A pulling out your (my) hair kind of week

Well. We have a lot going on. And we just gave ourselves even more to accomplish.

Last weekend we put our house, that we love, on the market. We are in the adoption process again, which means we will have four kids sometime next year. This means we need just a wee bit more space. The living space in our house is amazing! The bedrooms are big enough for the kids to share and we have a great yard. However, we would really love a fourth bedroom. Not for our kids, for visitors. For hosting a student, for whatever. With four kids they will always be two to a room. Snuggle up kiddos, you’ll always be sharing. But a vacant bedroom has a lot of possibilities and we have a lot of visitors.

So we put the house on the market. We are NOT looking to upgrade. People who adopt don’t upgrade. (We can’t afford it!) We are looking for something that we can fix, make our own.. a very serious DIY job. Hopefully our wonderful home will sell so we can buy an ultra crappy one and get to work.

I’ve looked at tons of houses. No winners yet, but that’s okay because our house needs to sell first. It’s only been on the market a few days but I already feel like I spend my life keeping it neat. I truly am praying that it will sell simply so I can stop cleaning it all the time!

Why move now?

Well, when little girl gets here I don’t want to say “Welcome home! Now pack up because we are moving to another house!” Just wouldn’t be good.

So am I stressed? Yes. I’m stressed about the money for this adoption, things are happening so fast. I’m stressed about keeping the house clean. I’m stressed because I don’t want family time to be clouded by me reminding everyone to pick up their messes 1,000 times a day.

BUT. This will pass. These things always do.

But seriously, I’m praying for miracles for all things involved.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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