When a Good Book Ends

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We tried not to talk about it or bring it up.  We both put it out of our minds.   That’s how my husband and I treated the offer that came in on our North Carolina house about 7 weeks ago.  As the closing inched forward, the quieter we became about the whole thing.  It’s like we were both walking around on our tiptoes, not wanting to disturb the baby.

For seven weeks,  I didn’t even say anything about it on Facebook, which if you know me at all, you know that’s highly unusual behavior.  Because, you know, if something happens and it’s not recorded on Facebook, did it really happen? It’s kind of like the tree falling in the forest issue.  My husband lovingly makes fun of my chronic need and desire to let the world know that, at this very moment, I’m sipping coffee.  Don’t you all have a burning desire to know that??  😉

Yesterday, we got the good news.  We  are no longer homeowners in the great state of North Carolina!!

The call I received from the lawyer’s office was very anti-climatic.

“You mean it’s done?” I asked.  “There’s nothing else we need to do? Are you sure?”

“Yes, the purchase has been recorded. It’s all done.”

“Okay, thanks so much.”

After receiving the news, I felt a sting of sadness.  That chapter of our life is officially over.  It’s like getting to the last page of a great book.  You’re happy to read the conclusion, but you grieve a little bit too.

What’s next, Lord?  What will the next chapters in this new book look like?  Where will the story lead?

As always, my goal as I flip the pages is to “live expectantly without expectations.”   But, I do plan on dog earring the good pages and highlighting the memorable sections.  And, yes, I’ll keep you all up to date on how it goes!

What about you?  When big life events happen, do you tend to grow quiet or do you shout it from rooftops?


10 thoughts on “When a Good Book Ends

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    As a pastor Eileen, I have had to learn to close the door/pages on the past. We had one house in all these year for 13. We closed that door at the close of that 13 year ministry. We made lots of friends. WE moved to my wife’s hometown(Sandiusky, OH) so she could take care of her mom and she died about 8 months after we moved there. But I served a church there for 5 years. Her mom died while there. My mom, living in PA, went to be with Jesus while living there and I drove the 4 1/2 hours 6 weeks in a row. Our youngest daughter got married while living there. We made lots of friends, but when God opened the door to this church I am now serving, I had to close the door. Those doors were not easy but necessary. I know it is sometimes tougher on a women emotionally to let go, but you will be glad as you make new friends and a new home.

  2. Jeremy Riley

    I tend to be quiet about it on Facebook, and/or I write some emotional piece on my own blog. I try to be balanced with my woes and triumphs, the last thing I want to do is create an emo or triumphant picture of myself with friends online. God knows how many times I have to battle jealousy when I see another picture of the same person going to fancy restaurants and luxurious hotels on a weekly basis.

    In regards to closing out the past, we are doing the same thing. Our house is in escrow in SoCal and we’ll be moving to San Francisco next month. It’s sad closing the chapter on one part of our story and opening up something new. I have found that God will work through those new events, as Storyline has taught as both (loved that conference!).

    1. Eileen Post author

      I hope your move goes well, Jeremy! I’ve always wanted to visit San Francisco. I’ve been to San Diego and LA…but never made it that far N in California.


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