This past week I was on my mommy vacation to California. With only about a month to go to our move date, it was part house hunting and part job search, but timed so I could be present for my sister’s wedding. (I say sister a lot; including my two step-sisters, I have four)
As per our historical moving experience, we’re planning to rent for a couple years until we decide if we will build on our land and/or we want to buy a house or land in a different location. It was day THREE before I found what will be our next house. By then, I’d ran the emotional roller coaster already from touring a couple rentals and numerous neighborhood drive-bys. Nothing seemed to be perfect and if it was close, they wanted us to pony up for the month of July, although we aren’t officially mainland residents until August.
And then along came this rental. Only one photo, the front exterior, was posted in the listing and I can’t say why I was so intrigued, but I went back to it several times. It is “modern” in the retro sense, a very nice ranch burger, with enough carpet to justify my recent Kirby purchase. The other real selling point is the neighborhood! It’s an older tree heavy development, where you can picture yourself strolling in the evenings or the boys being able to play outside freely without worry. I hear there are also three small boys across the street. Brendon, who is concerned about making friends post move, should enjoy this tidbit.
Don’t let me forget – The landlord is NOT requiring us to pay July rent, although the house is currently move in ready. A blessing.
Me after a morning of wedding set-up workout, followed by signing our rental contract. I wore an ear to ear grin the entire 30minute drive to Cottonwood. Oh, it was only 115 degrees that day. I now remember my heat threshold is 110. After that it is just plain hot, I don’t care how much of a “dry” heat it is! IT. IS. HOT. I also got a good chuckle at hearing people say how humid it was. Humid is so relative.
A longtime friend, Jason Vine, recently opened his own engineering practice, Realm Engineering. He’s so laid back, I was expecting a very small operation, with a handful of projects for the year at best, only to be pleasantly surprised to see they are actually very busy and potentially willing to let an architect ruffle the mix a bit as I ease back into working outside the house during John’s last year of preschool.
This week, Vance finalized his post-retirement job at a local Physical Therapy clinic, which turned out to be the clinic our soon to be landlord couldn’t say enough good things about. It might have sealed the deal on the house?!
Last, but not least, the Wedding:
We’ve all experienced times when you’re a witness to a terrible heartache, happening in the life of someone you dearly love, that you can NOT fix. Although, you desperately would, if it was within your power. It hurts so deep. But, only years later do you realize there was something more wonderful in store for that beloved person. That was my baby sis, Celestina.
Words can not express how incredibly happy I am for her and Pete to have found one another and become Mr. & Mrs. It truly is the love she (and her kiddos) has deserved all along and the feeling is overwhelmingly mutual between them.