Sometimes there is no other explanation to where life takes you, other than God is leading and intervening to make it so.
In early February, Joe (my husband) and I were looking at the kitchen and tile selection in our local Home Depot. At that time, we were considering refacing our oak kitchen cabinets, and maybe updating our counter tops and back splash. Since my mom passed away, and our sons and their wives lived across the country in Colorado and California, we knew that sometime down the road we would sell the house, because it was much bigger than our current needs, and we had no family near us.
As we looked at the selection of gorgeous tiles and cabinets, we started talking with the couple next to us. It turned out that the woman was a realtor, so we asked for her input on what she believed would be the wisest investment regarding updates on our kitchen…because we knew eventually we would be selling.
She offered to come to our house to take a look so she could assess and give us some suggestions. Somehow, that initial conversation, and then her visit to our home, led to listing our home for sale. Looking back, it is an amazing thing that transpired, because even though we knew we would be moving some time in the future, we were not planning a move. We decided to list the house to see if we would receive any offers for the price we felt the house was worth, and if it didn’t sell, we would just take it off the market and stay in our home, which we loved.
That initial meeting with the realtor that we “happened” to meet at Home Depot, started a chain of events that led to us moving from Virginia to the West Coast!
We started deep cleaning and “de-cluttering” so the house could be staged for prospective buyers to walk through. Which really meant we needed to paint, repair, and part with at least half of our possessions, which had been accumulating for 38 years of our life together, and also cherished, sentimental items from our growing up years. You see, we are at the stage in life of downsizing, and we would be moving into a place less than half the size of the home we grew to love. The stress of parting with so much of our “stuff” from our life, and the physical, intense work that needed to be done, while we were both still working our full time jobs, was overwhelming.
While we were working through the house part of the process, we still didn’t know if our move would even be feasible. We knew that if it was possible, we would want to move to California, to be near our son, his wife, and our new grandson! However, a move all the way from Virginia to California, along with the uncertainty of job situations or the high cost of living on the Central Coast of California seemed nearly impossible. Even while we were going through the motions of the needed tasks, we really didn’t believe it would happen. Too many things needed to “fall into place.”
Which was exactly what happened.
Looking back now, I still cannot fathom how we physically and emotionally accomplished everything that was needed for our move. Because, added to the stress of all the tasks was the emotional pain of leaving our home, neighborhood, friends, and our family that lived close enough to travel to by car. A move to California would mean seeing them even less than we already did.
However, the pull of being closer to our sons and their families was our focus. We did not want to live out the rest of our lives without family nearby.
We prayed and placed it in God’s hands.
So our home was listed in the beginning of March. We went for about a month without any real offers. We didn’t feel that our realtor was marketing our home in the proper way, so we decided to end our contract and the house was taken off the market. The next morning, at about 7:30am, we received a call from another realtor, who said that he would love to sell our home. To make a long story short, he listed the house on a Friday night, and we had 3 offers on Saturday. One offer was our asking price and no closing costs. When our realtor called to inform us, he asked my husband, “How fast can you move?” After the call ended, Joe and I just looked at each other…with unbelief, and I must admit, a little fear. It was becoming real to us!
Joe spoke with his managers at work, and the next blessing was that he was ok’d to work his job remotely. Which meant we did not need to worry about his employment as we continued on with our plans. We decided that I could look for employment once we were all settled in our new home. The company I worked for in Virginia is a family owned business, and they were wonderful and supportive regarding our move. It warms my heart to think of the going away party they surprised me with, some very unexpected gifts and the kindness and love offered to me.
Each step of the closing process went smoother than the realtor or we could even imagine. We were able to sell all of the furniture that we could not use, and the few pieces that were left, along with odds and ends, were either given away, sold or donated.
We will never forget the support of all of our family and friends. The unbelievable help that was offered, the cards, gifts, prayers, and good wishes. All is a sweetness that will live in our hearts always.
Our new home in San Luis Obispo was waiting for us…sight unseen. Of course we saw some pictures of the little condo online, but never physically saw it until we arrived there. It is perfect for us! And the amazing thing, is that we found a special place for each and every piece of furniture that we chose to bring to our new home.
So, hopefully, I will have many stories of our journey that continues here, in California. God brought us here for a purpose, and we are open vessels to all of the experiences and people He places on our path.
And it goes without saying, we are feeling extremely blessed to be able to enjoy our Grandson, Brayden, and our son and daughter in law. And an extra bonus…we are also closer to our other son and his wife!
Thank you Lord for each day you gift us with, and for all the people you are placing in our life now and in the future. Thank you for our whole family, and also for our dear friends that are further away in distance, but will always be close in our hearts.
Our journey continues…