But I’m Still Crossing My Fingers And I’d Cross My Toes If I Could

I haven’t written much about our new house because, quite frankly, I’ve been afraid I would jinx it. And jinxing, as we all know, is a deeply legitimate and terribly spiritual phenomenon – utterly reliable in its ability to Bring Doom Upon All and advocated by pastors from their pulpits in churches far and wide.



But honestly, it’s really only been in the last two days that I’ve been able to say the words “we’re moving” without a trace of fear or intestinal disturbance or some combination of the two.

I’m so not kidding.

You see, when faced with Major Life Changes, I find that I frequently while away the hours doing productive things like Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop, Imagining The Worst Possible Outcome, along with my favorite: Figuring Out Why Good Things Can’t Possibly Happen To Me.

And apparently? If you put me in the middle of not one but two housing transactions? Well, as my mama would say, I can worry the horns off of a billy goat.

It’s been so much fun!

Just ask our realtor!

So I’ll spare you the details of how completely sick I am of my stupid, pointless worrying. I’ll spare you the details of how I’ve realized that I obviously need to take a couple of steps down the Spiritual Maturity Ladder since my heel keeps getting caught on that pesky Ye Of Little Faith rung. That’s a post in and of itself, but I’m not going to write it because it would make me want to flail and flog myself.

With reeds. Or perhaps a cat-o-nine-tails.

Anyhoo, now that we’re on the other side of The Unfortunate Septic Tank Incident, now that we know the only thing we have to do to our house post-inspection is to TIGHTEN THE BOLTS ON THE TOILET IN THE MASTER BATHROOM (yes, you read that correctly. We have to tighten four bolts. The end.), now that we’re only ten days away from closing, I feel like I can exhale, and I want to tell you something:

I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the new house.

(Here is where my mother-in-law would say, “Well, I don’t really love it. I mean, I love God, I love people, but I don’t love things. So I don’t really love it. But I DO like it. I really really like it. A lot. Well maybe I love it just a little bit. Not like I love God or I love people, but I do love it just a little bit.”)

And we’re really excited about the move.

And I’m really glad that I can talk about it now.

And I’m probably going to drive you crazy.

And that’s probably nothing new.

So we should be just fine.

Especially since that pig with steam coming out of its nose is no longer at the top of my blog.

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  1. I’m so excited!!!!!Can we help you all move?

  2. You’d better be so careful with making such a generous offer. :-) I’ll call you in the morning. We’re moving boxes next week…and then movers will get the big stuff that next weekend. So I think we’ll be fine…but you are officially on standby. :-)

  3. Celebrating with you! Hope you’ll post pics along the way… :)

  4. Moving! Yay! I’ll send Sean to help. For the week.

  5. Phyllis R. says:

    BooMama~SO glad you can FINALLY share the excitement!! I cannot wait to see pictures and hear all about the new house! Will you have to do much to the new one? I could listen/read all day about house stuff! I really LOVE all things house/decorating related. And by love, I guess I really should say, “Like, NOT love, because, well you know…..” : )

  6. how exciting! can’t wait to hear all about it and maybe see photos. i’m thinking for housewarming gifts you are going to want arkansas razorback themed items.

  7. I hope you will share some pictures of the new house! So very exciting. I vowed our last move, a mere 8 miles away…to never ever move again with little children. so, I have no plans to go anywhere for a long while…I will have to live off your new house excitement.

    Jenny in Ca

  8. I wondered when we’d start seeing at least a little excitement about the new house. Glad the septic problem is all fixed now. And I agree about the Arkansas logo – that’s the meanest looking pig I’ve ever seen. I’m sure Shannon thinks he’s quite handsome but I for one am glad he’s slowly sinking into the depths of your main page.

  9. I’ve bought a new house, sold an old one and moved more times than I even want to admit.

    It’s a harrowing experience, Boo! To not worry is to not breathe.

    Once you get all settled into the new house (read: in about a year) this will all be a distant memory.


  10. I am the queen of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Major life changes send me into a frenzy that can’t be contained.

    So, know you’re not alone.

    And I can’t wait to hear all about the move and the new house.

    And I’m so glad that ugly hog is not the first thing on your blog anymore. :)

  11. Anyplace that is “on the other side of the unfortunate septic tank” sounds wonderful!! Enjoy this feeling!

  12. Okay, my friend, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, you may consider yourself released from our bet and take down the Razorback (which is FIERCE, not ugly, I might add).

    Happy moving!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Congrats on your new house =) I am exactly the same way when it comes to the whole house thing. I worried and fretted when we were thinking about selling/buying also. The Lord has some work to do, doesn’t he? Hope everything goes smoothly!



    (and Shannon, I beg to differ…)

    ; )

  15. So excited for you! I was wondering if you were going to keep the little oinker on your site or if it would be off today.

  16. Well, I’m glad you’re on the downhill slide of it all. And I hope you have a very easy and smooth move! Congrats!

  17. I am so excited for you. And the worrying thing- this was the topic of our sermon yesterday. The pastor put a new spin on the “consider the lillies and the birds” sermon. He said, “Look at that bird over there as you ride down the road. Does he look worried? No. And chances are he could end up on your windshield in a few minutes.” :>)

  18. Congrats BM! Luckily my jealously isn’t showing through the keypad or you would have one slaughtered pig all over your blog right now! LOL!

    Love ya girl…can’t wait to see it on the Tour of Homes! You will have it ready right? :)

  19. Congrats to you, boomama!! I’m so glad that you really LIKE your new home!! :-)

  20. I know you’ve thought of this already, but please be sure beyond doubt that your new internet service is hooked up before you ever THINK about moving.

    After all, we wouldn’t want you to go into some kind of twitching fit during withdrawl or anything….


  21. skip's girl says:

    A friend of mine told me about your blog, and it has been refreshing to read! I can completely identify with you! I wanted to post a comment today and let you know that I’ve been reading about your new house and your smelly problem with your current house and it has been a TREMENDOUS stress reliever to me. I am in the process of moving as well, and have spent many a night lying awake waiting for ceiling to cave in on top of me because, like you, I could worry the horns off of a billy goat. It has been wonderful to read about your adventures, which are so similar to my own, and be able to laugh at myself. Thank you SO MUCH for writing. You have no idea how much you’ve helped me through my own house escapades. (Well, you haven’t helped me as much as God, but I’m sure he is using you as a tool to make me realize I’m not the only one going through these things.) Keep up the good work.

  22. skip's girl says:

    Oh, and BooMama, congrats on the new house!!!

  23. I wandered over here from Pea’s Corner and I’m enjoying the visit.

    My wish for you is that everything goes smoothly and you never have to move again, or at least not as many times as I have :)

  24. I wanna help pack

    I wanna help pack

    I wanna, I wannna, I wanna!!!!!

    Can I, can I, can I?

    (I wield a mean wrench, too. I can take care of those 4 bog ole bolts in record time)

  25. Oh my stars we have the same MIL!

  26. Moving to a new house is always exciting and cleansing in a way too.you get to throw away all the stuff you should have thrown away years ago!!! Congrats!!

  27. I’m glad your finally enjoying the new house and the new move in general. It is an exciting time. I know how hard it is to let the worry go, but at least try a little bit. This is a new chapter for you. Go into it with joy not trepidation. Happy Thanksgiving and happy moving:)

  28. Just moseyed over here one day after seeing you on someone’s bloglog and loved your writing, well, I don’t really love it. I mean, I love God, I love people, but I don’t love writing. So I don’t really love it. But I DO like it. I really really like your writing. A lot. Well maybe I love your writing just a little bit. Not like I love God or people, and not even like you love your house, but I do love your writing just a little bit.

    Nice to meet you here. Wish I had your comic timing.


  29. The fear of the home inspector is usually the worst part – congrats!