Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We Found A House!

You guys.  I've said this a hundred times already, but, I just can't even.  I'm walking around shaking my head all day in disbelief.

This story is too good not to share.  I need to write it all down, before I forget anything.

Our house sold with the quickness.  We listed on June 8th and accepted an offer on the 11th.  We had started looking at houses in person a couple weeks before we went live, but once we were under contract, we went balls to the wall house hunting.  Nothing.  I mean, we looked at so. many. houses.  Plus the obsessive daily online hunting.  We broadened our search by several zip codes over several weeks time.  Still, nothing.  I was doing my best to stay positive, but the inner emotional stress level was at an all-time high.
A gal I met through our neighborhood garden group reached out to me a couple weeks ago and I had a really amazing, encouraging phone conversation with her.  Every time I'd go into that negative head space, I'd hear her voice telling me that our house was coming, and that I needed to continue to focus on it.
The evening of Wednesday, July 5th, the kids and The Dad headed out for baseball practice.  I was having an especially rough day, so I told myself I needed to sit down and attempt to meditate on the end goal.  Because we weren't finding anything, we had broadened our search criteria so much.  I was looking at photos online for ideas on how to make a 1970's split level look like an old farmhouse.  
 I decided I needed to focus on exactly what it was we wanted.  
My brain wouldn't shut up long enough to focus, so I got up, grabbed a spiral notebook and a pen, and sat down and scribbled out a list. 
This is that list:

I sat there, reread it, and my tablet pinged with a Facebook message notification.
I opened it up and saw there was a message from a woman I know through garden blogging.
"I know this one is a bit far out and isn't perfect but..."
I clicked the link and froze. 
I was afraid to open it.  The photo above was the first photo on the listing.
I stood up, went to the kitchen, poured myself a glass of wine, and went out to the patio.
I sat down and scrolled to the next photo.  And cried.  It was our house.
I went through all the listing pictures, not believing what I was seeing.
Then I clicked the virtual tour and noticed the basketball hoop and a photo on their wall of donkeys.
I cried some more.
I immediately emailed our realtor, said, screw the other houses this weekend, let's go see this one.
He couldn't get us in until Friday, but we were out there by 9am.  With the kids.  I'm shaking my head again right now.
It's as if, my imagination conjured up The Dream and dropped it in our laps.

These are some photos from the morning we went out to see it.

This cat jumped in our car right when we got there.

Not only was there a photo of donkeys, but there were actual donkeys.
Two of them.




Turkeys, that followed The Girl around everywhere she went.

Fried Green Tomatoes train track.  ;)

Okay, so we had to leave the property.  
We signed all the paperwork to put in our offer.
Then we waited.  And waited.
The worst.  
They had nine showings the day we were out there, and later found out that the Open House on Sunday was one of the biggest ones the listing agent had ever had.
She said fifty people must have come through there.
But, The Universe knew it was meant to be ours.
So Monday at 5:30 pm, we got the call.  They accepted our offer.
Best. Day. Ever.

When's the last time you looked at my Pinterest Vision Board?
I was looking at it constantly during all of this.
Here's a link:

Go ahead and scroll through that real quick.  
I'll wait.

Now here's what I saw when I first looked at the listing.

Are you kidding me?
Are ya feelin' my tear fest now?
Does the, all day shaking of the head, make sense now?
I could not have imagined anything more perfect.
I even forgot to put that on the list!!!
That BARN.  
Holy cow, that barn.
I just can't even.
So here's another fun little tidbit, that also made me cry.  Ha!
In the listing, the owners said they needed to close after September 9th.
We have to be out of our house August 7th.
That's a loooong time when you have kids, pets, and plants to find temporary housing for.
But, that's what they wanted, so in our offer, we put a closing date of August 18th, with possession September 9th.
After our offer was accepted, the owners told the agent that, with our kids, we would need to get in and get settled, and get registered for school.
So, if we didn't mind the apples being harvested from the orchard in September (they're already sold for this year), we could have possession on August 19th.
Are you kidding me?
Cry fest.
The whole thing is magic.
If you, Angela, hadn't pushed me to trust that what I had envisioned nearly all my life, would be manifested, I never would have made such a conscious effort to continually put it all out to The Universe.
Had I not put it out to The Universe, Jenni never would have known to send me that link.
I owe them both a lifetime of harvest from The Farm.
And free guided tours of all the local wineries.
I can't wait to move in and start sharing our adventures on the blog.
I had best get to packing.....


  1. Oh my goodness- you really found a fantastic place! I can't imagine how happy you are going to be there with all the larger home, land and a barn. Do the animals stay? That's quite an undertaking. I'm so excited for you and I truly believe it was meant to be! Your family is going to love this and I know you will make this even more charming with your gardening talents! I am imagining you all there celebrating the holidays and you will be beaming inside with joy! Congratulations!

  2. Couldn't be happier for you guys! It's absolutely perfect. I happened upon Amity last year and I really like that little area. <3

  3. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys. You found your dream house. It looks wonderful! A greenhouse. A barn. How very, very cool.

  4. Sooooo happy for you all!!! Yay! It's so you, so very you. The Universe delivers. 💖

  5. I'm in love with that huge brick patio and the greenhouse and raised beds. It looks nice from the photos but I know you will make it magical. You forgot to mention the hot tub. :) And that glass doorknob on the bathroom door. I just noticed it from looking at the listing again. I'm slightly obsessed. Hope you don't mind. Hugs and more hugs.

  6. And now I'm gonna cry. I am so happy for you and your family!

  7. So happy for all of you! I bet the kids are just twirling with joy at the prospect of all of that room to play. And for you.... all that room to plant! Will you still be relatively close to your family? And the animals..... do they stay? We need to know more!!! :-)

  8. Okay, you're right! I died! This is perfect....I'd buy this in a heartbeat!!!! Every now and then I search around for fun and it is hard to find things. What an exciting adventure you are on! Is it still relatively close to work, etc? Of course for us, living in a small town, we consider 30-45 minutes, relatively

  9. Mindy! I am so happy for you and your family! This looks like a most wonderful place to live. Living out in the country is the best--we did for many years. And that house is move-in ready--just beautiful. And the greenhouse--at that point I would be jumping up and down with glee! I am very happy for you, and hope you will continue blogging so we can see you once moved in! I'm still blogging as well--took a few years off, but I'm back now, still gardening and doing theatre and music and writing and all the usual stuff! Take care, and sending you the best wishes for your happy new home!

  10. Wow, I'm so excited for you... and me, I can't wait to follow what you do with the place to make it yours. It's amazing!

  11. I have tears in my eyes from you, Mindy. Could anything be any more perfect? My belief is that God had a hand in that and that place had your name on it from the beginning. God bless you. That is totally awesome and wonderful. Can't wait to see you living the dream...and just THINK of the gardens you are going to create there. It gives me goosebumps. xo Diana

  12. Wow, wow - what a story and find! So happy for you Mindy!! So looking forward to seeing it with your magic touch. :) - Now just a little of that house-finding juice my way, please. ;)

  13. Tears of Joy Mindy!!! I don't even have words. I am so thankful for this Happy Ending!!!

  14. Miiiindy, I have been waiting (impatiently) for this post and it blew me out of the water! So so SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS. What a dream come true! Congratulations!! (And we'll be expecting an October Fest at The Farm invite! ;)

  15. This is so exciting for you all! I remember when I contacted you via this blog when we moved in our house and I was asking questions about our 1/3 acre yard, and you said you would love a yard that big, and now you obviously have an even bigger place! Congratulations! This is not in Portland, of course, how far out did you have to go? Close enough for your family to visit, of course.

  16. How amazing. What a fabulous story. I guess "the secret" does really work. :) Good for you and your family. Very exciting. Looking forward to following your new journey!

  17. Holy cow this is awesome!! I can so identify with this post and it made me tear up a bit. Congrats on your new house!!

  18. Couldn't be happier for you guys! It's absolutely perfect. I happened upon Amity last year and I really like that little area. <3

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  19. Wow wow wow! You guys are going to have so much fun with this house! All of the possibilities!! You get toot around in a riding lawnmower, or a big ass tractor! And 4-H for the kids too. I didn't realize you hadn't found a house yet when you listed. Been there, done that and it is so damn stressful! And now you have a great excuse to join a few wine clubs... complimentary tastings for you and your friends :)

  20. Hi, I followed your link from The Art of Doing Stuff. I love how your house hunt unfolded. What a magnificent new house. And an epic big red barn! I wish you all the best on your amazing new adventure.

  21. Big Country living....just what you dreamed of! My heart is so happy for you! The yard is amazing and the house is absolutely charming! Congrats to your family!

  22. Amazing and beautiful ... the place and the story both!! Thank you for sharing it ... I pray you and yours have many happy years there ... Mazel tov! <3
    Nancy A Nash Coleman, GOM member

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  24. Wow, the summer is finally past -- From July to October --! How are you settling in please? ?

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  26. I keep checking for updates. No free time, huh? The house and property look so terrific in your pictures. One of these days I look forward to seeing how you're enjoying all the space inside and out!

  27. Gosh, I don't even know you and it made me cry. I wish you and your family the best life here. I will be watching for updates. Carry on...

  28. Mindy, we are dying out here! Please give us an update!Hahah, no but seriously, I hope everyone is settling in ok and it's feeling like home. Can't wait to see what you've been up to, cause I feel like you are never idle.
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  33. What a wonderful house, and now you're home! I miss your blog Mindy and hope to see more about your life in the new house someday.


    1. You are so sweet! I missed my blog, too. So much. It feels so great to post again. I look forward to sharing everything about our new life out here. I'm still pinching myself. So good to hear from you!

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