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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…..

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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.

It comes full circle…

Posted in modo, moving on, saddness with tags , on May 6, 2008 by erin

History…Do we learn from it or repeat it? Hopefully learn. That’s why we watched as British soldiers studied the battles at Normandy. What could they take away and use in this life time? What can we take away and learn from?

We moved to this city in 2003 young and full of spunk. With dreams. We moved here with $30 in our pocket but had hope that things would get better. Matt decided he was done working as an Engineer and I can’t blame him. That job took the life out of his eyes, I knew that. I didn’t want that for him or us. So he started a small company, Commercial Equity, with two smart entrepreneur buddies like himself. They started in coffee shops with meetings and ideas while I worked to help us survive.

Soon they had a goal, a plan and a building. They bought an apartment building built in the 50’s completely renovated it, putting 60 to 70 thousand dollars per door. With finishes that did not usually come standard: granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hard wood floors, glass tile, balconies and roof top deck with views of the city skyline. These finishes most developers would charge the buyer 2 or three times their cost but not us. We made our places affordable and they flew off the shelf so to speak. I quit my job and became their office manager/bookkeeper.

Things flourished in the next several years, more buildings were purchased, investors called us to see if we had a spot for their money, foreman and laborers were hired, partners brought aboard, realtors commissioned, work trucks purchased, I got an assistant, we got a fancy new name and purchased a fantastic office building .

It was awesome. We were the talk of the town. We hired a marketing expert, were written about in countless papers, threw amazing parties and still we grew.

Sadly……..

Things are not so glamorous now. Blame it on the market. Blame it on growing too fast. Blame it on being too nice. Whatever or where ever the blame lays it doesn’t matter. The reality is the company is down to partners and two hired employees; we moved out of our fabulous office building and are scraping by. No money, no income, s.l.o.w. sales and slashing prices to get out.

My heart is heavy. I had hoped by now at our age and with a baby we would be financially stable. Not millionaires not even hundred thousand-air. Just secure.

The good news: I have my family, we have a home, and we will survive. My husband is smart and a hard worker and for what ever reason he was lead to get his broker license a few months ago. All is not lost. I believe they (we all) have learned. I believe some day we will have financial stability. I have a hope and a dream I won’t let die. Things will get better, I can feel it.