I don’t post a lot of personal announcements on this blog, figuring that you all have better things to do than read about what’s happening in my life. But many have asked how things are going with our upcoming move to Wheaton, so I thought I’d pass on a little information. And it may also help explain why my blogging has been somewhat sporadic over the last few weeks.
Here are the highlights from the last few weeks.
We sold our house!
One of biggest challenges, short of actually packing up the house and moving, is always selling your house. It took nearly two months of work to get our house in selling shape, and I have to admit that I haven’t done that much manual labor in a long time. When we were done, though, the house looked great! And, once we got it on the market, it took less than a week to sell. We still have to jump the normal hurdles before the sale closes, but everything is moving smoothly at the moment.
We found a house!
We’ve had similar success on the other end. We spent several long days last week checking out houses in and around Wheaton, visiting almost 30 in one weekend. It was rather exhausting, so I’m glad we didn’t bring the girls with us.
When the dust settled, we’d made an offer an a great house. It’s further from the college than we’d originally hoped (about 20 min. away), but it has enough space for grandparents to come and visit, and it should be the perfect house for entertaining (especially families with kids). And, more selfishly, I’ll have a great home office. We’ll have some work to do on it when we get there, but nothing daunting. So we’re excited about it.
Then life fell apart for a few days
Of course, nothing ever goes perfectly. And our return trip from Wheaton was a case in point. After a mechanical failure (3 hour delay) and weather problems (1.5 hours), we finally left Chicago, but missed our connecting flight in Seattle (the last one of the night). So they decided to put us up in a hotel, but computer problems and a delayed shuttle complicated things (1.5 hours). And just to make it a perfect trip all the way around, our flight the next day was delayed as well (1.5 hours). So instead of arriving at 11:00 Monday night as originally intended, we landed at 12:00 on Tuesday afternoon.
Fortunately, Mary and I made the best of it with a rather enjoyable “date night” at O’Hare. The girls were with grandma, who had no problem staying on an extra day, so they were well cared for. And at least we didn’t get sick!
Until we got home.
By Tuesday night, Mary was horribly sick. By Thursday night, the plague had spread, infecting me and my youngest daughter. On Friday, it wiped out the other daughter. We quarantined ourselves for several days, not lifting the ban until Sunday morning.
We’re hoping for smooth sailing from here. Both houses go through inspection this week, so we’re hoping for the best. I’m down to my last five weeks at Western and look forward to continuing what has been an extremely smooth transition there. And we’re starting to plan our road trip to Wheaton this summer. It looks like we’ll have five days (approximately) to drive from Portland to Wheaton in mid-July. That should leave us with enough time to see a few things along the way. We hope to be in our new house by July 15, and then the new chapter begins.