5 Lessons I Re-Learned While House Hunting

by Heather on June 1, 2014

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Grammy, P and me on the plane home from our Norfolk house hunting trip.

5 Lessons I Re-Learned While House Hunting

Hi! It’s been forever since I’ve posted. I hope you are doing well! I have just been bogged down in the middle of house hunting, Pippa’s birthday, and having a lot of house guests. It’s been fun but I’ve been putting off my blogging… here’s an update and some pics from our Norfolk house hunting trip!

I think I’ve avoided sharing an update for a while because it was quite a frustrating process. I was kind of bogged down by the weight of it all and the frustrations that came our way. I tried to keep a positive attitude, but still there are all those emotions to deal with… the frustration, the disappointment, the waiting, the unknown.

I think we’ve finally found a place. I can’t say 100% because we haven’t signed the lease, so I don’t know for SURE. But we put down a security deposit so I think we’re pretty close.

Life in the military has some major challenges, and moving is definitely one of them. I even took a house hunting trip all the way to Norfolk and didn’t find anything. We liked and started the process on 5 different places and had the first four not work out for various reasons. I think it was totally God’s timing but it was rather frustrating during the process.

Throughout it all, I’ve been reminded of a few things:

  1. I’m not going to be homeless; something will work out.
  2. This is par for the course in the milspouse life, so I might as well have a positive attitude about it.
  3. Emotions come and go and can be hard to deal with, even when trying to stay positive. When we were house hunting I would get moments of sadness because I didn’t think we could find the right house. It wasn’t helped when our friend found her ideal house after just one visit to the real estate offices Greensboro but I told myself that we’d find the right house just like she did.
  4. People will have many different opinions but in the end, you have to decide what’s best for you and your family.
  5. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” house, especially when it comes to two people trying to satisfy their very different wishlists and priorities. (We had very similar priorities on most levels, but on a few things we wanted different features that were somewhat opposed.)

The military spouse life is full of ups and downs, crazy emotions, and waiting waiting waiting. But if we all just hang in there, it will eventually work out somehow!

Hugs to you all!

Heather

For more PCS moving tips, go here!

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P on the Norfolk Navy Lodge playground

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P in the middle of the night… did I mention she didn’t sleep on this trip???

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Enjoying the USO at the Richmond airport. Such a great organization!

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