Our House

Categories: BlogBy Published On: February 9, 202235.1 min read771 words7 Comments on Our House


Our House got an offer. They have already done the inspection and we have agreed upon everything. We have also made an offer that was accepted on a new home. Our inspection is this week. I will share pictures when we know everything is safe and sound.

I have been going through all the feelings.

Leaving a house that has honestly been the most stable home of my life. I have lived here longer than any other house in my life.

This place has been the starting place for so many things.

I know that dream is complete and I have a new dream to pursue. But I have all of the feels.

I will also say that I bought a house in the worst market of my lifetime. Seriously, I just paid an astronomical price for a home that isn’t worth what we paid. I think that was crazy financially but I am trying to be a supportive wife and that is painful. I kept trying to convince my husband that we maybe need to come up with a new plan. He was set on this.

*dragging feet* all the way.

I will also say this process is so vulnerable. especially in this market. Imagine when your business is wrapped up in your home. I own 3 longarms. most homes can’t accommodate 1 of these machines much less 3.  So our pool of homes was slim to begin with…just for the amount of square footage that we need and the type of space. I kept saying I wish we could just go buy some 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house somewhere. That would have made it so much easier and cheaper. We wanted to land in Idaho. But the mass exit from WA, OR and CA have made ID extremely expensive. The already over-priced homes are going for cash offers well over 100K above asking. We learned we couldn’t compete. We also learned some shady practices of listing agents and their tricky photos. It was really a lot of wasted time with the way they try to trick you with these home listings.

So when you do find a home and feel like you want to offer….there is always a bidding war and you just never know. We had to bid against 3 other buyers and there was nothing else on the market when we offered that could even work for my machines. I only have a small window to find a house because there is no where for me to rent at a reasonable price, with a monthly contract…that will allow 3 dogs, one of them HUGE and run a business out of the home. That would be a unicorn.  I had to really bid on a house and get something in my small window. The fact that I had a contingency offer was a huge deterrent. (That was with a secure offer already on the table)

The house we ended up buying is pretty dated. We will have to update it. I didn’t even want to look at this house because the layout is stupid. Whoever designed it did weird stuff that I think is dumb. I hated the pictures. Rob wanted to look anyway because of the land. I love the land myself. It’s full of trees. When we got there we were discussing the possibilities of it working and we decided it wouldn’t–> until we realized there was a huge unfinished room that wasn’t shown in the listing. that one room made the difference. It will hold 2 longarms making it possible for this house to be useable for us.  Rob will have quite a commute. But we are both making compromises. We didn’t get exactly what we wanted but we got a lot of what we wanted and that is great for the time.

I am trying to process the feelings. I am trying to let go. I am trying to focus on all of the good things but my heart is swollen. I hate leaving my friends. I hate leaving the comfortable town and routine that I live in.

On the good side we will be closer to majority of our children, Both of Rob’s parents and lots of friends and extended family. It’s all going to work out. it’s just hard being in limbo. It’s hard letting go and its difficult going back financially when we have made good choices for many years.

I just want to record my feelings here. I am vowing to never do this to myself again. This process is hard.

I hope you all have a blessed day.





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  1. Alissa February 9, 2022 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    My heart feels heavy for you as you grieve the move away from the home that made. Praying the Lord’s peace and blessings over you as you transition into a new chapter of life in a new place, the He will build a new community of friends around you and that you will find joy in each small victory.

  2. Carol Klingeman February 9, 2022 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I know that you know to put this all in Gods hands and he will bring you through it. You will come out of this blessed. We moved 14 years ago because my husband was ill after being in our home 42 years. It was the best thing at the time and even better now.

  3. Marty February 9, 2022 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Charisma, we love in central eastern ID, in my husband’s family home (not always a great idea imho). We’re 3 hrs due S of Hamilton, MT. There’s been a move for people all over the country to move here, not just WA, OR, CA, etc. RE prices are insane here too. My friend in Bozeman MT says there too. We moved from Fairbanks AK here in 11/2013 after he retired. I spent my whole adult life in AK, from 24 yrs old. It was hard, friends esp quilting ones I miss the most. Memories will always be there, visits too, and visits from friends to you. He, helps us along the way. Enjoy the renovations to make your new home yours. Blessed Be.

  4. Roger Holloway February 9, 2022 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget to dig up some bulbs from your Ephrata stronghold for your new place!

  5. Ann West February 9, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Change is always hard for anyone. This could be an amazing move for you to begin discovering. Take each day at a time. A little give here and a little take there. You will come out just fine. Enjoy the journey

  6. Karin February 9, 2022 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Change can be difficult and scary. But you’re tough and resourceful and you will get through it. Glad you have room for your machines! We gave up our camper and its lot, on Oct, and I still muss it terribly. But, I have room for both my sewing machine to stay set up AND a longarm if my own. Now I just wish I had half your talent and vision, and I’d be all set! :) blessings and peace…

  7. Lavonne February 10, 2022 at 4:40 am - Reply

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.”

    As hard as it is for you, it will work out.

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