Today we close on our house. Yesterday we said goodbye.
We put the For Sale sign in the yard 6 days before Thanksgiving. It was a Saturday. On Sunday, they came to see it. On Tuesday, they made an offer. On Wednesday, we had papers all signed and sealed. On Thursday, we had lots to be thankful for.
A sweet, undeserved gift is the only way to describe our house selling experience. Not at all how I had planned or hoped. I didn’t want to keep it show-ready-clean with my two rug rats running wild. But I also didn’t want to let go so quickly.
I have seen again that God’s timing is good because it comes with his strength and his grace and his mercies.
Yesterday, at the wise advice of a friend, we took the boys to the house one last time. Before she suggested it, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with all of this. Do you let them see the emptiness? Will they be sad? Or will it help them understand? Can they even understand ANY of this?
I’m glad we did it. The day before Rush had asked Billy when we were going home to our real home. It was good for him to see it empty and waiting for the new owners. He asked what they would sleep on or play with since there are no beds or toys for them. Finn checked all the closets looking for Rush’s bowling set – saying, “Bowling? Bowling? Bowling?”
Walking through our house reminded me of Finn’s favorite book these days — Goodnight Moon. I wrote a version for us. There are so many goodbyes in this journey. Saying goodbye is important and good. There will be many more hellos. Much of what we let go of here we will find again in Thailand. Its not all sad. There is relief and joy. There is a weight lifted and a freedom. There is a hopeful expectation of what God has in store.
In the small gray home
There was a staircase
And a garden gnome
And a little red–
Elmo chair made of foam.
And there were three little trains racing the planes
And two sunny summers
And a pair of drummers
And a little boy Finn
And a pile of bowling pins
And a ball and a Rush and 6 animals of plush
And a tired young mama who was whispering “hush!”
Goodbye Elmo made of foam.
And the garden gnome
Goodbye bowling alley
And goodbye artwork gallery
Goodbye hockey rink
And goodbye dish filled sink
And goodbye slide
Goodbye blanket forts
Goodbye animals of plush
And goodbye says the mama whispering “hush”
Goodbye hill made for sledding
Goodbye room of wrestling matches
Goodbye days of mended scratches
It was the best little house. A street filled with wonderful neighbors.
A few first best friends for our kids. Many great memories for our little family.
Here’s to the many many Hellos to come!
~ Kate ~