Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Only Logical Decision
2008 has been an interesting year for the Heartsill family!
In February, my wife and I had a baby--Evan. If you care to see pictures of him, just click on the link in the righthand column. Warning, don't look if you don't want to see a cute baby! I have no doubt that Evan has changed our lives, and has brought much, much joy to us.
Also, gas prices have hit an all time high! I don't think any of us saw it coming, at least not to the extent we have. In our area, gas has leveled out (for this week) at about $3.80 a gallon. I know many readers will laugh at how low that is! I understand. However, for me, that is still high! Very high.
During 2008, as our family has grown, we've come to realize that our house and yard is just too small for our growing family. With a little boy, we know that before long, he will need extra space to play. He'll want to ride his bike, run around the yard, and do all kinds of things that boys do. Those days will be here before we know it. And we want to be ready for that!
Also, my wife continues to work about 20 miles from our house. When gas was lower, that distance hit our pocketbook, but not like it is right now. She's tried carpooling, but that didn't work well. We've tried to make sure the car is running good, tired are inflated properly, and we change the oil and have it checked regularly. Still, gas is killing our bottom line. And, there's not hope of it getting better any time soon.
So, after a lot of prayer and discussion, we've decided to place our home on the market. We don't enter the housing market without hesitation. We've seen the reports on TV about the housing market. We've seen what interest rates are doing. We've seen the collapse of some of the riskier loans that were given out in recent years.
However, the time seems right for us. We've prayed about it. We've talked for hours about what to do. We've cleaned the house, checked ever inch of the house to make sure everything is working right, and we've interviewed a realtor. They've given us some good news about house prices and sales in our area. They've given us hope that our home should do well in the Birmingham market. I guess time will tell.
So, until it sells, I suppose we'll be living in a musuem or at least it will seem that way. We'll have to dust, clean, make sure the beds are made, and dirty diapers are out of the house. While we try to do that now, you know how day to day life is. But now, with a sign in the yard, we'll need to do better.
If you know someone looking for house in Chelsea, Alabama, email me! We'll be fair in our price, just like we hope the person making the offer will be fair to us! We aren't looking to get rich, just to move and be a little more comfortable all the way around.
Whether you know someone or not who is looking to move, we'd appreciate you keeping us in your prayers! Please pray that we will make the right decision. Please pray that if this decision is God's will, that we will know, and until we know for sure, that we will be patient, resting in Him!
That's the only way our home will sell, I know that. Then again, what better plan is there for the home to sell!
Well, I need to quit blogging for now. I'm sure there's something that needs to be cleaned, put in a new place, or just needs a little attention.