Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Journey to "This Vine Life" - Part 1

If you'd asked me 4 months ago if I thought we'd be moving anytime soon, I would have emphatically said no. At the time, my husband JP who is pretty savvy when it comes to finance, was doing some fancy money manuevering to solve some of our debt issues and it looked like our little two-bedroom cottage was going to have to suffice for the forseeable future. Then I had an encounter (to be described later) that gave me hope that some new blessings were going to come our way, specifically related to our home. I came home and told JP about it and his response was that earlier that very week he and his parents had been discussing us beginning the search for a new home. Not even realizing that this was a possibility, I was taken aback. We started looking for properties, expecting that the search for our perfectly priced and suitably sized future home would take months. To our surprise, it didn't...

We began our new home search casually. JP was already getting several listings mailed to his inbox and I would peruse a local realtor's website once in a while. I knew finding the right house for the right price would be tricky. We have a unique situation in our household where both sets of grandparents take turns watching our one-year-old son during the week. They drive from out of town to make this work, which involves overnight stays. (This has been a special blessing to all of us - although I can't deny that there was a very long adjustment period.) They currently stay in a great little in-laws quarters our property - a sweet little space that has been the key to our childcare situation over the past year and a half. For things to remain status quo it would be important for us to find a house big enough to accommodate our situation. I figured finding the right house to fit these needs (as well as our budget) would take awhile, so I settled in to the process with cautious optimism.

To be continued...