I have a mixed relationship with change. I’m always eager to have it, to break up what I feel has become the monotony of day to day life. I dream about it, allow it to seep into every spare crevice of my brain. I allow it to take control of my life, to affect me in ways that it shouldn’t. Change is a good thing. I’m a firm believer in that, it’s just the process of going through the change that wears on me.
My husband and I are very blessed. We are fortunate for everything the Lord has given us. We do our best to continuously thank Him for those blessings and not take them for granted. Some days I feel that I should just be happy with what we have and not look for more, but I’m human.
For the past year or so, my husband and I have embarked on the adventure of looking for land with a potential new home site. Over the years, we’ve both decided suburban life isn’t for us. We have wonderful neighbors, but our neighborhood has grown and truthfully we feel almost suffocated. The idea of land would give us the opportunity to explore with our boys in the comfort of our own backyard. It would give my husband the opportunity to hunt in our own backyard, and it would give us the ability to do what we want with our property without seeking approval from our neighbors first.
Recently, the opportunity has presented itself for us to possibly purchase a significant amount of land along with a house already on the property. The house is older than ours, as we custom built ours 8 years ago, but the place is beautiful with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, there are some downsides.
It is more land, so there is more work. There wouldn’t be a fence, so what would we do with our dog? There are some changes and renovations to be done to the house, something I’m eagerly looking forward to should we get the house, but again it’s work. My husband and I managed to get our current house the way we wanted it BEFORE having kids, thereby granting us the ability to really just do maintenance and spend time with our boys. We wouldn’t be able to do that as much if we get this new house.
There’s also the moving. I would have to pack up our ENTIRE house amidst the chaos of two boys. I would uproot them from their home base and move them almost 45 minutes away. On the plus side, moving would give me the opportunity to really declutter and clean out. We would still be close to my family, but there wouldn’t be daily visits to the Y, there wouldn’t be a neighborhood pool during the summer, there wouldn’t be easy access to a biking trail. A lot of things would change and it makes me sad, but the possibilities for our new adventures also excite me.
My husband and I aren’t new at house hunting. We’ve done it before, but this time we have to take in so many other factors. I find myself researching schools in my spare time, looking at FBI crime statistics for what could be our new area, trying to explore what could be our new surroundings. I want to get it pinpointed where our closest grocery store would be, and fast food joint. And all of this could be for naught if we can’t sell our house and get this one. My sleepless nights of worry and excitement could be nothing more than a colossal waste of my time.
I’ll still plug forward, working towards the common goal of possibly purchasing this house with the land. If it doesn’t work out, then something else may come along. I just have to continue to reconcile myself with the fact that change is inevitable and it’s what you make out of it that really impacts your life.
Now, I must go and pray for guidance. Sometimes I just really wish the Lord would tell me “yay” or “nay” when I attempt life altering changes. It would make life easier.