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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It is better to have had a garage than to never have had a garage at all...

That is a quote from the wise sage, Billy Baker.

We are moving on Monday. A move that I encouraged. A move that I wanted to happen. A move that I am now filled with anxiety about and a lot of that has to do with the fact that we are losing our yard and our garage. And to that Billy said, "hey...it's better to have had a garage than to never have had a garage at all." Wise words. But if I never had a garage, then I wouldn't know what I am losing. So I don't know Billy, I guess I'm torn.

We are moving from our house to a condo. It's a big adjustment but hey, it saves us $700 a month. That's a lot of money. Maybe now we can fill our gas tank with that savings! :o)

In the meantime...we are still trying to sell our house in San Clemente. A house that is now selling for 200k less than we bought it for. (Since someone else in the community listed theirs for that much under the market value). But what are we to do? I have mourned the loss of that house greatly. But I am ready to move on to what is next for us.

We also got rid of our Vue today. RIP. We bought that car years ago knowing that we wanted to start a family. It was our first family car. But it is getting old. Repairs needed to happen. And our friend Chris Cox just lost his Vue due to the faulty transmissions that they put in these. So we got rid of it in the nick of time. Oh, and also in case our credit gets tanked with this San Clemente house....we wanted to get a car now while we still have excellent credit. So, Curtis is cruising around town in a cute little Honda Civic which just happens to have good gas mileage too.

So there is a lot of excitement going on...lots of emotions. Lots of packing and trying to sell stuff on Craigs list and you know...celebrating Father's Day and taking care of sick children all at the same time.

But it's good. God is good. Life is good. We have each other and that is the most important thing.

9 comments:

johnsonandjohnson said...

you guys didn't waste any time getting rid of the Vue! Did you do it through Autoland?

Heidi said...

I'm happy for you guys - I know it's a lot to process all at once... but you're so strong - if anyone can handle it, you can. Love to you!

woosterweester said...

Your post has a ring of familiarity and emotion for me. We sold our home over a year ago and moved into an apartment with a 2 1/2 year old and a 5 month old. We went from 3 rooms, a backyard, garage and neighborhood, to two bedrooms and nothing else. We knew God had directed us, but it is always scary to go where you've never gone before. I remember just praying that above all we would have more joy living there than anywhere else. And we did. The girls shared a room and still do. I was nervous about that, but they love it. I remember sitting down with my dad and talking about how concerned I was that the kids would have a hard time with the move and the big change. He reminded me that a child never remembers how big or small his home was but he remembers the atmosphere IN the home. And he reminded me that most homes back when he was growing up that were considered large would be considered miniscule by today's standards. Yet somehow he did just fine.:) I'll tell you what else...it's freeing when you make the move. Heaven is our eternal home anyway, and when you realize how even a home is just "stuff", it is really satisfying. I have no doubt you and your family will do just fine, and I have no doubt that this is not the end of your story. What a great faith legacy you're leaving your kids. Love to you all from the Cookman family!

VikingMom said...

It's nice to know that I'm married to a wise sage.

Now I'll never win an argument with him!

Lyn said...

What beautiful words of encouragement! I know this is going to be a great experience for you. You are going to look back fondly on these days in years to come. It's somewhat like our sabbatical year in Louisville. It was a major change, but my sister's advice was "Look on it as an adventure." And adventure it was - and one of the best years of our lives. We love you guys so much, and we are so proud of you. Oh yes, and I'll be over to help pack boxes tonight if you still need my help.

Jennifer said...

can I just say I love to secretly read your blog? :)
Sorry to hear about losing the garage. I understand that feeling. Just think how meaningful it will be if one day you are able to reunite with a garage!
Are you guys moving far? or staying in HB?

Jennifer said...

can I just say I love to secretly read your blog? :)
Sorry to hear about losing the garage. I understand that feeling. Just think how meaningful it will be if one day you are able to reunite with a garage!
Are you guys moving far? or staying in HB?

Jennifer said...

sorry for the double post...my mac did something screwy :)

Jewels said...

Kristi,
It would imagine that making this type of change is super painful and would fill me with anxiety also. I know that you deal with the same issue that Frank and I do - which is having your entire family in CA. Sometimes we think well we should just move so I can be a stay at home mom but then we would be moving so I could raise the kids alone! That makes no sense and I would rather find a way to make it work then be away from my family. We are blessed and cursed to have grown up in SO CAL! My brother-in-law says he thinks my dad should have had to pay him a dowry for raising his daughter in a such an expensive area. Sad I won't see you tonight at Sarah's:)