Leaving Conventional Wisdom Behind


A few weeks ago Daniel and I announced that we were selling our house in hopes to make traveling easier for our family. Some of you may be curious on how that is going. A friend remarked that I haven’t tweeted about the house stuff much.

We put the house on the market and had 17 showings before we had an offer. That is a lot of showings when both you and your spouse work from home and have three small kids! We are currently under contract, but we know that anywhere along the process the deal could fall through. The whole process of selling a house has been a lot harder than I expected.

Basically we don’t know if we are moving in two weeks or not. Most of the house is clean and we don’t have a lot of stuff, so I am not worried about packing. Next week we will go put down a deposit on an apartment knowing that we may lose the deposit if the deal doesn’t work out. Being in flux is strange, but we are trusting that God knows what he is doing. I feel like I keep getting confirmations that we are moving in the right direction.

Confirmation That We Are on the Right Path

Yesterday I was telling someone about our plans to move into a three bedroom apartment with a garage. That person expressed her disappointment and remarked how sad it was that we are selling our home. I replied that the house is a lot of work and it doesn’t make sense for us if we are going to be traveling a lot. She argued, “But that is what you do when you get married and have children. You have to work on a house.” I sighed and changed the subject. I knew that person would never see my point of view.

Ten minutes after I had that conversation I hopped on Twitter and saw a tweet from Jon Acuff linking to his latest blog post titled, “How not to be average.” His post said,

If you want to stay average, then do things the way they’ve always been done. Follow the pack. Make conventional wisdom your mentor.

The person who expressed their sadness wants me to be average. She clearly outlined the life script she thought I should follow. Then I read Jon Acuff’s blog and I felt confirmation on our path towards traveling awesomeness. Doing things the way they’ve always been done means staying in our house. Conventional wisdom would say stay in our house. We want to try something new for us and that means leaving our mortgage behind.

Then today while browsing Twitter (I love Twitter!) I came across Allison Versterfelt’s blog post, “You are not a carbon copy.”  Reading her words about living life how God made you to be gave me assurance that we were on the right path for our family.

Daniel and I do have short-lived doubts about selling our home of 8 years, but I know that we would regret not going after our dreams more than staying in our house. There is a house on every corner, but there is only one dream for our family.

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About Amanda

Hi! I'm Amanda. I love Jesus, good friends, good books, good food, and Texas. I am married to the handsome Daniel Espinoza. I homeschool my 3 young children. Follow me on Twitter: @AmandaEspi or on Google+

4 Responses to Leaving Conventional Wisdom Behind

  1. Marla Taviano September 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I am so with you on this dream. I think you’re absolutely making the right decision. We may be headed in that direction someday soon too. So exciting!!

  2. Melanie September 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Definitely. I think some people have to try the conventional path to realize it may not be for them. Maybe it’s right for your friend. That doesn’t mean it’s right for you!

  3. Dan aka Dad September 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    this is truly exciting. Great Blog. I keep imagining the phrase, take the road less traveled.

  4. Lys November 1, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Well said Amanda. It is very intriguing all of the ideas and the reasons why you and why any of us do the things we do. That is why not everyone will understand. I love how you said right at the end “there is a house on every corner,but there is only one dream for our family” and that is so true. While the dream may evolve or it may stay relatively the same, it’s still yours to have and that is a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing.

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