It has sold! Our home has found new people to love it, and we are grateful.
When we first started telling people about our plans to travel the world with our kids, the most common question we were asked was “What will you do with your house?” For a long time, we weren’t sure. Should we get someone to house-sit? Should we rent it out? Should we sell it? It was a big question that weighed on our minds for a long time. Several months ago, I was attempting to awkwardly answer that question when the person I was talking to said “These things have a way of working themselves out.” They were right.
We could have made a lot of different options work. But, for our family, really it came down to this question:
Do we want to be putting our energy and resources into this house while we are travelling?
Once we got clear that “a house back in Canada” was not where we wanted to put our energy and resources while we were travelling, the decision to sell it became clearer. We aren’t planning to use any of the money from our house to finance our trip. It will be there, when we need it to help us put down roots again in the future.
Selling a home (especially one that you have put a lot of love into – and holds a lot of memories) can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. For our kids, this is the only home that they have ever lived in. The decision to sell the house has not been easy for them, and it has brought up a lot of stuff for them to work through. While I made every effort to keep us out of “limbo” with the sale of the house… well, things didn’t work out that way… The process (getting the house ready to sell, the showings, offers coming in at 9 pm that need a response by 11 pm… there REALLY needs to be a law against that one…) were tough on all of us… but especially our kids. We’ve had to give them a lot of space to be with whatever they were feeling, and reassure them that it was ok to feel whatever they were feeling.
I have to say a big thank you to our realtors Kathy and Dave Klune for their incredible support of our family through this process. They are an incredible team to work with – and we are grateful. They really get and live the concept of “service”, and we feel blessed to have had them as our realtors.
The big gift right now that the “Sold” sign gives our family is that it takes us out of “Limb-OH!” with a bunch of things. We can firm up our departure dates, and move into the phase of getting final details related to our travel finished. We can do a lot of things now that have been on hold for the past few weeks, including dealing with all of our “stuff”.
About the Author
Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.