i had planned to post a LINK to our home for sale here to boost the possibility of a quick sale, but the austin market didn't need me to help find a buyer one bit. if you live elsewhere in the world it might not be on your radar, but with our small town having on average 150 new people moving to it on the daily, the real estate market is insanity.
we started to feel the tug to move last summer. despite having just put in an amazing pool of our design and loving having friends over to enjoy it almost daily, we still felt living in our current home left us with a feeling of lacking community. those in big cities might not really understand how much of a difference 5-10 miles can make in austin (and especially southwest austin) but the stronger the tug felt and the closer we came to the prime selling season we felt it was time to leave.
every person that saw our listing asked me why in the world we were leaving this paradise and to that i really don't have an answer that has satisfied many of the inquirers. i don't need an answer for anyone else and kevin and i are thankful to be 100% on the same page as far as leaving is concerned. for some reason 'being closer to family' and 'closer to downtown' or 'we miss living in community' doesn't seem to convince anyone else we should be leaving. i am going to miss this house. i will likely never live in another one like it and i will miss just a million things about it. in the end, it is just a house.
so where are we going? well we aren't leaving austin (never, silly). we are simply moving about 8 miles away, still in southwest austin in a neighborhood where my sister's family and several friends live. after much gnashing of teeth and worry and prayers for peace, i resigned to needing to get an apartment for the summer while we continued to home search (which in austin is more like stalking then pouncing and hoping your offer beats the other 5-10 they get the day the house hits the market).
and then our offer was chosen. the first offer we put in on any home was selected. for a house on my sister's street. 5 houses away from a family member! that was one of those days when you don't have to convince me that God delights in the details of our lives.
wanting this to be a smooth transition for my girls, i already signed them up to be on the new neighborhood's swim team. we are just two days into practice and standing yesterday watching the girls chatting with other 5-6 year old neighbors made me so happy. i was able to talk to no less than 5 amazing women that i am thrilled to have in closer proximity of my life. annie was able to play with her little cousins on the playground during practice.
sometimes it seems to good to be true. i know its going to be a painful transition in some ways (goodbye yard, pool, and about 1200 sq feet!!!) but we are hoping the reward far outweighs those growing pains. we are looking forward to our move in less than 6 weeks!