We started packing to move.  Closing is scheduled for August 21st.  That is less than 3 weeks.  There is so much to do between now and then to have this move happen quickly.  We want to be sleeping in the new house on the 22nd.  We are moving so quickly because school starts on August 25th and we want to start the school year in the new house.

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Loan papers are signed

Last night we signed the loan paper work.  The next step is to have a VA appraiser look at the house and approve the mortgage.  If all goes well we will close on August 21st and move in quickly for the start of the school year.

In contrast to our current house the only thing we need to do is install some fencing so we can let the dogs out.  I already started researching fencing options.

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An Early Step

I spent the evening gathering financial paperwork for a Mortgage Company to buy a new house on 5 acres.  Although gathering paper is not an exciting task this is a major step on the way to having a farmstead.  Right now the property is a house with a lot of land.  It is our hope that we will be able to turn the land into a small farmstead.

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Our Journey

“The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.”

I was going to start with the quote “Every journey begins with one step” so I went to look it up to see who said it.  It turns out that the common quote that I was looking for was “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Either way the quote is attributed to Lao-tzu.  According to The Quotations Page the more correct translation from the original Chinese is “… beneath one’s feet”.

I really like the subtle difference in meaning to remind me that no matter where I want to end up the journey or as my wife and I call it the adventure starts where we currently stand.  I can do a lot for preparation now so when the time for step out is right we will be ready.

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