Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lady Bug Luck - Part One

While DH and I were taking down the holiday decor on Dec. 29th I found a lady bug and said, "Look honey, we have lady bug luck.  I hope you bought lottery tickets."   The lady bug was then sent back outside into 30 degree weather and DH did tell me she wasn't a very lucky lady bug.  That evening when I went up to my quilt studio I found another walking on the floor so I promptly scooped her up in fabric and set her in a basket.

DH had to work the following day which was Sunday, Dec 30th. (also our 29th wedding anniversary).  He calls me at 9:30am to say he received a call from a real estate agent here in town wondering if we would still be interested in selling our home.  We had given up on the idea of selling back in August and had taken it off the market.

That Sunday afternoon the agent showed up before them and we sat chatting for a bit.  In conversation he asked if I remembered a horrific fire back in 2006 that killed a family.  We moved here in 2006 and I recall the builder telling us about this fire that killed his friend.  The builder was pretty shaken even then to talk about it.  Anyway, the gal that was coming to see my home was the daughter of this family.  She had been away to grad school when it happened.  She lost her dad, mom and brother.  This girl is now married with a two year old and another baby on the way.  Her and her husband saw our listing last year but didn't come see our home because they hadn't sold theirs.  Now that their home sold she wanted a house in our area but nothing was available and they inquired about this one.  WHEW....still with me?

When they arrived I stayed up in my quilt studio while the agent chatted with them and they looked over my home.   I knew things had to have been going well because they were here well over an hour.  When they finally came up to the quilt studio she asked me about the year the house was built.  There was a look on her face and then she said her dad was a mason who worked for our builder.

When she left she was in tears.  The agent called that evening to say the girl felt "it was meant to be" and she confirmed with a family friend that her father was indeed the mason who built our home.  An offer was made and by New Year's Eve we were under contract.

I'm a huge believer in "signs" as the lady bug yet my DH is a bit superstitious and felt if it was something we talked about that it would be jinxed.  I tried my best to not talk about it to many....a few only in blogland but this was before I knew I would jinx it....oh, and to ask my clients to hold tops for a bit.

Our home closed today!!!

Part Two....next post!

68 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the story and can't wait for part two!

Janet O. said...

Wow, Mary. That is really something. I believe it was meant to be.
A big Whoohoo for you!

Fiesta said...

Congratulations Mary!

Wendy said...

That's fantastic news. It was meant to be....ladybug luck. Are you going to build your new house.

Cheryl said...

Congratulations! What a story.

LynCC said...

OK, I'm crying. :) I can't imagine how much it means to this young woman to be moving into a home her father helped build. So, so poignant!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congratulations!! What a good story on the new owners~ I hope the DD has many happy memories of her parents and feels the love in the house. I'm ready for part two too! Where/when are you going to move?

Michelle May said...

Oh...My....Gosh!!! This is just so totally cool! It gave me goosebumps! Fantastic! Looking forward to part two.
xx

JoAnne said...

How awesome! I suspected selling your house may be the hint you were alluding to the other day. I prayed for you! I also think it is really cool that the buyer's father worked on the house. My heart aches for her. I'm eagerly awaiting to hear part 2!

Terry said...

What a story! Congratulations! :0)

sunny said...

I've never heard of lady bug luck, but I'll be a believer now! Congrats.

Pen Pen said...

Congrats! I remember that horrific fire and I remember that the daughter was away at school when her family died. How awesome that she is going to live in a house that her dad's hands had a part in building. Awesome!

Becky said...

Yea, Mary!!!!! I've never heard of ladybug luck, but will sure begin cultivating ladybugs in and out of our home:)

Carol said...

Oh Mary I'm so happy for you and for the family that bought your home. What a wonderful memory for her to know the house she is buying was built in part by her father.

Donna said...

Congratulations on the sale. What a wonderful story.

regan said...

Congrats! This is an awesome story, too! And how wonderful for that young woman to know she'll be living in a house her father built! I'm sure that will comfort her!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Oh Bless You Mary! When you wrote your previous post I had a feeling that this is what you were talking about!

Anyway, I also sold my home & moved over Christmas...a very long story that I will tell you about in an email..but just like you it was meant to be for me also.

Again...I am so happy for you and the new owners of your "old" home.

XOXO,
Stefanie

Quilt Rat said...

Oh my....what a story congrats to you I am also a believer....maybe not in Lady bugs but there is a reason your home did not sell until now.....the time is finally right for this family to call this place theirs.

So where are you going? Have a place in mind....building? Gather those lady bugs.....you are going to be a very busy gal. :-)

Leeanne said...

How awesome is that!!!!!!
Best times to you! Happy house hunting!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What an amazing story. It certainly was meant to be.

Sherri said...

What a truly amazing story! I've never heard anything like this! Congratulations...where are you moving?

marie said...

A wonderful story. So glad for that girl to now have more memories of her father by living in your home. Congratulations on the sale, hope you love your new home just as much.

Shakerwood said...

Well, that answers my email I sent the other day. Congratulations! On to the next phase!!!

Karen said...

Whew! A big sigh of relief on your part, I'm sure.

WoolenSails said...

Ok, you made me cry, lol, but I am in a weird mood today;) I can't remember why you were selling and what was next, so I guess I have to wait till part two and I am very happy for you.

Debbie

Gene Black said...

Wow! Can hardly wait for part two

Darlene said...

Congratulations! I had a feeling that was your secret. I'm very happy and excited for you and your family.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Yay = congratulations Mary. Wishing everything else that can be happy!

Katie said...

My goodness. Congratulations to you. I sure hope I find a ladybug soon! :-)

Anne said...

Woo Hoo!!!!! So excited for you. Next...the building process? Let me know if there's anyway I can help. I knew you had taken the house off the market, so that wasn't my guess at all. Fooled me!

Anne said...

P.S. I LOVE the story. So touching!

Loris said...

What sweet news! I'm so happy for you and for the buyer as well. She will enjoy living in a home connected to her dad's work. Nice start for this yet still new year :-)

Lynn said...

So happy for you. I imagine that living in this house will give the new owner a connection to her father.
Can't wait to read part 2!

Linda said...

Congratulations Mary! That is wonderful news!!

Crickets Corner said...

I've always believed that things happen for a reason and happen when they are meant to. This just goes to prove it. Can't wait to read the next part.

jackiero said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful LadyB inspired true story! I'm looking forward to reading part two :) Jackie in Cary

Kaaren said...

Whew...and congratulations!

Sue said...

Wonderful news for you both. What comfort she will draw from living where her father worked.
A happy outcome keep that lady bug safe!

QuiltSue said...

WOOOHOOO!!!!

What a lovely story. It was obviously "meant" to be that way. Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

Lori said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!!

onlymehere said...

This is so very exciting for you and your buyer. Oh my, what a story. So glad she could live in a home her father helped to build. Now you can get on with your dreams!
Cindy
P.S. Thanks for changing your background to white, I can finally read your blog again instead of just looking at the pictures!

W. Latane Barton said...

I love that story. Yep, that ladybug brought you and that young woman luck all the way round.

Shelley said...

Yeah!!!!!! I just knew it, I just KNEW IT!! When do you have to be out? Are you still going to build?? Hugs!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations - can't wait to read Part Two!

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - what a touching story. Some things are just meant to be!

Bari Jo said...

Oh Mary this is such sweet news - for you and for her! What a story... brought tears... I just loved this! :O) Woo hoo... Lady bugs in the winter... :O) wow...so cute! CONGRATS! Woo hoo!

Cindy Sharp said...

How awesome would it be to be able to tell your child about his grand dad and then show him the house that you live in as a sample of his work. It would almost be like having him around. Thanks for sharing a very cool story.

I hope you have a place to go to....with lots of room to quilt and stash.

Kathy said...

WOW! What an awesome story and how wonderful for the buyer -- a home that her Dad helped build!!!!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

....clapping....clapping!!!!!!!!!!!

AnnieO said...

This story gave me chills--as I'm sure it did you! I was hoping your amazing good news was indeed about your house, and this is just the perfect ending to that frustrating adventure. Lady Bugs rock!

Libby said...

Exciting - things do happen as they do for a reason. I have learned this lesson quite well recently. Congrats!

Kindred Quilts said...

A really touching, wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!!

Diane said...

what a wonderful story. My dad and brother have done all the renovation work on our house-and my dad (a retired carpenter) has made most of my furniture. It will be very hard to leave this place someday (if we had too) I'm happy for you and for the young woman who bought your place.

Valerie Z said...

Congratulations on your awesome news! I do believe in "meant to be" and this family will make incredible memories in the years to come! Looking forward to part two!

Carrie P. said...

Whoo!Hoo! I know you guys are excited. Can't wait to read about part 2

Carol said...

FANTASTIC Mary! That is so exciting! I believe in signs too! And those ladybugs were surely a sign. I'm sooooooooooo happy for you! It truly is meant to be!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I don't believe in coincidences so I agree with your buyer - it was meant to be. :) blessings, marlene

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

My dear grandmother back in the old days, in the old country, taught me to be gentle with ladybugs as they were good luck, especially if one landed on you. She believed and so do I. WooHoo!

Barbara said...

Oh Mary....it was meant to be! Can't wait or part 2!

andsewon said...

What a wonderful story! Glad it has a happy ending for all involved! Look forward to seeing your new home pics too!!
Hugs!
Lola

Mary said...

Woo Hoo! Congratulations!

Rebecca P said...

Wow what a wonderful story. Happy for you for your sale, & happy for her that she will have a part of her father in your house. It must do your heart good knowing someone will love your house as much as you loved it. I believe everything happens for a reason.

SuperMomNoCape said...

I absolutely love stories like this! Thanks so much for sharing.

John'aLee said...

You make me tear up!

Deb said...

CONGRATS! I know how much this means to you.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Woooooohoooooo!!! Off to read part 2!

Sue-Anne said...

What an amazing story! It is all meant to be.