Monthly Archives: November 2014

First Day of Estate Sale

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Well, we made it through the first day of our sale. I’ve been going since 6am and I am pooped! We had a very successful day with the first round and we’ll be emptying more cabinets and rooms for the sale tomorrow.

For the most part, people have been very pleasant to work with and willing to negotiate. Of course, some are just crazy. Many were interested in why we are selling everything and they all want to know if it’s hard to watch all of our things leave. Umm, NO! Honestly, the hardest thing to let go of was a giant plant that I just absolutely love. I gave him to a lady who promised to take good care of him.

This is hard work! I wish someone would just show up with a truck and offer me a good price for everything!!

-Jodi

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Estate Sale – Everything MUST Go!

Holy Cow, this is getting real. We will be having an estate sale over Black Friday weekend. Are we crazy? Maybe.

I think we found our next temporary home, too. That’s exciting and helps motivate us to get moved.

I don’t have time to write much because we have a sale in 3 days and we have barely begun to get everything ready.

If you are in the Metro Atlanta area this Friday and Saturday, come and buy all of our earthly possessions.

Queen Size Mattress set with frame

1950’s Custom King Size Bedroom Suit – 2 Dressers, Headboard, Night Stand, Lamp

Couches

Washer & Dryer

Home Decor

Clothing

TVs

-See you at the sale – Jodi

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Day 12 – Making our feet move

Today requires that we take another step in this process. I know it might not seem big but, it is. We need to rent a storage unit. There are, of course, some things that we won’t get rid of but, I don’t have anyone to take ownership of these things, yet. Jordan and Kelsey don’t have space and I think my Mom and Dad would cry if they had to take some of these things back into their home after they’ve already passed them down to me. I don’t know how long we’ll need this storage unit but it still overwhelms me a bit. I guess it still comes down to an attachment to things…What if I need something that’s in storage but I’m in a different state? What if something happens to the storage unit? What do I really need to put in storage? 

I know it sounds a little crazy but, it’s just overwhelming. Adding to the fear is the threat of the home not actually selling. Yes, we have a contract but, you’ve all heard the stories of things going wrong right before closing. We will have already sold most of our furnishings by the time the closing date gets here. Again, I know it’s just stuff. We can buy new furnishings.

So, I tell all of you and myself:

I will not be afraid. I will not cling to my possessions. I will have faith that God will lead us to wherever we’re going. I will not worry about where that “wherever” is.

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Jodi

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Day 11 – THIS IS SCARY!

I am so overwhelmed!

I just want to be this guy.

The end

Jodi

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Day 9 – Already gone

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You all know what I’m talking about? Once you make a decision to move on, your mind, heart, and ambition moves on. You know…new job, new school, new home. But, you still have to stick around and keep things running until that magic launch day comes around.

This Fall supplied a very heavy leaf and acorn explosion at the Brown’s woodland home. But, we’re moving. We don’t (want to) care about stupid leaves and outdoor maintenance anymore. But, at this rate, if the leaves aren’t tackled, they will stack up higher than the front door and the roof will come crashing in. So, Brodie tackled the stupid leaves and let Daisy help.

Daisy is not a helper. She is a destroyer and she HATES the rake. It’s odd because she really isn’t bothered by the loud leaf blower. At least the dog is still excited about the leaves.

Daisy helping with the leaves

Only 25 days left. I wonder how many more leaves we’ll have to deal with.

Jodi

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Day 7 – The wise old owl

There is a wise old owl sitting in the tree outside the office window. I feel like he’s mocking me. We’ve lived here for over 10 years and I have seen not one owl until today. During a time when I feel like I have NO answers and zero direction, this big ole smarty pants shows up and stairs at me ALL DAY.

So, of course, I’ve been chatting with him. He won’t speak to me but, I see the look in his eyes. I know he knows all the answers to our problems and he’s not sharing. At times, I think he’s laughing at me. As an owl, I’m pretty sure he feels no sympathy for my fears of where to live. He’s probably thinking, “Look, Lady! All I know is that right now I have a branch to sit on. I have no clue what critter I’ll eat next or where I’ll land. My job is just to be an owl and right now, you’re my entertainment.”

Hmmm, this really IS a wise old owl. So, today I will just be Jodi and not worry about our next branch or juicy critter. Honestly, I think I’ll just pretend I’m an owl.

Matthew 6:25-27New International Version (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

Jodi

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Day 6 – Waiting and waiting some more

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We have so much to do but, find ourselves waiting due to decisions that still have to be made in the sales process of our current home. It’s all the normal stuff involved in a sale but for us, it seems so different because of our unconventional path.

Brodie wants all of the answers, NOW and I am just trying to figure out all of the questions. So, that’s fun. It’s stressful right now and I think it’s mostly because of everything involved in this crazy situation. Ha!

The dogs seem to have no compassion for us during this time. They still want food and think we need to play. My company still thinks I should be working full time and doing my job. Jeesh! The nerve!

Hopefully, soon, we will look back at Day 6 and see how it was all worth it.

-Jodi

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Day 5 – It is because of those who have dedicated their lives to service of our country…

Brodie Veteran

My husband, Brodie Brown

Dad Military

My dad, John Suko

My son, Jordan Brown

My son, Jordan Brown

I was fortunate enough to come from a family of Army Veterans including my dad, uncles, grand fathers…The list seems never ending. Now, my son is an Army soldier and we are so VERY proud of him and the sacrifices he makes every day for this beautiful country.

As we embark on this new adventure, I have to think about the many freedoms we enjoy and often take for granted in this great country of ours. We are free to own a home and not live in one that is owned by our government. We can move freely from state to state without check points. I can work for a company or own my own business. Why? Because of our soldiers that fight for our freedom every single day. Yes, they risk their lives but, they also give up their freedoms while they are enlisted. They lose family time, vacations, freedom to travel, choice of living locations, food options…The list is endless of the sacrifices that are made by our military families.

I appreciate you all!!! It is because of you and those that have come before you that we can make the decision to live the lifestyle that we choose, worship the Lord openly, move freely about our country, and create blogs that are not censored.

Thank you!!!

Jodi

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Day 4 – Are we excited, yet?

I really appreciate all of you joining us in this journey. I have received so many encouraging comments, posts, emails, calls, texts… the list goes on. I really thought that most people would think that we are crazy. Not that I was worried about the nay sayers but, I sure was wrong. It’s so refreshing to know that we all share a common goal to reach happiness in our own quirky little ways.

One question that everyone seems to be asking is about our level of excitement.

“So, are you excited about your new adventure?”

The answer is very difficult but would honestly be “no”. I really don’t know why I’m not excited other than I don’t know what to be excited about. We’ve never done this before. We’ve always had a specific place to look forward to moving into. I could imagine moving my furniture in, painting walls, planting flowers… I just don’t know what to dream about. It’s not that I’m not happy or thrilled for a change. I am so grateful for this journey and what I don’t know to dream. Hmmm, I think I’m confusing myself.

Plus, I have a job. I guess I just don’t have time to be excited or worried. And there you have it…

I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME TO BE EXCITED!  🙂

Where I will dream to be...

Where I will dream to be…

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Day 3 – Time to find a place to go.

Did I mention that we have 2 dogs?

As you can imagine, finding vacation rentals that allow pets can be a challenge. Plus, both of our dogs are over 20 lbs which seems to be the cut-off weight allowed in a lot of rentals. Sure, there are some that will work but, it does take some searching and negotiating with home owners. But, things are looking up!!

Have you heard of a site called http://www.bringfido.com? It is a travel site dedicated to dog friendly travel. Holy smokes this site is awesome!! If you are looking for dog friendly hotels, condos, resorts, or vacation homes make sure to check them out.

Obviously, I will be providing website and property reviews as we go. So, stay tuned.

Oh, and we sold $250 worth of stuff today. We’re making progress!! Yay!

-Jodi

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