First time we went to see it, we had to leave. We could not bare the thought of working on it. Nor could we bare the stench coming from our home. We decided to leave, left my cousin there to take down the pool that we gave them. Under insurance, pool had to come down. Could not have it here due to the way our septic lines run so very thankful we found a great home for it where I know they'll use it for years to come.
None of these pics are from the first time we saw the house. Just can't see those. Even now. This was the second time we went. Pool had been taken down. Pavers are being cleared this weekend and brought here to use since there is no pool and it would look stupid leading to nowhere.
Kids looking at where the pool once was.
I have never been more proud of the kids. They went every weekend with us and worked their butts off to clean up someone else's mess. Lots and lots of mess. Let's see what had to be done and I'm sure I'll miss a lot. Refit all air conditioners, paint all baseboards, clean floors over and over and over, clean house, deodorize, steam clean carpets, windows, replace all screens, pull up bathroom floor, replace bathroom flooring, fix tons of stuff, all new door locks, rip down blinds, clean all ceiling fans, mow, trim trees, pull piles of weeds, move fridge to our house, clean old fridge out (dead bugs and all), and list could go on forever. But, we did it. Things got done. I was SO, SO proud of my kids. They gave up being able to play sports this semester, gave up going pretty much anywhere this semester, and learned great life lessons. This process cost us more than you can imagine. A lot more. So much so, we honestly thought we might have to foreclose. It was beyond difficult and just being honest. We do have people back in there again thank goodness. And hopefully, they will take care of it like we did. time will tell.
Despite all the bad, we also got to see good in people. Friends willing to help, bringing us pizzas, fresh lemonade, visiting us to chat, etc. During this time, our dryer at this home broke. A friend online bought us a new dryer! Kids watched it arrive like watching an ice cream truck. We wer not going to let what happened to our old home or being taken ruin our spirit as people. Some time bad things just happen. You don't know the reason. I think it brought our family closer together and definitely makes the kids want to take care of this house. Those are both good things. We learned to look at the silver lining for sure.
Well, wanted to finish this one up. Have a lot of half finished posts coming. Off to the library this morning for story time. More to come later.