Selling our house to downsize I am fully aware is not the norm in our culture. Everyone is pushed to want bigger and better.
Selling our house and moving into an apartment doesn't mean that I do not want bigger and better too! For instance I dream to have a kitchen like this...
Or my own little craft room/office that has every color in the rainbow.
What it does mean is that I want to have those things when I can pay for them out right.
So many people have left sweet and concerned comments and emails saying are you sure that you should be selling right now? There might be a better way to get our of debt. And other things that I would totally be saying a little over a year ago.
And no this is not the best market to sell in, but I will say that God blessed us by selling our house so fast. We are one of the very few non short sales that sold in our neighborhood or even our area. In Chicago I know is a lot worse then other areas right now with the housing market.
But I will be honest even when we got a contract on our house for almost our asking price and then the inspection when AMAZING. All we had to do was clean the chimney.
Did you read that... ALL we had to do was clean the chimney!
But I also started doubting our decision.
When we drove to the office for our closing I was so sick to my stomach. I was seriously doubting our decision. I didn't want to leave our pretty house with all our great neighbors. I work hard on that house and I had sooooo many more plans of what I could do with it. But alas, we were now stuck with selling the house.
So I told myself...fine then I don't have to like the people taking my house from me.
I even told Mr. Genius that if they say one bad thing about my house I am calling the whole thing off.
I am sure I said it with my bottom lip sticking out and my arms crossed and my feet stomping the floor...just like a mature Christ-loving woman should be acting.
So we sat down at closing and the couple buying our house walked in. And of course to my dismay, they were nice people.
And the wife was holding an adorable 4 week of little girl.
They walked in shook both our hands telling us how excited they are to be buying our house and how much they love all the things we have done to it. Talked in detail about how the colors were perfect and the trim work we did.
Then I thought well they must be pretty ok if they compliment all the work I have done.
So I reluctantly talked to the wife in between signing all the papers.
We found out that there were moving here from the a suburb of Washington DC. They have a 3 year old that has the same birthday as my Romeo.
By the end of it I felt like we were friends. I was ok with handing over my house to them. Not happy about it, but ok with it.
But my friends it gets better...this next part showed me that God's hand was in every detail of this sale.
While we were waiting for the HUD. Apparently that is the last thing you need to show that the sale is final.
I turned to the husband and asked what he did for a living, he said that he sold telecommunication systems.
I half smiled and solemnly said "Aw, that is what my dad sold."
Then Mr. Genius asked, "Did you happen to know Ted Spottswood (my dad)?"
The guys face turned white and his mouth dropped open.
He said, "Uh yeah, I worked very closely with him the last 5 years he was with us. I knew him very well."
I was in shock.
"You know my dad?" in a small almost little girl voice, is all I could get out cuz I just broke down and cried.
The husband stood up and said the most wonderful things about my dad. Things I already knew about him, but it is just refreshing to hear them from other people.
He then too started to cry and came over and gave me a hug.
His wife knew my dad's name due to the fact her husband was very upset when he found out my dad died.
My realtor had left the room for a second and then saw I was upset and well pretty much everyone in the room but the 4 week old baby was crying.
When she came in we told her about the new buyers knowing my dad. She of course was amazed but she grabbed my arm and starting shaking it saying over and over. "Katie, this is AMAZING! Katie, This is just a God thing!"
Which I totally agree with.
I mean just thing about it. A couple that is originally from TN and another couple that is from DC move and meet up in a far suburb of Chicago over one house! Then what we have in common is my dad!
This was the confirmation I needed to absolutely know with every fiber in my being that we are doing the right thing by selling our house right now.
Although it really made me miss my dad even more. I wanted to call him so bad to tell him what happened.
So friends, if you are rolling around in your head about making hard decisions to get completely out of debt. Do it! And then come here and tell me what blessing that God gave you and revealed to you in the process.