Monday, November 1, 2010

Goodbye Lake House

 We had only a few good times there, but they were good times. We bought the lake house when I was pregnant with Pixie. Scott and his brother fixed it up the whole summer while Pixie was an infant, then the next year we actually got to use it. This year however, it flooded in June. Our house was above the flood plain, but besides the heavy rain and flooding, the levy at the lake broke. 
I can't seem to find any inside pictures, but it was seriously nice. And we had nice leather furniture. 
Here's one of our good times up there, posted here.
The boy scouts in church used it a lot for camp outs. I got to take the YW up there in spring for a pre-camp.
The saddest part for me is that my parents would have loved it, but never got to see it. And neither did some of my best friends!

 The siding was almost done. The inside was near perfect.
Here is the inside after the flood. After they scrubbed the walls and threw out all the moldy furniture.

Living room.
 Our bedroom with the awesome huge window and beautiful view.
 Micah and Stephen's room.
 I'm sure I have the nice inside pictures saved on a  backup disk somewhere. I'll post them when I find it.
There are so many 'what-ifs' on this. What if the flooding came a week later? We were just having the property appraised and it would have been covered. One good thing that came out of this, is that the commercial property we had got flooded and the insurance completely paid it off. Boy was that nice! Now if we could find a buyer to buy that place, it would be nice.
So, we had a hard time letting the Lake House go. We bought it with the dream that we would fix it up to use as a vacation home for our family, then pass it on to our children. It was hard only getting one summer's use out of it too, and to see all Scott's hard work go to waste. But, a cash buyer came to us that wanted to fix it up for his grandchildren, so we sold it. It was the right thing to do, but was a little sad. We just don't have the time, money, and effort to put into it. Besides the fact that we don't know what direction our lives are going to take us in the near future. We went up on Friday morning before the closing to get some things and say goodbye. We got to see the blue heron that lives on the lake. He flew by like he was saying his own goodbyes. Thus closes that chapter in our lives. The feeling of letting it go is bittersweet, but has a hint of excitement. It feels good to let it go.
Now maybe we can plan a vacation with the money that isn't going to go to the upkeep of the next couple of years. :)

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