Starting Something New

Goodbyes are never easy, but in opening our hands to let go, we create space for growth and something new.

If you’ve been around Five Things for a little while, you will know that we were blessed with one of the best neighbors ever, Ms. Ruth. Back in April Ms. Ruth’s health started to decline, which meant she needed around the clock care. It is always so hard to watch someone you love so dearly lose their health so quickly.

Because of Ms. Ruth’s dementia, she had to leave her home and be admitted to a high security assisted living facility.  Ms. Ruth has been a part of our family since we moved in, and I’d love for you to read more about our great friendship here: Every Person Matters. During this time, we didn’t know what was going to happen with Ruth’s house, which can be a little unsettling when you live right next door.

Ruth making Jess Laugh
Visiting Ruth at the assisted living facility. Ruth never took herself too seriously and loved making people laugh.

That’s when my husband’s and my wheels started spinning. It would be devastating for us if someone bought the house and put up a fence or didn’t like kids – since, as I talked about around New Years, the Lord made it very clear we were not moving any time soon. (You can hear me talk more about that here: My word for the year) Ruth was always so generous about sharing her yard since we moved here six years ago. Our kids have always played between the yards and used Ruth’s sidewalk to complete a nice loop for their bikes. In June, Ruth’s kids let us know they were going to put it on the market, and we started the process of figuring out if we could buy it before it went on the market.

If you’ve ever bought or sold a house before, you will know what I’m saying when I say, holy smokes is it a process! This summer was crazy dreaming and planning and filling out paper work, but I’m excited to let you in our new adventure. We closed on the house this past Monday!

There is so much work to be done, but our goal is to be able to host our out of town family and friends as well as turn it into an AirBnB. I thought it would be fun to kind of chronicle our process and let you in on all the projects associated with opening an AirBnB – especially since that is what is going to be taking up so much of my time in the near future.

I’m so thankful for my sister Jaimy, who has an AirBnB in Atlanta,  (Pleasant Retreat from the busy city- Atlanta) as well and my friend Bettina who has the most adorable AirBnB in Berea (The Polaski House). They have been so helpful to me during this whole process. I’ve only had a million questions, which they have been so gracious to answer and walk me through. So, ladies – Thank you SO much! Definitely go check out their spaces and recommend them to traveling friends and family. A great experience awaits! (If you’ve never used AirBnB, click here to receive $40 travel credit!)

Sadly, during the home buying process Ms. Ruth passed on. In owning her home, we want to keep her legacy alive and welcome people in the way she did. There are many things that we will change, but also many we will keep in her honor. She was certainly one special lady and I’m so thankful for the time we got to know her and spend with her. We are so much better for having had Ruth in our lives.

Avi giving Ms. Ruth a hug.
At the end, Ruth didn’t remember who the kids were, but she sure loved having them visit. They would shower her with hugs and kisses and she would just light up.

If you’ve ever stayed in an AirBnB, please let me know what your favorite parts were and what some of your not so favorite parts were so I can learn from your experience! Thanks so much for your help!

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