Archive for February, 2009


For awhile now we have felt unsettled and have wanted to move. Reasons? An extra bedroom for the kids; a bigger yard for the kids, preferably with a climbing tree or two – or ten. :) But this is Texas, so we won’t get our hopes up. We also really want our next house to be the house the kids move out of when the time comes and come back to with grandchildren many, many years from now. We really want that consistency and “grounding” for them to grow up in and feel that now is a good time to make that transition.

So, last month we put our house on the market. When we put our house on the market the first time back in 2006 and moved to Virginia, the house sat and sat and sat and didn’t sell for over 6 months, which led to us moving back to Texas and staying in this house.

Since then, we have enjoyed our house and it is a great home. Cori has done an awesome job decorating it and making it truly beautiful and homey. Turns out she did too good of a job.

Thirty-five days (not months) on the market and we received an offer. It was a good offer and we accepted. That’s the good news.

Bad news is – we hadn’t really even started looking for a house until this past weekend. So now all of a sudden we are in scramble mode. We’re closing on March 16th and need to move somewhere at that time. Ugh!

I realize that this is a good problem to have and I feel fortunate that we live in a market where there are numerous options of affordable housing. We are blessed.

Our problem is that we don’t want to just move anywhere. This was supposed to be our final move. This next house is the house we want to stay in for years to come, meaning we wanted it to be big enough for us to grow into and also be in a neighborhood we felt we could plant ourselves in long-term.

Since Sunday we have looked at about a dozen houses. Two very seriously, both of them in foreclosure. One, we decided against because there was way too much work to be done and the other one, which was absolutely perfect in every way, we were beat to the punch by another bidder.

Things don’t always go how you expect. We thought our house would have sold in 2006 – it didn’t. This time, we really didn’t expect it would sell. We thought we’d let our 4-month listing contract expire in April and then just wait awhile longer. That didn’t happen either. This time it actually sold.

One could look at this as God’s great sense of humor. To be sure, there’s irony there, but … God is not Brian Regan. :) He’s not a comedian.

I know this whole ordeal will work out according to God’s will. I don’t really see how at this point. A lot has to happen in the next week or so. If not, we may be moving into an apartment until we can find “the house”. If that’s God’s will, that’s ok with me. I hope its not, but I realize it won’t be the end of the world.

There are people far worse off with much bigger life issues to deal with. I thank God that my biggest problem right now is that my house has sold and we haven’t found another one to move into yet.

I am extremely blessed. I’ve said it dozens of times and its one of the truest things I know: I don’t deserve to be this happy.

Pink Tie Event

Friday night from 6:30-9:00pm Chloe and will attend the 2009 Daddy Daughter Dance sponsored by the City of McKinney Parks and Recreation association.

Our big date takes place at the McKinney Recreation Center along with 125 other “couples”.

I am really looking forward to it and for Chloe, it is the highlight of the year. I have really enjoyed seeing her excitement about it ever since I told her about it earlier in the week. I gave her the cutout advertisement from the parks and recreation magazine that looks like this and she has carried it around with her constantly all week – she even has it by her side when she gets in bed each night. She looks at it as she falls asleep. Needless to say, she is eagerly anticipating this grand event. She calls it “the ball”.

So she already has her dress picked out. She’s going to look like a true princess, that’s for sure. Last night, I asked her if she wanted to help me pick out which shirt and tie I should wear with my suit. I don’t wear suits very often, so she probably had never seen my full tie collection. I thought she was going to fall over when she saw I had a pink tie. She was pretty surprised and I immediately knew she wanted me to wear it, cuz it was the obvious choice to match her princess dress.

But then something strange happened. I asked her which one I should wear and she said the black one. Hm. Really? Then I asked, “Are you sure you don’t want me to wear the pink one?” She said, “Yes, but I think the other daddies will think its silly.”

Isn’t that sweet? She didn’t want me to feel silly wearing a pink tie, thinking I’d be worried what other people thought about me, a man, wearing pink. I’m amazed at her ability to think like that, being only 4 years old. I’m more amazed by her choosing something that she thought I would like better, even if it meant the opposite of what she wanted.

What a sweet little girl! I sure am looking forward to our date at the ball tomorrow night. I’ll post some pictures at a later time.