This has all happened so quickly. It had been MONTHS since I'd even been on Craigslist. Our budget has been incredibly tight for several months and moving was completely out of the question. It's even still sort of out of the question, except all of a sudden it's actually happening.
On the night of the 30th I was feeling a little down about how long it was going to be before we could get ourselves a little piece of land somewhere. Then, as I was getting ready for bed, I had A Feeling. I've been trying to pay heed to my Feelings because they seem to always mean something important is getting ready to happen. I thought to myself, I wonder how much we can get a little chunk of land for if it's a private sale, we've only been looking at Realtor prices so far. I'd already turned off my computer for the night, but I turned it back on and got online. On Craigslist I narrowed the results down to our town before narrowing it down to "land" and I'm glad that I did, because there it was. The listing for a little house, with a little yard, and a little shed, just the place we need for our little family, for the same price we pay right now.
Right away I emailed the owner, and when I checked the next morning I saw that she'd replied almost immediately. She asked us to drive by and check it out in person before setting an appointment, which we did right away, and we got to go inside with her and see it this morning. Oh my goodness. This little house is cute from the outside, but absolutely adorable on the inside. It's not in perfect condition, but nothing ever is, including the apartment we're already living in so I will not be picky.
She told me, during our appointment, that the timing of the whole thing is "funny." She said that a couple of other people called before we did, but that because of the weekend and the holiday they were unable to find a time to meet up. We were the first ones who were able to get down there and lay claim to it. She was hesitant because of our two kids - it's a tiny house. We are very confident about being able to live comfortably in there, though, and it's really not much tinier than where we currently live - and we don't have any outside area here!
It's the first day of a new year, and while we had our struggles in 2012, it was such a positive year for our family in so many ways. If the first day is any indication, 2013 is going to be amazing! Here goes a new adventure!