When Things Don’t Go As Planned

I had our entire weekend mapped out in my head. Close at 2:00. ¬†After closing swing by and get the electric transferred, call about the water, pick up our Crock-Pot of Chili and carry to the new house so we can stay there late and paint Paxton’s room and some trim. Then on Saturday, more painting and cleaning!

Those were my plans but things don’t always go as planned!

Thankfully, I woke up Friday morning and told John David that I was letting go of my expectations about the weekend and was going to be flexible! I am so thankful I made that decision!

{A peek inside! This is the front door and small bit of our living room. The front of the door is red, I love it!}

We closed at 2:00 and from there our plans went south! Both the water and the electricity were turned off. We had to go out to the house within 30 minutes of closing to get the water back on and we didn’t make it in time to have the power turned on!

That’s right, we had no power!

It’s pretty much impossible to paint walls and trim with no electricity, especially when it is dark and gloomy outside.

We stayed positive and were able to knock out a few projects like spray painting fans, painting exterior doors, putting matching door knobs and keys on the exterior doors and switching the handle on the fridge around.

We were incredibly excited that there was enough light Sunday afternoon to allow us to paint the first coat in Paxton’s room.

You don’t realize how convenient electricity is until you don’t have it! I also was amazed at how much we were able to do without it. If I had to chose between running water and electricity, I’d chose running water over the electricity because it is possible to function and be productive without it!

I’m learning that letting go of my expectations really helps me to remain positive when things don’t go as planned!

I know we’re not the only ones with crazy house closing stories! What are your house closing adventures?


5 Replies to “When Things Don’t Go As Planned”

  1. Rachel, Glad you got your new house. You will always have fond memories of these special days. Hope next week is better and we look forward to seeing pictures. Miss you guys!

    Dee W

  2. my story was after I started to move in I locked myself into the garage with no way out except taking out the window

  3. I have a crazy story, but I may have to stay anonymous for this one. lol! We went to say goodbye to our house before we closed on selling it. My husband had to use the restroom, and we joked that he could say goodbye to the toilet one last time. While he was in the restroom, the man from the water company showed up and was in the process of shutting off the water, at the exact moment my husband was in the restroom "saying goodbye." Of course, I panic, he panics and it slows everything down…..All I can say was I was very glad that we had one good flush left, or the new owners would have had a terrible surprise waiting in their new home.

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