Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring break wrap-up

I don't even know where to begin to summarize last week. So maybe it's time for a list.

1. The House (Sale). We've countered about four times with our buyers, which totally exasperated my "let's settle this now" husband. We gave them a "take it or leave it" (quite reasonable) final offer Friday and told them to take the weekend to think about it, since their realtor pulled the old "there are lots of houses out there" line. Well, if there are lots of houses, go bid on those, and don't bother us with unrealistically low offers.

2. The House (Purchase). We spent Friday looking at all six houses (again) that are for sale in our price range in our future Small Town. It's not like looking at homes in the Big City. You just can't be that picky, I'm gathering. The biggest problem we are running into is that there are not enough four bedroom homes. I would consider putting all four girls in one room, but there's that whole closet space issue. Not to mention the fact that Allie-14 is often up several hours later than the little girls straightening hair doing homework. I have enough trouble getting the younger kids to go to bed as it is. "But Mom, we're having so much FUN!!"

There are two houses that would be suitable, so that is encouraging. Neither one just makes me jump up and down and say, "This is perfect!" However, perfection is not always such a good goal. And (this would be a good blog topic) I feel much more comfortable in a house that is "a work in progress," anyway. So I have that going for me.

3. Tessa. We were so busy doing other things last week that we didn't notice that Tessa (our 8 month old kitten) was awfully quiet. She'd had a bit of kitty-pink-eye, which I'd been keeping an eye on, but other than that, she was always such a docile little thing, sleeping under the sofa or hiding under the bed, we didn't think anything was amiss.

But Friday when Allie said she thought Tessa was acting weird and that that she ran into the wall, I decided I'd better take her to the vet. After our day of househunting, we got home to find her very ill-looking, and Dennis witnessed her having a full-blown seizure. Two seizures later (including one in the vet's office) we knew Tessa needed to go to kitty-heaven. The vet thinks she had Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Looking at the description, we realize her "laid back" personality was probably because she was sick from the time we got her at Christmas, and it just progressively got worse.

Poor Libby-10. Tessa was her Christmas present, and she is so sad. First Buster, our beloved yellow lab, died last year, and now her little kitty. We disinfected all the food dishes and places where Tessa liked to hide (the virus can live up to SEVEN WEEKS on inanimate objects!) to protect Jack, our useless, old and mean -- but nonetheless part of the family -- other cat. You don't realize how attached you are until you think you might lose them.

To get our minds off the sad turn of the week (and because it was a gorgeously sunny 78 degrees), we spent Saturday at Six Flags with the kids. Yesterday was spent with my side of the family for Easter, during which Libby took way too many liberties with the camera. I'll have to see if there's a picture or two to share that doesn't focus on nostril hairs.

But more on that tomorrow.


Elspeth said...

On the house sale...good for you standing strong! There may be lots of houses out there but buying a home is intensely personal and they would't have made an offer on yours if they didn't really want it.

On your future home, I pray that the Lord will lead you to the right house for your famiy, I really do! You're right, four girls in one room would be a logistical disaster.

Blessings to you!

Annie said...

I know what looking for a house in a small town is like...that is where I live!

I'm so sorry about the kitty, how sad for your daughter.

Brenda on the S OR Coast said...

So sorry about your kitty!

On the house-hunting front, you might consider looking at some three bedroom houses that have potential for a fourth bedroom. We saw many that had "bonus rooms," which would have made fine bedrooms, or dens, or walk-in closets the size of my bedroom. You might try asking to see all the three bedroom houses over 2000 square feet and then think creatively about bedroom space.

Blessings on your search!

Janice said...

There is a verse I know... about the Lord won't give you more than you can handle.

Yeah, I sometimes wonder how that is possible, too, after a week like yours that sounds almost impossible even condensed into a few lines of print! :) Praying for you!

Stand in the faith of what you KNOW is true!

And try not to think too much!

ps. SO can relate to the girls in one room and the hair straightening into all hours of the night!!! Mine calls it "the older teaching the younger women in all things necessary...!)

Susanne said...

Im so sorry about the kitty. That is heartbreaking!

Four girls in one room. Oh my. That would totally not work with us! Not that I have four girls, only 2, but just from their personalities and age range I would be asking for it if I attempted that.

Keep the faith in the house scenario. There is someone who will know the value of your current house and there is a house out there that will work for you.

Jen said...

I'm so sorry for the death of yor kitty. Pets are part of our families. I'm glad though you had a nice Easter and spent time at Six fun. Cant wait to see pictures...
One more thing....when someone says there are more houses out on the market...yous say...go look someone will want ours...keep praying for the house you will appear..God is good and he will give it to you. He did mine.

Beck said...

Poor Tessa - that is SO sad!
House hunting is sort of fun when you don't have a deadline hanging over you but when you do? Yikes. I hope you find the perfect house AND a perfect buyer!

Julie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about the kitty. It's so hard to lose a pet you love.

I hope your buyers come in with a more reasonable offer. Maybe something will come onto the market soon that you just fall in love with. I'll be praying for you.


Laura said...

So sorry about the kitten - living in the country, we have gone through our share of kitty cats.
Our lab had puppies and they are 6 weeks old. They are lab/shepherd mix. The 2 left are the sweetest - I will personally deliver one!! :-)

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

So sorry about Tessa. And poor Libby... Although my husband says he'll be happy when our grouchy and pukey 12-year-old cat goes to kitty-heaven, I know we will still miss her. They do become part of the family.

I hope you hear something final about the house (sale) soon. The back-and-forth can be emotionally exhausting, I think. And I'll also pray that you would have wisdom and guidance as you narrow down your options for your future home.

Jen @ Rolling Through Looneyville said...

Oh no! Sorry about the loss of the sweet kitty. Poor Libby.

I just want to commiserate with you for one minute.

Found a house on Friday, putting a contract on it tomorrow, staging and packing our house this week, listing it on Monday. Oh, and having our second baby on April 30th. Are we insane? YES.

But I'm beginning to understand your situation and wonder how on EARTH you are handling it with such grace :)

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Stopped by for the first time and love your blog!!!! I, too, am a mother of five. My youngest just turned 1 last Wed.

Many blessings to your family!


Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

I'm sad about the kitty - it is heartbreaking to lose a pet. I hope the details of both houses work out soon.

Anonymous said...


The people who bought our house looked at it on a night when our entire house smelled like green beans (the house was only 1300 sq. ft., so it didn't take much of a smell to fill it). I hope your cheesy potato smell will bring you the same results! :)

As for blogging for almost two years, thanks for sticking with it! I rarely comment, but I appreciate your wisdom and perspective so much!