Wednesday, March 1, 2017

And Another One Gone...

Another one bites the dust seems to be the theme in our search for a home!


You probably thought my absence from the blog meant that we were closing on our house and moving...that's where you'd be wrong.  We were not able to meet the deadline set by the builder and didn't close.  We were disappointed but not crushed about not closing on that house.  Fortunately, this isn't our first rodeo.  We decided to be a bit ahead of the game and set out to find a "back-up" home in the event of not being able to meet the deadline.  We found one, made an offer and they accepted.  We are back in the saddle again.  Yes, I know...western "cliches".  :-)

This next house is much smaller, thankfully, and is not a "cookie cutter" house.  The builder is an individual, rather than a company, so the homes they build are different.  It is a bit more "farmhouse-style" than I really like but I think by choosing the right decor, I can make it the little cottage I've always dreamed of owning.  We are calling it "The House on the Hill".  It's actually more of a steep incline, but "The House on the Steep Incline" just didn't sound very appealing.

I have been very hesitant to share any news on the blog about us finding a different home because I feel like I'm just jinxing the entire house-hunting process by even talking about it...crazy, I know.  I have shared a few photos on Instagram and would love for to you to take a peek over there and let me know what you think.  Just follow the link to find me!

Now, on to other things...I've been away from the blog because we have so many things going on....trying to get closed on a house, looking for a house after each one falls through, tons of work, company and personal taxes and most importantly, my mother's and nephew's health.  I had to travel back to Alabama because they both had heart attacks a couple of weeks ago and since I've returned, my mother has had congestive heart failure which required yet another hospital stay.  She is going to need heart surgery in the next few weeks to repair a mitral valve and replace an aortic valve.  They will not be able to perform the surgery without opening up the chest completely.   Her health is not good right now so prayers for her and for our family would be much appreciated.  The doctors have still not been able to find out what is wrong with my nephew....we are terribly worried about him.  He is still experiencing unexplained fever and heart issues.

Since I will once again be traveling back and forth to Alabama (in addition to work travel), I'm not sure how often I will be able to sit down to write a post.  I will try to be posting pics of the new house (if we close and move) to my Instagram so that I can stay in touch with all of you.  And, I hope to be throwing some idea boards together for the new place!


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  1. Benita,
    Fingers crossed this is THE house for you. Also, prayers continue for you, your mom, your nephew, and all of your family.

    Judith

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    1. Judith, thank you so much! We are hoping this is the right one for us as well. It has been an interesting journey! I greatly appreciate the continued prayers! Love and hugs!!

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  2. Prayers for your mother and nephew, Benita. I know that's got to be super stressful for you, considering everything else that's going on. Prayers for you, too. XO
    RIta

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    1. Thank you so very much Rita! It’s been a crazy few months that’s for sure! Prayers for all of us are much, much appreciated! Love and hugs!!

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  3. Benita I am keeping you and Edward in my prayers. This is a very stressful journey you are on. The house issues alone are stressful enough and then throw in your mom and nephew being so ill. I am so sorry you are dealing with all of this. You my friend are a survivor
    and will get through all of this. We will all have your back by praying, keeping positive, being here for you to vent. Whatever you need. Trust me even when things seem unbearable there is always a shimmer of hope. Keep focused on that.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Kris, thank you so very much! It has truly been an ordeal and it kills me being so very far away from my family! I always go with the mantra “that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” :-) I cannot tell you how much the prayers and support mean to me…you ladies are just so awesome and I am truly so blessed to be a part of this blogging community! Love and hugs and thank you so much for the sweet words!!

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  4. Praying for you and your family! Love and miss you!

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    1. Thank you so much girl!! Love and miss you too and hope you can visit sometime soon!! :-)

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  5. Sending prayers and hugs your way, sweet friend. And hoping this house works out for you as well! xo

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    1. Thank you so much! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all of the prayers, love and support! Means the world to me! Love and hugs!!

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  6. Benita, hoping for better future health for your mom and nephew. You have to have some rain to appreciate the sunshine and all that, but does seem you've been in some downpours lately. As for the house on the slope (love that) I'm sure all will work out for you two. If it doesn't happen this time, I'm sure it will work out as it is intended in this masterplan we call life. Heard this recently and think it applies to you: God was a day late, but He was right on time.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I appreciate it greatly! And you are so right…sitting in the valley sometimes makes us appreciate the days on the mountaintop! God has it all planned and we figure all the stalls were getting us to where we are now. And if this one falls apart, then something better is around the corner. We are just hanging loose and waiting for it all to fall into place! Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support! Love and hugs!!

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  7. holding only good thoughts for you and those you love dear one.
    and admiring your own courage and cheer through these trying times for you. ♥♥

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    1. Thank you so much sweet friend!! Smiling and laughing through trying times seems to get one through trying times! I just keep going with that and lots of prayers, love and support! Love and hugs!!

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  8. Oh, boy, you have a very full plate! Prayers for you and your family. So sorry to hear of your Mom's health and I hope they find out what is going on with your nephew. It is all scary and stressful. Somehow I think you will keep on keeping on.....:-)

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    1. It seems that the plate is always full and overflowing around here…LOL We still don’t have answers and yes, it is very scary…he’s so young! Thank you so much for the prayers, love and support…all three are coveted!

      Please take care tomorrow and I will be praying for all involved in your surgery. Let me know as soon as you can how you are doing! I am praying for success and quick healing! Love and hugs sweet friend!!

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  9. Dear Benita, I just can't imagine. Prayers for each of you going up. And for there to come that wonderful day when you and Edward to be in your home. Love to you!

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    1. Dewena, thank you so much for all of the prayers, love and support! We appreciate it greatly!! We are so looking forward to being in our own home and settled. While I could probably do the limbo, I’m not a good “in limbo” person! ;-) Love and hugs sweet friend!!

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  10. You've had more than your fair share of setbacks it seems Benita :(. I hope this house goes through, and that your nephews and moms health improves. It must be very stressful for you, but you're a strong woman and better times are ahead.

    xxx

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    1. We've had a few, but we keep on pressing forward. We hope it goes through as well...we are set to close next week, so we are keeping our fingers crossed! :-) Thank you so much...we are hoping to get some answers on test results soon and can hopefully get a plan of action in place for both of them! I agree, better times are ahead and we are looking forward to them! Thank you so much for your sweet words, prayers and support! Love and hugs!!

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  11. Bless your heart Benita. Keep us posted.

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey….will do! We are moving right along though and hope to get some answers to all issues before too long! Love and hugs!!

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  12. I've been thinking about you so much, Benita. I'm sorry to hear that your mom has another chapter to go through with her health. And I'm really sorry about your nephew, too. I sure hope his doctors can figure out what is going on soon!
    That House on the Hill will be a perfect "cottage" when you (finally) close on it ;) I'm sure the waiting and wondering is getting very old, but this one is going to work out!!
    Sending you love and extra hugs right now. Hang in there, Girl.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie…I appreciate it greatly. It has been a quite a scare for all of us, but the worst scare is my nephew. They did more tests and the doctors have absolutely no answers. His blood levels indicate he is still at risk for another heart attack. They will be doing more tests on my mother on Friday. Maybe we will get some final answers there.

      I love that little cottage and knew that it fit us perfectly when I saw it….not too big, not too small. We hope to close before too long and are hopeful that there will be no additional problems. :-) Thank you again so much sweet friend! Love and hugs to you!!

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  13. Benita, you have been through it lately. Oh boy. I have been thinning about you and your mom. I will say prayers for you all...be well, my friend. Fingers crossed for great outcomes all the way around. xo

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    1. It’s been a bit of a rough stretch, but hopefully we are traveling to the other side now. Mother will be having more tests, Andrew is supposed to be getting his test results before too long. Thank you so much for the sweet words and prayers…they are much appreciated!! Ditto on the fingers crossed here also…hoping we close! :-) Love and hugs to you!!

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  14. Benita,
    I have been thinking of you dear friend. I am sorry to hear about all the sad news. I will be praying for you.
    Love to you!!
    Carla

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    1. Thank you so much Carla! Prayer, love and support are so greatly needed and very much appreciated! Love and hugs to you sweet friend!

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  15. Fingers crossed. You are going to have a reward for your hard work and searching! I know---sounds like I have a fortune cookie here!! :)

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you so much! I do hope so with this house…that it turns out to be everything we were looking for once we can close and move in! I like Fortune Cookies…LOL Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  16. Hope everything goes well for you on the house and prayers for your Mother and Nephew. Take care! I will be thinking of you. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much! Prayers are so needed and much appreciated!! Hoping we get some good news with test results on mother and nephew and hoping we close on a house! :-) Love and hugs!

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  17. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you - hope everything goes well with the new house.
    Also thinking of your Mother and nephew.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers and sweet words! It is greatly appreciated! We do too...keeping our fingers crossed on this one! :-) Love and hugs!

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