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Why MOVE a house?

Well I’m not going to lie, we thought the idea was cRaZy too.  We had been trying to sell our home for over 1 ½ years and weren’t having any luck.   We wanted to move about 80 miles north so we could live closer to family and live on Doug’s 5th generation fArM.

Front of House–Old Location

Back of House–Old Location

Mid-February we discovered how sobering it was to take a loss on the house (in order to get it sold) and spend mOrE money to get the same house in our new location.  We liked our house.  It was the first home we ever bought and we enjoyed the layout.  It was nothing fancy, just a simple home with LoTs oF LoVe.  I’ll never forget the conversation when Doug laughed saying, “Too bad we couldn’t just take it with us!”

As extreme as the idea was, we researched to confirm that it was in fact CrAzY.  Much to our surprise we wasn’t so WiLd after all!  From day one we were impressed with Unruh House Movers and it became more and more apparent that this was the door God opened for us.   After meeting their crew, getting the final bid, and not having any hang-ups in the planning process, we were confident this was the direction we were suppose to go.

I don’t know about you, but all the things in my life that didn’t seem “forced” have been the things that bring me the most JoY (and the least amount of stress)!  We can all relate to situations that we tried to control, and they never seem to work out like we’d hoped. I cannot TELL you how many hang-ups we had while trying to sell our house yet, once we checked into a HOUSE MOVE, the process came with little difficulty.

We committed with Unruh’s House Movers on April 16th and found a crew that dug our new basement one week later. (see what I mean about it being a God thing?)!

OUR NEW LOCATION! Didn’t hit any rock and got the basement dug in 1 day!

At home, the first thing we did was start pulling up ALL of our patio pavers.  If we were going to move, we wanted to take as much with us as we could!

Nothing like picking up over 200 pavers that we laid a few years ago! Eekk!

Come back next Friday for some more pictures of the demo work needed to prep our house for the move!

~Lara

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Put Your Blinders On

Do you make decisions based on the people around you?  DeeP dOwN did you decide to buy a new car because all your friends and family recently upgraded theirs?  Did you put your kid in t-ball because you felt the pressure from the other parents?  Have you recently felt the need to go on an extreme diet because you bumped into an old classmate that lost a bunch of weight?

Whether it is what you buy, the vocation you choose, how you raise your kids, or the way you live your life, we must ask ourselves this question:

If I couldn’t see others and what they are doing, would I still be making the same decisions? 

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So many times we forget to think on our own because we are heavily influenced by other people.  Doug and I talk about this a lot.  In our decison making we have to constantly remind ourselves that, if we didn’t care what others thought, would we still go down the same path?

Taking buying a home for example.  Would you have purchased your home if you didn’t know what type of home everyone else lived in? Without thinking about it, you went house hunting feeling obligated to want certain things because you knew what other people have.  Even though they weren’t there, the influence talked you into buying an expensive home, and you are left with the stress of keeping up with the payments.   (If you are in a financial struggle, read our finance posts for help)

When you are at a crossroad to make a decision, ask yourself WHO you are doing it for. Like a race horse with blinders on, tune out what’s going on around you and focus on what YOU want.  It isn’t always easy, but living YOUR life will be the ulimate pRiZe when reaching the finish line. 

~Lara

Tired of keeping up with the Jonses?  Read my post called Goodbye Jonses! Hello Freedom!

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Email Me

I recently I spoke with a friend who was hurt about not being included in a DeCisiOn that the rest of her family made without her.  The situation could have been avoided by simply picking up the phone or sending a quick email.   Instead, everyone got busy with life, assumed that she would be okay with it, and she ended up feeling left out and unloved.

Our hectic lives cause us to oVerLook how our decisions and actions are affecting others.  Many relationships are damaged because people don’t take the TiMe to share simple details and make sure everyone is included.

As the holidays are approaching this is an important time to keep the lines of communication open.  One idea is sending out a large email to everyone in the group (make sure you send it to EvERyOnE!!).  Each person hits “reply all” when giving their input, and having dates/ specifics in writing is another helpful way to avoid ConFuSion down the road.  This simple way of communication gives everyone an equal opportunity to share their ideas and no one feels left out.

Start your holiday planning off right!  ChriStmAs here we come :)

~Lara

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