I sold my house. Before putting it on the market. To the nicest people I could imagine. Check that.
Before I even had a chance to put my house on the market, God sent a buyer, and the transaction is truly a blessing to both of us.
I've been hanging on to this house for the past 18 months purely by God's grace. First, my ex-husband agreed to hang on to the mortgage, which I've been paying every month. That was very important, because on my income, I wouldn't qualify to borrow half that much money. That was a miracle because my ex was in no way obligated to do anything for us and honestly hasn't done anything else...
Second, by God's provision, I've been able to pay the (exhorbitantly high) mortage payment each month. There were months when I didn't know how I would pay for some of our bills, but God provided in a variety of amazing ways.
Finally, I've been somewhat concerned about selling the house due to the poor market and slow moving sales in this neighborhood. Again, God has provided and I feel more blessed than I could have ever imagined.
When my ex-husband left, it was very important to me that the kids and I stay here as long as possible. We live right next door to our church and school, which now only the two youngest attend - my older two sons have since graduated. One of my older sons is very involved in ministry at church, and where he's still living here and commuting to college, that makes things convenient for him. The youngest two can walk to school, afterschool activities and church activities. And we also live next door to the best friends of my youngest two. All of the conveniences have been awesome for all of us.
Now that Eric and I will be married in June and my daughter will be graduating, it's time to let go of the big, expensive, yet convenient, house and move to something more reasonable. Specifically, the townhome Eric and I shopped for together during the summer and where he is already living. It means a significant downsizing (I won't be able to take all of my furniture or "stuff") but also a huge blessing - Eric and I will be together, I will be a homemaker (at least until I figure out just where God wants me, although I have a pretty good idea) and we won't have a huge mortgage looming over our heads.
Meanwhile, my dear friends M & J will move into this house with their young family and will enjoy the convenience of church and school, the lovely wood-burning fireplace in the family room and all the other perks of the home with which I've been blessed for the past four years.
God is So Very Good.