It’s been a long time since I’ve written, I was kind of afraid I’d jinx it. So, we SOLD OUR HOUSE! Like, for real!
Closing is supposed to happen Nov 9th!
Weekend before last, we packed up all our stuff, rented a uhaul, and drove it all to Montana and put it in storage. So we’re currently camping out at our house and waiting.
We’re also living with one vehicle, which I keep telling myself is temporary! We left our other one in Montana in storage.
It’s been pretty interesting to see how God has used this situation to consistently point out to us that He is with us, He is guiding us, and all is well.
We drove for 16 hours in the pouring rain with me driving our vehicle, and hubby in the Uhaul, both kids with us. Yet we made it there safe, with no incident. The front desk lady had spent most of her life as a Coast Guard wife, and we had a nice long conversation with her the next morning. We unloaded everything into storage, and then spent the next several days property hunting. We had a pretty frustrating time of it, no where we looked seemed to have anything close to what we were looking for in the price range we were hoping to stay within. So we branched out farther, and the last day drove an hour and a half east, and BINGO we found something that was close to what we were hoping for. It’s actually closer to Billings than Bozeman, but that’s alright with us.
The last night we were there we happened to be joined in the hotel jacuzzi by a gentleman who was a truck driver transporting Toyota’s. When hubby asked him if he ever picked up cars in Portland, the man said yes! So probably hubby has checked this fellow’s ID at one point. Small world! His name was Gabriel, and he was a solid family man from Nevada. We started talking about alternative housing, and he told us about his grandmother’s traditional Mexican adobe house, and how it was always warm in the winter and cool in the summer! We talked about parenting, and he commented that he’s been trying to convince his wife to move to the country too, so their kids can learn more self-reliance. After, hubby and I were completely struck by how awesome it was to meet someone like him!
Our trip went SO smoothly! At every turn, when we could have hit a snag, we didn’t. And we were able to transfer our drivers licenses, register our vehicles, get our bank situation straightened out, open a PO Box, and a safety deposit box… and every bureaucrat we talked to was extremely friendly and helpful! Hurray for Montana friendliness!
So now the plan is, after the house closes, we’re going back to Montana to get serious about the land search. We want to see the properties this time of year, so we can make good judgements about accessibility, and possibly get a better deal. We’re pretty excited about it!
But now that everything is in motion, and moving forward quickly, I’m starting to “feel it”. I’m a bit sad to leave this place! I’m so happy/sad it’s killing me! So pray for me, I could use it. I know the direction we’re heading is the right one, but it’s also tough.