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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Everything In It's Time

Dear Family and Friends,

As you are reading this post, Chuck and I are en route to the USA.

When we first moved to Ecuador we just couldn't come to grips with selling our home.  Chuck had loved and cared for our yard in Richland, WA the same as he does our patio here in Cuenca.   When we moved down here more than two years ago Chuck and I were too emotionally attached to let go of our Richland house. We asked our dear friend, Glenda, if she would care for our house and yard while we decided what to do about selling the house. 

Well, after two and half years living in Cuenca, I think paying real estate taxes on it has really helped in breaking our emotional attachment. Also, we definitely know our lives are anchored in Ecuador now.  We really have no need for a place to "come back to" in case we decided to return to the USA to live.

Glenda has been a wonderful steward of our home.  She has loved and cared for it as if it were her own.  We look at the beautiful work she has done in our yard.  It is a masterpiece.  I can't say enough about how grateful we are.

By Thursday morning we will be in our house for the final time.  We will celebrate and remember all the wonderful years we have shared there.  We will then, stage it, and get it ready for putting on the market.

From all the emotional carrying on I have been doing, you would think we had a castle back in the USA.  Not so, it is just a simple house, but we reared children, played, loved and laughed in this dwelling for all of our married life.

This trip home is filled with emotions.  We are nostalgic about selling the house on one hand, and very excited about seeing our children and grandchildren.

To our Richland family and friends, we will be seeing you in a day or two.  To the Mickelson Knot we will be seeing you all in about a month.

A couple of old Sentimental Farts.


  1. Lots of love and fun were shared with us in that house. Wish you well on your selling adventure! Looking forward to your return!

  2. I agree Karen. No more backyard cookouts. But it is just part of lightening the load. Some things in life are easier to do than others. We will see you and Randy in about 5 weeks. Hold the fort down for us in Cuenca.

  3. My wife and I have gone back and forth on the same issue. But after we a d bad storm and trees fell we decided to sell too.Too much of a burden to our children. Home is truly wear the heart is!

  4. Nancy, I know what you mean. We have elected not to sell our house right now. We have only been here for almost 4 years and it is a great house. We have already been able to rent it for at least 6 months. We are going to try using a property manager and see how this all goes for a while. Plus the real estate market is still alittle slow. Sue

  5. Sue & Pat, From what I understand the rental market is very good. You may do very well renting your house out. So many choices.

  6. Hello, I happened onto your blog in my research regarding retirement in Cuenca. We have a friendship there that began with an AFS experience. My husband and I will be coming in early September for our second trip to Cuenca. I'm hoping we can stay in contact, and maybe visit when we arrive?
    Lee Ann Schutz Wahi

  7. Lee Ann, Our email is on the right side of the blog. Email us when you arrive in Cuenca. We would like to meet you also.


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