Today We Sold Half of Our Real-Estate Empire

Today was the day we signed all of the papers to make the sale of our old house official. I didn’t mention anything about it here because I became weirdly and adamantly superstitious about it over the past 30 days. I was convinced that if I wrote that we had sold our house that a tree would fall on it or something.

Happily, the only tree that fell on our property during the closing period was a giant tree limb that fell on our driveway, thankfully missing our house by quite a distance.

I thought that I would walk out of the title company office this afternoon feeling ecstatic. I was sure that I would be delighted that I could cross one more thing off my list, especially considering that this one thing involved paying a second mortgage every month.

Instead, what I felt was bittersweet.

I’m going to miss that house.

A lot happened in that house.

Quinn was born when we lived in that house. We became a family of five there. We learned about autism and neurodiversity there. I became a blogger there. Alex and I lived two-thirds of our married life there. My kids grew from even smaller than this…

Photo of Alex and my kids planting seeds in containers on our back porch. This photo was taken in 2007. My kids (and Alex) look sooooo little.

From 2007.

…to what they are today.

Photo of my three kids gathered around a computer. They are much older than in the prior photo.

Too-dark and bad photo composition courtesy of three children who never stay still in the same well lit and composed photo frame.

Even though Sam and Jack have lived in other houses, they don’t remember them. My kids have lived their entire conscious existence in that house. They grew into young men in that house.

I’m excited for what is to come and I can’t wait to see how my family changes in our new house. I’m happy that another young family gets to find their own way in the house we sold today. But part of me will very much miss the house we called home for so long.

8 thoughts on “Today We Sold Half of Our Real-Estate Empire

  1. Yesterday, I finished reading the July posts before this one. I was last here in the afternoon of that day, before this post was sent out. It took me 14 months to read this whole blog, from late May last year, when you wrote about Hershey Park to yesterday afternoon. I seem to remember the most recent posts when I discovered your blog included Hershey Park, which is why I use that as a reference point.

  2. Also: The photo from 2007 is adorable! To add some fictional thought balloons:
    Quinn: This is kinda boring. Also, I wanted to wear the green hoodie, not red.
    Jack: This is cool.
    Sam: Dad, while I really like the notion of backyard gardening, we definitely have too many seed packets for those containers.
    Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)
    They are definitely growing up!

  3. Also: The photo from 2007 is adorable! To add some fictional thought balloons:
    Quinn: This is kinda boring. Also, I wanted to wear the green hoodie, not red.
    Jack: This is cool. And, I’m helping Quinn sit up.
    Sam: Dad, while I really like the notion of backyard gardening, we definitely have too many seed packets for those containers.
    Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)
    They are definitely growing up!

  4. First, congrats on selling the house! Yay, no more 2 mortgages!

    Secondly, I hear you on the bittersweet. I was very relieved when we sold our first house. But that was the house where the kids learned to walk & talk. We’ll see how much my youngest remembers of that house as she grows up. She was 3.5 when we moved.

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