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Love-Filled House for Sale to Good Family

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   18 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

If you follow this blog, then you are aware that the hubster and I are downsizing with the intent to sell our home and move to sunny Florida. I’ve always wanted to live near the beach, so you’d think I’d be jumping with excitement over all of this.

And I am excited. I know I’ll love walking along the shore at sunrise or sunset whenever it suits me. No more waiting for a vacation to add to my seashell collection or watch the pelicans dive for their dinner. The hub is preparing himself for a life filled with sandy toes, salty kisses, and fruity frozen rum drinks. 🙂

Oh, don’t worry. I’m not blinded by the Florida sun. It won’t be all fun and games. There will still be work to do and bills to pay. I know all of that. Life goes on even if one’s geography changes.

The thing is, even with the excitement of moving to my beach bliss, there is still the reality of what has to happen first. That would be the aforementioned downsizing. And, as of this very morning, the process of selling our home.

And that, buttercup, is the part that’s killing me.

I LOVE my house. I even love the things I don’t like about it. I’ve never taken an inch of it for granted, have always known we got lucky the minute we stepped into this place. We’ve got eighteen years of memories under this roof. This house is filled to the brim with love, and that’s no easy thing to close the door on. But we’re beginning a new chapter, and it must be so. My fondest desire is that our home be acquired by another family that loves it like we do and adds heaps more love to the echoes we leave behind.

The house went up on all the listing sites this morning. By this afternoon we already had four confirmed showings, the first of which left just a few minutes ago. It is no lie to say I’m traumatized by the event. To stand at my kitchen picture window staring out at the backyard I love while strangers wandered the rooms with a critical eye, well . . . it was tough, y’all. But I liked the folks that came through. A mom with her two kids, the oldest a girl perhaps in middle school, and a boy of elementary age with energy to spare. And my house—well, it smiled. This house was made for laughter and children’s shrieks and the pitter-patter of small feet on the hardwoods. If not this particular family, then another, I hope. This house deserves a loving family.

Good news about my mother’s piano. I’ve found a home for it at a local Methodist church where the worship leader is a gent with ooh-gobs of energy and a heart for teaching music to youth. He’s got big plans for Mama’s piano. She would more than approve.

So I’ve got the taste of bittersweet on my tongue today. But that’s okay. It will pass. Before you know it I’ll be wriggling my toes in the sand and thanking God for glorious sunsets at the beach. And my drink will have an umbrella in it.

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate you! See you next Wednesday—have a great week!

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18 Responses to "Love-Filled House for Sale to Good Family"

  1. Comment by Pat
    April 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm  

    What an exciting (yet bittersweet) time. I’m sure your beautiful home will sell quickly to a family who will love it as much as you do. Sending all kinds of good vibes your way, Lisa!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm  

      Thanks, Pat. It’s a stress, but hopefully the right family will find it.

  2. Comment by Michele
    April 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm  

    Oh good luck and I hope your home finds just the right family.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm  

      Thanks, Michele. Me too!

  3. Comment by Nikki Brock
    April 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm  

    A house is like a member of the family. When you leave it, you grieve. But there is another one wonderful one waiting in the wings, and you will remember this one with great love.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm  

      We really will, Nikki. This has been the best house. *sigh* I hope I love the next one just as much. This one is a hard act to follow, though!

  4. Comment by Tomi Rues
    April 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm  

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. Bittersweet is definitely the right word. How wonderful that you loved your home so much and your greatest wish is for your home to continue to be loved. I am sure it will be a mutual love when the right family comes along. They’ll love the house, and the house will love them. (Perhaps they already have already found each other.)
    And, that’s great news about the piano!

    p.s. Three years ago we left the house that are kids were little in (baby to teen years). My kids will finish out high school and head off to college in the house we are in now. My husband and kids love our new house so much now that it will be hard to ever leave this home. In other words, the love goes with us.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm  

      Thanks for the insights, Tomi. I do hope I love our new house as much as this one. It’s a tall order, though.

  5. Comment by Anne Louise Bannon
    April 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm  

    Moving is tough enough. Leaving behind a place you loved and that is filled with memories is even tougher. Fortunately, my husband does not want to move out of our place.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm  

      This was a mutual decision, Anne, so neither my hub nor I has our heels dug it. This is a lot harder than I expected, though!

  6. Comment by Stephanie
    April 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm  

    The weirdest thing to us is that in GA both parties (seller and buyer) are at the closing together! In Texas you are scheduled for different times. Of course we don’t sign at a law office either. We have title companies. Just another layer to take a bit out of the profit 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm  


  7. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    April 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm  

    Good for you, Lisa, handling this huge change with such grace. I admire you for it! Moves are tough…I think I must still be adjusting to mine because this post makes my heart ache. I’m so glad I can stay in touch through your blog and can’t wait to read about your Florida adventures.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm  

      Thanks, Deb. Your move was bigger than mine as you had to coordinate with not only your husband, but seven kids as well. As to the Florida adventures, you know I’ll be yakking about them here. 😉

  8. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    April 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm  

    Lisa, leaving a house after that long is hard. We lived in our last house 20 years and even though I was more than ready to downsize and leave a house that was way too big for us, I was still a little sad to be leaving.

    I think what helped for me was that our house was empty when we left; it was very neat and clean (not so when we live there!) with brand new carpeting. We weren’t there for the showings so we didn’t have to see people walking around admiring and/or criticizing our home.

    I love our life in sunny Florida and I hope you and your hubby like living here as much as we do.

    p.s. Thanks great news about your mother’s piano.

  9. Comment by Sioux
    April 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm  

    Lisa–We’ve lived in our “starter home” for over 30 years, and unless we win the lottery (and I mean a big one), we’ll be here forever. My son was born in the the bedroom down in the basement, we’ve had many dogs come and pass on, my grandfather lived with us for a while. There are so many memories contained in these walls.

    However, if I had to chance to move to a house with two or two and half bathrooms… a house that has some flow, and if it was virtually free (like paid for by a lottery win), I’d jump at the opportunity.

    Good luck with your move. I know a certain St. Louis writer who might leap at the chance to visit you, since she loves the beach probably as much as you do.

  10. Comment by Claudia
    April 14, 2017 at 9:32 pm  

    I have never handled such major changes easily. I even cried when a friend left her home! I see all my children’s phases in the back yard like sand box-swings-tree house etc. I’m trying to do better with turning loose. Sometimes we have no choice.

  11. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    April 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm  

    Leaving is difficult, but looking forward to what’s ahead is exciting. When we bought our home, the little old lady who lived here forty years, accepted a lower offer from us, because she was hand picking us for her neighbors. And uhm, yes, say the word, and I Will join you in a sandy walk. So glad you placed the piano.

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