Let's pretend this is what my house looks like all the time...
... and not just when the landlord asks if I can take some pictures or when we know someone is coming to look at the house. Let's just pretend. Okay, done now.
Because behind those cleared counters with enough space to roll out a dozen pies, is a huge pile of appliances that got booted out of the kitchen.
And hidden on the floor in the other room, is a pile of paperwork that I've been meaning to "get to" for several months now.
And dumped in deepest recesses of our closet, are piles of laundry I was haphazardly folding moments before the doorbell rang.
Pretending is fun, but it's just not real. Real is getting a new roof and new siding all in the same month ... and trying to get two little boys to take naps amidst all the pounding.
Real is having two days to clean and prep your house for showings, two days for hubby to patch and paint the holes in the walls left behind after the siding guys left, and two days to weed and mulch the gardens.
Real is having a little boy so eager to help out his daddy, he doesn't want to come inside for dinner.
Real is trying to find a happy medium between dinner inside and daddy outside. And maybe real is not wanting dinner to end up on the newly cleaned dining room floor.
Real is spending over an hour showing off someone else's house to an interested family, walking them around the neighborhood, responding to all their inquiries and then being slightly waylaid by, "Wow, it must be really hard for you to leave this place!"
Real is dedicating an entire weekend to making your landlord's house look good, and then having him sign over a lease to someone who lives on the other side of the country and didn't come see the house anyway.
Real is knowing you don't have to clean the house again until you move in 3 months, unless you want to.
And real is not having to worry about your current house any longer and getting to focus on your future abode. Yay!
Pretending is nice for a little while, but real isn't so bad either. And we're really excited to get crackin' on our new home, new city, new neighborhood, new friends, new parks, new church, new life ... search. Real life is busy!