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So, the entire journey started last week when I was scrolling through Facebook. It actually probably goes back much further than that, but for time's sake, we can begin there. I don't spend much time trolling social media, even though it is probably a prerequisite for my job. I typically do what I need to do and then I am off to do mommy and wife sorts of things. Anyhow, last week I was bored and was checking out my Facebook feed. This is where things typically go downhill. Usually when I spend too much time on social media I find some craft to attempt that never turns out exactly right, or a recipe to recreate that ends up inedible. This time, I found a house.
Yes, we already have a house. It is a beautiful home that we have spent the past four years of our lives making ours. We bought it when we were pregnant with youngest, and ever since we changed everything about it. Our home contains our most precious memories. I love our home, my children love our home, and my husband loves our home, but then I found the most amazing house ever.
So, the first issue...our new home isn't in Pennsylvania, where we currently live. Of course things couldn't be that easy. It is in Davenport, Iowa...a place that we have never been to. I don't know much about Iowa, but I am sure it is an amazing place. I know it is flat there, they produce a lot of corn and pork, and it is the only state to have two vowels as an abbreviation. So, it only makes sense that we could move there. I saw the home and I knew that no matter where it was, we needed to go.
In all, there were twenty-three photos of the home. About half of them showed the home in livable condition. Most of the first floor is finished, with the exception of a few odds and ends. Then, comes the second floor. The second floor... needs some work.
So, what would make me want to risk my happy marriage, stable home, and everything we have to go to Iowa and live in a half renovated home? It is the house I have always wanted...well, after it is finished. Back when it was built, it was an amazing home. I know we can make it that way again. My wonderfully skeptical and supportive husband, he has his doubts. My children, they have varied opinions. Oldest child is absolutely supportive of all my crazy whims and adventures. He is riding out his last two years until college. So, he is trying to remain under the radar and figures he can have some fun during the last few months. I could tell him we are going to sell our home and travel with a carnival for the next five years, and the child would go with it. He has a pretty great sense of humor and only has to deal with our family's craziness for twenty-four more months. Then, there is middle child. She really doesn't like change, especially change that may involve work, states in the tornado belt, and leaving our home. She is against it. Youngest child, he could not care less. If you tell him they have Reese's Cups in Iowa, he will race you there.
Currently, the husband is looking for a job in Iowa, believe it or not. We are making plans to go see exactly how much work needs to be done, and our nights are spent watching YouTube videos on how to hang drywall. The husband tolerates my impulsiveness really well. I am very interested to see how all of this will turn out. It will either be the best thing we have ever decided to do, or it may end with a divorce and none of my children speaking to me...which may not be a bad thing. Only time will tell.