Our New Home

Is it just me, or do you ever feel like life is a never ending road?

Like, you can see the end destination in the distance, but that point just seems to always be just out of reach, and you never quite get there?

That’s how I’ve been feeling lately.

We haven’t sold our house yet.

But things were so crazy with trying to live in our house AND show it, that we decided for this & other reasons that we should move most of our things into a storage unit & leave our home in the care of a few trusted neighbors & friends.   So that’s what we did.  Aside from our furniture & decor, we moved everything out, including ourselves, so that our house would be easy to show.  How does showing a house happen if we are not there, since we’re doing FSBO?

Glad you asked.  We’re still doing FSBO.  Kinda.  We wanted to put our home on the MLS for greater market exposure, & turns out, the only way you can do this is through a realty brokerage.  We found a realtor who does a flat listing, which means we paid a flat fee ($159 for a year on our local MLS) & he technically represents us, but he isn’t a part of negotiating on our behalf (or doing anything else other than listing our home on the MLS for that matter).  We get our house on the MLS, he gets some money in his pocket.  We were always open to the idea of paying the 3% commission to a buyer’s agent if it comes to that.  Now that we’re on the MLS, most people looking at our home are buyers who already have an agent so it’s fairly likely that we’ll pay a commission to the buyer’s agent.  The buyer’s agent, or our neighbor (if the buyer doesn’t have an agent) does the showing of the house.

Now.  About our new home.  It’s a little place called Sunnyside.  In Washington state.  Have you ever been?  It’s an amazing state to live & visit.  It’s where Joseph & I grew up & both of our families are still here.  Oodles of cousins, aunts & uncles, & both sets of grandparents all in one place.  We figured we might as well take advantage of our long, open summer & bring our kids to a place where they can bask in all sorts of extended family love before we move off to who knows where with Joseph’s new job in the AF.

This is where we’ll be spending our summer & fall, before we move to San Antonio.

Isn’t it pretty?  Lots of wide open space.  Beautiful sunsets.  Rolling farmland.  We love it.

It’s true, some days I’m tired of not having any money.  I have moments where I wish we could be “there” already.  Then I look around & I see this.  I realize I have my husband & kids with me all day long.  I’m surrounded by more family & friends than I have fingers & toes.

That never ending road, I suppose it’s okay that it’s never going to end.  Because in the meantime, I’m here.  And here, is a good place to be, don’t ya think?


  1. Barbara Christensen
    on August 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm said:

    I have driven past Sunnyside, and have a lot of friends in Yakima, but never stopped. Now I think I’m going to have to stop. We just moved back to WA from Utah last year, and all of our family is in Utah still, so I think we’ll be passing again and again and again. The first picture is just gorgeous. One day… my daughter says she wants to grow up to be a cowgirl and live on a non-stinky farm, so I think somewhere like Sunnyside may be in our future at some point. 🙂

  2. Andrea Graff
    on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

    I know I’m a little late to the punch here, but I love seeing the pictures of home! Before you even mentioned you were in Sunnyside, I saw the first picture and was said “SWAN ROAD!” (in my mind, of course… My co-workers may have been scared if I just yelled that out loud randomly). 🙂 I can almost see my house in your last picture… I miss that place all the time and my monthly weekend visits are hardly ever seem enough. I envy you for being able to spend a few months there before moving on to your next destination. I hope you are all having a wonderful time!

    • Janae Wise
      on July 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm said:

      Andrea, there’s no place like home, is there? Especially Sunnyside. That place seems to be timeless. Thanks for stopping in to say hello, hope you are doing well.

  3. Leanne
    on June 7, 2012 at 11:12 am said:

    So happy that you have both sides of your family in one state! And that you can enjoy them and your own family too. You will make many memories during this season of your life 🙂 The country is beautiful.

    • Janae Wise
      on June 7, 2012 at 11:15 am said:

      Not just the same state, but same town! How lucky are we?

  4. lfwfv
    on June 7, 2012 at 8:43 am said:

    Having family nearby is priceless. I so miss my family. Most of them are in Canada, and I live in the US with my husband. Life with my husband is wonderful, but i do miss the support of family nearby. His family also lives 4+ hours away, so we truly are alone here in our corner of PA.

    I hope you guys have a lovely, refreshing summer, and that your house sells soon!

    • Janae Wise
      on June 7, 2012 at 11:14 am said:

      Yes, I know, we’ll soon be far, far away from any extended family so I’m trying to relish each moment.

      (I hope our house sells soon too!)

  5. Katie
    on June 7, 2012 at 7:56 am said:

    My uncle lives in Sunnyside! Let me know if you ever meet a Doug or Tammy Barnes. I have been there once and it is absolutely beautiful.

    • Janae Wise
      on June 7, 2012 at 11:14 am said:

      Of course I know Doug & Tammy! They are great people.