Friday, November 11, 2011


Selling our house has been a LOOOONNNNGG journey! (almost as long as this blog post!) And, I know I can’t complain…because, yesterday was the day that it OFFICIALLY sold! I must admit that it’s extra bittersweet. There are so many reasons why I’m relieved.

For example, take a peek into our showings…

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buyers have made an offer on property.
 Friday, Aug 26, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Friday, Aug 26, 2011 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
 Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2nd Showing!!
Buyer husband came to see this home for first time today. Initial impressions remain positive, but it's come down to another home with high ceilings making home feel much larger + more closet space which is important to these buyers. We're pursuing the other home first, will let you know if it doesn't work out. Best wishes.
 Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2nd Showing!!
 Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
My clients really like this house. They are contemplating making an offer. Thank you! 
 Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
One of buyer favorite floor plans. Would like to bring hubby back. Two concerns to keep at top of list--all the nail pops & nail holes to be patched. See seller tried but didn't match paint. Puzzling why so many for house not that old. Condition of carpet. Very strong pet odor today as well. Please email the sellers disclosure + 12 mo. utility expenses.
 Monday, Aug 15, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
One of their top 3, they are early in their search. We are going back out on Wednesday.
  Monday, Aug 15, 2011 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 Saturday, Aug 6, 2011 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Thursday, Aug 4, 2011 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Adorable presentation! After seeing several homes today, buyer has chosen to focus on 4 bdrm. homes + a study vs. 3+study. Best wishes.
 Monday, Aug 1, 2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This wasn't one of my client's favorites - although since she is going back home without buying anything, I guess nothing was really a favorite. She is looking for a neighborhood that is less children oriented since she is a single retired lady. So, probably will end up in a zero lot line or townhouse and something a little more expensive to get all the things she wants.   
 Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
2nd Showing!!
They like the floor plan, but haven't decided on a home yet...we are still looking.
 Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
 Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
client loved the floor plan.... first house we viewed... going back to look at others this afternoon
 Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
This was one of their favorite of the day. Nicely decorated. Will see what they decide. They will go out some more next weekend.
 Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beautiful home! My clients liked the house but, thinks it feels small for what they need. Thank you! Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2nd Showing!!
They are still considering it and one other home.
 Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
 Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Buyers liked home and neighborhood, but they are concerned about size and thinking about looking for something larger for their growing family. Not off their list, but not a front runner. I'll let you know if things change. Thanks & good luck.

Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Nice home...they liked the wood floors and the fact that it has the formal dining and the study. Not having the poured concrete patio was a minus.
 Sunday, Jul 3, 2011 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2nd Showing!!
 Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2nd Showing!!
 Friday, Jul 1, 2011 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
remarkable home but not a possibility b/c of the yard
 Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cute! it is on the top of the list
 Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
2nd Showing!!
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Client decided against area, home showed nicely.
 Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
The house is a very nice house. My clients liked it a lot. Agent to agent i would say it does show fairly well but it seems quite overly decorated even though the owner has done some very nice & creative decorating. Secondly we looked at 8 houses yesterday.  i would say the house is about $5-10k overpriced
 Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Nice home but they chose a home in Providence Village.
 Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Liked this one but have just started looking.
 Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
My buyer liked the floor plan but isn't sure about the neighborhood.
 Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
 Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Shows nice but floorplan wont work for this buyer. Thanks for letting us show.
 Monday, Jun 13, 2011 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 Monday, Jun 13, 2011 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Buyer decided it was too small for their needs.
 Monday, Jun 13, 2011 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thought the house was lovely! Thought the backyard was too small for them. Also, tell Brooks the house looked great! He did a nice job having it ready for me!! Just FYI...I could smell the dogs, when you get back just try to light candles and air out closet. Thanks!
 Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
They decided they wanted a larger yard.
 Friday, Jun 10, 2011 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
We are going back tomorrow to show husband. She is down to 3 house.
 Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Very nice home but my clients decided against Avalon. Thank you and good luck.
 Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Home shows well, however there is a strong pet odor in the home. Buyer did not totally rule out though.
 Monday, Jun 6, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
 Friday, May 27, 2011 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nice home and shows well. May come back for a second showing maybe this weekend. 
 Friday, May 27, 2011 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Hi, The home was so pretty and very well-decorated. However, these buyers wanted a bigger kitchen and backyard. I don't think you will have a problem selling it though - it is beautiful!


Yep, my friends…those check marks indicate the number of times that I had to get our house picked up, cleaned and empty of children! (50!!!!) Looking back at it makes me oh so tired!!! And, at times, it was SO frustrating. I’d have to watch my attitude when we didn’t get offers time and time again…and, when people would complain about puppy smell or want me to have it “show ready” in 15 minutes…SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!?!?!?

To make the process even crazier, our plans changed in the midst of it all. Matt got a new job and the house we were going to move in to was no longer an option due to the distance.  SOOO, we were now trying to sell our house in order to move to an unknown city in an unknown home/apartment. It was stressful for this Momma who loves to have things in order!

But, we knew God had things in control. I’d try not to think too much and just go on with our days.

And, to make the whole thing even more humorous…
One evening, Matt and I were getting ready to go out on a date as we fed the boys and got ready for our sitters to arrive. Around 5:30, we got a call from the agency of someone wanting to see the house…and we declined. (which we rarely did!) Minutes later, we noticed that there were cars of people sitting outside of our house…and, it was obvious that they were the ones wanting to see it. We figured they would be on their way, but they stayed for a while. Finally, Matt decided he was just going to go outside and tell them they could come in…if they didn’t mind us and a not completely show-ready home. They accepted and came in. … As they walked around, I prayed that they were the ones. They were such a cute little family and I was tired of the whole process.

And, guess what? They were!!! So, the sweet family that bought our house isn’t even listed in the GAZILLION check marks above! sigh.

On August 27th, they made an offer, and after one counter offer, we had a deal!!! We were so thankful and relieved. …But, sadly, things didn’t go as smoothly as we had hoped. Problem after problem seemed to arise…and ThePoeFam needed to get over to the “new place” so that the commuting could end. I packed and got emotional about leaving our first house…but, it needed to be done!!!
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So, on October 7, 2011, we loaded up the moving truck and had faith that it was all going to work out. The sweet buyers WANTED the house so badly and were doing EVERYTHING to make it happen!!!

So, we said a little family prayer… 
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And watched the movers as they worked hard ALL DAY LONG! Seriously, we have SOOO much stuff!
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The boys had fun watching our house get turned upside down and enjoyed one last little playtime in their little backyard.
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And, then it was time…we drove away…I cried…
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And, because God is in control, He provided the cutest little rent house for us to live in while we’re looking for where we want to buy. It’s perfect for us and SUCH a good deal. We’re VERY thankful!!! October 2011 063
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But, from October 8 to November 9, we lived in the rent house and still owned our other house. It was scary and we were PRAYING that everything would work out. After it was completely cleaned, Nash and I went to check it out. And, I had my PITTY PARTY! I allowed myself to walk into each room and see the movie real of memories that played in each spot…

I saw…
the excitement of move in day and how eager we were to start a new chapter in our newlywed lives…
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…I saw “show watching” with my husband with snacks in hand…
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…I saw parties and showers and dinners with dear and precious friends…Pumpkin Patch 2011 012
…I saw puppy bowls that grew from one to two…and babies that couldn’t resist playing in them…
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…I saw a yellow laundry room that became a silly “nesting” project and the thousands of load of laundry that washed the sweetest footie jammies…Pumpkin Patch 2011 014
…I saw sermons planned and trains driven…
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…I saw brothers learning that they were just across the hall…
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…I saw laughter filled baths…
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…and I saw perfectly precious moments in the middle of the night with my first born…Pumpkin Patch 2011 021
…I saw excitement for our family to grow and I saw such a perfect big brother reading to his baby in his crib…
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…I saw myself getting the door for party guests and grandparents…
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…I saw chicken spaghetti, taco soup, peanut butter balls and baby food…Pumpkin Patch 2011 024
…I saw stockings that started at 2 and ended at 4…
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…I saw pregnant, sleepless, big belly nights and sneakily wrapping Christmas gifts…Pumpkin Patch 2011 026
…I saw positive pregnancy tests and long baths after a long day teaching 1st grade! Pumpkin Patch 2011 027

It was a perfect home! It was our FIRST home! And, it will always hold such a dear and special place in our hearts. We built it…we brought our boys home to it…and, we said goodbye as we embark on a new journey as a family of four!Rangers and more 003

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Rangers and more 039Goodbye sweet 4612 Brighton Drive! May you be a place full of joy and peace for the sweet new family that lives under your roof! Thank you for being our HOME for 6 1/2 years! We’ll never forget you! Rangers and more 024

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The Johnson Family 5 said...

That seriously made me tear up!! Blessings on your new journey and cheers to making new memories!

annalee said...

wow, so many sweet memories and emotions packed into that place! cheers to all the ones to come in your next home too!

twinkietotmom said...

Watching one door close in a chapter of your life is hard, but I'm sure there will be so much ahead in store for your sweet family! I love the gift you left for the new owners...I'm sure they'll make so many sweet memories in that home as well!

Jeff and Steph said...

Brittany, we experienced the same when we moved due to having our second quicker than planned. :) The memories we created in our first home were so dear to me it was hard to leave...but a must. It is so good that you wrote it all down. Have you heard the song The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert? A good song about the memories a house leaves. And I love your sweet gift too. Should have thought of that. :)

Lauren said...

What a precious post!

Unknown said...

that made me cry! i love the thought of leaving them a gift with a sweet note! good luck with everything!

Melissa said...

"…I saw stockings that started at 2 and ended at 4…"

That made my heart squeeze.

Good luck and best wishes in your new home!