The decision to put our house up for sale was not an easy one. We had only lived in our dream home for about a year and a half. This was the house we were supposed to grow old in. I had always wanted fruit trees, a huge garden, horses on my property, and a beautiful kitchen. The amazing koi pond was just an extra bonus. We had spent half of our time here remodeling it. I decided that I wanted to be my own general contractor and took on the responsibility of the whole project. I learned a lot, cussed a lot, and had a few breakdowns. But the finished product was AMAZING! We rebuilt parts of the house from the ground up. We are no Chip and Joanna, but the work we did would have impressed even them!
I spent so many mornings in prayer and devotion sitting in the lush green courtyard. One of my favorite things was to watch the hummingbirds dive in and out of the flavorful purple bushes I had planted. Everything was just growing to maturity and apparently offered quite the buffet. My journal is full with Eucharisteo (praise and thanksgiving) for this place. Our littles had chores that taught them responsibility and kept them busy. They finally had the space to put out the biggest slip and slide money could buy. Many a warm afternoon was spent running and sliding like little maniacs. Our olders loved to come visit, too. Sometimes with friends to sit around the fire pit and sometimes to enjoy a little BBQ and a wicked game of cornhole under the amazing Edison lights Jaret hung like an expert. This place felt like our safe haven. Especially with all of the craziness of the stay-at-home orders. We often slept with our sliding glass door off the master bedroom open so we could fall asleep to the sounds of the crickets, frogs, and the pond waterfall. Everything was peaceful and perfect….. oh, except having it all was about to kill us!
An operation of this size takes work……..and money. My husband made a very good living as an operations manager of a power plant. However we were finding out that it took every single second of his life. He had no time to enjoy living in this paradise. The only time he had off would be devoted to mowing, trimming, and the occasional small yard project. I spent at least 2 hours a day cleaning and pruning and general upkeep. It kept me moving and I enjoyed the work until the heat started creeping in. I have multiple sclerosis (aka the monster) and the biggest trouble maker for me is the heat. If I spent too much time in the yard while it was hot, I would not be able to walk later in the day. I often sat inside of my air-conditioned home and wished I could be out there working on the next project or relaxing with my fish. I had to make choices. If I chose to work outside in the Phoenix heat, I would be making the choice to not do anything for the rest of my day. Blessings and curses.
We decided that the best decision was to put our house up for sale and live more simply. We had to finish a few small projects and clean up a little, but in no time, we were ready to list it. We were selling our paradise. The house went on the market around 9 am and we had our first full price offer by noon. Soon to be someone else’s paradise. We would have 6 weeks to move on…… “Lord, please show us Your will and the way.”
Hello. My name is Jenny Sullivan. I am a 40-something mother to 4 kiddos (Our oldest 2 are homegrown and our youngest 2 daughters are adopted from Ethiopia and China). I enjoy horses, gardening, and writing. I love to laugh and I hope I can add humor into your day by reading my blogs. I believe God loves to see His children smile. My life is not an easy one, we face challenges of all sorts daily. I hope by blogging, I can share these experiences with you and take you along on this Perfect Adventure with me!