Over the last few months, I’ve shared about having our home on the market. Now, I’m happy to report that after all of the open houses, high hopes, and negotiations we are a mere few days away from the official sale of our home – whew! As we watched fruitless showings produce empty promises, it got bleak in the Schupbach house.
My husband and I felt so confident when we first listed our property, but as weeks turn into months of nothing we started to lose our nerve. "Will our house ever sell?” was the unspoken echo in our heads – a continuous loop of doubt running through our minds. Now that we’re standing on the other side (almost), I can’t help but feel the reality of what’s about to happen wash over me.
Moving is stressful. It’s a lot like trying to manage a three-alarm fire with one hand tied behind your back. Furniture will get scratched, boxes go missing, and changing your service providers may, in fact, require the assistance of legal counsel. Point blank, moving is kind of the worst, right? However, the act of moving isn’t what a move is really about.
Our family is moving for many reasons, and we had to make a major lifestyle change to get what we were looking for. Maybe we’ve watched too many episodes of “Fixer Upper,” but as our young family of five grew up a little bit we found ourselves longing to slow down. So we decided to take a page from your book, Sealy, and move to a small town just outside of the city.
At first, we thought we’d move to a mini-farm of sorts (remember that love of the Gaines family?), but then we took a step back and opted for a more town-central/family-friendly neighborhood. We’re leaving a three-story city home in the heart of Houston for a one-level near town center with loads of cows and trees for neighbors. Quite the change!
Houston is a fantastic city, and I love having access to everything it provides: museums, the Livestock & Rodeo Show, the theater, the medical center, NASA … industry is booming here!
As much as we enjoy being a part of that, we couldn’t ignore the call to go small. Walt Disney once said, "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
I identify with his words so much right now, and I’m grateful to have a family who feels the same.
Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Houston area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.