Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I am reviewing . . . the situation

Yikes! It is tiny!
Ouch! Our house has not sold.
Gracious! It is going up so fast!

What were we thinking!?

  • We wanted to downsize.
  • We’ve talked about it for seven years.
  • We don’t need a big house.

    Why now?

    • Because we want to move in before hubby retires
    • Because we found a lot and house plan that we like
      . . . I think.
    • We thought our house was selling—it was not.

    Yuk! I don’t like our new address.
    It is one of those funky ones with a 1N in it.
    We won’t be in the Wheaton Park District. Sob.

    Great! Lower utilities because . . .

    • Energy efficient windows
    • Energy efficient furnace
    • Energy efficient hot water heater
    • Good insulation
    • And so much less house . . . oh no!

Whew! Smaller house + smaller tax rate = lower taxes

Yay! We will be much closer to church.
That is huge to us!

This hurts. I already have withdrawal pains!
There are no restaurants close by.
The grocery store is ten minutes away
Walgreens is seven minutes away.

Hot Diggity! We will live nearer our family.
It is right by a beautiful bike path.

Very very sad, big, big tears . . .
I will not live close to my walking partner.
I just don’t know if I can do this.

Boo Hoo! I will miss our neighbors
We’ll miss our trees and the park
We will miss the convenience of . . . pretty much everything.

Okay, I can live with this . . . No more mowing lawn
or shoveling snow except that sometimes I like to do that.

Sweet! Meet and Greet Your New Neighbors
A gathering of others building in the same subdivision
There are all ages—not just old people like us
Some young families, some younger couples,
We like them—all of them.

Genuinely, I praise God for this abundant blessing.
I do not take it lightly.
It is a gift and I am grateful.

Reviewing pros and cons is not very productive.
Gladly, I will meditate on some much deeper spiritual truths.

Psalm 127:1
Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.

Proverbs 24:3-4
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;

Luke 6:48
They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

Luke 14:28
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Hebrews 3:4
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.


Bernie said...

Are you moving into a condo Brenda? It will take you time to adjust to the change but once you make the adjustment you will love your new home. Every thing will be nice and fresh and you will are still within visiting distance of your neighbours...I think! I am happy for you both.....:-) Hugs

Brenda said...

Hi Bernie,
We are building a new home in a new subdivision of just 75 homes a little more than six miles north of where we live in the next suburb. It is about half of the size of our current home that we are trying to sell. It is kind of scary making this decision before our home has sold. I walked through the footings with my husband this week and it is small. I am sure it will be fine once we move in and get adjusted. We will belong to an association and so they will do our yard work and snow removal but we are allowed to plant flowers or have a small garden. We will be just 5 minutes from our church. Now we are 20 minutes depending on traffic or trains.

Silver said...

Once you settle down, everything will be alright. I know you'll survive, Brenda! ;D

Donna's Book Nook said...

I know about downsizing; it IS an adjustment to get used to a smaller living space. I love your verses--very fitting.

Wanda..... said...

Change is always daunting, even good ones! Just purchasing a new computer and TV has me on pins and needles, so I can imagine what you must be going through. Home is where the heart is though, and your heart is a good one and all will work out for you, I'm sure!

Rebecca said...

Sounds like a "dream" to me! I know you will enjoy making your new LITTLE house a home. I think EVERY "pro" you listed make this a wise and wonderful decision!

Diana said...

Oh Brenda, I think that what you are feeling and going through would be perfectly natural. I know that it would be a very difficult thing for me to do. But you just have to remember that you can make ANY place your home with your loving touches.
I would miss this house horribly if I had to move. Love Di ♥

jar said...


What you see with just the slab can be very deceiving. I KNOW (been there,done that) your new place will be bigger than you think. This move will provide you with a whole set of new ministry opportunities - that is exciting!! I'll pray for calmness and wisdom as you have many decisions ahead of you.

Jo Rupp

Dee said...

I have had those yikes...ouches and what were we thinking feelings myself. Everything worked out for me and it will you too. I look forward to seeing you new home.

Lynn said...

Congratulations dear cousin! I love all of your thoughts and comments! I remember when we were looking for a house I kept praying Psalms 37:4&5.. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
I didn't know what my desires were! So I just asked God to give them to me! Love you and miss you!