It’s official! We are moving again! This was not planned or desired, especially since we just moved into our house the beginning of October. But it’s happening nevertheless.
A week ago last Thursday while at the dinner of our friends Christine and Wayne who manage the property we rent, they received a phone call from the owner who lives in Panama City. She called requesting her house back by the end of December for some family members. Christine and Wayne believed they had a long-term agreement with her, but it’s Panama and there is not much one can do about someone breaking a lease. Christine was so upset; it was very hard for her to continue on at the party, choosing not to tell us until the next day so we could enjoy our first Thanksgiving.
While I was at a planning meeting for a fundraising activity the next morning, they came to our house and shared the news with Mikkel. So when I came home, Mikkel sat down with me and told me the news. At first I thought he was kidding; he does that at times. But it was true and I was devastated. I love my home; I had seen it on Craigslist over a year ago and liked it then. It was available for us two months after we moved to Panama and we waited patiently to move in. We had done a lot and spent some money fixing the house up; shelving, bookshelves, electrical wiring, fencing & gates, lots of decorating, buying things to make it our home. And now we had to move. I was not angry at Christine & Wayne; I know it wasn’t their fault. I just couldn’t understand why this was happening. All I could do was pray.
After the initial shock, numbness set it in. Christine had shared with Mikkel a few options that might be available, so later we took a drive and looked at a few. (We had to do something, not just sit there.) Pedasí is small, about 2000 people, so there is not a lot out there. We definitely wanted to stay in Pedasí, so a duplex in Limón was out of the question for now. We drove by an A-framed house around the corner, but it was not in great shape, and we weren’t going to settle for just anything. We looked at a recently-built home, in a neighborhood we always liked, that might be up for rent soon. It was a possibility, but a fence would have to be built for Bella. We also looked at another home being built outside of town toward the airport. Again nice, but needed some fencing and a front gate, and it was a little farther out than we would like. There was also a house toward Playa Arenal just past the Tortuga apartment we first stayed at that might soon be available. It was shown on “International Househunters”, so we knew what it was like inside. But we came home, still feeling in limbo and all we could do was trust that God was taking care of this.
The next morning, I received a call from Christine. She was excited because she believed that she found a house for us. An expat couple had recently moved into a house that they had built and although they were thinking on selling their old house, they were willing to rent it to us. The rent was a little more than we pay now, but the house is so much more than we had ever imagined that we would live in. It is located about 3 blocks away from our house now in town; has 3 large bedrooms (one is used as an office), a large veranda that wraps around 3 sides, a beautiful garden with lots of trees, potted plants, drip irrigation system, and a garden house for supplies and other storage, an enclosed garage (something unheard of in Pedasí) along with a carport and storage room in the back. It is furnished with a full 5-burner stove & oven and large refrigerator in the kitchen, king-size bed in the master bedroom, twin beds in the other, closets and built-in wardrobes, washer and dryer, and a deep chest freezer. There is an on-demand hot water heater, so no more “suicide” shower or heating up water in the electric tea pot. All this and it includes a housekeeper once a week and a gardener. We met with the owners, Ed and Cindy, today and got to see everything inside, confirming our agreement to rent. They still are moving some things out and want to paint before we move in. What makes it a little harder for them is that Cindy broke her ankle the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but some other friends have promised to help her pack. So they think the house will be ready before Christmas for us to move in.
I hate moving, but it must be done. Christine has lined up some help to move things over when the house is ready. We have such a good group of friends. In the meantime, we will start packing some things in boxes we actually saved, not thinking that we would have to use them so soon. Thank God we didn’t get rid of them all and especially thank God that we found a home to rent so quickly, a house so much better and more than we have now or thought we could have. It never ceases to amaze me how God works.
So here we are with another new adventure of our new third life. The timing is a little off in that it’s Christmas. Mikkel insists that I still put up the Christmas tree, even if I have to take it down in a couple of weeks. But we are excited about this new home and our Christmas present to ourselves this year is this home and being with all our wonderful friends. I believe this will be a very Merry Christmas. I have posted a few pictures and will have more later.