The past few weeks have been busy. We’ve been house hunting, for starters. I’m astounded at how some people live. I admit to secretly sort of enjoying walking through stranger’s homes, silently criticizing or admiring their decorating choices, and getting a glimpse into other people’s lives. The inventory of homes here, in our price range, is quite limited so it is a bit of a seller’s market. Even so, it is amazing how many people have simply listed their messy homes…it doesn’t appear that there has been much, if any, sprucing up of the homes. As for cleaning…? Ugh. Just…ugh. (Seriously – how do people even live like that? Much less let strangers walk through their homes and see that they live like that?! Houses stinking of dog, mold in showers, stuff…everywhere?)
We are hoping that as the weather warms up more houses will appear in MLS. Because right now there is nothing. At least nothing that will work.
I spent one day last week driving my refugee family around the area. They live in the middle of Jacksonville and had not had a chance to see much of the city. It was a beautiful day, so we drove east and stopped at the beach. They loved it. Obviously, the beach is a completely new experience for them (Afghanistan isn’t really known for its beaches 😏). They were able to FaceTime their family in Afghanistan and share the experience with them, which was kind of fun. Afterwards, we had a lovely lunch and then drove around St. Augustine before stopping at the store and heading home.
Paige came home for Easter last weekend and it was so nice to relax with the kids and spend time together. One more month until they’re both done with final exams and home for the summer. I can’t wait!
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One of the women I work with is selling her house and the realtor gave her this 4 page booklet on how to stage her house and basically demanded that she comply! To be honest, I am refreshed to hear that is not the case everywhere because some of the things she was saying sounded impossible to maintain – like NO books, NO photos anywhere in the house; all mugs need to point in the same direction; pantry must be organized, etc.
I always enjoy reading about your time with your refugee family! And your time with the kids!
I hope you find a house soon!
I so know your frustration!!
But yeah, looking at the way others live is eye-opening to say the least.
Lucky you having the kids home this summer! Mine will stay up on the mountain this year to finish some classes so he can student teach this fall.