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Our Journey Continues

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Sometimes there is no other explanation to where life takes you, other than God is leading and intervening to make it so.

Journeying Together

Journeying Together

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…

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Our Journey Continues

  1. I loved this story. I know many were sad to see you leave, as I would have been if you had lived close to me. I am so excited for you myself, and cannot wait to here all about the beginning of your “new” journey. How this story inspired me always to trust in God, as He already has everything figured out. Makes one wonder why we overthink and worry about things doesn’t it??? Good luck, you know I love ya, and God Bless, SR

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    • Thank you for your supportive and kind words. This is definitely a new phase of our journey, and we are enjoying every moment of it. While it was extremely hard to leave our home in VA and to let go of so many sentimental and “home” things, now that we are settled in our new cozy little place, I must admit to feeling free and younger:-) We are happy, enjoying family, and looking forward to all the experiences and people the Lord is leading us to.
      Love and blessings,
      Bernadette

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  2. Welcome to Calif., you moved to a lovely area and you’re about five hours south from my home.. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross one day! Also, I found your story interesting as there are many folks our age who are in the same boat. Giving homes a facelift and trying to purge some possessions with the possibility of downsizing. Always a huge decision, and learning to let go!

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  3. I can relate to your story as my house is on the market. I get concerned at the amount of time everything is taking and keep reminding myself that God knows what he’s doing. I placed everything in God’s hands, so all will be well. Thank you for sharing your story!

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    • Mary,
      May God bless you and your friends and family through this process. To tell you the truth, when we look back at all that needed done for this move to happen, we still don’t know how we did it. My Mom always told me that the Lord gives you the strength AS YOU NEED IT. I believe she was right, and also believe He is right there with you through it all.
      Love
      Bernadette

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      • Yes, Bernadette. You are your mom are right. Sometimes I argue with the Lord and say I can’t do it, I can’t keep going on. But than the sun comes up, the phone rings, the people are there with me, and life goes on.

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  4. How exciting! I was born in Virginia, but moved to California as a three month old. I love living in California with all that it has a lot to offer. I have visited San Luis often and imagine it is a beautiful place to live – the weather is usually lovely and you can enjoy a farmer’s market downtown every Thursday with live music and incredible produce. It sounds like God has blessed you a great deal in your adventure, and I hope you enjoy the West Coast. Welcome to California!

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    • Thank you for your welcoming words! This is an amazingly beautiful and friendly area. We are enjoying the farmer’s markets, and are just a few blocks away from the Thursday market. We just found a wonderful smaller one on Saturday mornings. I have never tasted such delicious oranges, avocados or peaches:-) My husband and I just found our new Church home and we also enjoy the San Luis Obispo Mission.

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  5. Now I know why you haven’t written for awhile . You’ve moved to a beautiful part of California . Isn’t it exciting to trust the Lord with all the details of life?☺

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    • It sure is exciting…we could have never dreamed where He has taken us so far, and where He will lead us in the future. Especially regarding our marriage and family:-)

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  6. Your story made me cry and I am still covered in goosebumps. I know what it means to part with so much of your life and someday that will happen to me as well. I know how much work is involved in moving like that because I know how much I have collected and will have to part with. I know too the leaving of a home I LOVE, one I built with my own two hands, all the gardens I created, the home I do not want to leave but one day I know I will. You’ve encouraged me that it can be done and more importantly when something like this happens, God will oversee all so that what we deemed impossible, becomes possible. God bless you!! I hope you find your new home all and more then you can dream of!!! ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your good wishes! God is right here with all of us who open our hearts, eyes and ears to Him. He will carry you through any changes/experiences that are on your path to Him:-)

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  7. Congratulations on your new home and such a great adventure in courage, faith, and blessing!

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  8. What an AWESOME testimony. It is such a great reminder that we don’t have to “know it all” or have every little detail in place. Sometimes it is enough to “pray and obey” Enjoy the west coast 🙂

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  9. I am so excited for you guys! Isn’t it simply amazing when the Father works things out in His timing! Your story is a reminder to trust God in all things…He is always working in our lives for His glory! Family is so important and being with your kids is wonderful…cannot wait to see what else the Father has in store! Much love and prayers…..

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    • Thank you! Now I just need to get back into the groove of writing and sharing the everyday blessings and experiences He places in my day to day life:-)
      Love and blessings,
      Bernadette

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  10. He loves His children and takes care of them. Congrats and enjoy your new journey.

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  11. What a lovely photo of you and your hubby. You have the best smile my friend! And what a backdrop, wow!

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    • Thank you so much! It is very beautiful here, and the best part is being close to family. Especially my grandson, Brayden:-) It is an honor to be able to spend quality time with him, and my son and daughter in law. My youngest son and his wife are in Denver, and we miss them…but we are closer to them than when we lived in VA.

      The ocean and mountains are about a 10-15 minute drive away. The area we live in (Central CA) is very laid back, and very temperate. Usually in the 70s or mid 80s with a strong breeze. Mornings and evenings are even chilly…however, for me, that is much better than extremely hot and muggy:-) Now, I am in the process of learning to feel that this is my HOME, and not just vacation. I know it will take awhile for that comfort level, and I am looking forward to the process:-)

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      • That region of the country is gorgeous, that’s for sure! We lived in Monterey, California while hubby went to language school in 1972 and 1975. What a lovely setting! I wouldn’t recognize it now. (I’m so happy for you and beginning your new life in California – although our son lives in Richmond so I never knew we were so close, sigh.)

        When my husband accepted this pastor position in NE Ohio, it was amazing how God worked out all the details perfectly. And yes, we also purchased our home sight unseen, after our first contract fell through and God provided an even better home for us!!! His plan all along. Our Realtor checked out this prospect to ensure it was in good shape, didn’t smell, etc. and it was even better than the photos! So Proverbs 3:5,6 kept running through my head.

        Embrace this new chapter in your life my friend, may God’s Blessings follow you everywhere, 🙂

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  12. Wow, our journeys are similar in many ways:-) Extra side note…Joe and I are originally from Youngstown, OH…in Northeastern Ohio. That area will always be “home” to me:-)

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  13. I can relate. I believe god moved me from Chicago to CA… all a part of his plan. Blessings to you!

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