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for sale signThere’s a FOR SALE sign in our front yard.  Actually, there’s a FOR SALE sign in both of our front yards.  If we only had one front yard, we wouldn’t need any signs.  But, I have to hold tight to my mantra, that “everything happens for a reason”.

When we moved here to Little Rock three and a half years ago, the real estate market was in a full-on nose dive. We probably should have realized this earlier than we did.  We probably should not have bought the house that we bought here in Little Rock, although we love it and have put lots of work into making it our home. And if we want to keep going with that, we probably should not have built a custom home in Ozark, Missouri. We probably should not have ever referred to it as our “forever home” and then lived in it for only a year.  We probably should not have leased our house to those people that seemed so responsible, but who disappeared with our house keys and garage door openers and left behind thousands of dollars in clean up and repairs.  We probably should not have. But we did.

And perhaps everything does happen for a reason. So perhaps there is a reason that our house in Missouri has not sold for these past three years when we thought that it should be quickly purchased and loved, and perhaps there is sense behind why Craig’s career path here in Arkansas has curved and twisted and climbed and fallen like the roads we traveled on to get down here when we thought that it would rise on a straight, clear trajectory. Perhaps.

We still don’t know exactly what our next chapter will be, but we have ideas. Big ones and little ones. Ideas that are exciting and promising for what our future will hold, but sad and melancholy for what we will leave behind.

There is a FOR SALE sign in our front yard, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s supposed to be there.

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19 Responses to "FOR SALE"

  1. Hilary says:

    Hang in there friend! Praying for a good buyer for your house!

  2. Julie H says:

    This is a good time for my favorite line from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann:

    “And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

  3. Fawn says:

    Thanks Hilary. Although, I’m wondering which house you’re praying to get a buyer for. 😉

  4. Fawn says:

    Thanks Julie. And so it is. I just wish the universe could send me a note with some clues or maybe a timeline.

  5. Amanda says:

    So I’m confused…is there a sign in your LR yard? Or just MO? I know these circumstances can produce much stress! Sorry for you, but I know y’all will make good decisions in the midst of them!!

  6. Fawn says:

    Amanda, yes, both of our houses or for sale. Thanks for your encouragement!

  7. Heidi says:

    Wow. I can totally relate. I feel like we are just now out of our own personal “recession”. We lost money on a house, had to LIVE WITH MY PARENTS, bought our own fixer upper, then Ben lost his job… and finally found one he loves 7 months later. HANG IN THERE!! :)))

  8. Ashlee says:

    Nicely written. Makes me think of the Dr. Seuss Book… Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  9. Amber Perkins says:

    I know you are stressed right now, but I think a move to the East Coast is a great idea!!!! I know an area with lots of fun things for kids, and, lo and behold, there are already several people here who love you!

    Seriously, I am praying that the stress will not overwhelm you, and the reason reveals itself soon. Love you~

  10. Fawn says:

    Thanks Heidi. I know our predicament is minimal compared to what the economy has done to some people, so I’m trying to count my blessings! I am glad that your personal recession has receded!

  11. Fawn says:

    Thanks! I haven’t read that one in ages. Probably now is a good time…

  12. Fawn says:

    Thanks Cousin. If nothing else, I hope our new future allows us to come and visit from time to time! I don’t know if I can talk fast enough or drive slow enough to LIVE on the East Coast. 😉

  13. tallgirl says:

    ugh… I am really sorry to hear that. I hope everything is okay.

  14. Fawn says:

    Thanks. It’s all ok…just will take some time to figure it all out!

  15. Bob Barnett says:

    Hey, Fawn. I just read your blog post for the first time. I’m sorry to hear about the challenges you guys are facing. Your post made me think of one of my favorite quotes from Joseph Campbell (whom I dearly love)- “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” It sounds like you are at one of those points on your lives. In many ways I am too, and perhaps that’s why that particular quote is on my mind. I wish you the best. You and Craig are both such great and talented people, I’m sure that you’ll find many wonderful, new things waiting for you.

  16. Fawn says:

    Thank you, Bob. I always appreciate your words of wisdom. I hope that your turning point turns swiftly and surely! I’ve decided to stop trying to plan life so exactly and try to let it plan me a little. We were just talking about trying to get over to Memphis before we get whisked away to who knows where, so I will let you know if we make it!

  17. Bob Barnett says:

    Anytime, Fawn! I wish you guys only the best.

    Your remark about letting life plan you, reminded me of another Joseph Campbell quote:

    “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”

    I hope you do make it to Memphis. I would love to see you and Craig and meet the kids. You would be welcome to stay here, if you wanted. I only have one extra bedroom, but I’m sure I could make the kids a comfortable place to sleep.

    Take care.

  18. Lucy says:

    Hi Fawn, I have been thinking about you so much. I’m sure you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed, but I hope that you don’t feel alone because you are not! xoxo

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