Lucky 7

It's been 7 years since we left our old home

We've moved back
to our old shack
We're done with the renovation
It's time for a double celebration
Our old home is now a cozy haven
And our resident princess is turning seven

Divine Guidance

We sold Sloan and moved back to Ojai. I assure you the decision making process did not go without much careful thought and prayers. What started this BIG decision? The deliberation was initiated by the desire to purchase a property in Pismo Beach. This has been at the back of my mind since we toured Cal Poly as Phil’s prospective college last year.

On my “Right on the money” blog, I wrote about doing what is right for you before you do what is right for your money. Our money must create peace of mind for us. This meant we needed to sell one of the properties. Purchasing a third property without selling one of the other two would create anxiety instead of peace of mind. So came the careful deliberation and LOTS of PRAYERS.

If you look back at my earlier blogs, I spoke of my desperation regarding being a landlord. All I wanted then was to sell Ojai and not have to worry about a rental property. So the offer I made for the Pismo property was contingent on selling Ojai - for 1031 exchange for tax purposes. The offer was not accepted with contingency. I really liked the property so I was willing to remove the contingency provided they give it to me at the price I want. I did get the price I want and it was creative financing from then onto close of escrow of Sloan. Selling Sloan allowed us maximum tax exemption while keeping Ojai allowed us lower property taxes. A great turn of decision making don’t you think? I truly think we had divine guidance.

In Awe

I can't believe...'s been 5 months since I last blogged. So much has happened in the last 5 months that I do not know where to begin. I guess I'll start where I left off - boasting of my husband's complete trust - including trust in making an offer on a property he hasn't even seen.

...we ended up purchasing a property in Pismo Beach. What a find! and what a blessing! I can't quite put into words the emotions that swells up from within. The mere thought of this place we now call home, well second home for now, but home sweet home nonetheless, makes my heart overflow with thanksgiving.

...we sold Sloan and moved back to Ojai Loop (See separate blog. Careful thought and lots of prayers went into the decision making process)

Outline of what has transpired in the course of 5 months:

  • April - Listed Ojai Loop then pulled off the market; Made an offer in Pismo Beach
  • May - "Designed to Sell" Sloan - i.e. lots of cleaning; Ojai renovation shopping
    Memorial day weekend - trip to Disneyland w/ Krystal & Family for Krystal's b-day and ate Edna and family for JJ's b-day
  • Jun - Listed Sloan and closed escrow on Pismo; Renovation on Ojai
  • July - continue cleaning Sloan and renovation on Ojai
  • August - Moving to Ojai and Pismo w/ the help of Krystal and family
  • September 1- Closed on Sloan

...we endured and accomplished all these toilsome tasks

...we finished just in time for back-to-school

... we exceeded our expectations

Actually, I can believe it! Because God was with me the whole, entire time. Sure there were problems along the way - but I went through the plight with God by my side. Now when I look back, I'm in awe and overflowing with thanksgiving.