I’ve been posting via Facebook some updates about our little family, and why the blog has been more quiet than usual the last couple months, and then it occurred to me – not everyone is a fan on Facebook. Duh!
In sha Allah we are buying a house next month. It’s a lot more stress than I thought it would be, and it is taking a lot of mental energy, even when it isn’t taking physical energy. Because of my student loans, we don’t include my name on the home loan, so the last time we bought a house, I was largely sheltered from how much work it is before the closing date. Now that I see the whole process, each hiccup has me stressed it won’t go through. It’s all by the Qadr of Allah (will of God), so if it falls through, alhamdulilah (Praise be to God). Still, it’s a headache.
Of course we are packing, thinking about paint colors, and all the normal things. We are not selling our current home since we currently live in one side of a duplex we purchased. Alhamdulilah, the last few years we’ve been living in our investment property, and in sha Allah it is time to move on. The plan is we’ll list our current home on May 1st for rental June 15th. Getting a home ready for staging versus getting it ready for rental is very similar, I’m sure. It’s all time consuming, and again, mentally consuming.
Of course with it being spring, the homeschool year is coming to a close. We are using DSST and CLEP exams as the final exams for Care Bear’s work, and that takes a lot of concentrated studying. I’m not studying alongside her, but instead helping with her study plans. We are working on breaking things into manageable chunks. Rather than looking at the entire pile of work and getting overwhelmed, she’s learning to look at the next step and move forward.
Alhamdulilah, with it the end of the school year coming quickly, it also means that some responsibilities are ending. My very last duty as a homeschool co-op co-leader was this last Thursday (at least for one of the co-ops), and I have to say, it was bitter-sweet. Alhamdulilah, the co-op provided classes I was not comfortable doing on our own, and introduced our family to the wider homeschool community in our local area. The only way it’s sweet is it’s one less thing in our schedule, and one less reason to check my email. In sha Allah we might pop in for a short class here or there.
If you read through all of this, I now consider us friends. 🙂
In any case, the blog is being put on the back burner in a sense. In sha Allah I’ll still have at least 1-2 new posts for you each week, but you will probably see me less on social media until Ramadan. In sha Allah see you around!
Jenny Bergren says
It sounds like you will have a busy summer! At least you won’t have to juggle homeschooling, moving and finding renters all at the same time.
Shannen Espelien says
You’re right! I’m so thankful that homeschooling will largely be on break when we move. Once we get started in full force in the fall, we should be totally settled in, in sha Allah (God willing)!
Restful Living says
Well hello then friend 😉
I’ve never been through the “buying a house” process but I totally get the stress factor thing and things taking up mental energy! We’ve just been trough some rough months ourselves and just barely got though it all! Hang in there, and if u need to get some burdens off yr chest or a shoulder to cry through some of those hiccups etc. u know where u can find me <3 Making adiya 4 u <3 I'm gonna take a look at yr organizing articles now 🙂
Shannen Espelien says
Awww, jazak Allah khair! Keep making du’a for us, in sha Allah! In two days, I will no longer be able to say that the closing on the house (final signing of papers) is a month away. I think it’ll start to hit me then. For now, one week at a time. This week’s goal is to get our place ready to list, meaning we pack away all the clutter. 🙂