We have always been "kind of" looking for a new house. We LOVED our old house but we had a few things that we eventually wanted in a house. 1- some land and 2- we wanted a house in Savannah. (a smaller town just North of Saint Joseph.) Brady had been looking in Savannah for a long time and we just didn't find anything in the pretty specific part of town that we wanted to live and in our price range. Our goal was to be in the Savannah school district before Kennedy started school. Finally, I had decided that it would be ok if we had to wait a few years and Kennedy would just have to switch districts a few years into school. One day Brady and Nick went and looked at a house and it was definitely not the one. He saw a sign for some lots for sale down a private drive. They got out and checked out the land. We knew we couldn't afford to build for a few years but he was feeling pretty desperate. While checking out the land the owner of one of the two houses on the cald-e-sac came out and flagged Brady down. She asked if he was looking to buy a house or build, because she was planning to put hers on the market in a few months. Brady took a picture of her house and came home to tell me about it. I just didn't think we could afford it (because I was convinced our house wouldn't sell for much) so I kind of dismissed it. Two days later I was on a walk with Megan and my friend Nicole. We ran into two other moms going for a walk and we randomly stopped and made small talk with them. One of the girls mentioned that she lived in Savannah and then she started raving about her neighborhood and I quickly realized she lived one street over from this house! I told her about how Brady saw the house and she tried to convince me to buy it and told me how well it was built and how it was a really peaceful place to live, etc.
Some time passed and the house was always on the back of our minds. Finally, we decided it wouldn't hurt to look at it. We thought we may not like it anyway so then we could stop thinking about it. We went to look at it on a Wednesday night. I knew, before we had even left that we would be putting in an offer. It had land, was in a private and safe location and it was in the school district we wanted and the location of town we wanted.
Thursday morning we put our house on the market and put in a contingency offer on the new house! But we knew a lot of things had to fall into place, so we tried not to get our hopes up. The lady selling the house said she would be putting it on the market in a week, the following Thursday. We knew if it went on the market it would get an offer that was better than ours. It was a really good deal with almost 6 acres of land and houses in Savannah have been selling really fast. I honestly thought there is no way we could get this house. We put our house on the market (without a realtor) for way more than we needed to get out of it (or then I thought it was worth). We figured this would give us room to negotiate. We showed the house 4 times in the next 6 days. This was a nightmare with three kids and a dog! We ate several meals while driving around town. haha. But, it was all worth it, on Wednesday (just one week from when we looked at the house) we got an offer! And almost a full price offer at that!! This was just one day before the new house was scheduled to go on the market! Another bonus was that the family buying our house didn't need a contingency and we found out that he was the pastor of a church in Saint Joseph. They have 4 kids similar ages to our kids. It gave me so much peace to know that a sweet family would be raising their kids there. I met the little girl (about a year older than Kennedy) that would sleep in her new room and they even bought her bed from us. I also met the baby that was just a month younger than Briggs that would be put to sleep in our nursery, and it just all felt so right.
After our counter off, they accepted! Then we called and let the lady selling the new house know we had sold ours. We then started the process of inspections, loans, packing and cleaning. It was probably the busiest couple months of our lives.
The week before we closed, we started getting serious about packing. We borrowed a trailer and packed it full of things we wouldn't need the next week.
Friday morning we got the last few things out, said good-bye to our house. This house was the perfect house for the first 5+ years as we started our family. We brought home all three babies home to that house, watched kids learn to crawl, walk, and talk there, and became our family of five. The nursery will always have a special place in my heart. I sobbed as I nursed Briggs one final time there Friday morning. Whether it be nighttime feedings, sick babies or countless diaper changes, that nursery will forever be where all my memories of our babies take place.
After walking through one last time together and saying good-bye we went to close on both houses. We then spent the rest of Friday moving in and starting to unpack.
The Koetemans had been watching our big kids since Thursday. I wanted to have their room and most of the main rooms of the house all put together before they saw the house. Just knowing Kennedy, I knew the whole moving process would stress her out and make her anxious. So, on Saturday morning the Koetemans brought the kids home for the first time! It was so fun watching them run from room to room and exploring the outside. They were so excited for their bunk beds and Beckett was thrilled to see that his tractor table had made it to the new house. (he actually went looking for it when he didn't see it in his room!)
Kennedy was thrilled that they got bunk bed and that Beckett and her would get to share a room!
Beckett was excited but he really was just concerned as to where his tractor table was, he went running around until he found it!