HOLD UP…I THINK WE’RE MOVING! 🚚

HOLD UP…I THINK WE’RE MOVING! 🚚


(soft guitar music) – Okay, wild, momma morning hair. Don’t even have, now I
gotta put my eyeballs in. Don’t even have my wits about me yet, making the first good
and holy cup of coffee, but we’re doing well. I think I had a little bit of too much excited energy last night. I did finish, I think I was
up till like midnight-thirty. I finished this wonderful
book I’m been working on. It’s actually taken me a few weeks just with all that we’ve had going on. But I’m still trying to at
least read at night before bed. It was a book called
“Surviving the Forest.” That’s my coffee going. Anyway, we finally got a closing date for our big move. I have not mentioned it
on YouTube or online. I think I did, I have mentioned it that it was coming up to the members of my Large Family Table community. But good morning sweetie! – Good morning.
– Good morning. You excited?
– Yep. – Anyway, we’re moving, and
this is my big countdown to closing day vlog that I wanted to do. Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. The kids were also up late last night for several days during read aloud time they’ve been making homemade valentines. Valentine’s party is at
our homeschool group today. It’s actually the first year our big homeschool group is doing one. So I had Travis, when him and
Naomi were on their way home from basketball last night go to Walmart and also just get some
traditional valentines. They had like little sticks of candy or something with ’em I figured. For some of our younger kids who didn’t necessarily get a whole heap of homemade valentines done, some kids have done a big stack of homemade valentines
and they have extra. I just thought it would be good to fill in some of the gaps. And then if we end up
giving two kids a valentine in our group, I’ll try
to show you a peak today. By the way, okay, first
little speck of coffee’s done. I’ve always gotta (yawns) hit the reset this coffee
button on my Keurig. Okay, anyway, moving, yes. So up until yesterday, I got
so much to tell you, so much. So stick with me. I will try to be answering what I think will be
common moving questions from you guys throughout this vlog. So stay tuned and watch the whole thing. First question, how long
has this been going on? So we started this whole
moving process backwards. You know by my vlogs that I’ve mentioned over the last few years, as much as we have loved this forest home, and it was been very good to us and there’s just lots of
reasons we love it here, and then there’s also a list
of reasons where it’s like, “Well, this may not be our forever spot.” You just don’t always know. So we have kept our eyes out. Someone’s in there, honey. You can go to my bathroom though. We have kept our eyes out for at least the last two years. Hi sweetie, good morning. Good morning, mommy’s
talking to a camera already. What in the world? I gotta film when I can though. I’ve come outside to see if
I have any coffee creamer in my outside refrigerator, or I have to use my
emergency powdered creamer. But anyway, last summer,
and so we’ve been looking the last two years, what we have wanted if we were gonna move again, it would need to be
exactly what we wanted. With this house, the biggest thing that we settled on was the square footage. Since it had so much of what we wanted, we were gonna do some
big building projects. And then when it came to the point, we were like, “No, I don’t
think we wanna invest “and do building projects here. “I think we would rather wait a bit “and try one more time
to get in a location “that we wanted.” I’m trying to keep my thoughts organized. I wanna go down all the
perks of this new house. Several things that if we could find them, we would move one more good time. So this past summer, we were saying that if we could find
a large brick rambler on a full basement, even if
the basement was unfinished, that was fine, just so
it had the footprint, on at least five acres that
was less than 30 minutes from our church home of the
last 18 years, closer out. We’re really tucked in
a small community now. No stoplight. You won’t know by my videos,
45 minutes to an hour from most things. Just have a lot of driving time, which again, four years ago especially since I work from home, we thought that that would be okay. Now that’s not the main
reason that we’re moving, however, it is one of the main
things we have considered. If we could find something
that checked all those boxes, it would make us heavily consider moving. Well inventory in our area, it’s just so low. And also, we have a budget number and it’s very hard to find a big house on a full basement with
five or more acres, less than 30 minutes from our church with privacy and some of the
other things we have on our box for under our budget. Everything seems like it’s
at least 50 to $100,000 over what we wanna spend. So this past summer, what about that coffee creamer, Jamerrill? Let’s do that, okay. So this past summer in July, we found a house that
checked a lot of those boxes that was still a little further out. It was close to a town that we do frequent about 30 minutes away. It was still gonna be
about 40 minutes to church, but I told myself, “That’s
okay, ’cause when we lived “at our farmhouse for over a decade, “we were 40 minutes from church then.” I think I really am truly
out of coffee creamer. Okay, I do have some of that emergency, I call it emergency powdered creamer. Anyway, so we loved that house. It was on seven acres. It was mostly remodeled. Really good location,
like our homeschool group that we’re going to today that we’ve been in a whole 15 years plus that we’ve homeschooled, it was literally three
minutes from the church that we meet at every
month and do activities. So that was a plus. Again, it was still 40
minutes from church, but when I talk about distance, you have to realize living rurally, many people have to drive
those kind of distances to do anything. You know, we have modern transportation in these here newfangled
things called vehicles, but driving is a factor unless you live right at
the middle of the city. And that’s the trade off of
living rurally and having land. So I really, really loved that house. I thought it lacked some curb appeal, but we would just put, I’d
put my own touches on it. So we went under contract for that house. We had that kick out clause. I don’t know if that’s a thing everywhere, but with that house, when
we went under contract for it last summer, it had
a 72-hour kick out clause. Since our house here in the wilderness was not under contract yet, if another offer came in on that house, then we would have 72 hours to decide to either move forward
without selling this property or to get this house under contract or I guess to say we couldn’t do it. So we were under contract for this house. Around that same time if you
remember back in videoland, do you all remember when I was leading my first Feeding My
Freezer Cooking Challenge and my septic pump went out here and I had 15 people at my house, we had company, and a few weeks later was my oldest son’s wedding? So wow, talk about a lot going on. And we were under contract for that house, and it took I don’t
know within a week or so the kick out clause activated. Someone else came in,
gave ’em another offer, and this house was on the market. We had had some showings, but we didn’t have an offer yet. So we did this crazy neck break thing. I really am gonna get back to my coffee. This crazy neck break thing, where we dropped the price on this house as much as we could reasonably for that 72-hour period, and we had, even out
here in the wilderness, we were having like five showings a day. We had a lot of people
coming from Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. area, because people buy houses
out here in the wilderness for their weekend cottages and such. We had one guy that worked in D.C. that wanted a 7:00 a.m. showing, which means we had to get
the kids up and ready. We had to be out of here. We had to get up at five,
be out of here by six. So we just went to Denny’s for breakfast, and we ended up having
to stay out all day, because of all the showings. So this is just house buying
story time with Jamerrill. Stories I can share. So meanwhile I’m making YouTube videos. I’m doing all these things, but I’m not saying nothing
about that. (laughs) So if I’ve seemed a little tense at all, that was some of the background story. Okay, so I gotta go in now and get this coffee going. Oh wow, okay, so here’s a
bunch of Liam’s valentines. Here’s his homemade ones. Had to write his name on every one. That’s so good, you are so ready. So we’ve moved outside now. I’m feeling chatty about this
house stuff this morning. This could in fact be our very last country porch
chat segment on this porch. Let’s see what happens. Okay, so with that house that
we were under contract with, we had the 72-hour kick out clause happen right in the middle of
everything else in life. I forgot to mention that
with this particular house, we’ll call this House A. With House A, we had put an offer in on it right when it came on the market, beginning of July. That’s where July comes in. We put an offer in on it, and they did not accept our offer. They still wanted 30,000 more than we wanted to pay. So we just let it be. We thought, “Okay, well, if
they’re not accepting our offer “we’re not gonna try to make this happen.” By August, they then had dropped the price like another 10,000. And we thought, “Okay, well, let’s go in “and give another offer.” That time they accepted it. So we were like, “Okay,
well, if it’s meant to be, “it’s meant to be.” So I wasn’t too worried about
the 72-hour kick out clause. I know they’re pretty standard, especially if your
current home hasn’t sold. Now getting back to speed where the 72-hour kick out clause, we had dropped the price on
this house as much as we could, and we were really praying that if House A was meant to be, that obviously this
house would sell quickly during that time where we had
dropped the price drastically. And our realtor advertised it and let all the other realtors know that look, these people only have 72 hours for this house at this price. So if you want it, you gotta get it now or it’s going off the market, because we at that point, we did not wanna sell this house unless we had found another house. It has already taken, really
I mean we’ve been looking like five years or more. When we bought this house, House A was the kinda
house we were looking for. And I have vlogs where four of the kids were ages five and under whenever we were heavily
house shopping the last time. But I have vlogs of us just
going to see various houses. And many times we would be outbid. Maybe the price was a
little bit over our limit, and the people just wouldn’t negotiate. Again, it’s just very hard, very hard to find what we want here. I did a vlog even before, where I’m talking about
with House A last spring, spring 2019, I was
heavily researching Texas. I will put that vlog down
in the description below, but Travis and I were gonna
go to Texas for two weeks, and we were gonna see 50 houses and we felt maybe Texas would be it. You’ll have to watch that vlog
to see why I kind of decided against that, just lost my peace on it. Lots of things just weren’t
lining up with us doing that. So in that vlog we had decided to stay put and do our things here. And then we found House A, and we thought, we’re
free to do what we want. I always like to say, “I do what I want.” To an extent. We do try to be led of the Lord. And then also our own human
will gets mixed up in there. So all that to say
during the 72-hour period with that kick out clause, even with people coming 7:00 a.m. showings from Washington D.C., all of that, we did get a 9:00 p.m. offer on the third evening like three hours before the
72-hour kick out clause ended, and we almost took it. But it was another $40,000 or less than the minimal price we had already dropped
this house price to. And man, just no, no, no. I mean, we were considering
it for a moment, but we have done things here and put money in here. Yeah, we were just like,
“No, if this is really God, “if this is what we’re supposed to do, “we’re not gonna have this very
low-ball last minute offer. “It’s just not it.” So we did not take that offer. We’re in September when
all that was going on by that point. So about six weeks went by. And Travis and I were really considering. We were like, “Okay, there’s
nothing else in our budget “that checks those boxes.” I was pretty heartbroken, because whenever I find a house and especially when we’re
under contract for it, I’m living there in my head, and I’m decorating. I’m picking out paint colors and all that fun stuff. And so it was sad. And so then we got to the point where we were like, by end of October, there were a few houses that could possibly fit the bill. And I just told Travis, I said, “You know, it is probably
gonna take six months “to a year,” ’cause that
was the biggest thing is obviously our location. I was like, “It’s gonna take
six months to a year probably “to find the right people “who are gonna wanna
move way back out here.” It’s most likely not gonna be a family with a whole bunch of kids or young kids or kids with tons of activities they gotta drive around for all the time. It very well could be
people from Washington D.C. or other parts of the state who have moved out here to retire. We have a heavy retirement age out here. And so I said, “If it’s gonna
take six months to a year, “let’s do the opposite. “Let’s put this house on the market. “Let’s just play the waiting game. “And when this house goes under contract “we will then activate for
us where we have 30 days “to find a house to
get under contract with “in order to move forward
with the sale of this home. “And the sale of this home
would have to be contingent “on us also closing on another house.” We decided, I think was like November 1st. Of course, and it was wrong time of year. And yeah, sure, if we’re
gonna do it anyway, let’s just go ahead and get
this house on the market even though it’s almost winter. No one else is putting
their house on the market at this time. Let’s just go ahead and do it, get it up there, ride out the next year. We’ll keep looking at
things here and there, because some things take a bit to sell, maybe we’ll find something
during that point. And we decided that as far
as finding the right house during that 30-day period, we also decided that maybe we
would need to sell this place, maybe we would end up moving to a rental but in the location we wanted. That’s something our pastor had said is that when him and his wife decided they wanted to
move to a certain location, they sold their house, and then they moved to a rental at the location they wanted to be. And then for them it worked out that they could actually buy their rental. So that worked out well. So we just decided we didn’t
know those end details, but getting this place sold could be a huge hurdle. And again, then moving in a rental in the place we wanted to be, because Travis and I are really looking at this move as, we’re in our early 40s, and so we wanted to move some
place we could potential be for the rest of our lives, a place that this whole herd of children can finish growing up at, a place where the grandchildren can come, a place where Travis can
finally have his big shop, a place where I could garden and finally get a little
lone pony and some goats and a place that was really
convenient to Walmart and church and those sort of
life necessities it seems. So we knew it might take us
a little bit to find that, but we had found and at
least gotten under contract with House A that we had
then got kicked out of. It was funny ’cause the kids were talking about how we got kicked out of the house, and it was sounding confusing. So I was trying to explain
real estate terms to them. I was like, “It’s the kick out clause. “We didn’t get kicked out of a house, “but we got kicked out of that contract. “It wasn’t a ratified contract yet.” So we’ve had some
contractual real estate chats through that experience. So we put this house back on the market. Still gonna continue to
do my hair in the camera. Put this house back on the market on November 1st. Settled and thinking, “Okay,
this house is at least up, “and now we’ll just sit back for a year, “take things nice and slow.” Well, we had two showings, and same feedback from both showings over something we can’t control. And then the third showing, it was like November 9th. It was on a Sunday. It was Sunday afternoon. So we’d stayed out a little extra long, and whenever we put this
house back on the market, there was another house, House B, that came on the market. And oh my goodness,
Travis loved it instantly. And I really liked it a lot. I did have some concerns, but Travis really, really liked it. And I loved the setting of it. And so I was just praying, “Okay, Lord. “Well, there’s no way that house
will still be on the market “in six months to a year “by the time our forest house sells, “but if it’s meant to be, “I thank you that you hold it for us.” November 9th our third house showing, we’re coming home from church. We’d already stayed out
way past the showing time. When we get home, the
people are still here. And I thought, “Wow, they’ve been here “for like two hours. “That’s amazing. “This is a good thing.” So we backed up, we went
back out for a little bit, and by that night, I heard from my agent that they loved it and to
expect an offer coming in. And then of course by the next day, I had a sick person in our family. So the next day I remember I was sitting in the ER with them and filling out, signing
the contract on my phone for the sale of this house. And then that meant,
“Oh my, November 10th, “now we have 30 days to find us a house.” Okay, so we are now at our homeschool group
Valentine’s Day party. I just got a text message from our agent that we get to pick the
closing time for Tuesday in just a few days, but I’ve gotta call him. So we’re gonna go in and do this party, and I’m gonna see at some point if I can sneak and make that phone call. And obviously the little
house timeline storyline I was sharing on the porch this morning, we will get back to that this afternoon. Liam is working on box decoration. Amelia’s got her things ready. Naomi is hard at work at her creation. This vlog will just be me
filming from random little places that I can find to film on the fly. So we’re back home now from
our Valentine’s Day party with our homeschool group, and so much happened while we were out. I was on the phone like 10 different times and handling text message and all kinda of details coming together. And this vlog is all about moving. Since we’re home now, I’ve laid down and taken a
little afternoon momma rest. So there you go. All the different ways
Jamerrill’s hair can look. So I called my agent back. We picked our closing time
for Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Travis and I are gonna
do our final walk-through of the house that we’re buying. And at 11:00 a.m. we’ll
be at the lawyer’s office. We’re gonna sign all the papers for the sale of this
house and the purchase of the new house. We’re just doing it all Tuesday. I know I was on my little
storyline with you earlier, but I know you can follow me. So we’ll get back to that. I guess we’re gonna
have past moving history and then realtime updates. You can do this. If you’ve been watching
me these past five years, you can follow along. I know you can. So in realtime, what has been happening with this move is we decided if we got the house we’re
buying for a certain price below our budget price,
if we got a good deal, and if all things worked well and good and how they should with
the sale of this house that we would, I would
get a gift to myself that we would get a gift to ourselves, that we would get movers. We’ve never hired movers before. It’s not like it’s a move to
another state or anything, but we have a whole lot going on, and we have a lot of things, a lot of heavy toolboxes. I’ve got multiple freezers
and refrigerators. We have a lot of stuff. We have a lot of things to move. We also have a few days after we close, we still have occupancy of
this house that we’re selling. That was part of our
negotiations of the contract. I said, “I need x amount
of days after closing “to get us moved.” All that to say, it’s
not like having movers is going to mean that there’s
no work that needs done. It’s just the physical labor of packing and loading the trucks and taking it over and unloading it. If we’re able to hire out
someone else to do that, then that is energy that we can save, mainly that momma can
save here from organizing and orchestrating all that. That’s a lot of energy, ’cause see, I still have
to work during the move. I still have people to
feed during the move. I still have a whole other house that we’re gonna have
work going on over there that I’ve gotta look in on. And then I have a ton of stuff that has to be unloaded and organized and there’s some furniture we have here that we’re passing on to some friends. There’s an IKEA trip in our future, a few new pieces I wanna
get for the new house. It’s a lot, a lot swirling. Because of that, we
decided to go for movers. So the little piece of the
puzzle with that today though was that closing was supposed
to be about a week ago, and I had movers lined up. So when that date wasn’t looking like everyone was gonna hit it, I just told the movers, “We
don’t have our closing date.” I’m sure moving companies
dealing with people and closing dates know that
that can be a moving target. And so here we are. So when I called them today, they figured it would
take two days to pack us and then two days to actually move us. And they don’t have that in
their schedule for next week, which I get, I totally get. So they gave me the names. I called many other moving companies, and they all told me they
could do it in March, but no one has any more
availability next week. It’s short notice. So Travis looked around, and he found another moving company, and I called them and they’re available. And actually this gentleman told me that usually the jobs that he gets is whenever the other
well-known moving companies in our area can’t get to it, because it’s a last minute or closing date moves or whatever. His company basically picks up the slack and maybe snacks, yes. The snack and the slacks, and they end up getting those jobs moving people like us who we find out, “Okay, we are now moving everything “in like five days.” All that to say, for a little bit today, I thought I lost our movers, but within an hour, we
had other movers lined up. So they are coming,
tomorrow is gonna be our day to pull things together. We’ve been working and cleaning and picking up and purging and getting things like, strangers are gonna come into our house and pack us here soon ready. There’s still a few more
things I need to load into my filing cabinet. There are things that
we are just gonna take in our van like our
filing cabinets and stuff. They’re not full-size filing
cabinets, I should say. But there’s just family
documents and stuff, putting that in the van. I’m also trying to figure out, and that’s where I know
when you all see this video, all this is already done, but I’m always trying to
figure out the best way to pack us for the hotel and such for our little in-between time. So those are the realtime updates in what is happening. I probably now, I didn’t know
how long I’d get to film, but everything’s pretty quiet. So I think I’m just
gonna continue on here. I believe I left off with
our crazy-haired story time on the porch this morning that we had heard that
an offer was coming. I was signing the acceptance of the offer as we haggled back and
forth just a little bit when I had a family member
in the ER the following day. ‘Cause you know it’s always
gotta be several things going on at one time. And so that was in November. Circling back, there was this one house that Travis really, really liked. Now you know, I like all the houses. So Travis has to think for us here. And I really liked this house too. Don’t get me wrong in that. I loved the setting of it. I loved the location. I loved the size. I loved a whole lot about it. The only concern I had was that
house was being sold as-is. Now, that can mean a whole of things. It can mean, there’s a
whole lot of things wrong with this house. Yee-haw, get ready. It can mean that a house
is part of an estate, and the siblings who own it just don’t wanna deal with nothing. Again, there can just be a lot going on. So we went and saw this house that Travis really liked. Again, I guess I was just trying to like, ’cause my heart was still
broken from House A, and I was trying to not get my hopes up. But again, I was just praying, “Lord if this is the
house you have for us, “hold it for us while we’re
working out all these details.” So we went and saw it. We liked it. The things that I saw
when I went to it was no one had lived there in awhile. And so it needed cleaning. It needed the floor swept
and the windows washed. Those kind of things. There were a few cosmetic things that were really obvious. And then our agent suggested that before we put an offer in on it, we should do a pre-offer home inspection. So that was our next course of action. And the fact that it was advertised as-is was really to our benefit, because otherwise that house at that price would have been
gone already, already gone. And so we figured that the home inspection would tell us a lot. So it seems like it took
another week or two after that, getting close to Thanksgiving by the time we got the
home inspection done. And Travis and I were there all day. We felt really, really
comfortable in the house. The family did have some of their old family
furniture there and stuff. And we were like, “We even
like some of this furniture.” But we asked for it and we’re
not getting it. (laughs) There were different things
we just really liked. So during the home inspection, Travis was with the home inspector a lot while they were doing things in the house. I walked the perimeter of the property, got to know it a little
bit, talk to it some. And so the things that were found during the home inspection were, it was nothing that scared Travis. So that’s good. It was some things that we thought, “Oh, okay, well those two
things may need to be fixed “before we can even close
on the loan for this house.” We did not know. So again, up in the air. So we prayed about it, prayed about it. Meanwhile there were a
couple of other houses we went and saw, and I mean one of ’em for example before we even got there
went under contract. You know, that happens to us. Another one I really liked. It was gonna need paint on the inside. Travis didn’t like the
location of it, which was fine. I was joking that Travis
ruins all the fun, takes all the fun. So anyway, he kept going back to the house we had the home inspection for. We just kept feeling really good and had a lot of peace about
the home being sold as-is. We found out that it
was part of an estate. The neat thing is, the family, the couple who had the
house built in the ’60s was Travis and I’s age
whenever they had it built. They were in their early 40s. And they lived there until
their deaths in their late 90s which is pretty neat. And so just the fact
that they built that home for their family how they
wanted it at that time, and they lived there
the rest of their lives. So I thought that that was special. And so Travis and I,
even though it was rocky, we weren’t sure. We put the offer in, we
went under contract for it, but then it was gonna get
down to the appraisal. And if it would appraise, we already felt when
they accepted our offer that we were getting a deal, but it needs to appraise for that amount. Then we also needed to
see if there were things that needed to be fixed in order to even close. So all of this is hitting
now around the holidays. While we’re waiting for the appraisal, I started to have contractors come over to that house that we
were under contract for, meet me there, look at the couple things and work up quotes for
me if those things needed to be fixed or not, ’cause we didn’t know. But of course, no one
could do it in December, and we were looking out at January. So that is why we get
back to being February now and just closing. We just needed as big of a
buffer in dealing with that as possible, because
again, you just don’t know. None of it would make the house unlivable. It’s just two or three things
that Travis and I know. But even like we know it’s
gonna need the heating and the cooling work, but it’s an old system. So we know this spring, it’s
gonna need a new HVAC system. We know here in a few years, we can probably work with
windows that are in the house for a few years. I’ll show you whenever I
do the house tour video, but it’s gonna need all new windows. So there’s certainly things that are gonna make it a brand new house. We’re gonna be able to do
our own things with it. And then there’s just
basic home maintenance that needs done. So all that to say, we thought we’d get the home
inspection back in December. I think it was right
around December/New Year’s. And so we got it back, I’m sorry not the home
inspection, the appraisal. The home inspection was just for us. We know what was on there. And we were fine with it, just don’t know. So we got the appraisal back, and I mean, again, we were thinking, “You just don’t know. “Will they want the windows caulked? “Because they are 50 or
60-year-old original windows. “Will they be fine with
how that panel looks “or with that window down in
the basement that has a crack? “What will they not be okay with?” So we got the appraisal back. It appraised perfectly, and there was nothing, absolutely nothing, that needed to be done in order for us to get that house with the lender. So that was a miracle of miracles. Also history on this house, this house has sat empty
for almost 10 years. They tried to sell it. I believe it was on the
market for a year or so about 10 years ago. And then because it’s
been part of a estate, for whatever reasons the family decides, it has just sat, sat, sat, sat. So whenever we put our offer on, it was the first time it
was back on the market in all those years, and
it was on the market, I don’t know, maybe two to three weeks before they got our offer. Some updates though, is it has
a brand new roof, brand new. The roof is two years old, and it has all new
gutters are one year old. So it does have those updates. And of course, they needed to, they were probably waiting to get those on to then to try to take
another go to sell it. Whatever the reason,
it’s great, I’m thrilled. So that’s filling you in
on a whole of backstory of what’s been going on with this move that I’m just now officially
telling you about. So here I am today, day after short notice now trying to get movers. We have someone who’s coming. They’re actually gonna come, they’re gonna pack us Sunday and Monday. Tuesday we’re gonna close. I’m sure go over to the new house then. That’s probably when I’ll
do my new house tour video, which will look scary, because no one’s lived in
this house for about a decade, and it’ll be before the painters and the helpful building people get there. The next day, Wednesday, is when the movers will
be moving our stuff. Basically Wednesday and Thursday, they’ll be moving. Also Wednesday, the construction crew, I mean it’s technically
a painting business, but our friend who owns
this painting business will also do things like
build a wall if you need it and do your paint, do your
kitchen cabinets and all that. So I can’t wait to show
you guys the kitchen. So the kitchen is a similar layout to what I have now, only it’s probably a third of the size, and it’s almost 60 years old. So that’s gonna be fun. But the rest of the room is huge. And so the rest of the
room is hardwood floors and a fireplace and even
some little built-ins. And I would trade kitchen space in order to get room for a bigger table and other family living space. And so what we’re gonna
do is the building, I know that especially when
people watch these videos it’s hard to remember
that there’s a real family with a real budget and real life situations on the other end of this camera. And I’m really sharing
real life details here. So it’ll be easy when
you see the house tour to say, “Oh, well, when are you
ripping those bathrooms out? “And why don’t you get yourself “a brand new all white kitchen?” And all those different things, but we’re not gonna be doing
any of that any time soon. What we are having done is
the whole interior painted, the trim painted, the ceilings painted. Then, there’s a handful of things that they’re going to fix for us, and they’re going to totally
paint the kitchen cabinets. And I’m gonna have him,
I have always wanted one of those, and I know
they’re not in style anymore but I don’t care, the pressed metal back splash
that looks like a quilt and it’s cheap. It’s like a quilted pressed metal. Pressed metal back splash,
that’s what it’s called. I’m gonna have them put that up for us, and then we will probably, I can’t remember if there’s doorknob, little cabinet knobs on it or not. I’ll probably upgrade
the little, the hardware. But you are gonna have a real good time when I show it to you. The dishwasher is in the wrong spot. I don’t know, like the stove is the original 1960s stove top. The oven is like a camper oven. It’s so small. So we will be doing fresh appliances and minimal things that need
to be done to the kitchen, but I’m just gonna make
the best with what I have for the time being. And then we will be getting, I wanna get a new table. I think our table now is
like eight or nine feet, and I wanna try to get a 12-foot table. There’s room for it in
there, which is good. It has probably 2/3 hardwood floors. The bedrooms have hardwood floors. That room off the kitchen there does. And then the living room, foyer, hallway, and then a really small
little dining room is carpet. And it’s actually, it’s not 1960s carpet. It’s not ’70s shag carpet. It’s just like an industrial
carpet like I have upstairs. So we’ll just use it for a season, and then we’ll have to replace that out. In the dining room that’s too small for us to get a table in there, I would just not use it for that. So we are having a wall built, and we are having that
made into a fourth bedroom. The house is three bedroom, two bath, but we are having a
four bedroom made there. It does have a separate
little mini laundry room. I have to get a stackable
washer and dryer. It doesn’t need to be
like an apartment size. It’s just gonna be like two front loaders that you can stack. But it does have a utility sink
and another closet in there. And I just love it,
’cause it’s like a door that can be shut. It’s got a good size two car garage that’s attached to the house. And then the house itself, and
this is what I have wanted, it’s a rambler, so all
the bedrooms are together on one end, and everything’s
one level together. And I’ve said this in my
cleaning videos and such. I guess it wasn’t so much of
an issue at the farmhouse. Our bedroom was upstairs too, but here our master bedroom is downstairs, kids are upstairs. I have times where days will go by and I still have not been upstairs. So I’m super excited to have all the kids’ bedrooms and things right down by me. So I can see it and manage life down there and not so much, especially
cleaning and organizing-wise will get away from me. Another thing, so the house is, I’m giving house updates. Travis has been running trash and stuff. And then we, because we’ve had
trouble with the dishwasher in this house, Travis picked up a brand new dishwasher today. So him and Zion will get
that in this evening. And of course like you’re
already getting the whiff of, the new house is gonna
need all new appliances. Thoughts. Oh, so the upstairs is a
little over 2000 square feet. Of course, that doesn’t
include the garage. That’s our house living space. And then it has a, I can’t
say it without smiling, then it has a 2200 square foot basement. Do you see how excited
I am over this basement? Hearts coming out of my eyes. Glory of glories, I’m so excited. The reason that the
basement is a little bigger is there’s a back porch, deck area, and that has another room built from the basement under that. Yeah, so just so many
wonderful things are happening in that basement. The basement also has the hookups where they were gonna
put in a third bathroom, and everything is there,
ready to be hooked up. So that’ll definitely be a
near future project as well. And so now I’m gonna talk to Travis about what he’s been up to and
I’ll be back a little later. So good morning friends. We woke up this morning, hit the ground running. And Travis and I have been
synchronizing our to-do list for the things that need done. Oh, let me get that
little flyaway hair down. A lot needs done to prepare for the movers who are coming. Just, you know, moving. I’m moving nine people. Lots going down here. So today, Travis has this big
gantry crane in his garage. You’ve probably seen it when I’ve gone out to
film my freezers before. Anyway, we got advanced permission. He needs to take that apart and get that over to the new house today, because on Monday, the
day before we close, and again, we have permission for this, he has permission to start
moving his outdoor equipment, his farm equipment, his
excavator scoop thingy. All of that we’re gonna get
the outdoor stuff over there. More coming up on that. So today, step one, he’s gonna get his
gantry crane over there, so it can be back together,
ready and waiting. Kids and I here at the house, I have to work on getting,
I have a big stack of papers there in my office, and just things that shouldn’t be out in the open when people are gonna come and move you. Things that need to go
into my filing cabinet. I need to get my papers organized today. The kids and I need to
go through their bedrooms a little more today, and there’s more. Oh and then, again, just thinking quickly. Now, I know a lot of you
are gonna have the best living in a hotel with your family while you’re in the middle
of a moving tips for me. Please, you can leave
those in the comments, because maybe some other
large families who are moving would love to read ’em and I’m gonna say, “I’m sorry, I’m already
moved and in my house. “My feet are up now for a minute.” But anyway, the other night
when I sent Travis to Walmart to get valentines for the kids to add to for their valentine party, I said pick me up four more of those big, 30 plus gallon totes, because I think what I’m going to do, I won’t really know until
I get into this portion of packing later today, but I think I’m going to
pack kitchen type items I need to keep my hands on, like a slow cooker. I might be using my slow
cooker in the hotel room. Might be using my Instant
Pot in the hotel room. All those details I’m still
wrapping my brain around. But I feel like I need a
tote of like kitchen type and maybe even bathroom type things for the family for the next week. And then I’ve thought about having the kids pack
their things in book bags like for a road trip, but I’m thinking I’m gonna pack a tote of our clothing items as a family for the next week. And then I have two more totes. I think another tote, because again, everything’s gonna be in boxes, a lot of stuff’s gonna be in the basement, and I’m gonna just process through it after we’re officially in the house. I think another tote I’m going to fill with our
current homeschool items. We are obviously doing
a lot of life schooling over the next few weeks, but I wanna make sure there’s
some built-in bookcases in the open living room area that’s off the kitchen in the new house. So exciting. Anyway, I wanna get all of
our current homeschool items, current read alouds, upcoming read alouds, books the kids are working through, board games we love to play, those kind of things like
those two built-in bookshelves, and I think there are some
cabinets under ’em too. That’s where I need those things to go. And I don’t want movers packing those. Don’t touch my homeschool stuff. So they’re packing our whole library, and we will definitely
be circling back to that, but I need those items like within, I wanna organize those quickly. Yes and amen. So those are the things swirling today. I’m hoping to be done with a lot of that by
later this afternoon, so the kids and I can just chill out. They can get out their Lego tubs. I have a wonderful read
aloud stack right now. We can just get in
several hours of reading. Case and point, here’s the
state of our deck this morning. The kids were playing last night. There’s our dishwasher. We got that this fall. It’s a name brand one. Had all kinds of hopes and dreams for it. We’ve just had trouble after
trouble after trouble with it. Now yes, if I had more hours in the day, I could chase down the warranty. I could wait for a repairman. I could have ’em replace it. I don’t have time. I just don’t have time to deal with it. We have to close on this house, and these people are promised
a working dishwasher. – Mommy!
– Hold on, baby. So anyway, took that one out last night. That one is gonna go to Travis’s friend who wants to tinker with it, do something with it, that’s fine. And we put in another new one, different brand name. It’s brand new, we’re gonna
use it like three times, and then the new owners will
have a brand new dishwasher. Yay, but there’s the state of our porch. It’s part of what we’ll
be working on today. – Oh!
– Oh yeah, we’re gonna file this under two year olds. – Oh!
– Oh yeah, woo! Two year olds helping pack. So as I’m going through different things, Benjamin found this
Christmas wrapping paper. He said, “Mommy, mommy, it’s my birthday!” And I said, “Sure, Benny. “Take it and play with it.” So you’ve been busy
with this, haven’t you? – It’s my Christmas.
– It’s your Christmas, yay. – In there, mommy! – [Jamerrill] You talking about Santa? – Yes. – [Jamerrill] No, silly. – This is Santa. – [Jamerrill] Santa’s in there? – Yeah. – [Jamerrill] You know mommy
and daddy do Christmas? – I do Christmas.
– You do Christmas, okay. We’ll talk about it more later. No more complicated
conversations right now. I can tell you guys all this stuff, this new stuff I bought
in my recent thrift store and shop with me haul a few weeks ago is stuff for the new house! Okay, so now Benjamin, what are you doing? What did you say was eating you? – Oh, rah! – Benjamin’s been playing dinosaur eat me while I’m here in momma paperwork. So while I’m working on
organizing my paper mountain into my filing cabinet, I’m gonna have Naomi go
through Travis’s idea for just helping the movers
organize it pretty simply for us is for them to mark the boxes just with the names of
where the stuff comes from. So I’m gonna have her make
the signs for each door. We’re not gonna color code it or anything. I know I have a cousin and some friends who’ve moved 20 times
in their adult lives, and they do like color-coded moves. This is not going to
be a color-coded move, but it’s still gonna be
a pretty decent move. So she’s gonna at least
put a sign on every door for them on how to label those boxes. I’m also gonna have her add on the signs, I mean I’m sure they have ways that they do this, but again, I’m just trying to do
prep work on the front end to help this go well for everybody. So some of the items,
like the bathroom items, the pantry, laundry stuff,
everything from our coat closet, the kids’ bathroom and the kitchen, I’m gonna have all those items
and boxes go in our garage that’s attached to the new house. And then, everything
else, we’re gonna unload in the basement. And then go through
that over the week or so after we move in. So that’s the plan for right now at least. I know you can’t plan it all, but this is my try. Okay, confusing text messages
are flying right now. I just got this text
from my real estate agent that says, “I tried to call just in case. “Anyway, they just mentioned something “about the title loan
commitment date not being right. “And then I just heard something
about the TRID, T-R-I-D, “three day closing rule
and Monday not counting. “I don’t know, anyway you can go ahead “and do your selling on Tuesday. “Your buyer has already taken off work, “and then come back and do
your buying part on Wednesday.” And I’m like, “Ah!” Something is scrambled, and
I’m not in real estate enough to understand this. This is the fourth house we’ve bought, but with all of our
house buying and selling, we’ve never had coinciding closings. So obviously, I don’t want to get stuck with having sold this house Tuesday, and for some reason
not being able to close on buying our new house on Wednesday. That would be like nightmare level. Nightmare level status. So I’m thinking through this
as I’m doing all my papers. I’m thinking that we should just wait both until the following day. But then again, everyone says, “It’s no big deal. “Nothing can go wrong, you’re good.” But it’s concerning. So I’m gonna just think
on this one a little bit, talk to Travis. Okay, just got off the
phone with my realtor. He’s as confused as I am. So that’s good. I was looking up that three day rule. I’m not following it. There was supposed to be a paper that I was supposed to sign. I don’t know, yesterday or the day before. I haven’t bene given any papers to sign in over a week. So something, nothing bad is going on. There’s just like a little paperwork frustrating trail thing happening. And whatever it is now, we were closing Tuesday the 18th. We can’t close on our new
house till Wednesday the 19th. And I am not closing,
I’m like fired up now, I am not closing on the sale of this house until we can close on the
sale of the new house. Because obviously, let’s just say what
the nightmare would be. It would all be okay. We’d work through it right. But the nightmare would be,
we would close on the 18th for this house, and
something somewhere blow up. And then I have tons of stuff and life, word vomit, and we’re in a hotel, and we’re looking for a quick rental, and we have animals and kids, and that’s not the rodeo
I wanna ride in right now. So my agent is working on moving everything to Wednesday now. Here we are, new message. The closing document, that’s
what we’re waiting on. The closing document
will be coming out soon. It was what was waiting for title to update. It’s starting to pull together here. So what we’re dealing with
is we’re clear to close for the house we’re selling. The closing document
is just now generating for the house we’re buying. And even though we were told, which I get, it’s a lot to manage. And I’m not even the one
here managing it all. We were told we could close on purchasing our house on Tuesday. There has to be three days from the day we sign the
closing document probably, I’m guessing, before we can
close and today’s Friday. And for some reason Monday doesn’t count. I think Monday’s a holiday. That’s probably why. So we can’t close until Wednesday. Again, all this is gonna
do is give us one more day before closing to continue to do stuff. So that’s a gift. I just wanna get it straight. I’m trying real hard to do it right and with some wisdom. Hey, there’s a thing, let’s do that. Next thing happening is the law office where we’re settling all
the selling and the buying just called me to tell me they’ve called for the payoff amount for
this house multiple times, and our current mortgage
company hasn’t responded to ’em and won’t give ’em that information back. So I’m calling. Sorry, I have this
robot talking in my ear. I’m calling now to get them
to fax the payoff information to the law office. Again, it’s all this last
minute home buying stuff. I was just outside checking in on the job that two of the boys are working on. And it’s cold out today, so that’s got my nose to running. But I need to get my payoff information through the end of the month, in case there’s any other holdups. Also what I found out,
part of this three day wait after we sign the loan disclosures for the house we’re buying today, it is because Monday’s a holiday. That’s pushing everything
back a day for us. So that’ll be fine though. It’ll actually get me time to go shopping for a new washer and
dryer for the laundry room and get that set up for weekend delivery. Updates, so talked to
the mortgage company. They’re supposed to fax the
payoff for this property to the closing lawyer’s office
by the end of business today. If for some reason our
lawyer’s office doesn’t get it, I have to call and keep hounding them. That’s why there’s still papers on my bed. I’m still organizing. And what else is happening? Oh, I just got the loan disclosures in my email to sign for the
purchase of our new house. So things are happening. Things are happening, yay. Also another update, so if our
closing is a day later now, for a second I thought through, maybe I need to push the movers back, push everything back a day, but I think I’m just gonna keep everything how I have it set up right now. I think I just said this a few clips ago, but this is me processing it. Thanks for listening. I think I’m gonna keep everything how I have it set up right now. Yes I did say this. Let’s say it again, Jamerrill. Say it three times. But if we end up with an extra buffer day, that’s just a day to
pick up any other balls that have dropped. We’ll use it for something I’m sure. Okay, now the law office
just called 30 seconds ago, said they got the payoff. So that’s checked off, yay. Just like one windblown
hair update after another. Still looking at this pile on my bed. Isn’t that funny? So much. Just little, feel like a secretary. Little fine point details. So it looks like now the
people who are buying our house all of their loan documents
are dated for Tuesday, and they absolutely have
to close on Tuesday. So it looks like we are going with, and like I’ve talked to everybody, any way it goes, we’re
gonna be selling one house, and there’s gonna be one hour or 24 hours until we purchase the other. Even if we were closing on Tuesday, we could technically close
at 11:00 a.m. with them, and then have some major I don’t know, and that’s the thing. What could go wrong? I don’t know. We’re clear to close on both. So we have to sell one before we can buy the other. So we’re gonna sell this house on Tuesday. We’re gonna do our walk-through on the house we’re buying on Tuesday. Actually Travis and
Zion are over there now getting that gantry and stuff
I mentioned earlier there. Then Wednesday morning, I
talked to the law office, and we are gonna close at 9:00 a.m., their earliest closing on the
purchase of our new house. Still keeping everyone on track though. I asked our realtor, I was
like, “Wednesday morning “I have the movers scheduled
to start taking loads, “and I have the contractors
scheduled to start the painting “and the other list of
work that needs done.” So all of that is gonna be starting at the same time that we’re closing. That’s just how it is, yay. No pressure though. Okay, moving vlog next day. It is Saturday now. Hey helper. We had, this is probably
three baskets of laundry yesterday with all my late
afternoon emotional phone calls and wheeling and dealing, I did not get to the packing of the totes. We have talking hand
this Saturday evening. Travis took the kids to basketball today. I stayed home, got some business work done and rested a little bit. So now it’s about 7:00 p.m., and I’m gonna work on packing us for our week-long hotel stay. Confirmed with the movers. They are coming tomorrow. So I’m gonna just try to
make clothing piles now. Zion made his. I started on mine. And all I’m really packing, we will probably be in the
hotel for five days or so. So obviously, first day in the hotel, I’m gonna have an outfit on. And then I’m packing two more outfits, ’cause I can rewear, mix and match and one pair of pajamas. So that’s what I’m doing for everybody. We will come in an outfit, and we’ll have two more to mix and match and change in and out of, just as the saying, as
your grandma would say it. Lots of underwear for everybody, but try to not pack five
outfits times nine people for a five day hotel stay. Okay, so the adventure continues. It is now Sunday morning. The movers are on their way. I did get 3 1/2 of the
totes packed last night. I’ll show you up here in a minute. It’s funny ’cause two of ’em are full of all our homeschool books and things that I just don’t want
to get away from me. ‘Cause I just don’t know
how it’s gonna go down with the books that are packed and, you know, moving. So things I definitely want to get into our little shelf nook
in our new family room asap like within the next week. Before me here is a stack of stuff that needs to go out into the van. Because again, I don’t know. Will the movers get
everything packed today? Will it be easier to go to hotel tonight? Will it happen tomorrow? I don’t know. All these question marks in life. But here’s what has to go
out in the van with me. Some quick stuff. So this is a box of stuff I have to do for a sponsor coming up. My purse, my computer bag, scarf, tripod, little work desk, all my various bathroom things that I don’t want to get away from me. So this is just a small
stack of essentials, and you gotta love my enthusiasm. So I’m currently reading
“Twice-Rescued Child” and “Bird by Bird,” but I thought, “Okay, if I
finish both of those this week, “I need another book close.” So I’m gonna go for
“The Nightingale” next. Several of my friends on
Instagram referred me to this and a whole slew of novels, but this will be the next one. Emergency snacks, emergency cross stitch, my Bible, my journal, and then one of the current
read alouds the kids and I are doing, ’cause you know, we’re just gonna have tons
of time to read this week. But just in case, our
important things will be close. Okay, updates going down now. We have everything that
we need to have with us for the next week in our van. The movers came, and see again, ’cause we
switched moving companies, the movers that came think they can pack our
whole house in 10 hours. So they have gone out to
gather up their supplies. And they’re gonna be back, it’s Sunday. They’re gonna have the
whole house packed up today. Another variable we have going on is it was supposed to be in the 50s today. I was thinking, “Okay,
well, we’ll play outside “while they get the packing done.” We’ll just do that two days in a row. It’ll give the kids and I
lots of good outside time. Well instead, it’s in the 30s. So, just so many variables. It’s like you can plan,
you can plan, you can plan, and then when you get in the situation, it’s like, “Okay, it’s freezing, “and I need to put my
children somewhere safe “while the movers come and pack us. “What do we do?” So the original plan being, and I know you’ve heard this 10 times now, movers were gonna come Sunday, Monday. We were closing Tuesday. And I thought maybe
even Tuesday afternoon, they could bring our load. Now, these movers are here. They’re gonna be able to pack us today, and it’s Sunday.
– Sit down! – All that to say, I’m circling around to, I went ahead and called the hotel, and I didn’t think we
would be in the hotel until Tuesday or Wednesday. I wasn’t sure though with the packing. I thought maybe even
tomorrow night, Monday. Went ahead and got the hotel for today. That’s what I’m trying
to get out of my mouth. So because if they could bust through and load it all up, I mean, on the upside,
we’re gonna be packed and ready to go a few days early. That’s a blessing. And instead of doing meals and children and life and
laundry and baths and everything in the middle of all that here, we’re gonna go ahead and
get to the hotel today. So we didn’t know last night
was our last sleeping here, but last night was our
last night sleeping here. We’re still gonna be back every day. We’re gonna actually
take a few things over to leave at the outside
of the new house today. And our animals are still here, but we’re coming back every day. So nothing’s different. Just saying, those are these updates now, but I’ll give you a look
at the stuff in the van. Okay, bright light shining down on me, not super glorious, but this is what we have
loaded up in the van. Some of this we’re gonna drop
off at the new house today, because they’ve been letting
us take some things out there. Some of it I just wanna get over here, so I don’t lose track of. I also had things like the broom. I thought, “Oh, man. “Okay, so when we come back, “and this whole house is wrapped
up and packed up tomorrow, “I wanna be able to sweep it, “and I don’t want the
broom to get packed.” Some of the things I’m holding on to is stuff like I’m still gonna need it. So I got the pack and play
for in the hotel for Benjamin. We hasn’t slept in this in a long time, but at 2 1/2, it’ll kinda keep
him contained for bedtime. We got some emergency Legos. These are we call Mommy’s Legos. Oh, I got a dinosaur in there too. Some various Sharp Shopper
snacks, not a lot though, but a few. My homeschool totes, I packed two of these with my homeschool books that I need to go in our need kitchen area off
our family room like asap. And I don’t want ’em to
get put in the wrong spot. So I’m gonna haul ’em around for a week. Got my slow cooker for the hotel room. Got a bag of that’s like apples, peanut butter, two smoke detectors that I want to get over
to the new house too. And napkins, paper plates
for the hotel room. This is my new refurbished vacuum. This is one of the things
today we’re gonna set, I’m gonna set this, it’s
like an outside covered area. I’m gonna set that there. I’m gonna set my two doormats there. Travis wants to get
these chairs over there. So we will do that. No one’s living there now. Anyway, a few more sweatshirts we’ll need. Under all of this is the other totes. We still have, oh, our clothing tote, it must be under there. So definitely gonna have
to stop at the new house, drop off a few things, then we can work through our totes. There is a laundry basket
with my chiropractic pillow and Travis’s pillows. We got special pillows. See if you can see back there. So anyway, it’s an attempt to have a handle on the week and things that we’ll
need quick access to. Still got one more tote that’s gonna go on the top right there that has our bathroom
and other things in it. So thank you for listening to part one of probably four or five
of this moving adventure. I’m going to wrap this up now, but I can’t wait to chat with you in those comments below. It has certainly been a journey, but here we are. We’re doing it. My next video of this moving series will be the movers actually packing and us going to closing. And then doing the dirty house tour, because the other house
needs a good cleaning too. So so much in the works. Oh, the contractors are coming. Work’s being done. Going to IKEA. It’s exciting. So talk to you real soon, bye-bye. (soft guitar music)