It feels a bit strange to be sitting down at the computer again after over two months of chaos, but we’re finally home and I’m ready to get back into routine.
The last post I wrote was back in May for American Family Insurance. In that post I shared our plans for moving, and wow has it been a wild ride. In the time of about one month we packed the majority of our house, listed it, staged it, sold it, and found a new house almost 300 miles away.
After we found our house, out bid another buyer thanks to a little trick I learned from some of the bids placed on the house we sold, we had to wait another month for the appraisal, home inspection, and loan processors to finally get to closing.
The house we sold closed two weeks before the house we bought, so we had to spend a little time with my husband’s parents. They were more than happy to have us stay over and we were beyond grateful they welcomed us into their home, pets and all.
Our closing day wasn’t extremely smooth either. We had the U-Haul packed full and still didn’t have all of our things. It was parked in front of our soon to be new house, and after a quick call to the title company to see if we were still on track for closing that morning, we learned the bank wasn’t ready.
Luckily, the bank got everything together and we closed only thirty minutes later than expected.
Moving in a short time frame wasn’t the only thing we had going on the past couple of months. I was also preparing for my nephew’s wedding. You might remember me posting last year about being asked to officiate at their wedding, well, not only did I do that, but I also created a handmade gift for them. The afghan and ceremony creation both happened during the past month.
The two weeks spent at my in-laws was the perfect down time to get a head-start on the afghan. Since they were having a red, white, and blue wedding, I decided to create an American flag afghan for them. The stars were the most time consuming part of the whole thing, so that’s what I did while watching TV with my father-in-law.
After getting somewhat settled in our new house, the star field was stitched together and I started in on the stripes. Mindlessly stitching a granny square stitch, without the round, took several hours. During this time I was binge watching The Flash and Arrow.
The bride and groom have their gift, so I can share a picture of it now.
The ceremony was a bit easier. I just spent some time talking with the bride to find out what she wanted it to look like. Found a few scripts online, edited them down to what works for the couple, then sent it over for approval.
The ceremony turned out perfect. My nephew added his own flair by taking a shot of Black Cherry Windsor from the flask his bride gave him, as soon as he joined me at the front for the ceremony.
It’s been a chaotic past two months, but I wouldn’t change any of it. An amazing woman is now part of our family. It was an honor to be a part of their big day. Our new house needs a little work, but I love it just the same. Its home.
I’m ready to get back to the blog and start talking to everyone here again! I’ve missed you! Feel free to share in the comments what you’ve been up to lately. Big projects or small, challenges or successes. Let’s here what you have to say!