Sunday, June 25, 2006

Home Again, Home Again

I have been on blogging hiatus for the last week because we were in Jackson shopping for a new house. The good news is that we were successful. We bought a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 5.5 acres just a few miles east of Union. The house is beautiful, the land is beautiful, the whole area is beautiful.

The house is fourteen years old and was built by the couple from whom we purchased it. It's a single-story, split plan, meaning that the master bedroom is on one side of the house and the other two bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house. The details are amazing...crown molding in every room, a whirlpool tub in the enormous master bathroom, a door that shuts off the wing where the two "other" bedrooms are located, a full size laundry/utility room just off the kitchen. It isn't decorated to our taste, but there's nothing that needs to be addressed immediately. We can take all the time we need to remove the omnipresent wallpaper and repaint the walls.

And the land...oh, the land. Much of it is wooded. And there are areas of open grass, areas with small stands of trees that provide ample shade, and in the back is an area that's already fenced off for whatever menagerie Jay may choose.

But the real coup...when we went back to see it a second time the owner was out mowing the lawn on his John Deere riding mower. While talking to him, we found out that he and his wife are moving to a house on a tiny parcel of land, so I asked if he was going to have any use for his mower. He said that he had planned to give it to his son-in-law, but that if we really wanted it, he'd give it to us for a reasonable price. So we wrote it into our contract and they agreed. Joshua gets his John Deere tractor after all!

So it was a success, but not without its stressful moments. More details to follow.

8 comments:

Mom said...

Congrats on getting the news out so quickly. Be sure and include pictures in the next entry. Loved having you here. Thanks for the babysitting opportunity. The "old girl" still has it!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on the house and the tractor! I know ya'll have a thing for John Deere.

TLS said...

Congratulations!!! When do you move?? Uh, isn't July 1st this week?????

anna said...

Congrats you guys. Sounds like your house is a real winner and will be a lot of fun to do to your taste. I love houses that need work but nothing that isn't liveable at least for awhile. And I'm with your mom....let's see some pictures, cause I know you guys took some.

How fun is it going to be to have Jay mowing the grass with Joshua on his knee. Then you're going to have to buy a battery operated John Deere tractor for Joshua to keep up with dad. See I have lots of bad ideas. :)

Mary Beth said...

Thanks for the congrats, everyone. We're so excited. But now the packing...dear God, the packing.

Tiff, I'm going on family leave so I don't have a new appointment. And because I'm such a nice person I offered to remain here for the first three weeks in July since cabinet doesn't have a new pastor for this church yet and probably won't until September 1.

jenny said...

When it IS time to work on wallpaper, check with Tim as he has ALL the experience from this house (no sizing on the 30+ year old LOVELY wallpaper for starters...). He has lots of tricks to get the stuff down...

The Thief said...

"How fun is it going to be to have Jay mowing the grass with Joshua on his knee."

No matter how cute that looks, don't let it happen. No matter how much the little guy whines to ride it, don't give in!!! It's not worth the chance of having him slip off!!!!

But anyway, congrats on the new place!

Mary Beth said...

Nope. No babies on tractors.