June 25, 2007

Gardens and Contracts

My parents live on two acres of land. It's the house the three of us moved into when we made the voyage from Texas to Virginia. One acre is devoted to the house, a contemporary, surrounded by forest. The second acre sits to the side. When we moved in, it was covered in brush and scrappy trees. Ten years ago, my dad finally took my advice and cleared it. Under the scrub, we found a stream. The ground, revealed to the sun at last, provided grass. It was beautiful.

Several months ago, my parents announced that they planned to build Mia a garden on this land. They hired a landscape architect and went to work. All was revealed this weekend. And it, too, is beautiful. Stone walls yield to stone walkways which weave through grass, trees, butterfly gardens and bird houses to a pebble beach by the stream. Mia was thrilled.

I mention this now because a yard is something I really want. It's one of the reasons we got this idea to sell our place. I mention this now because we found a house with a yard - a place we can build our very own garden - and damn near everything else we want. We put in a contract on it. We went back and forth with the seller until 10-something last night. We're fucking nervous.

Do me a favor on this fine Monday morning - cross your fingers or whatever it is you do to encourage good luck for others. Really. We need some glorious Monday morning ju-ju, okay?

Posted by Chris at June 25, 2007 6:37 AM

Finding the right house and making it into your home is life changing at the most basic level. I'll be sending good thoughts and high hopes all day to you and the family, Chris.

Posted by: vicki at June 25, 2007 7:38 AM

Fingers crossed...

Posted by: suze at June 25, 2007 7:39 AM

Holy man! Ok, I am awake now! How awesome!!

Posted by: Steff at June 25, 2007 7:57 AM

How exciting! Fingers, toes, and legs ;-) will be crossed for you.

Posted by: Maria at June 25, 2007 8:23 AM

Got everything crossed here.....

Posted by: Lisa at June 25, 2007 8:23 AM

Good Luck!!! I'll be thinking and praying for you and the family. How exciting!!!

Posted by: Li'l foots mommy at June 25, 2007 8:25 AM

Awesome News! I have my Fingers, Toes, Legs... I'll even braid my hair! :)

Good Luck!

Posted by: Jenny at June 25, 2007 8:38 AM

Awesome News!

I'll keep fingers and toes crossed for ya!

Heck.. I'll even braid my hair!

Good luck! :)

Posted by: Jenny at June 25, 2007 8:39 AM

Fingers AND toes crossed for you guys... there's nothing better than a nice yard to explore... PS might want to start saving for a riding mower.

Posted by: Stephanie at June 25, 2007 8:42 AM

Fingers and toes crossed! Good luck!

Posted by: Fraulein N at June 25, 2007 8:44 AM

Wow, you guys found the perfect house really quickly! Best of luck with getting it!

Posted by: Amy at June 25, 2007 8:55 AM

I'm busily crossing all available appendages, which makes typing really difficult, but it's all for a good cause.

(Good Luck!)

Posted by: Contrary at June 25, 2007 8:56 AM

Fingers crossed!

Posted by: Alissa at June 25, 2007 9:02 AM

Oh what a difference a day makes! Good luck!

*crosses everything*

Posted by: Pammer at June 25, 2007 9:15 AM

Can't wait to hear the good news. Can I also say, Mia has the best grandparents ever? It is incredible what they do for her!

Posted by: Laura GF at June 25, 2007 9:24 AM

Sweetie, you, Beth and Mia always have my best wish and good vibes going your way. Keep me posted. I hope your dreams come true!

Posted by: Maribeth at June 25, 2007 9:31 AM

Y'all done been prayed for, like we say it down here in the South.

Keep us posted, will ya? HAHAHAHA, no pun intended!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!11WTFBBQ@

Posted by: A Girl Gone Mad at June 25, 2007 9:54 AM

Everything crossed that's crossable (since last night). Beth beat you to it.

Posted by: ann adams at June 25, 2007 9:57 AM

Sending you all kinds of good luck vibes !!!
How exciting.

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Posted by: Brad at June 25, 2007 10:04 AM

fingers, toes, eyeballs.... all crossed... and put it out to the universe...that everything meshes between where you live, and where you wanna be... no bumps along the road!

Posted by: the unicorn at June 25, 2007 10:33 AM

Fingers crossed, happy thoughts, house-buying vibes, and a quick prayer thrown in that you get this house and quickly sell yours!

Posted by: Krush at June 25, 2007 10:45 AM

Sending good vibes your way!

Posted by: erin at June 25, 2007 11:03 AM

Yay!!! Good luck!

Posted by: Sue R at June 25, 2007 11:22 AM

If it's Ju-Ju you want, it's Ju-Ju you got!!! Good luck!

Posted by: JuJuBee at June 25, 2007 11:24 AM

Good ju-ju to you two! (I mean three, but it didn't rhyme)

Posted by: Jenn Benn at June 25, 2007 11:30 AM

Very exciting, but very stressful. Lots of good luck vibes coming, and WTG to your folks for doing something so beautiful for Mia!

Posted by: Casey at June 25, 2007 11:31 AM

There's nothing like a yard! I'm thinking good thoughts for you! Lucky house karma coming your way.

Posted by: the weirdgirl at June 25, 2007 11:55 AM

good luck. yard is VERY important. not only for the kid(s) but also for being able to lie in a hammock naked. if i'm paying a mortgage, i'm gonna want to lie naked in my backyard. sorry for the visual.

Posted by: b. at June 25, 2007 12:21 PM

I've got everything I can cross crossed for you... except for my eyes. Can't do that one. I'm sending some good vibes your way!

Posted by: ironic1 at June 25, 2007 12:45 PM

Fingers and toes crossed. It's so sweet that your parents did that for Mia.

Posted by: Phoenix at June 25, 2007 1:55 PM

Aww I can't believe they built her her own garden! That is so sweet, and just a tad over the top, but grandparents are totally entitled ;-)

Posted by: Heather at June 25, 2007 2:02 PM

I have danced and sent happy thoughts and crossed fingers and toes. To my knowledge, all it has brought is rain though I was very specific when crossing, sending and dancing. I hope the rain isn't a result of last week's crossing, sending and dancing interlude. If that is the case - you should have a buyer in a week. :o)

Posted by: Emily at June 25, 2007 2:17 PM

Fingers crossed!
A yard is a wonderful thing to have, even though it takes a lot of work - or money - or both to keep it looking good.

Good luck.

Posted by: cassie-b at June 25, 2007 2:27 PM

I'm all twisted up in knots for you guys! Everything's crossed! :) Good luck! And, a garden for Mia...awwww!

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Posted by: momomax at June 25, 2007 10:09 PM

Every kid needs a yard to play in. I'm rooting for you guys 100%

Posted by: worrdgirl at June 25, 2007 10:43 PM

I'm late... and I should keep looking to see if you've posted more about this, but I hope if this is the place you want that you get it!! That garden your parents made is soooo cool. We live on 10 acres in the country with a creek and timber and one of my goals is to continue my gardens out into the "woods"... it is a long-term goal, however, as all the labor will be my own. :)

Posted by: sue at June 27, 2007 2:34 PM