Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Not Meant To Be

and I'm okay with that. We went and looked at the house today and the property was gorgeous! What a quiet and peaceful setting. The kids had such a wonderful time running around outside finding all kinds of toads and lizards to play with. They even did a little exploring in the woods behind the house. What a wonderful place to grow up. But the house is no where near big enough for us. It's listed as a 4 bedroom house but in reality the top floor (salt box style house so it's only got half a top level) was originally a master suite....bedroom, bathroom, sitting room. They were calling the sitting room a bedroom but there was no door, no closet and it had a hole in the wall that overlooked the stairway and the living below. And you could see where they'd taken the door off that had originally been at the top of the stairs leading into the suite. The one bedroom on the first floor was okay but the other one was no bigger than a shoe box. There was no way that two kids would fit in there. The kitchen was really nice but not nearly big enough to fit our entire family at the dinner table. Had a nice family and living room, though. The shape of the house doesn't lend itself to being added onto easily, so that's not a possibility even if we had the money to do it. Also, we can't a build a separate house for my parents so that pretty much eliminates the possibility of us going in on the property together. Just too many hurdles to try and overcome. Andy is a little upset with the misrepresentation they did on the listing because if it was listed as a 3 bedroom, we would have never given it a second glance even with all the land. So now we can put this behind us and see what comes our way next. We are slowly trying to cut back on all the activities that the kids do. We really need to take a step back and slow down instead of always running helter skelter. But how do you really do that? And how do you cut back on all the material "stuff" that the kids have gotten used to over time but they don't need? I haven't a clue but we really need to figure something out because we are slowing driving ourselves crazy here.

On a different note, wish me luck in the morning...I have to go for my glucose screening test. Let's hope I pass. And then Friday morning, I take Alex back to the dr to get his collarbone checked out for hopefully the last time. We're hoping that he will be released back into his regular activities then.

6 comments:

xsquared said...

We saw so many houses that were misrepresented in their listings - what a waste of time!!! Hopefully the right house will come along for you soon. And good luck with the glucose test!

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~Velda said...

I'm sorry it didn't work out, it sure was a pretty piece of land! I hope you find your heaven soon! Good luck with the testing and I hope your arm feels better soon

Martha said...

We have never had bigger than a three bedroom house. Thank goodness for bunk beds! Weeding out things and activities is a continual battle with seven kids, but most likely is with just two also. (I can't remember...) Pray hard and keep your eyes open. We found that the living area was really what we wnated large and open (yeah and the yard too). If you can take down walls and open up your living and dining areas, it makes all the difference in the world. And now I'm finding that they actually do grow up too fast.

Vicki said...

Thank you so much for your comments, Martha. It's nice to know that there are large families that do make it quite well with a small amount of space. Maybe we've just gotten spoiled over the years and gotten used to more space than we actually need. I know I need to do some serious purging in the kids rooms cause I'm sick of seeing stuff all over the place. We currently have 4 of the kids doubled up...the two oldest boys and the twins...and it works out quite well. I even made the comment to my DH when we were looking at the house that you don't really spend that much time in your bedroom anyway so if they are on the small side, it doesn't really matter. But the one room was soooo tiny. Would have barely fit a bunk bed, let alone a dresser. But the bigger issue with this place was really the cost...if we could have figured out how to overcome that, we could have made the bedrooms works but even if we could have gotten into it, we would have had nothing let over. It would have taken all our resources and completely strapped us each month so if things were going to be that tight, it just doesn't seem to be the right place for us. I know something else will come along when the timing is right so we'll keep praying and keep a look out for something else. Thanks again!

Martha said...

Don't buy a place that will leave you strapped. You'll be working all the time and never have a chance to enjoy it.

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