Change is a good thing. I’ve come to understand that over the years. Change can be scary, hard and unsettling, but in can also be exciting, an opportunity for growth and a chance to exercise faith. So, it is in the spirit of the latter, that our family is embracing the most recent change in our lives. We sold our home and we are moving!!
This may come a surprise to many people and others will wonder why we would decide to do such a thing, especially given the time and money we have spent making this house OUR HOME over the last 5 years. There are a variety of reasons we decided to make this change. Too many to go into detail. However, I will say that I had been feeling that a move was on the horizon for quite some time. I expressed my feelings to my husband, but at the time, he was not in agreement. Earlier this year, a few things happened that led us both to revaluate how we were feeling about the possibility of moving. Since our LDS faith is a guiding force in our lives, we did the best thing we know to do, we prayed about it. Not just one time, but many times. Soon, I came to KNOW, that it was time to move. It took my husband longer to get his answer.
In early March, he came home from a trip and expressed to me that while he was gone, he got his answer, he KNEW we were supposed to move. That was it. We both felt like moving was the right thing to do for our family. However, we had no idea where we would go. We knew that we wanted to stay in relatively the same area we have resided in the past 15 years. We love our community and the friends we have made. We just didn’t know exactly where we belonged. So, again, we began praying about it.
The day after my husband agreed that we needed to move, I got on an airplane to go to the Design Bloggers Conference in LA. I was excited to meet up with my blogging friends, but the decision of where to move was weighing heavily in the back of my mind. Two days later, during the conference I received an unexpected phone call that was an answer to all those prayers.
Some time ago, our family had fallen in love with some lots in a community, in the city adjacent to our current one. I had the opportunity to design a couple of homes in the area, so we knew a few people who lived there and have friends close by. The problem was, the lots we liked were family owned and not for sale. My husband had even called the owner of the land and asked him if he was interested in selling. The owner kindly stated “No”, he had no intention of selling the land.
Back to the phone call. At the other end of the call was a family friend who is also a remarkable home builder. He knew that we loved those lots and he was calling me to let me know that the lots we loved had just been offered to him by the family who owned them, and we had first dibs if we wanted one. The tears started to fall. Just three days after deciding we needed to move, our prayers had been answered. We knew where we would go and what we would do.
The day after I returned from LA, we signed the papers to purchase the lot! Our next job was to get our home sold. We worked for a few weeks to get our home in pristine condition for selling. We put the house on the market on April 4th, and 24 hours later, on April 5th, we had a full price offer!! The pieces were falling into place. We were being abundantly blessed. We knew we were doing the right thing.
Now, I don’t want you to think that this whole process has been “unicorns and rainbows.” The process of getting our home to closing, where it was officially sold to the new buyers, was stressful and difficult, to say the least. I don’t want to dwell on the negative, so I’m choosing not to go into detail about it. I’ll limit myself to saying this, as a Seller of a home, you have almost zero rights once the Real Estate Purchase Agreement is signed, at least in Utah. Your Buyers have all the power and hold all the cards. My advice, hire a competent and committed agent to help you throughout the process and be intimately involved in the details of selling your home. It is because we did these things, we were able to come to peaceful resolution and get our home sold.
So, after all that, I’m happy to announce we are building a new home!!!! I am so excited to create the home of our dreams with my husband and kids. I am even more excited to share our journey with all of you!! I have decided to give each of you a very detailed view of the process of building a home, as we build ours. Through blog posts, Instagram posts and stories and videos, you will get to follow me through every step of our home build! I hope you will follow along on our journey!
We officially move out of our current home next week and move into a lovely home we are renting, until the construction of our new home is completed. We are planning on the whole process taking about a year. We have been working with a talented architect to design our new home and the plans are almost complete. If all goes according to schedule, we should break ground in July. Our home is being built by the talented builders at Havenhill Homes. Having worked with them closely on client projects, I know first hand, the quality of their homes in top notch. We are thrilled they will be helping us create our dream home.
So there you have it. Change is a good thing. I want to end by saying this. For our family, this has been a faith growing experience. We have felt the Lord guide and sustain us through this process. Over and over again, we have seen him bless us and help us. I have always known that he is aware of me and my family, but through this process I have come to know, even more fervently, that he KNOWS me. He KNOWS my family and he KNOWS what we need and where we should go.
We will miss this home and our neighbors. We have loved living here. It will be hard to walk through this empty house next week, for one last time, but we are looking to the future with hope, joy and excitement. We can’t wait to share it with you.