The State of the House Address: How to Turn Disappointment into Joy

BUYER'S REMORSE?

We expected leftover junk from the previous owners, but not to the degree that we found. We fully admit it could have been a lot worse. There are horror stories littering the internet and we don't want to add to the pile of lost faith in humanity material out there, so we wanted to share how we dealt with it and the opportunities that came from it.

Before we could even move our stuff in, Juan had to clean the garage. Practically top to bottom. Cob webs in corners, rodent poop behind boxes, hundreds of dog treat bits soaked and crusted to the floor, and broken appliances on the shelves. After three hours, it was swept and cleared of all of the left over junk. Just in time for the movers we hired to show up and unload the truck.

These guys were great. Locals making a living with their many side hustles. They made quick work of our 20' truck loaded to the ceiling. They even carried away a full truck bed of the leftover garbage to the dump for us, at no extra cost. (Garrett, you rock!)

One of the items left was a sound machine, which our oldest daughter quickly claimed. There was a cabinet in the kitchen that looked like the previous owners removed the anchor from the wall, in order to take with them, but ended up leaving it instead. It's in poor shape, but I'll repurpose it for the garage. Can't complain about extra storage, amiright?

In the backyard, it appears the previous owners didn't dispose of their dog's waste, but instead piled it behind a tree. I've been told we can use as fertilizer. Anyone have any tips on that? Is that safe for a vegetable garden or just flower beds?

Lastly, they utilized command strips for much of their wall pieces. They work rather well in not peeling off the paint when you remove them. However, the previous owners never removed them when they repainted, leaving highly noticeable unpainted strips throughout the house! This honestly made us laugh. You can see the brush strokes around each of the strips, as if special care was taken to preserve these temporary fixtures. It would have been far less time and effort for them to simply remove the strips in the first place. People are truly silly sometimes.

Because we want to be truthful, the first day or so we felt a bit disappointed. If this is how they managed their house, what other shortcuts are we bound to find? But we quickly got over it and chose to feel blessed with what God has provided us. We knew there was a lot of work we wanted to do to make this house our own, so what's a few extra tasks on our to-do list anyways?

We don't know the situation of the previous family that lived in this home. We won't ever know the struggles they had. So why hold onto bitterness? At the end of the day, we know all of this leftover mess is trivial. Extending forgiveness and grace is what God calls us to practice and that is just what we did.

We are truly grateful for this house—even in its current state. We're excited to start working on our projects to improve it, make it our own, and ultimate leave it better for the next family when it's time for us to move on.

Follow along our home renovations as we tackle each project, make mistakes, and learn to trust the process.

Saying Goodbye to California: Our Most Expensive Road Trip Ever

752mi | $553 in Gas | 2 Vehicles (towing a 3rd) | 6 Humans | 2 Pets | 1 Jungle of Houseplants

We had so much help packing up our home into one 20' truck and two vehicles. Loading an entire home in 4 hours has got to be a record! Nostalgia sat in, as we did some minor cleaning to our place and gathered the few remaining things. It felt like it was just the day before that we were filling that empty condo with our stuff. How time flies.

Early the next day, I, Juan, took off in the moving truck with a friend who agreed to help drive with us. The ladies had a later start, but we all happened to meet up at our first gas fill-up in Reno at the same time. Every two hours or so, we made gas and/or food stops. At which point I made sure to check on the plethora of houseplants stowed away in my car. Because it was being towed, the AC couldn't be on, so ensuring they weren't being fried in the August heat made my wife more at ease. Nevada, which made up the majority of our trip was beautiful, but it's easy to dismiss the desert dust and dry shrubs in the Summer. My guess is that it's stunning in the Spring.

Dinner was a welcomed break from the drive. We stopped in the city of Twin Falls to meet up with some new friends who also recently moved to Idaho. They took us to a fantastic local restaurant. Our planned 45min pit-stop turned to into two hours of delicious food and laughs. No regrets.

We rolled into our new town a little after midnight. In my tired state, I accidentally slammed a car door on my thumb. It required a splint for a few days as the swelling and pain subsided. Now I just have to wait the next month or so for the blackened nail to grow out and heal.

After all of the gas, food, truck rental, and plane tickets (for our two friends to drive out with us) this was the most expensive road trip to date. I don't want to down play the stress involved in such a move, but honestly, it felt so smooth and rather painless. It had it's moments, but in the end we made it.

We're so thankful for the friends and family that helped us pack and load the truck, and to the two who made the drive out with us. Y'all are amazing!

Can't wait to share how we're settling into our new home and town.