Project Alicia : WW: Bidding Adieu

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WW: Bidding Adieu

After four gruelling months of showings and open houses; having to be "on" 24/7 right smack through our summer break, a week of what I like to call "countering hell", accepting an offer that put us upside down, learning we had 14.3pCi/L units of radon in our home (more than 3 times the acceptable limit in Iowa) and are all dying of lung cancer (kidding- I hope), damage to our roof that totally caught us by surprise, a ridiculous inspector that convinced our buyers the lime stone fascia was built incorrectly- nearly costing us the sale, a delayed appraisal due to the current interest rates, a cancelled airline flight causing our first house hunting trip to have to be cancelled and babysitters rescheduled...

It is blatantly evident that selling a home today is nothing short of a nightmare.

That, or I may be related to Charlie Brown.

Bleary-eyed, sleep deprived and ready to pull my hair out...

BUT...

After more than half a lifetime in the midwest...

The impossible has happened. Are you sitting down?

WE ARE MOVING.

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Getting UNSTUCK if you will.

Not sure exactly where to yet, but somewhere in the greater Columbia, SC area- to warmer weather. We have been narrowing down schools and neighborhoods. Kinda tricky being 1000+ miles away, but we are doing what we can to ensure we are not homeless. 1.5 days just isn't really enough time to find a place. Hoping to have one more house hunting trip before the close date the end of October.

And crossing our fingers and toes that there will be a lender that will give us a loan after our year of very, very expensive real estate learning lessons.

In case you've wondered about my absence, I've been in the school of life learning patience and long suffering. Maybe a little humility too.

In one of my recent whiny moments, hubs laid on some of his "wise words of wisdom" as only he can. Although I may have pretended not to hear, his words ring true.

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(You can grab this 4x6 freebie here.)

Wish us luck on this new chapter of our life. I've wanted it for as long as I can remember (you would too if you had these hard Iowa winters) but it certainly doesn't make it any easier of a transition. Good or bad, change is change.

We've held out as long as we could just in case it didn't work out, but now that the appraisal has been released and accepted, the sign is up (see pic above), and hubs has given notice, I think it's safe to share the news.

But the waiting isn't over yet...

If you are a praying individual I could use a few more prayers on our behalf. I'd really like a place to drop our stuff in a couple weeks.

Thanks for the continued support and friendship. Oh, and if you have any info you are privy to about Irmo/Chapin, SC feel free to send it this way. My email is callmelish(at)gmail(dot)com.

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111 comments:

  1. Best wishes on your new venture! I am sure there are many good things to come! :))

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  2. Alicia, Congrates on selling the house and Good Luck on new beginning, I hope and Pray that you have new house just right in time :)

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  3. FINALLY! despite the nightmare- you are finally free! Congrats!!!

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  4. Congratulations, lucky you! Except for all the nightmarish events it took you to get there, you are living my dream. I live in Minnesota and would love to go South...my dream city is Charleston. Have you ever looked at city-data.com and hotpads.com? I pull those up in the middle of winter when I'm dying to get out of here :)

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  5. What great news! I'll send a prayer that you find a fabulous new home!

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  6. YAY!!! I am soooo happy for you. I will be praying. Also South Caolina is a whole lot closed to me then Iowa. :)

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  7. Hooray for the selling of your house and I will definitely be praying!

    ~Mimi

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  8. Wonderful news ... we just listed our home 6 weeks ago and I KNOW the all too grueling nightmare ahead (I was actually a real estate agent for a very brief time in my life). Luckily we already have our new home all set ... so not looking forward to negotiating on the other home. Best of luck ... warmer weather is the way to go....nice choice SC!

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  9. Oh wow that will be a big move! I was wondering how things were going with the house selling. Praying it goes smoothly from here on out!

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  10. Change can be very scary, especially when it affects your entire family!

    Best of luck to you on getting everything packed and finding a new place.

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  11. That is awesome! Congrats on the life changing move! Sucks you had to go through all of that, but now you get to start a very awesome adventure!

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  12. Congrats on the sale! That's wonderful. I know how hard it is to sell a house in this economy. We've been trying off and on for about three years. (And I just got back from Iowa yesterday.)

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  13. yay! so glad you get to move. now I'm praying that you'll find the perfect house and get it in time to make your move!

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  14. Congratulations! I do understand how difficult our Iowa winters are, but I would really miss the area. Hope you find a beautiful home!

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  15. All the best with your move. Hope you find a house all of you would be happy with.

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  16. sounds like it has been quite the ordeal.. I'll be praying the rest is smooth sailing. While I don't know what its like to move with a big family, i do know what it is like to move across country. we moved to los angeles 1 year from texas, that was no easy feat!!

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  17. Congratulations! Saying a prayer that everything goes smoothly and ya'll find a great place in South Carolina!

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  18. Congratulations!! Glad to hear this nightmare is over!

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  19. Sending prayers your way - but congratulations. This is huge!

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  20. CONGRATS on selling your house! And good luck as you figure everything out with the move. Thinking of you!

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  21. OMG, I literally have goose bumps! That's where I live! You're coming to my town!!! Message me :-)

    Oh, and congratulations on selling your house- I can only imagine how hard it must be...

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  22. Congratulations on selling your home! It can be so, soo hard to do. Wonderful news!

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  23. So happy to hear that this nightmare is over!! Can't wait to hear about your new adventures!!

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  24. Congrats that is SO AMAZING! Really, it is! I'm sure you guys feel like a huge weight has been lifted. =)

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  25. So happy for y'all! What a transition it's going to be, but look at it this way... focus on the "Hellos" instead of the "Good-byes"... Hello beaches! Hello warm winters! Hello smells of Southern cooking! Hello South Carolina indeed!! =) Happy house hunting!

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  26. Congratulations on selling your house! It took us an entire year to get ours sold...it was a crazy experience! Saying a little prayer for you!

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  27. I so understand! I live in Omaha, NE! Two years ago I broke my foot and was in a boot for weeks while it was snowy on the ground. My mom got her ankle fused that same year. That year sucked. I used to live in Savannah, GA during grad school and miss the weather. My allergies just couldn't take it there. I had HUGE headaches. It felt like a walking hangover was attached to me. But man the weather and scenery was GREAT!!!

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  28. Yay!! Congratulations on the sale!! Girl, we are so in the same place... well we just sold and moved... the sale finally closed the Friday before we moved (that Sunday). The whole thing was crazy and I don't miss the "having to be on and the house clean" 24/7, oh my goodness! We are still in the settling in a new state phase and trying to learn our new city and house and routine and all that... so I'm still exhausted ALL THE TIME. But I know it's good. And we moved from cold Michigan to hot Florida! Haha. So excited for this new journey of your life. And I'd love to chat more with someone in the same boat, so email me or we can chat anytime. And I'm definitely a believer in PRAYER... so I'll be praying for you. And you can always go a little further and drop your stuff here for a little while :)

    ~Tabitha

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  29. I'm the praying kind! One of my best friends just moved to the Columbia area. I'm going to connect you to her! I heart the South...even though I live in North Dakota. :)

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  30. I'm so excited for you! I love moving - I even like packing. Because I love unpacking and being able to decorate all anew even more. Wish I could come by and help!

    I'm keeping you in my thoughts. Little tip: Don't pay for moving boxes: Starbucks and Panera Bread and places like that will be happy to get rid of theirs!

    Dagmar
    Dagmar's momsense

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  31. WoW! Best of luck to you and your family....think of all the great picture taking moments ahead! ;)

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  32. Take heart it's a buyers market you are bound to get a fantastic deal where you settle.

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  33. Wishing you the very best, Lish. I know it's been a long road and you've wanted this for a long time. Change is never easy but it always brings new opportunities. If we can move our family from decision to leaving in 9 days, you can do this with yours. Hugs and let me know if there's anythiing you need.

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  34. That sold sign is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I wish you ALL the best in finding a new place and settling in to your new home peacefully. And I can't wait for you to be settled and to be able to relax. :)

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  35. That's a great saying. Your DH hit it on the nose. Good luck with your house hunting and all the packing.

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  36. Congrats on the sale! Now you will be close to me here in Atlanta. I love the fairly mild Winter's we have!!

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  37. I hope it all goes well and as smooth as possible for you guys!! Been there, done that...and it is very stressful. But before you know it you'll have a brand new place to call home! Great luck for you guys! :D

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  38. Congratulations! Best wishes to you and your family on your move! Very exciting.

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  39. Thats great good luck in your move!

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  40. Good luck with the move! As a South Carolinian myself, welcome! Oh, and thanks for the link-up!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

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  41. Good luck. I hope this turns out well for your family. The weather certainly will be better.

    Have a terrific WW. :)

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  42. Such a scary and exciting thing all at the same time. Sorry you've had such a difficult road, my friend! Praying for you.

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  43. It's a big move and I wish you and your family all the best. And you will like the new place. :-)

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  44. Congrats! Best wishes on your new venture!

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  45. Good luck on your new adventure!
    Char
    The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom
    http://1epicmom.com

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  46. Yes, yes, yes, you have my prayers. So happy you'll be down here among us southerners!!!!! Wishing you a more peaceful and not-so-frantic time as you conduct the rest of this move. *hugs*

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  47. Congratulations, how very exciting! I don't have any info on SC but we are a family that moves every few years and this last time we bought a house, all the way from Europe based of internet listings. So don't be afraid. In this day and age, it is perfectly normal and with all the modern technology you can pretty much see everything.
    I used Google 3D maps and imagery a lot and the videos of the street we now live on were very accurate. I must say we will miss your winter wonderland photography :)

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  48. Good Luck finding a place to call "Home" in South Carolina. So does this mean now awesome snow pictures?

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  49. congrats on selling the house! (we have not been so fortunate and STILL have a home in NJ just...sitting there losing value :( )

    Good luck on your big move! Will certainly say prayers for much needed success in the move.

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  50. SHUT UP! What awesome news- good for you!
    Good luck on your big adventure! I'll be shoveling snow in Illinois while you are frolicking on the beach!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  51. Lish, I am so happy for you. Change is scary, but it'll be good. Here for you anytime, girl. :)

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  52. Great to hear that you managed to sell the house. Hope that you get a new house in the location which you like.

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  53. Safe and happy travels!!! Good luck with the move!!!

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  54. Moving to a new area is always a major stress. Be easy on yourself and take the time to de-stress when needed. Sending you best thoughts, wishes, & prayers......

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  55. Congratulations and good luck!

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  56. Congratulations! I wish you & your family the best! and prayers for smooth moving & house finding. I live in WI so I know all about brutal winter, I may try to sneak down during winter for a break ;) ((hugs)) Faythe @GMT~

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  57. Moving is definitely not fun, especially when it involves buyin & selling a house! Good Luck, I'm sure it will all be worth it when you are done and settled!

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  58. South Carolina is a great place! We have vacationed there today and we really enjoyed it, especially the warm ocean waters. We even consider moving for my husband's job to Hilton Head. Good luck in everything and Yes you will be in my prayers.

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  59. wishing you all the best and happy you sold your house. My prayers will be with you.

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  60. congrats on the sale and happy moving to sc.

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  61. My goodness I didn't know selling a house could be such a nightmare. Buying ours wasn't a walk in the park, but my goodness.
    So glad everything is finally coming together for you. Prayers heading your way

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  62. Lish, I´m so happy and excited for you! Now a new part of your life will start. Here in Germany it´s pretty hard to get a house sold!
    I hope you´ll find a new place soon!
    You will be definately in our prayer!
    xoxo
    Verena

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  63. Wow a lot is happening down there. Congrats on the sale, who ever bought it with those radiation levels:) I hope you will find your dream home and glad you get into warmer climate, I wish I could.

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  64. congrats on selling your house! :)
    -Samantha

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  65. Best of luck to you with your move!!

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  66. Congrats on the sale! Also on the reduction in stress levels!

    Happy WW!

    ~EdT.

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  67. I moved just outside Greenville five years ago and have really loved living in South Carolina! Congrats on your move!

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  68. CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for sure - and am looking forward to reading all about the new adventures. I can't wait for that to be me when we finally get our ducks in a row and sell our house to move back West. I better read your real estate learning lessons to see what I'm in for - you're right, it's so different now than it used to be for buying/selling a house.

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  69. Wow. Moving is hard work, and it's scary but so exciting at the same time. Congratulations and here's to a new chapter!! I live in NC and it's awesome. The weather is great and it's nice to be so close to the beach.

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  70. I just love that quote in your second photo. Congratulations on selling your house and hang in there!

    Hopping around for WW.

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  71. Congratulations on the sale! Good luck moving! We went from downtown Chicago to Atlanta about 10 years ago. It took a lot of getting used to but the warm weather is wonderful. Though there's no better city than Chicago!

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  72. That's amazing, Alicia! Super congratulations to you!!

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  73. Oh my goodness! How brave and wonderful! Wishing you happy and lucky house hunting.

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  74. Congrats on the sell!!!!
    Just remember to enjoy it all...
    The good, the bad and the ugly!!!
    You will love being over here :)

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  75. Congrats on surviving selling your house! As a life long resident of South Carolina let me say Welcome! You are gonna love it here!

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  76. I just commented about this post on the previous post. Don't know how I managed that. Anyway,I'm excited for your new move.

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  77. Good luck! We moved across country once. It was HARD.

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  78. Selling a house can be such a pain! Best of luck with your move. I really hope you find a new place quickly...a place you love.

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  79. Alicia, good luck with the move and congratulations! My slice of the world is very beautiful at times, but the cold, long winters get to me. South Carolina will be fabulous!

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  80. Congrats on selling the house!! and GOOD LUCK with the move.. I will keep you & your family in my prayers! :)

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  81. Wow...but now it' on to a new adventure. yes, prayers coming your way and happy wishes too for a wonderful new path. Hugs P.S. please link up tomorrow at Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things hop :-)

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  82. I am always excited for people who leap into a new situation and change. I have no desire to live anywhere else but here, but I seem to enjoy living vicariously through others endeavors and experiences. I can't wait to see photos of your SC fall and winter.

    Sending many prayers and positive thoughts your way for a smooth transition into your new home. xox

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  83. Oh what exciting news!!!! I know what a nightmare the process can be- not only did we experience it a couple times ourselves- but my mother is a Realtor in CA- so her horror stories are just that...horror. Makes me never want to do it again.

    I am so excited for you & can't wait to see all your changes, adventures & updates as the weeks go on!

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  84. My husband was born and raised in Lexington SC which is right outside Columbia and near Irmo and Chapin. If you have any questions feel free to email me at imyewneek@yahoo.com and I can ask him (or my mother in law!) anything you need to know!

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  85. So excited for you new life chapter! We've thought of moving to NC a few times, but luckily for us CA is much better then iowa! Praying for you to find the perfect house fast!!

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  86. I'm both happy and stressed for you.

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  87. I guess all those HGTV shows don't show the reality of selling your home. Best of luck in your next journey!

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  88. Congratulations on the move! Statistics are 1 out of every 4 homeowner trying to sell their house dies before it's sold...I'm glad your the 3 out of 4! Happy moving...

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  89. Aww, your post made me sad you’re leaving Iowa. (But then realized I shouldn’t talk since I left Iowa when I was 19.) Glad you managed to sell your home, and are off to do something new and exciting, congrats!

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  90. Congrats! Exciting news! I live in Columbia and would love to answer any questions you may have. You're going to love the Irmo/Chapin area!

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  91. Sending good thoughts and prayers for a smoother transition for you and your family.
    I can't imagine all the anxiety. I know you will find the perfect place. :-)

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  92. Enjoy your new adventure in S Carolina! I am following you from “the perfect line.” Pls follow back. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/

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  93. Wonderful news!! Congrats :) I will pray that you find a place quickly and everything falls into place after that :)

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  94. Hooray!! Wonderful news! Best of luck with the big move, I hope you find somewhere quickly xx

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  95. I just got relocated and would be glad to help you with a few tips if its new to you -- this was my fourth long distance move. I am with you on the selling a house though, way harder than it had been... so bad I considered getting a revolving door installed for workmen. http://jplovescotton.com/2011/06/23/home-revolving-door/ Thankful I can laugh about it!

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  96. Moving is no fun. (We just did it, but totally different circumstances.) You know we'll be praying...and on the upside, you are WAY closer to me! XO! :)

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  97. I am a new follower sent over from The How to Mommy. This is going to be a great experience for you! Toasting a Chocolate Mousse Toast to you!! Love your blog- it is wonderful!

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  98. Oh my gosh, soooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!! I would move far far away from the never ending Wisconsin winters in a heart beat if it wasn't for my husband!!!

    Glad your house sold (since that usually seems to be the hard part these days) and sending lots and lots of easy headache free house hunting vibes your way!

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  99. Congrats on the sale! I am so jealous! Our house has been on the market all summer :-/

    Prayers said!!

    <3xojo

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  100. Wishing you much happiness, energy and good karma on your move. I can't wait to hear about your new home and see your new pictures. Good luck!!!

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  101. Found you through Katie @ Pinke Post. Love your site! And I see from this post we have something in common. I linked up today to the latest chapter in our "finally moving" saga... Glad to be connected and looking forward to following!

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  102. Congrats on your move...I am sure you will love SC. We lived there right after college (University of Iowa)loved the weather and visits to Charleston. I might just take your freebie...we are trying to sell our house right now and it is rough out there, glad it worked out for you. Best of luck on this new chapter in your life.

    Tiffany

    Also, thanks for your very kind comments today:)

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  103. Sending up on of those prayers :)

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  104. Yay!!! So excited for you! Will certainly pray for a home. Moving was a nightmare. i don't think I want to do it again. Not sure how my parents flipped houses when we were kids. So stressful!

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