It has been almost four months since my last post, and now that I have returned I must face the serious question that all bloggers must answer after having taken a leave of absence, whether it was planned or unplanned, announced or unannounced: Do I just start fresh and skip over the time I spent away from my hillside reflections, or do I provide some sort of overview of what it was that kept me so busy that I neglected to take time to share it with my beloved readers?
Hmmm... as a blog reader myself, I have seen it done both ways and I there are things I like about both options. So I think I will provide a hybrid. A bulletpointed list of the highlights from my time away (which comes with complete and total permission for any of you to skip right over if you'd rather not be bored by the past) followed by a more typical update of the most recent goings-on.
Thus, I give you the list of excitements:
- Youth group ice skating and Super Bowl Party
- A visit from our friends, James & Jackie
- A fabulous visit from my sisters, Sara and Emily, and of course, my lovely niece, Addie!
- Spring Break
- Wonderful time spent with my in-laws over Easter
- Several custom jewelry orders
and the "big one"...
- putting an offer on a (short sale) house
- having the offer accepted
- gutting mold from the basement of that house
- closing on the house
- cleaning the house
- preparing to move into the house
I have to say that while I knew that the process of buying our first house would probably be complicated, buying a house on short sale was almost more than I could handle! I haven't been so stressed since grad school when I had 19 credit hours on top of student teaching and two practicum placements. Yikes!
Then, once the stress of actually buying the house is finished, on comes the stress of moving! Thankfully we have several weeks left on the lease for our rental house so we don't have to be in a huge rush, but we are definitely itching to get into our new place that we are so excited about and having so much fun working on already.
I don't want this blog to become completely consumed with my adventures as a new home owner, but there will definitely be posts about our excitements and surprises during the process of moving in and making changes balanced with other tidbits from life out here in Iowa.
Love and blessings to all of you from me, along with my apologies for staying away for far too long. It's good to be back :-)