Theses are the plans.

Hey, everyone.  As you can tell, I'm still fiddling around with my blog header, but this one seems appropriate for me right now.  A big "thank you" to sweet Becky Higgins for taking this beautiful photo and writing the thoughtful sentiments to go with it.  Then she was kind enough to make it available for anyone to use.  I hope you will take the time to read her short post that carries a big impact.

Because several have asked, I thought I would share what our plans are.  We signed the listing papers yesterday to sell our house.  We feel very confident in our realtor choice, after interviewing 3.  She actually lives just a few doors down from us, but that's not why we chose her.  The first two we interviewed were very nice & we liked their personalities.  The 3rd one and the one we chose, was nice but the ultimate professional.  Elizabeth is an early 50-something, broker/agent, & part owner of one of the more popular firms in our area.  We almost never see her here in our neighborhood because she is a self-professed "workaholic" and that shows in her sales.

After we sell, The Man will retire, and we will be moving our home back to the Phoenix area to be closer to our children and grandchildren.  We have never lived close enough to our married children to just have an impromptu Sunday dinner together, so we are all looking forward to that.  We are excited that we will be able to have one or two of the grands over to spend the night or just a day to do something with "Nanna & Bappa."  We are excited that when we want to travel, we won't have to drive three hours to the airport or pay an extra $200 or $300 to fly out of here.  We are excited about more things to do, classes to take,  & places to shop!  And, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I'm so excited about a new blank canvas to decorate!

I'm not looking forward to the selling process, however.  We have lived in this house for 16 years and have done a ton of updating and upgrading to make it the ultimate retirement spot for us.  Packing up 16 years of collected treasures seems daunting, but exciting as well,  and we see this process as the first step for this next faze of our lives..  Actually, we are looking at two moves because we will probably rent for a year.  That's because we are looking in some areas of Phoenix that we aren't that familiar with & want to get a feel for the surroundings before we lock ourselves into homeownership.

Anyway, those are the plans.  I don't know just how much blogging I will be doing in the immediate future, but I do plan to keep tabs on my blog-sisters and continue to bookmark all the wonderful ideas I get from you.  You are all so terrific, and I appreciate all these special friendships I've made.

Just a side-note, a very important one, our sweet DIL has given us the word that her OB has said the baby could come any day now.  We are packing some bags today to be ready, just in-case we have to leave in the middle of the night.  We will be taking care of the 2 year old.  We don't know the gender of the baby, but just pray for healthy.  This will be our #6 and the last one, we've been told.

I think I've bent your ear enough -- writing without pictures is rather boring, isn't it?  Please keep good thoughts for us about babies and house sales.  Thanks for stopping by and please come by again very soon.


  1. Will send up a prayer that delivery goes well! You are heading into some exciting times to be sure but so worth it to be involved in the lives of your family!

  2. Can good luck on selling your home! You have done some beautiful things to it so I am keeping my fingers crossed it will sell quickly for you! I know it is a bear to sell but it will soon be over and you will be with your babies and grand babies!! How nice that would be to just have dinner just because. My in laws keep thinking abt getting a second home out here since the boys are the only grand kids they have.

  3. Good luck in selling your home and on your new adventure. I think it's really smart of you to rent first. That way you get a better idea of exactly where you want to live. I I hope you keep blogging...I'd love to keep up with your move. Good luck with the new baby!!

  4. HI Cas,
    Sounds like some exciting times ahead for you and hubby. So glad you will be able to be near your children and grandies, I think children really need to have loving involved grandparents cause I have really seen it make a difference in the lives of children at our church. My children had grandparents but they really did not try to involve themselves in their lives for the most part which we found very sad. People just get so wrapped up in their own problems, and they miss out on a lot of life because of it.

    Will sure be praying your home sells quickly and at a good price and for that new grandbaby about to enter the world. How Exciting for all of you!
    Blessings and drop a blogging line or two every so often just to keep us abreast of what is happening if possible.

  5. Hopefully, your house will sell quickly so you can get close to those grandbabies! I'll say some prayers for you DIL & the new baby.

  6. I have wondered often what the plans were when you sold. Just maybe you can get a fireplace in that new bedroom. Will you have cool weather where you are going? Your so funny, I love that squishy body comment you made. Never heard it referred to quite like that. If your already squishy like me, you may as well go on and make the pie. It is soooo good! Prayers going up for the new baby and family.

  7. Hi! I'm a new reader to your blog. My husband is getting ready to retire from the Marine Corps after 30 years. I will be "retiring" as well. We will be moving to the Phoeniz/Mesa area. I can really relate to moving to an area and wondering what the neighborhoods will be like. We've visited Mesa twice now and have found some great places (shopping and living). I am NOT looking forward to moving again, but am really looking forward to having my very first, do anything I want to it, home to decorate. There's really only so much you can do with government housing. :)

    Good luck with the sale of your current home and the hunt for your new canvas.



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