Would you like to come along with me on my adventure to fix up our new house? I can only hope you said yes, because you are stuck. Actually, maybe I will tell you about the actual physical labor on Monday. Today, I want to tell you something else about the house.
My long time readers will remember that my family has had a fairly bumpy economic ride over the past few years. We sold our last house in 2009. We were upside down, but not so much that we couldn’t make up the difference and count ourselves lucky that we sold and were out from under the mortgage before it got ugly. From 2009-2011, we lived with my parents in Arizona. Mostly, we spent that time licking our wounds. We had little money, but we made it through.
A year ago, we packed up and moved to Florida. We rented a house, my husband started a job in California, and we started to feel our way back to stability. Despite the strange commute for the Good Guy and the single parenting for me, we have made it work. Recently, we found a foreclosure in the area we like and in May we started the house buying process. Everything lined up, the i’s got dotted, the t’s got crossed and we have been walking on air; thrilled to be able to get into a house while the interest rates are so low.
Not once did I think about the family who lost their house other than to complain that they took the mail box with them when they left.
Yesterday, I met one of our new neighbors. He introduced his family to me and we chatted for a few minutes. Eventually, the topic of the previous owners came up. The family had completely paid off the house. Then the economic downturn started and they refinanced it to help their struggling business. In the end they lost it all and the house has stood empty for a year.
My heart just about breaks because but for the grace of God, it could have been us three years ago. In a way, it was us. Now I wonder if that family has recovered. Have they found a new home? Are they still struggling or things getting better?
It makes me think.
- 3 cups frozen fruit (watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries)
- Place frozen fruit into a blender.
- Pulse until fruit is chopped, but not liquid.
- Serve in bowls with spoon.
- Sprinkle with sugar if desired, but the fruit is delicious on its own