Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kids are so funny

Ok, I know I owe you some pictures, but that's going to take a while. In the meantime, I'm going to give you a sample conversation with John, so you can see what every day is like for me. I have enjoyed every age with John, but as he grows, I swear each new stage is my favorite. But I promise you, the stories and conversations and imagination HAVE to make this my favorite. Here's how the convo went down...

A: Did you play outside today at school? (Note: it has rained every school day for the past 2 weeks, it seems.)

J: mm-hmm

A: Who did you play with?

J: Trace

A: What did y'all do? (Expecting to hear "swing... slide... play chase")

J: Hunt for food.

A: (thinking this is strange) What food did you hunt for?

J: Aspen and Alyssa

A: (nearly chokes on Kool-aid) Do what?

J: (in a "duh, mom!" sort of tone) We were T-Rexes!

Later, Rob replayed this same conversation, but took it further.

R: So, which food did you eat? Aspen or Alyssa?

J: Alyssa

R: What did you do when you caught her?

J: (grins sheepishly) Hug her.

So the girl-crazy twitterpating has begun. The thing is, Alyssa is the same girl-obsession from last year. At least he doesn't have commitment issues!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Going... going...


We are finally free of a house that has been weighing us down for 20 months now. Praise the Lord! Truly, it was a miracle that we got to closing.

And after giving credit to God, I have to also mention Jeff. See Rob's brother does this type of stuff for a living--never on your run-of-the-mill house, but on big stuff. And it just so happens that his firm has an office in Nashville. Not only has Jeff done a little business in Nashville, but he had actually done business with the title company that insured us. To top it all off, work was a bit slow for Jeff on Wednesday; and being the sort of person who can't just do nothing, he started chatting it up with the people who mattered and handed all the paperwork over to our agent and closing gal.

I find it hard to believe that all these events were just coincidence. So that brings us full circle back to God.

I'm going to stop there, to keep from rambling.

Just one more little tidbit.

Have you ever seen a pregnant woman dance like there's no tomorrow?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Is this punishment?

So, we finally got another contract on the house (the third, but who's counting?), and we made it to T-2 days until closing. We thought everything was in the bag--we moved out all the junk last Saturday. And today, we hear that it might not be happening. Why? Not because of the buyer's financing, or because the buyer's house didn't close or appraise. Not because of our inspection, or because our house didn't appraise. Why? Because, almost 4 years ago, we closed this house WITH A LIEN ON IT (from the previous owner). Were we aware of the lien? NO. Did we accept title with a lien? NO. In fact, the HUD came back clear--everything paid.

So, we have no more information than that--just speculation. I'm speculating that either someone made a mistake in the paperwork (and everything is ok), or someone made a mistake in the paperwork (and everything is not ok--which would seriously irritate me), or the previous title company didn't pay off the lien after receiving payment from the previous owner (which also would irritate me).

I suppose I am just venting, and it's helping momentarily, but I know that I am going to be anxious until we hear something. What to do now? Pray. That's all I know to do. Will you pray with me?