So even though my day was mostly full of things that aren’t particularly “blog worthy”, I am writing to get myself in the habit.
Sadly, its kind of funny thing when people ask you what you did today once you have become a mom. I remember before Cohen was walking and Shawn or someone in my family would ask me, “so what did you do today, hon?” And most of the time I couldn’t really remember if I had gotten a shower or eaten or slept- the only thing I was sure of was that I had nursed. (all you moms know what I am talking about!) And now when someone asks, I can be sure of a few things: I have chased Cohen all over the house, disciplined him, picked up all of the pots and pans off the kitchen floor and then picked all of the toys up off of the living room floor…rinse and repeat.
Its so ridiculous that even my 20 year old brother, Matt, who has some mental limitations has tired of asking me his favorite conversation starting query “how you day? do something? “(guess that’s technically two queries but I promise somehow when Matt asks its only one.) He doesn’t even wait for me to answer now but just fills in the blank himself, “let me guess. Uh, take care of Cohen, huh?”
Yep, Matt, that’s it. Somehow “take care of Cohen” is packed full with a lot more tiring experiences that those four words seem to imply.
So today Mom and little brother Josh came over this morning and helped me recover from the weekend of sick puppies. We had a whole litter of pups come down with a weird virus and I lost three of them and between the vet runs and temperature checks and glucose drips, the house (& Cohen, apparently) had gotten away from me. So we drank coffee and we cleaned and did laundry and chatted. And it was very nice, actually. Cohen attaches to Grandma’s hip when she’s here so I get a much needed break- and let’s be honest: that was nice too. And the rest of the day went on as usual.
WAIT! I DO ACTUALLY HAVE SOMETHING BLOG-WORTHY TO TALK ABOUT!
(drumroll, please! and yes, the situation does actually call for it)
After 11 long, hard, expensive months on the market, our house is sold!!!! PRAISE GOD. It has been a financial hardship like I can’t tell you unless you are one of the other Americans whose feeling the sliding economy.
Just when we had decided to take it off the market and rent it for a year, we got a call and a reasonable offer and we countered and they countered back and although in a perfect world we would’ve liked to actually make something on the house we gutted and remodeled, we accepted the counter-counter offer and thanked God for sending prequalified buyers our way. We should close October 6th. Which means no more huge mortgage payments! I am bouncing in the chair I am so happy writing the words “closing” and “our house” in the same paragraph.
We have been waiting to make any permanent decisions about our life until something got settled with the house..so now its time to think about putting down some roots. And if you’ve ever been uprooted for months on end you know how good it feels to be even thinking about permanence.
We are looking at two historic places near Grand Rapids, Michigan. One is an old historic home with TONS of character and even more built in shelves (and drawers!!!) Its a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath with tons of possibility…and a very nice yard (lots of trees) on a very nice street just blocks from the quaint little “downtown”. I never thought I would ever like to live in the “city” limits but walking everywhere and having neighbors is kind of a nice thought when your days look something like chasing a toddler/disciplining a toddler/picking up after a toddler. I mean, I am praying for neighbors close enough to “bump into accidently” for adult conversation!
The other “house” I have only seen on the internet so far. Its a gutted old one-room school house that is totally open and a blank slate. Its still not far from town, but sits on 1.4 acres. I am enclosing photos because I am so super excited to be able to think of a house other than the one we were paying for and not living in.
I will get photos from inside and we can have our very own online version of HGTV’s House Hunters, ok? Shawn and I watch it and we guess on which house they are going to pick even when we haven’t been watching… I hate to admit it, but he’s right more than I am.
About House Hunters. Don’t extrapolate that comment to any other realm of life *grin*
Well, I got Cohen a plastic hammer to keep him occupied at the grocery store and I can now hear him hammering on everything in the other room (hopefully not the cat too) but I had better go and at least make sure.
That long, more serious email is coming tomorrow. Its having the fine tooth comb of Shawn’s approval run through it tonight.
And I say that because I know you are all on pins and needles