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The Good, The Bad, and The Move

It’s mine! It’s all mine! (Insert evil laugh.) I can finally say this about the new house. The house was built in a record pace of 4 months. Partly because it’s modest and small, and partly because the builder just works that fast. It’s still has that new-house smell, and the carpet has yet to be stained by the wonderful dirty creatures that I call my children. It has been a wild weekend of signing 100+ closing papers, moving, church events, more moving, unpacking, Sunday Morning church stuff, more unpacking, all followed up by cleaning a rent house while holding out hope that we’ll get some deposit back.

The Good from this weekend:

  • The house is ours.
  • I have some great friends in Lubbock. I had 6 fellas show up to haul, carry, and load the truck. Some of them even stuck around for a second trip. And two of them stuck around to help me build the boys bunk bed! It is a good friend that will help you move!
  • Closing costs came in over $1200 cheaper than we expected.
  • Was able to fit THIS into my new living room.
  • I still can’t believe I’m living in this house. I feel like I’m staying with some rich friends, and will be going back to my old house next week.
  • Did I mention THIS?
  • Another friend donated an old full-size bed for Lauryn’s bed. It will serve as our guest room when needed. What a blessing!
  • I sold my old fridge for $475 on craigslist, and bought a brand new one with a collection of discount coupons from Lowe’s for only $700. Not bad, Mr. Cliff!

The Bad:

  • The mortgage is ours.
  • Atmos Energy totally dropped the ball setting up my gas meter for the house. After an entire weekend of no hot water, they then screwed up the install on Monday. They did redeem themselves after 10pm, by sending out a technician to set it up.
  • ATT caps my DSL service at the new house at 1.9 download speeds. They won’t tell me why!
  • Sod is being laid 12 days from now, and the dirt that is my front and backyard is slowly being tracked into the house one shoe print at a time.
  • I totally destroyed my kids backyard LittleTikes house by throwing it over the fence on moving day. It really looks stupid seeing it typed. Not sure what I was thinking…
  • We broke the leg on one of our bedroom dressers, it’s currently being held up by prayer and duct tape.
  • I’m not getting mail at the new address. I guess the new house isn’t being recognized by the USPS.

What an experience this has been. It’s a dream come true to be in a position to do this with my family. I would have never thought it possible 18 months ago, and here I am.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

1 Comment

  1. Gina McClain · August 26, 2008

    congrats on the house. enjoy. even the footprints. :)