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We were still closing! Turns out, Mr. Realtor was calling to see if we could meet earlier than we planned. He wanted to bump the entire closing up to around 1:00 p.m., a whole 3 hours before we had originally planned. I agreed and immediately called David when I got off the phone to tell him to leave work, we were closing!!
We met Mr. Realtor to do the final walk-through before going to the lawyer’s office for closing. When we arrived at the house, there were still workers crawling all over it. We did a walk through with Mr. Realtor and there were a few minor things in each room that would need to be fixed.
The craziest thing I made them fix was our bathroom vanity. The light, mirror, and sink were so off-center that there was no way I could look at it. The light was shifted one way the mirror the opposite direction and the vanity stationery, but none of it was centered. The rest was small touch up places on the wall here and there, but nothing major.
We left the house to go to the lawyer’s office for closing. The biggest concern was that the matching 12×12 shed and the seeding and straw had not been done outside, but Mr. Realtor put all our troubles to rest. At the closing table, we signed a contract that said that the amount of money it would take to build the shed and seeding and straw the yard would be withheld in escrow until the builder finished it. If he did not finish it within 30 days, then the money would be ours to find someone who could.
After signing our names 1438 times on stacks and stacks of papers, Mr. Realtor dropped the keys in my hands, the keys to our brand new mountain home. Just like that, all that frustration, bad news, and waiting were over. We were leaving that closing table with a brand new home!
We went and grabbed a bite to eat and then rushed up to the house and make some final decisions as to what we were going to bring with us to get us through the night. Then we headed off to Bull Run Mountain to gather up what we needed for the night. The first thing on our list was our mattress, no doubt about it; we were going to sleep in our new home that night!
Lying on our mattress on the floor of the master bedroom of our new home that night, I could still hardly sleep. I couldn’t believe where I was. I just lay there and listened to the sounds of the quiet house. I couldn’t believe we were really there.
Eventually, I managed to drift off to sleep feeling safe, whole, and complete. There is no feeling like coming home and for the first time since I moved out of my parent’s house at 22 years old, I felt like I was HOME.
The next morning we woke up to most awesome sight. Daybreak had brought a dusting of snow along with it.
I walked up the driveway to get a picture and to take in the most awesome sight I ever witnessed. As I stood there in the cold, the world was quiet and everything stood still. Our snow-dusted home was breathtaking and my eyes filled up with tears.
Finding our mountain home didn’t happen overnight. Heck at times, we didn’t think it was going to happen at all. None of that mattered anymore. Our dream came true and when your dream comes true, you only see the good. All the bad things slip away. The bad things are just the things that you face, deal with and get over. They are the things that make you a stronger person. They test your strength, your faith, and even your endurance, but if you just believe; all things will work out the way they are supposed to.
You have to have the understanding that everything happens for a reason and that certain people come into your life for a reason.
This story started back when our Virginia Beach Realtor left that postcard on our door and in our mailbox. I didn’t know why I kept his postcard; I just knew I would need it later.
There was a reason why I was laid off from that job in Louisa and the same reason we didn’t find a home to buy with our realtor.
There was a reason we found that home for rent at Bull Run Mountain, where we spent our first winter toughening up and realizing living on a mountain is a different way of life.
If none of these things had happened we wouldn’t be where we are today.
When you aren’t happy with your life, you have to make changes. You have to take a leap of faith. You have to go outside of your comfort level. You have to be prepared to get knocked down, but you must have enough fight within yourself to get back up. You have to do whatever it is that gives you inner peace, satisfies your soul and do what makes you happy.
I looked up what snow symbolizes. Although deep snows can represent death and hardship, it can also symbolize changes and transformation or new beginnings.
If you recall every time we made a move after leaving Virginia Beach it snowed. David calls me a snow angel because it always seemed to snow when we moved, but that’s not it at all. We made our dream of finding our mountain home come true. As I finish up our story this isn’t the end. We are finally home; the start of a new beginning.
Each year we take a week of vacation off from work and we stay at home on the mountain. We live where we vacation, there is no reason to go anywhere else.
So that my friends is what Staycation really means.
All we had to do was BELIEVE.
A True Story By Debra Matthews Spivey