The home we’re leaving behind
Taking pictures, posting our house on Craigslist, and showing it to potential renters has reminded us how truly lovely our home is. I used to look at every floor board scuff or nail hole with disdain, now I see sweet bitterness as I remember how it was created and add it to my mental “Fix It” list.
I recently redid our daughters room, complete with chandelier, pink flowery wallpaper, bright pink curtains, new closet organizer, and a loft bed she hasn’t used. Its going to break my heart to have to tear apart the unused bed and pack up all her toys & stuffed animals. Worse, I’m worried that it will break her heart! I’m not procrastinating this task, but I dread the tearful outcome. Should I do it while she’s away at preschool or in front of her?? She’s only just turning 3 years old, so I’m not convinced she will understand what is occurring.
We decided on a family to rent our home. They have a 10 year old son and a 2 year old daughter, so we’re hoping they will fit into our amazing neighborhood and enjoy their time here as much as we have. They are allowing us to keep some shelving up, the flat screen TV arm brackets, a corner cabinet, the plants, and our 2 chickens.
This is the first time we’re becoming landlords and its under strange circumstances. One of the families we interviewed didn’t like that we were just looking to rent for only 2 years. They wanted to “dig their roots in” and thought they wouldn’t be able to do that knowing we were returning. Other people had a lot of questions about whether we might come back prior to two years. Our simultaneous answer was that we will definitely be gone for 2 years, whether that’s in Nicaragua or another country.
We’re truly going to miss this home, our neighborhood, and our wonderful neighbors. We’ve created lasting friendships for both us and the kids in this neighborhood and we know we are blessed to live here.