Our offer on the short-sale house was accepted ($50,000 less than it's worth - such a huge blessing for us!), and we will be moving in June!!
It's an older home that will need some tender loving care, but Dave is really good at that - and the house is really great!
Some of our favorites about the new house:
*4700 square feet - lots of living space
*5 bathrooms (just what we need with 7 girls!)
*a big walk-in pantry
*a huge cold storage room downstairs
*outdoor basketball court
*several mature fruit trees, lots of raspberry bushes, and a large garden area
*a huge living/family room that will easily fit 4 couches and a baby grand piano!
*a separate music room with a door!
*jetted tub and 2 huge walk-in closets in the master bedroom
It will be great for our family, but there are obviously things we will miss about living here even though it's only 4 miles down the road.
We will miss our church family here that we love so much. We will miss our beautiful view. We will miss our great deck. We will miss the speakers in every room (though we can just put them in the new house ourselves). We will miss some of our wonderful neighbors and good friends.
The other news is that we are having another BOY!
I was positive I was having a girl.
I mean we have 7 girls and 2 boys, so it seemed like the chances of having another boy so quickly would be very slim.
I actually wanted to have a girl, but I'm so excited to have another boy too!
It's all a little overwhelming - when I think about next year having 3 children ages 3 and under (and 2 of them mischievous little boys), I wonder how I'll survive. I am a lot older than I was when I had my first 3. I will have 3 at home all day long for 2 years. I'm so lucky to have so many wonderful helpers in the afternoons or I think I would go crazy!
I should mention that though I struggled with the thought of being pregnant at first - I am so happy to be having another baby. The whole family is ecstatic at the thought of another little brother, and we feel so blessed!
It probably helps that I'm no longer sick and completely exhausted.
I feel great, and I love feeling a baby inside of me!
I still have baby boy things