Almost Homeless

06 Apr

We’re at the stage of moving where our house is being shown to total strangers. Today the second set of prospective buyers will walk through our front door. We won’t be here, we’ll leave them to wander about our abode in peace, but it feels like an invasion of our privacy, our personal space. It feels like … we’re almost homeless.

kitchen_east_sideFirst we had to de-clutter the house. That’s real estate agent speak for, “Hide everything that makes your house feel like your home.” The idea is that prospective buyers can picture their own homey clutter covering your space. The family photos are all packed in boxes. The treasured mementos are carefully wrapped and stored away. The counter tops are bare.

So this morning I’ll clean like a fiend, hide all aspects of our Easter celebration, and scrub the house of who we are. Then I’ll drive to town, maybe Subway for lunch, and try not to think about the people who are poking around in the space we’ve known as home these past 14.5 years.

It’s an odd feeling. Part of me hoping that the prospective buyers will fall in love with the house, the barns, and the land. Part of me hoping that they won’t because we don’t have another house to move into yet. Part of me just … well … very unsettled about the whole process.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21

I know, Lord. We should hold the things of this world loosely. But sometimes it’s just hard.

~ Pegg Thomas



Posted by on April 6, 2015 in devotion, Pegg Thomas


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4 responses to “Almost Homeless

  1. candicesuepatterson

    April 6, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I can’t imagine the mixed emotions you all are feeling right now. As you said above, it’s hard not to lay treasures on earth sometimes. Hugs, my good friend.


  2. Robin Patchen

    April 6, 2015 at 8:15 am

    It seems like there are so many moving parts when you have to sell a house and move. Someone has to want to buy your house at the exact moment you’re ready to move into your new home. Lots of details have to fall into place, it’s sort of a miracle when it all works out. But God’s in the business of miracles, and I believe He’s going to take you someplace new and wonderful, better than you could have asked or imagined. It’s hard to hold things loosely, but maybe it’ll be easier to let go when you see what God is giving you on the other end. Blessings, Pegg!


  3. Pegg Thomas

    April 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The house is all cleaned. Now I’m off to bake some bread. Nothing smelled like home more than fresh-baked bread, right?


  4. jerichakingston

    April 6, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Oh, Pegg! You’re tugging my heart strings. How well I remember the joys and trials of moving. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you. You and your family are in my prayers.



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