Not For Sale.

As you know we are moving. This has been at times, a difficult pill to swallow. I love my home, my yard, my proximity to the river, and most of all my neighbors. We have great neighbors. All of them are wonderful, but the one's we will miss the most are the Dawes family. They are in our ward, live right across the street, and have children that we love. Their oldest boy, Evan, is Abby's age. When we moved here Evan and Abby were 18 months old. They have grown up along side one another. They have always been in the same church class and this year, have even attended preschool together. Evan's mom, Julie, and I have a carpooling schedule arranged. I take the children to school, and she picks them up. When I am out of butter, or eggs, or if I need a babysitter in a pinch, Julie is always there ready and willing to help. Most days Evan is here playing, or my children are over playing with him. Saturday mornings are not complete unless we have seen Evan's shiny smile before 8:00a.m. Needless to say, we have spent a lot of time with their family over the last four years and they will be sorely missed.

When Evan saw the 'For Sale' sign in our yard, he started to cry. He has been less than pleased knowing that this summer Easton and Abby won't be at his disposal. Ever since we sold our home, Abby and Evan have played almost EVERYDAY, ALL DAY LONG. I think they feel like they need to soak up every moment they have left. We aren't moving far, but it will never be like it is now.

One morning a week or so ago, I was pulling out of the garage to take Easton to school and I saw this...





Evan decided that our house was NOT for sale and took matters into his own hands. Since then, I have been filling Evan's head with bribes like...
-Our new house has a tree house.
-Ryan is building a play house in our new backyard.
-Easton and Abby's Aunt and Uncle live right next door to our new house and they have a swimming pool that we can use anytime.
I think he is beginning to warm up to the idea.
But, only time will tell...

12 comments:

  1. Oh that is so precious and heart-breaking. I expect I will be seeing Evan's "shiny smile" at the pool this summer. I am so looking forward to that. Make sure Julie knows she is welcome also!

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  2. That is so sweet! I love that he made that sign and put it over the lady's face.

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  3. That is so cute. I love having friends so close that you use them whenever you need. It looks like your leaving a great friend and neighbor. I know how hard it is to have a friend move, so I feel bad for both you and Julie losing each other as neighbors!

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  4. I am almost crying (is it the non-hormones of nursing?) and that is the cutest little sign. How sweet. I haven't met Evan, but I just want to kiss him right now.

    Sarah

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  5. Oh poor Evan! What a sweet and heartbreaking suprise to find on your front lawn. Evan is such a sweet little boy. Josh still asks about him every now and then.

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  6. Oh my goodness, that is so adorable. Kids do the sweetest things. Don't you wish we could hold on to that total and complete unconditional love that kids have for each other? Good luck with your move. I hope you don't mind me commenting...I found your blog through Alicia and have been reading for awhile.

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  7. Welcome Shayla! I have heard so many wonderful things about you and am more than pleased to have you here commenting!

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  8. That is the sweetest thing! What a little cutie! He was so excited when you said he could come over and play after preschool today. He's really going to miss you guys.

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  9. That is the most adorable story. I thought kids only did stuff like that in movies! I have always been so envious of the fact that you have the perfect neighbors with kids that your kids can play with, you can send your kids over to their house, borrow eggs and stuff, and in your ward....Lucky for you your new next door neighbors are just as awesome...and family!

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  10. My heart is breaking for your neighbors!!! We had some good friends and "neighbors" (as close as you can get out here!) move last year and my kids still ask why they had to move and when they are coming home! And I agree with Alicia I thought stuff like that only happened in movies!! So cute!

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  11. The sign Evan made is precious that is one of the most adorable stories I have ever heard. It is nice to have good neighbors. At least you know you will also have good neighbors when you move into your next home.

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