clean cut and quite. 

They came with their mom who was also well dressed and they were so polite and very interested in fact they were afraid we would give it to someone else.  All this to say I think they will be good renters, pay on time (I think mommy and daddy with be helping out-which is ALWAYS nice) and take care of our house. 

You really can tell a lot about a person from the first meeting.

Not only that but they want to move in right away.  We were hoping to get some work done before people moved in, just small stuff here and there and remodeling the last bathroom but they were totally cool with us doing the work while they are living here.  Meaning we will have one or two months of rent we were not anticipating.

I can’t believe how well this turned out for us and just proves prayer really does work (because we have been doing a lot of that lately).  I do believe God paved the path for us today making it a little smoother journey as we go through this rough time.  This is the first time I truly feel good about our whole situation.

Now if he would just answer my prayer of getting a million dollars…..

moving

Posted in family, moving on with tags on June 18, 2008 by erin

While I’m packing up our lives, separating items into “storage” and “condo” I keep thinking someone is playing a huge joke on me.  I keep hoping my husband will come home and say, guess what, I worked some magic and we can stay.  But so far, as our possessions are slowly piled into boxes one by one, it hasn’t happened.

I don’t know why I’m so upset by this move.   These four walls hold only a few years of my memories but they are some of the most precious ones.  This is the home my baby spent her first year of life and I have fond memories of bringing her home, here.  Of our first night with her and how freaked out Matt and I were because she wouldn’t stop crying.  Of coming down the stairs after that first night and thinking, will I survive this job of parent hood?  But my wise and encouraging friend, ggsmama said it well.  I will still have those memories no matter where I live.

We’ve done plenty of moving in our 7 years of marriage, I should be very used to the upheaval.  All our moves up till this one have been an improvement in living quarters (bigger and better).  This one is hard because it wasn’t in “the plan”  it’s a slight set back. 

Our first choice of condos to move into didn’t pan out so we are onto choice #2.  It’s bigger and has under ground parking.  Still close to Cherry Creek, Wash Park, Cheeseman Park, City Park, the zoo, Park Hill and much more.  Yes, this place will be our home for the next year. 

I pray for a lot of things these days but mostly peace of mind with this situation (and hey if God wants to throw some money our way, I wouldn’t turn it down).  I pray we can be back in our house next summer and I pray my attitude will remain positive because I have a little girl to take care of and play with and her well-being is most important. 

So the next few weeks my posting may be scarce as we pack and move and unpack our lives into smaller quarters and set up shop across town.

city livin’…

Posted in family, goals, home sweet home, moving on, petunia, remembering with tags on June 11, 2008 by erin

I wish I could write something witty that would make you all laugh, but I’m not there right now.  Things are tough.  But in saying things are tough I still find a lot of hope and encouragement in my heart. I go back and forth between crying, feeling down and feeling encouraged.  In the end, I feel we are making the right choice for our family.

We decided to rent our house and I certainly have mixed feelings about this.  First, it’s our home but really a home is what you make of your current structure.  If need be, I can make a cardboard box a home.  I am sad to leave our newly remodeled kitchen with top of the line appliances and Berloni cabinets, new master bathroom, front loading HE washing machine & dryer, Petunia’s room I worked so hard on, but mostly the ease of entering and exiting our home with strollers and bikes oh, and our yard. 

Really though, what’s important here is not where we live but that we stay united as a family.  Petunia will most importantly have the love of her parents, a place to live, food, clothes, books and toys.  She won’t even remember this time in her life.  But even if she were older and did remember this, it wouldn’t be so bad.  I would hope it would teach her to appreciate the gifts she is given but also that “things” don’t matter.

So we are moving into a condo with a goal of moving back into our home in a year.  This place is a brand new condo in one of Matt’s many condo conversion projects.  There are certainly some positives in this move.  Our monthly expenses will drop considerably, this place is nice (though smaller than we are used to so a storage unit is necessary), with less expenses I really hope the stress level lowers and maybe the sleepless nights become less frequent.  Because it is smaller (thank God, it’s at least a two bedroom) it will take MUCH less cleaning!  Yea!!!  We are right downtown and within walking distance to a grocery store, coffee shop, several restaurants, Cherry Creek shopping center, our church and the best park in the city! 

So like most of life, we take the good with the bad, have the courage to make the best of every situation and most important live with grace and love.

Curious?

Posted in family, south beach diet with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by erin

I know you are all dying to know how the South Beach Diet is going. Right? I thought I would give your inquiring minds a little update. I’m pretty much on phase three of his plan, following his guidelines on how to take it into the rest of my life. I hardly have a sugar craving anymore and I feel so much better. I’m not sure if there has been a change in weight or inches in certain places yet but I’m hoping with continued healthy eating I will notice something.  I have noticed my muscles are slightly more pronounced.  That’s exciting.  I am eating a ton of veggies (even for snacks!) and lean protein. I bought a box of graham crackers last week and haven’t even opened the box! Not because I am restraining myself but because I don’t even think about them. I even noticed my digestive system seems to appreciate the change. I give myself one day a week to have a free for all and usually by the end of the day I feel so crappy I’m ready to get back on the wagon.

The best news is I talked to my mom about this diet and now she and my dad are in the throes of week one. My mom does not need to lose weight but she certainly needs to change her eating habits. She is even a worse sugar-aholic than I. But my dad. Yeah, he could stand to lose A LOT! He’s tried in the past and usually loses weight quickly but it piles back on just as quick. I really hope he can find something he can stick to and not just a diet but a life style, a change in eating forever. I’m so afraid he won’t be around to watch Petunia grow up. On top of his poor eating habits he gets zero exercise. He has bad knees and can hardly walk and now he needs a machine to help him sleep (sleep apnea). He’s in trouble. I pray something will open his eyes and drive him to take better care of himself. Maybe Mr. South Beach is just what he needs, that or getting on The Biggest Loser.