Sometimes saying good-bye is a long, drawn-out process. When Herb and I first laid eyes on Zephyr Hill in September of 2008, it was love at first sight. We knew instantly that we had found the place where we wanted to live--even more than our beloved East Brow house on Lookout Mountain. By early November, we had packed up whatever wasn't needed to stage our old house and had moved here. By March of 2009 we had the East Brow house staged and listed for sale. And then the wait began . . .
Over the past two years since we moved out, I went back periodically to clean. Each time I would give my beautiful old house a mental hug and say, "I love you, House." And I did. I loved my new home, but I loved my old home, too. I had poured so much of myself into it, and in the process, it rooted itself in my heart. I knew that the only way I could happily say good-bye to it was to turn it over to someone else who loved it like I did.
Then in October of 2010, a couple came to visit who liked the house. That was an answer to prayer! Unfortunately, I hadn't thought to pray that the buyers would be nice! :( And so began more than three months of dealing with them. One consultant told us she has never heard of buyers making TWO complete home inspections and six additional inspections!
Good-bye, dear house. I will always love you! There will never be another house quite like you. We have cleaned you so well because we honor you. You have been a wonderful house. I'm glad your new owners love you, too. Be good to them as you were to us, and teach them to love generously.
Hello, Zephyr Hill Farm. I love you. I will always hold the East Brow house in my heart, but you are Home now, and I'm glad to be back.