We haven’t started packing yet. We have to buy a ton of boxes from Home Depot but we’re waiting til after the inspection and appraisal. The only thing worse than packing all this stuff would be unpacking it here if we started packing and the deal fell through. I don’t anticipate any problems but I think the inspection is happening this week (maybe today) and the appraisal is sometime next week so we’ll have all those behind us very soon.
In my earlier post, I asked “What will I do when Addie leaves?” and my friend, Karen, wrote “Start packing!” She’s right and that will be a BIG job.
Thinking about that and realizing how everything has come together – Vince agreeing to move to MO, finding the house that is so perfect and the owners are so easy to work with, Addie getting to come here and spend a month (so far) – had me almost shedding tears of joy. You all know how long I’ve wanted to move to MO and even though Vince never wanted to do it, but couldn’t give me a good reason why he didn’t want to do it, I had gone along and looked in other places, mainly Oklahoma and Arkansas. His main reason for not wanting to go to MO was that he didn’t want to pay state income tax but yet, Oklahoma and Arkansas both had state income tax. I think he mainly just didn’t want to go back to the little town where Chad lives and I fully understand that. Vince had mentioned Webb City a couple of years ago and I had looked there, but being what I would call a suburb of Joplin, and having what seems to be amazing schools, houses in Webb City sold quickly – very quickly. Vince is one who wants to look at things, think about it, make a lower offer, go back and forth a bit . . and that won’t get you a house in today’s market in hot selling areas.
This morning as I was thinking about Addie going home and then I’d be coming back to Texas – that long trip back to Texas without her, then walking into a quiet house and without a doubt there will be things she’s left here that I will come across – hopefully not George or I’d be driving back to Missouri; there will definitely be memories in this house that will make me smile and cry at the same time . . I would really have struggled except . . I’ll be packing to move there and even though we may not be residing full time in Missouri for a while, I doubt I go more than a few weeks without spending at least a week there.
This has worked out so amazingly well and even though if things had been up to me, I would have bought the first house that came up for sale there the day after Vince retired, waiting for Vince to be ready to make the move and then finding the house that we’re both so excited about . . it has all worked out better than I could have imagined.