Monday, November 30, 2015

Bittersweet

Just wanted to share some positive news today.
Junk Chic Cottage is under contract.




Saying good bye to my beautiful sanctuary space in the summer months.




It is bittersweet to be saying good bye to a home I have loved.  At the same time a wonderful young couple is buying this home.

He and his bride have served our country in the Marines.  He is out of the marines and his career is now being a police officer. 

When he put the offer into us he also wrote a very touching letter to both Terry and I about how he felt at home the minute he walked into our home.  He has served his country and now is ready to settle down and start a family and this home is where he can envision starting his life.  Touched our hearts.  Love that we are giving back to the men and women that keep us safe.

With Terry being a firefighter all his life he knows about giving service to others.  So it was sweet that our buyer is a police officer giving service to others.  I know they will love this home as we have and starting their life together here is so sweet.

Bittersweet for me to say goodbye to this home I have loved but it will be wonderful shelter for a new family to begin.

I will love another home as I have loved this one and am excited to think about unleashing my decor crazy on another home soon!

Thank you for all your support and prayers for Terry and I as we have embarked on this journey of change in our lives these past months.

We are hoping as our journey is beginning a new direction with the sale of this house,  Terry will secure a position of employment soon.  We do not close on this home until the end of January so hoping maybe a job offer will come and we will only have to move once.

Have a wonderful week.  I know a lot of you are getting your happy holiday decor going.
Enjoy.  This time of year moves quickly so enjoy everyday up to Santa's big day.

Baking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping oh my!!!
Enjoy.
Kris
:)


89 comments:

  1. Hi Kris, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Congrats on the house and I'm so happy for you. That was so fast! I wish you both good luck and that good things will happen for you both for the new year. Take care and have a nice week. Julie xo

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  2. awww Kris, I can relate to that ...sniff sniff!!! Bittersweet indeed!

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  3. Kris
    I'm so happy for you and glad too that you know your home is going to a couple who will love it and are so worthy of it!!
    I know it will be hard to leave this home, but you and Terry can make any house a special home with your combined talent and creative touches.

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  4. How nice that you have sold your house to that couple. It'll be a Lovely home for them as well. And hopefully things will turn out your way after this.
    Have a nice week.
    Love Elzie

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  5. Congrats on the contract! I love that a sweet young couple fell in love with it. Praying that the perfect job will come to fruition and you'll only have to move once. Can't wait to see what you do with a new house!

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  6. How sweet that is!! Congrats!! Best wishes to you and Terry!!

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  7. Aww, Kris, I know this most be both happy and sad for you. Congrats on the contract and you know I love that the home you have loved so dearly will be going to a police officer and his wife. I will be praying that you only have to move once and that you have a but more clarity about your future soon. I just know your next home will be amazing too and I can't wait to follow along. Take care.

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  8. Oh I do know this is so bittersweet for you. The Lord is good and He is moving you somewhere very Special. God Bless and Praise The Lord that he has saved your home for someone that will love it as much as you have.

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  9. Yay!! I am so happy to hear that the house is under contract! Great news, although I know it is tough to leave a home you loved and put so much of yourself into. I will keep praying that Terry gets offerered the perfect job soon. Wouldn't that be the most wonderful Christmas gift? Hugs!!

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  10. One answered prayer and another one for the new job will be coming soon! I know it is definitely a bittersweet time for you. A new home is out there, just waiting for your wonderful special touch! Praying for peace and that everything will fall in to place! Love and hugs to you!

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  11. Congratulations - I guess! LOL Was so praying that the Lord would have something come up near you so that you wouldn't have to move but the Lord has great plans for you and Terry. Now, just praying that the perfect job opportunity will come thru very soon So glad you are so comfortable with the young couple who are moving into their dream house. Lucky couple.

    Praying for the Lord's guidance and peace.

    Judy

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  12. I love stories like these. I am very excited to hear about the next chapter in your life.

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  13. Oh Kris, I know you are relieved but it's hard to say good bye to a home you love. What a blessing to the new couple your sweet house will be. Can't wait to see what is next for you friend.

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  14. What wonderful news Kris! I'm so happy that y'all sold it to people that will love it as much as you do!
    It's so hard to say goodbye to a home that you hold so dear, but exciting changes await you!
    Congrats and happy holidays!

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  15. That's so wonderful Kris! It sounds like your home will be in great hands.Change is always difficult, but there's a perfect home out there that's just waiting for you to find it and work your magic. I just know good things are coming your way.

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  16. I'm so pleased for you that your beautiful home is going to someone so perfect. Enjoy your last few weeks but remember how fun it was to create your perfect space - you get to do it all over again!!

    xox

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  17. Hi Kris,
    Congratulations on being under contract, such good news! I know what it is like to live in limbo and I am so glad that you at least have this first hurdle coming together! And Hopefully Terry's offer will be coming next!!
    I love that the couple buying your home said that your home felt like their home, that means everything when you have to let something so special go. You know that they will love it just as much as you did!
    Enjoy the holidays in your home and now you can relax knowing that you won't have strangers traipsing in anymore!
    Hugs!! Kimberley

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  18. Congratulations!
    I love the story of the young couple. Very sweet and touching.
    Sending you a HUG!
    Carla

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  19. I know this is a bittersweet time for you, Kris, but I know you are ready to start a new chapter in life. It sounds like your home is going to be in good hands...how sweet that they wrote you a letter, too. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way for a good job soon, and a wonderful new home and life adventure! xoxo

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  20. I am happy for you that things are moving in the right direction. I have been watching Mary Alice of Chateau Chic decorate her new rental and I know it will be fun watching you create your next home.

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  21. Hi Kris,
    such a lovely house I hope you will find a pretty new house. I wish you the best for your future.
    Greetings,
    Christine

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  22. Hooray! Prayers answered, and such a wonderful couple to transition your home to, Kris. This really touched me. It is definitely a turning point. So nice that you have the 60 days. You can enjoy Christmas and then pack it all up. So, so happy for you both.
    Rita

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  23. So glad that your home sold to a sweet loving couple. It sounds like they fell in love with your beautiful home. How bittersweet, I know how you feel. At least you can spend one more Christmas in your home. I feel positive that Terry will soon have a job and all will be right.
    Have a wonderful week Kris.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  24. That is so sweet that they wrote a letter. Now, on to celebrate, finding a new place for you and a job for your hubby.
    warmly,
    deb

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  25. Good news! I 'm happy for you and i wish you the best
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  26. Dearest Kris, I am SO THRILLED FOR YOU! It seemed as if it was taking too long to sell this house, but it finally happened, and I'm sure, to the right couple. May God bless them there as you have been blessed. I hope that you will find yet another home that you can fix up into a nest, a place where you and your family can recreate more memories. A house becomes so special when we've lived in it and have given it character. MUCH LOVE!

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  27. Kris,
    Tears run down my face as you and Terry embark on a new chapter of your loving and dwelling, recreating and junkiń with a love of all things vintage and White. You filled your home with love and positive energy that was felt by the right buyers, not at all surprising to me it was a man and his bride of service. As one of your loyal followers and friends I am excited to travel to a new home of laughter, celebrations and adorning it all with décor crazy with sweet Terry who wears that amazing tool belt.
    I am glad you have decked your walls for Christmas 2015 and will enjoy the holidays at Junk Chic Cottage and there is magic in the air for the next charter.
    Sending love,
    Vera

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  28. This is wonderful news Kris, and indeed you are passing down the love you have shown this home to new members who will love it all over again.

    Sounds like a wonderful couple, and does it not make you proud that in some way you are doing your service to our countrymen by providing a home that feels so home sweet home.
    I especially love that they want to start a family here in your home that has been handed down for new beginnings.

    Joyful days ahead of you and all the newness that will be waiting.

    Xx
    Dore

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  29. Truly bittersweet, dear Kris. How wonderful knowing your beloved home will be equally loved by the new owners. Hopefully this is the beginning of a snowball effect of good things for you and Terry. Jane

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  30. It is so lovely the young couple wants to raise a family in your home. You get to have another Christmas there and then off to start fresh with a new place you will make a home. Hopes and prayers for Terry and his search.

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  31. I am so glad your home has sold. How special that the buyers already feel a connection to it. Good luck.

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  32. Hi Kris, sounds like this was meant to be. It can be so stressful to wait and see what the Lord has in store for us. I know that everything will fall into place for you two. Congrats on the sale. XO Jo

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  33. I am thrilled you all got a contract on your house, Kris!! Wonderful news, but I know the feeling of leaving a home you've loved for so many years. I'm sure you'll enjoy having one more Christmas to celebrate in your beautiful home. Praying with you that Terry will be able to secure employment in the coming months.
    Mary Alice

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  34. That's great news, Kris! I think it's the sweetest thing that your buyer wrote you a letter with their offer. It must be right.
    You can relax and enjoy your holidays and your party without the worry of showing the house. Okay, Terry...your new job is coming! Things are falling into place. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! xoxo, T.

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  35. I am new to this blogging community so I don't know the background on why you were selling your home, Kris --- but I do know how difficult it is to put your heart and soul into a home and then have to sell it. As much as I'm sure it is a relief to you that it is under contract it's so hard to pack up your life and start a new one elsewhere. And it sounds like you are not quite sure where that will be, which makes it tougher. However, one thing I've learned in the short while I've been following your sweet blog is that wherever you hang your hat will be an absolutely amazingly beautiful and serene home....your sense of style and tranquility will shine through. And you will make a new home that you will love. I wish you much luck in your next phase of life. xoxo

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  36. Kris,
    CONGRATS on the sale of your charming home. Now you can decorate it all out for the holidays.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  37. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! How wonderful about the couple buying your home. And the fact that they wrote a letter. I know that makes it a little easier for you.
    Brenda

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  38. I know so very well the bittersweet feelings you are experiencing Kris. It's hard to leave a home you've loved and made your own, but I know there is another home out there that is just waiting for your very special touch. It's comforting to know the family who will be moving in will also love this home as much as you have. A chapter is closing, but another one is starting. I hope the timing works out, and you won't have to move twice, but whatever happens, we will be right here cheering you on.

    xxx

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  39. Kris, I'm so happy you've sold your home to a young couple who appreciate your beautifully maintained home! I know you are sad to leave your cottage behind, but I know that no matter where you live, you'll have it styled to perfection in no time at all. You've got me teary eyed reading this post, but I feel your long wait is about to be over and you can start on your new journey. Enjoy your last Christmas season in your beloved cottage.
    xo, Vickie

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  40. Oh Kris, congrats and hugs, too. I loved the story and I just know you and Terry will also be putting down new roots in the perfect place very soon, too.

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  41. Congratulations, Kris...so glad to know your house sold and you can get on with your life now. Keeping fingers crossed for a job offer for Terry.
    I had the same bittersweet feeling when our house of 40 years sold....I still miss it some and always will...we just had so many memories there. We love living close to son,,it doesn't feel like home yet but ea day, it gets closer to home. :)
    xo

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  42. Kris!! That is fabulous news! And it sounds like you home is going to wonderful people who love it as much as you do. So happy that you have through the holidays and beyond. Best wishes for a new job and home!

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  43. I'm happy for you. It must be a relief. It sounds like your home is going to be in good hands.

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  44. Very nice knowing that they felt at home there! You will probably love getting in a new home and playing around with it, crafting it and making it your own. Congrats on the move. Just thinking 24 yrs here and I don't think I ever want to think about packing up to move.....

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  45. You know I have shed some happy/sad tears for you. You have loved that home and made someone else see it as a place they can love to call home, too. Yes, it is an exciting new adventure awaiting you and I can't wait to see where you end up. (maybe you will be MY neighbor). I am really happy for you, Kris-but like you said- it is bittersweet. xo Diana

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  46. This is just the beginning of the positive events that are headed your way! Goodbye's are tough but Hello's can be even better! You know I'm praying daily! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

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  47. Kris I'm sad and happy for you at the same time. I know you will turn your next home into a beautiful and loving nest for you and Terry, no doubt in my mind. Toby and I sold our home as you know and we just moved in to our new home. I'm one tired lady but I'm going to do my best to make it a comfortable and loving place for us to live. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the two of you. I know it will be GREAT!!!

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  48. Kris I'm sad and happy for you at the same time. I know you will turn your next home into a beautiful and loving nest for you and Terry, no doubt in my mind. Toby and I sold our home as you know and we just moved in to our new home. I'm one tired lady but I'm going to do my best to make it a comfortable and loving place for us to live. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the two of you. I know it will be GREAT!!!

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  49. Oh Kris, I'm so happy you found such a lovely couple to buy your beautiful home. It is sad that you are selling but I know you will find another home to decorate and love. I'll be thinking of you and hoping Terry finds a great job soon. I'm excited to share the moving journey with you! Take care, x Julie

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  50. It is hard leaving a house you've loved; thankfully you'll have many wonderful memories to cherish and a blog full of opportunities to walk down memory lane anytime you are homesick.
    So thankful you have each other...such a blessing!
    Praying for you.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  51. Oh Kris, I am so happy for you and hope that great things are in store for you both. Congratulations.

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  52. Bittersweet is the perfect word for it. I'm so sorry you have to leave a home you dearly love, but if you have to do it, it's so wonderful that it is going to a couple who will love it just as much. When God closes one door, He opens another, so I'm excited to see what's next for you, sweet friend! :-)

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  53. The perfect couple for your home! It will continue to be loved and cared for by a lovely couple with a whole new life beginning. Yes, you're right ~ it is bittersweet. I know it's difficult to leave a home you've loved so much and put your special touches on. However, God has answered prayers and it's going to be exciting to see you decorating another home. The perfect job is on the way!! I'm glad you have some time to spend the holidays there and not have to be packing boxes immediately.

    I will continue to hold you in prayer ~
    xo
    Pat

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  54. How wonderful your beloved home is going to someone who will also love it and looks forward to raising their family there! Praying for Terry and his job situation. Best wishes to you all, Kris!

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  55. I am Sad for You and Terry and Excited for your next Adventure.
    I truly know how you feel right now as We went through the same Situation.
    Trust and Know it will all work out and even be better than you could have imagined.
    I will light a Candle and pray for you.
    Thank You for Sharing your Life with all of us. 🔑

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  56. Hi Kris, I know on one hand your happy to have a buyer, but on the other hand its sad to say goodbye to your home. You will make your next house a home filled with your wonderful spirit. I'm looking forward to seeing it all come about! All the best to you and Terry. Milena

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  57. Congrats Kris, please let me know where you land, and we have a pick-up truck, if you need some help! Sandi

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  58. Congratulations, Kris. I know it must be bittersweet. I will say a prayer for a new job and home very soon. xo Laura

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  59. Kris, Bittersweet is just the right word!! I have loved seeing all the changes you've made to your beautiful home and know wherever you go in this journey will be a wonderful new beginning for you and Terry! Looking forward to your new home and all your inspiring ideas and designs. Good luck on the job search!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  60. Hi Kris
    wow that was so fast* I knew your beautiful home would sell fast. When I saw the title on your blog post I had a feeling what you would be saying. Its so sad you have to leave but so happy all at the same time. I love that they wrote you a note. Very very sweet. I am sure they will enjoy many years in their new home. Enjoy your day Kris, I hope Terry gets that call soon!!!
    deezie

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  61. I just knew this couple were the ones Kris - had a strong feeling - congratulations !
    I LOVE that it will go to a police officer - seems so fitting.
    And I totally get the bittersweetness of it all - I still taste it on my tongue from our last house - praying something comes up because I can't imagine packing up twice in a short time.
    You must be breathing a huge sigh of relief ( along with the sadness I know )
    Much love xoxo

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  62. Happy for you and Terry and your new adventure--how exciting, but bittersweet!

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  63. Bittersweet yes, but change can be a new start. I have been thinking about you. I know you will make any home a beautiful nest, I just pray you can find some peace and enjoy the holidays. I am happy a nice couple will love it as home.... xxx...

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  64. Praying that this news will bring you a special peace over the Christmas season. God bless.
    *Smiles*

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  65. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and Terry on selling your house. I especially love the story of who it is going to and the letter they wrote to you. How sweet! I hope that this is just the beginning of good things happening for you both.

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  66. How wonderful that your house sold to such a deserving young couple. It is bittersweet to leave a home you cherished but knowing that such a wonderful young couple will be moving in and cherishing it also, will make the transition better. Hopefully Terry will soon have a position that he will love and you will know where you will be settling in to start satisfying your décor itch. I know that Lincoln, Nebraska is still looking for a Fire Chief, if that would interest Terry in any way, or perhaps he already applied. Best of wishes for the New Year and your future.

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  67. Congratulations on selling your home to a wonderful couple who will appreciate it and love it the way you and Terry have over the years. What a touching letter and how great that the young man will be serving as a police officer. I believe everything is in divine order and god's timing is perfect. I'm believing for you both that a job offer will be next. Love the Pottery Barn pillow.

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  68. Congratulations!!!! It sounds like the new owners are the perfect couple to care for your sweet cottage! I can't wait to see where you two land next :o)
    ~Des

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  69. Congratulations on the contract, Kris! I was so touched reading about the couple who is buying your home - the fact that he wrote you a letter was so sweet! Knowing that another family will love your home as you did is a good feeling to have, as you deal with leaving the home you poured your heart and soul into. I've no doubt that wherever you land next, you will enjoy transforming that one, and making it home. Best of luck to Terry in his job search.

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  70. That's fabulous news, Kris! I keep my fingers crossed that Terry will find a new job in time. It was a lovely gesture of that young man to write you such a letter. Your house found a wonderful new owner who appreciates all the love and effort you had put into your property.
    Julia

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  71. Such sweet thoughts Kris. Just prayed for you and Terry - that a great job will open up and that you will have peace and joy through this process. Can't wait to see what you do with your next canvas! Blessings, ~julie

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  72. Congratulations on the sale and praying for you and Terry.

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  73. Such a sweet letter from the buyer. I know this is such a difficult time for you and hubby. I pray for good news to come soon to you and you will find another sweet home to share your love.

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  74. Oh Kris I'm so pleased to read that you finally sold your home. See, it was waiting for the perfect buyer - sounds like it couldn't be handed over to more perfect hands who will appreciate and love all that you and Terry have put into it. Congratulations!

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  75. Hi Kris, I am way behind with email but I didn't want to let t his go without responding. I know it is bittersweet but at least one phase is moving forward. How great that a couple that serves others is moving in and beginning there lives in a place so beautiful. I know you will find a new place that you will throw your love into. Congrats!!

    Cindy

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  76. That's such wonderful news, Kris. But I do understand your feelings about leaving your lovely home and all that's familiar behind. It sounds like the new family is a perfect fit and will fill your sweet home with more love and warm memories. God is so good to bless the "close to our heart" details of our lives. It will be exciting INDEED to see how you work your love and magic in your new home! Continued prayers for you and Terry as you celebrate the Christmas season and transition into the new chapter of your lives <3 Hugs and blessings to you.

    Tamara

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  77. Although I know how bittersweet this is, congratulations on not only selling your home, but also selling it to what sounds like a wonderful couple. I just know you'll fall in love with another home that you can turn into a beautiful place.

    Prayers that your husband lands a great job very soon.

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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  78. Wonderful news about the house. And what a beautiful story. All the best for you and your husband, and I pray God's provision as you start a new chapter in your lives.

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  79. Great blog I am happy for you that things are moving in the right direction. I have been watching Mary Alice of Chateau Chic decorate her new rental and I know it will be fun watching you create your next home.Thanks for sharing........

    Student apartments in Huddersfield | Unite Snow Island

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  80. Congratulations on the sell of your home Kris! I know it's bittersweet... I pray this upcoming year exceeds your expectations! How exciting to be looking for a home with "things" you've been wishing for... It'll be so much fun for you and US! I can't wait to go with you on this journey :)

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  81. Congratulations on the sell of your home Kris! I know it's bittersweet... I pray this upcoming year exceeds your expectations! How exciting to be looking for a home with "things" you've been wishing for... It'll be so much fun for you and US! I can't wait to go with you on this journey :)

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  82. So excited for you and Terry, Kris. To see where God will take you and what this new chapter in your life will look like. Let the adventure begin! And the decor crazy continue! Yay!!!!! xoxoxoxo

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  83. Congratulations and best wishes as you move forward! The best is yet to come...

    Kathleen

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  84. Hi Kris, Congrats on the house sell and how wonderful you have a buyer who will appreciate it and love it like you and Terry did. Plus, being one to serve the community only means your home is carrying on a blessing to all. I just knew you would sell before the end of the year and while it is bittersweet, I know you will make your new home just as wonderful. God has a plan and it will special.
    Have a nice weekend. xo

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  85. Oh my goodness - happy indeed the sale of your home.. Praying for your husband to find the perfect job your hoping and needing. My husband is still with out job too. I just love the story of your buyer..pretty awesome! All the very best your way I pray!!
    Hugs

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  86. Kris, it is bittersweet; but so glad that it is going to someone who felt right at home. There really is a beautiful spirit in your home, created by you and Terry. I hope that your prayers will be answered soon for a job offer for Terry! I know that where ever you end up you will create another loving home!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  87. I perfectly understand how you must feel. I remember the day I moved from a previous apartment where I had redone evrything and the movers said "You seem a little upset, is anything wrong?" Yes, of course, we are upset because each home is a part of our story... But you have an other story to write in a "new" home and as a reader, I'm very excited to discover that new chapter!

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  88. Congrats Kris on the sale of your home. I know it will be hard leaving but how wonderful knowing it is going to be loved by its new family. I can not wait to see what you do to your next house turning it into a home for you and your hubby and family to enjoy and make memories!

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  89. Congratulations! We too made a major life change and Move in 2015 and it is indeed bittersweet to leave behind a Home Loved for many years. Ours was a Historic Home on Acreage that just became too much for me to care for adequately and a Newer Home was easier for The Man to navigate after his brain injury. We Love all of the Changes and I suspect you will too as you begin Feathering a New Nest! Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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