We loved our home on
Bethel Avenue near .
My parents purchased the house in spring of 2009 as a foreclosure and we
all worked together to remodel it. Kyle and I bought the house in 2012.
It was always meant to be a starter home, not our forever home. It
was just too small and located too near campus for that. Ball State
|We'd always wanted to get the house painted, but we never got around to it.|
|We brought every single one of those rocks from Portland. They're from my grandparents' rockpile that came out of their fields.|
|One thing I DON'T miss...the cracked driveway! Weeds used to grow in there something TERRIBLE. And look how close to the neighbors! We didn't really notice it terribly, but now that we have a bigger yard, it seems strange!|
We spent last summer doing a few odd and end projects. Mostly we painted the basement stairs, spruced up the grout in the downstairs bathroom, and did new flooring in the back entrance. We did these projects the last week of July.
The first week of August, I had a very strange feeling in my chest and stomach.
Kyle has always been pretty adamant about pacing our kids about three years apart. I told Kyle after Audrey was born that she was the only baby coming home to that house. With these two ideas rolling around in our heads, we planned to put our house up for sale in the spring of 2016 and hopefully move in the summer (so...now). We hoped we would have a baby sometime in the fall of 2016 or after (I’m due in October).
But that first Wednesday in August, I had a sudden feeling that we needed to put our house up for sale NOW. I’m not sure why I felt that way. I remember that I was sitting on the couch while Kyle was at work and Audrey was napping and I was looking at houses for sale in our area. This is sort of a silly pastime of mine. I still do it, actually! Anyway, I was looking and I wandered onto the realtor section of zillow, in which there are reviews of each realtor and how many houses they’ve bought/sold for clients recently, etc. I happened upon one realtor named Kathy Smith. I was reading her information and I just kept thinking over and over again, Now. NOW. It continued all day, even after Audrey got up and I put the computer away. So much so that when Kyle got home after 7 and I talked to him about it, I felt so sure about my prompting that I knew Kyle would certainly have to agree with me. It never even crossed my mind that he would say no.
He didn’t say no really. But he didn’t say yes. He was obviously blindsided by all of this. He was worried that if we put our house up for sale it would just sit until spring. Since we lived so close to campus, we assumed that the only people interested in purchasing our home would be those looking to rent it out. And you don’t typically find people to rent from you in September...people look to rent houses in spring and summer. Kyle had misgivings I think, but he didn’t really talk about them too much.
He thought about it for a day, and I did too. The feeling never went away. Finally, Friday morning he told me to call the realtor I found. I didn’t get to it until that afternoon and she was out of her office. She returned my call on Monday afternoon, came out to take measurements of rooms and pictures and brought forms for us to fill out on Wednesday, and the house was listed on Thursday before 8 AM...pretty much seven days after I first felt we should sell it.
|I think the dining room is one of the things I miss the most from our old house. We have an eat-in kitchen now...no dining room. I loved decorating it every season.|
Surprisingly to us, people wanted to see it right away. We had twelve showings within the first ten business days. After ten business days, we had an offer. We negotiated and accepted a new offer two days later.
We had accepted an offer on our home...a home Kyle and I spent six years building together, the home we lived in after we were married, a house we had our first real fight in, the house we brought our baby home to, the house we adopted our cats in, the house we dreamed in. And four weeks before we hadn’t even had a thought of putting it up for sale.
|This is where we spent most of our time. Most of the videos we took of Audrey in the first two years of her life were in this room.|
|This room got so much natural light...I loved that.|
|Those hardwood floors were to die for. We got really lucky with those.|
|Wow. I am still in awe that I once lived in a place that was so decorated. What does that say about our house now?!|
When that realization hit us, we balked a little. I had a prompting and we followed it. We hadn’t even begun to seriously look at houses for ourselves yet...we were too busy constantly keeping the house in pristine condition and worrying about our back-to-school schedule. But this was the first time in our married lives that God didn’t have the next thing lined up for us and in our sight. We were scared we were making a big mistake.
|This color was so funky, but it worked for this room. Kyle picked it. I think he picked it solely for its name--Guacamole.|
|This room was such tight quarters though...we couldn't even get a bassinet in here. I slept with Audrey out on the couch so Kyle could sleep and go to work during my maternity leave. Won't miss that!|
|Ugh this closet was TINY. Or maybe we both just have too many clothes. Don't miss this!|
We began immediately looking for a new home for us. We found one we wanted right away. It was a foreclosure as well, and we were hoping to remodel the house and make it beautiful again. We put in offers on the house, but we were rejected and the house was sold to someone else. Our hearts were broken because we felt certain that home was for us and we felt more than ever that we should back out and stay on
Eventually, we found our house on
. I will do a whole other post about that, though. Linden
|I loved Audrey's room dearly. It was so much smaller than her room now, but it was just perfect for a baby.|
We closed on our house on
|I did love our exposed chimney. And that desk area was pretty snazzy!|
|The unfortunate thing about this room was that because of the sloped ceilings there was a lot of wasted space. For example, all that space beyond the bookcase? We just kept crap there. It was a huge space, but not at all usable. Annoying.|
|Our upstairs bathroom floor was never this empty; we moved out the litter boxes to show how much space it had. But again...slanted walls. Not really the space you thought there was...|
Since we didn’t get possession of our home on
Moving was terrible; I don’t recommend it unless for a good reason. I hated packing. I hated living amongst boxes. I hated putting our stuff in storage. I hated not having everything on hand during the two weeks we were intransient. I hated not having everything right away once we moved in because we had to empty our units piecemeal after work. I hated not knowing where to put everything once we moved in. Even after we moved in until we were used to the new house (think the first two weeks of living there), I hated that we had moved. I missed our house with memories and although the new one had tons more space and was better suited to our needs, I felt very little connection with it.
All it took was one Christmas there and that feeling was gone.
Some of my favorite pictures from the Bethel house:
|Oh, you know, just something that had to happen EVERY night because we had no dishwasher. Sad to say that Audrey became interested in doing this chore about two weeks before we moved...|
|Max knew how to get into this cabinet and would freak us out by batting at the inside of the door handle as people walked by.|
|Audrey and I are going to have to figure out a new place for first day of school pictures.|
|This was one of the first days of summer last year...sleeping in, beautiful weather, pancakes, pajamas, screened in porch...it was wonderful.|
|One of the first nice days of spring in which we could open windows.|
|That one time Audrey became addicted to pork rinds.|
|Missed the pillow!|
|Often the cats would pop in to make sure Audrey was getting along okay in her bath.|
|Audrey's first snow day with Mom and Dad.|
|First day of Christmas break after Audrey was born...we were both hoping for some extra sleep the next morning. I don't know that it actually happened.|
|Hanging out with the grandparents about a week after Audrey was born.|
|That one time (times about fifty thousand) that Tiger unrolled the toilet paper.|
|Our first Halloween in the house. Wow! How undecorated it started out and we had about two sticks of furniture in the whole place!|
|Our Bethel Avenue family|
Now I can drive by our old place and think suddenly, “Hey! I used to live there!” instead of thinking of it as MY house. Sometimes I even drive by it and forget to look at it. Once we had to stop by the old house to pick up a package (Kyle forgot to change our address in PayPal...oops) and when the new owners opened the side door, I was greeted by an unfamiliar floor and basement staircase. I had completely forgotten that we’d replaced the floor and painted the stairs. Audrey doesn’t recognize it anymore when we go past it.
I got over our
house a lot more quickly than I thought I would and would like to admit. Seeing other people live there helps me to realize that it’s just not our house anymore, not like it used to be. Despite all of that, however, it will forever be in our hearts. Bethel