Monday, June 10, 2013


She... is seventeen today.

She... isn't here in the house this morning. 
She... is actually not here in this zip code.
or this state.
or this country.
or even continent.

She... is in South Africa.
  My little girl is in Johannesburg, South Africa, turning   seventeen while serving God and others. being self-less and giving 2 weeks of a new and socially active summer to others less fortunate that most of us. enduring 35+ hours on a plane and the unknown . opening herself up to new people, cultures, food, sights and smells.
She...boarded that plane despite some heavy baggage... not the kind with a luggage tag, hoping it will get lost along the way.

She...turned off her beloved iphone.  for twelve days!!!

    "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."      
                                                                                    Galations 6:9,10

Who am I to pout and feel sad that I can't celebrate this glorious day with her? amazing. my little girl.
She...makes me proud.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bullet Points

Wow...February...last how time flies. 

I did attempt to update my blog several times during the last few months...but each time I would sit down to write get near my keyboard, something would change, a real estate agent would call, a contract would need to be revised, a box would need to be packed.  You get the drift. So here's how it all went down, short and sweet:
  • our house of 17 years goes on the market on a Saturday in February. (3rd time in 5 years.)
  • we have our first offer that night.
  • 10 or so offers by Tuesday.
  • bidding war Wednesday night and surprise visit from first potential buyers at our door (see previous blog post)
  • signed contract
  • we go ahead with our spring break plans, even though closing is in 2 weeks
  • first buyer freaks out, terminates contract and fires her agent
  • second buyer steps up
  • signed contract
  • we go ahead with our planned beach trip for Easter even though new closing is in 2 weeks
  • inspection issues