Sunday, February 12, 2012
YEAH, we are under 100 days! WOOOOOHOOOOO!! Getting closer and closer!
We got everything together for our waiver with Immigration, and will be mailing that off tomorrow. If nothing else, it was something to keep us busy for the past week. I told my husband, God must have just not wanted us to be bored for the next 100+ days, He wanted to give us something to do to keep us busy and on our toes. LOL Keepin' it positive, people!!
Thanks for everyone's supportive comments about our house showings yesterday. I totally agree - those first people were just prepping us for a low-ball offer. I think the most disheartening thing about that showing was just that they were people we know, and I was thinking it would go really positively.... and it didn't.
But like I said, the second couple/family was GREAT! And we are looking forward to having a couple of other appointments possibly this week.
I cannot wait to have this house sold... and I cannot wait to hear back from our waiver with Immigration.... and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL MAY!!!!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
What an emotional roller coaster!!!! But only 100 days until we leave! Trying to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel.........
So, we had 3 appts booked today for potential buyers. The first showing was for the people from our village here. The guy and girl ended up bringing both their parents with. And let's just say, they tried the old let's-point-out-all-the-negative negotiating technique. So, although they admitted that the house was in great overall condition, they criticized every negative point they could.... the biggest of which being that our heater is old and not very energy efficient. That is a big point for Germans.
But the thing is, we have taken ALL of these things into consideration in our price! We are not stupid, and we are not being unreasonable, even though they were trying HARD to make us feel that way. We even consulted a realtor last year, and our asking price is based on what he told us... so I do NOT think we are THAT far off.
Anyway.... The second people cancelled due to sickness, but wanna come next week.
Between the showings, I was sooooooooooo nervous & a bit disheartened by the first showing. I guess I had expected the first showing to be much more positive, since it's people we know. I just kept hoping and praying the next people were at least nice, if not more positive. I thought if they criticized our house like the first people, I would just break down and cry... literally.... right in front of them. I was so nervous, I felt like I was gonna barf!! Ugghhh.
The third people came and it went REALLY well! THANK GOD!! They were about the same age as us, couple of kids, VERY positive, and all of the improvements or upgrades that could be made were absolutely NOT a problem! The whole thing went so well, & if nothing more, it really uplifted my spirits, & helped me recover from this morning.....
I think, realistically, we could expect an offer from the last couple! I'll try not to get my hopes up too much, but I really think it went that well.
We are still looking forward to hearing from the other couple that cancelled today - they are also a family with 3 kids. In addition to them, we also got YET ANOTHER call today on the house!! They *should* be contacting us next week to set up an appointment as well!!!
So, we are going to stay positive!
I blew off some steam after the 2 showings were over - pumped out a 12.3 mile run!! My plan called for 12 miles, the last 4 miles of which @ goal pace. The last 4 were between 8:30-8:35, a tad slower than my goal pace, but still good, I think! I'll take it!
Feelin' better after a good run!
Spark on, Sparkers!!
Friday, February 10, 2012
More interested people in our house, I mean!!! We just got another call this morning, asking us if our wonderful house was still available! So, we booked them for a showing tomorrow. That makes 3 different showings tomorrow.
These people are also from the area, which is a really good thing. See, we live WAAAAAAAAAYYYY out in the German countryside, just in a tiny village. If people do not know the area, or are not from here, they shy away from it because it is so "far." Germans don't like ANY kind of a commute, as you can understand with outrageous fuel prices here in Europe.
Anyway, this is just AWESOME!! I am praying so much over the outcome!! And I am busy whipping my house into shape, so this blog has to be quick!
We also will probably have everything sent off on Monday for our waiver with US Immigration! We are still staying hopeful that WE WILL BE LEAVING on May 22!!!!
I. CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
After weeks of silence, and no serious inquiries about our house.... WE GOT 2 CALLS yesterday!! They both want to come see the house Saturday. This is just GREAT!
On top of it just being great to have someone interested again, one of the couples is a boyfriend/girlfriend pair, the boyfriend living right here in our little village! They are looking for a place of their own, but would like to stay in this little village. And.... get this.... his mom is one of the ladies I work with at the cafe in our village! She popped over here this morning, to see if it was REALLY us selling our house (we have been keeping it very quiet since DH's employers live nearby too), and we told her. So, they will be coming over on Saturday for an official viewing, but that whole situation may be VERY VERY positive for us!!
We have resorted to thinking that we might just have to declare bankruptcy, if we don't sell our house.... Our finances right now are just in shambles, and there is no getting ahead! Even apart from moving, we are at the end of our rope. Bankruptcy is not what we want, but if there is no other way, there is no other way. The housing market is lagging here too, just like in the US.
So, selling this house will be a MAJOR BLESSING!! And a major act of God
I'll keep you posted, Sparkers!!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
We are staying positive, DH and I!! No one said this move was going to be easy. If it were easy, maybe we wouldn't appreciate it as much once we got back over to the US of A!!
We are preparing our Waiver application with USCIS (Immigration) in NC. We have a few things to get together, some of which need to be translated, so it will take a couple of days. However, we are very optimistic that we need to continue our plans as they are, leaving on May 22nd!!
Some "Evidence" that USCIS is looking for can include written affidavits from anyone in support of my hubby being let back into the States. Several of our friends are going to be writing these affidavits, as well as a couple of family members. Even my cousin's husband, who is a major in the Army stationed here in Germany, wrote a GLOWING letter about DH, urging them to let him in and to expedite our processing. I know that if we had time, there would probably be many more people we know, and family members who would do the same. It is so great to see our friends and family doing what they can for us!!
We also read up on this waiver, and according to the information we found, we *MOST LIKELY* will be approved without a problem. So, just keep praying!
I had an AWESOME tempo run this morning!!! 1-mile warmup + 35 min TR + cool down. In that 35 min, I covered 4.35 miles!! (about an 8:02/mi pace) For an early-morning run, before breakfast, being sleepy and such.... THAT IS AWESOME!!
SPEED WORK is so much fun!! It's going to be a BLAST running my HM in May, and seeing how fast I can really take it!
Day 2/14 - No-Sugar, No-Baked-Goods Challenge
I did really well yesterday, though my kids got into some chocolate (chocolate that DH bought for me when I was craving so bad on the weekend, that I did NOT eat), and I ended up having ONE LITTLE BITE. NO MORE, I promise. But I have noticed I have been slipping a little and nibbling on other things. I just want to make sure I am staying on track.
I certainly haven't fallen off the bandwagon at all. In fact, I feel like my self-control and ability to say "no" has only been getting stronger and stronger. I have noticed that not eating sugar and baked goods also GREATLY HELPS when it comes to my appetite!! I have far less bouts of uncontrollable hunger! And it is so much easier to stay within the right calorie range! So, this is definitely something I wanna stick with!
That's all for now, folks! Have a great day, Sparkers!!
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