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Monday, September 27, 2010

Help us Move to Colorado!

We're getting down to the last few days before we move to Colorado! It's hard to believe that in 7 days, we'll be there...

We'd love to have you come help us with getting our house packed up and loaded. Here are the days and times we need help:

1. Monday (today), 10a-5p
-Packing, furniture disassembly, etc.

2. Tuesday, 10a-???
-Packing, furniture disassembly, etc.

3. Wednesday, 10a-5p AND 6p-???
-Loading the truck. We ESPECIALLY need some men to help on this day (in the morning is best) with appliances & heavy furniture. But we'll take anyone!

4. Thursday, 10a-5p
-Loading the truck
-Cleaning the house

*We hope to be finished by 5p on Thursday. Several of you have indicated Thursday evening as the time you're available to help. If that is the only time you can pitch in, just be sure to call or text first to make sure we are still working. Our numbers:

479-283-4435 Brett
479-283-4424 Elise

IF POSSIBLE, please let us know when you might be coming to help. That way we can plan around when we'll have helpers. We are so grateful to all of you for helping us make this transition! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

bharkey at
elharkey at


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Packing and Moving Help

Our time in Fayetteville is drawing to a close. We have 11 days to pack and otherwise prepare for our move. We need some help to pull this off. Would you please consider spending a couple hours of your time helping us?

Here are our needs:

Packing (w/Elise), furniture & playset disassembly (w/Brett):

Tues. the 21st, 10:30a to 5p

Wed. the 22nd, 9a to 5p / 7p to 10pm

Thurs the 23rd, 9a to 5p

Sat the 25th, 1p to 6p

Mon the 27th, 9a to 5p

Load truck (w/Brett)

Wed. the 29th, 9a to 5p, 7p to 10p

Thurs the 30th, 9a to 5p, 7p to 10p

Clean house (w/Elise) and deliver donations and trash

Thurs the 30th, 1p to 5p, 7p to 10p

Thanks in advance for helping us during this crazy time. Please email, DM or text us to let us know what day/time you want to help.

elharkey at gmail

bharkey at gmail


  • what do you need on this side? we'll put together a team here if you give us details.

    By Blogger Vince, at 2:31 PM  

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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Owning vs. Renting

God has taught me so much this year, and I have been struggling with how to process and express it all. I am still very much in the midst of our adventure. It would be nice, neat and linear to start at the beginning and fill you in on all the ways that God has stretched me over the past yearish. But I’m not going to do that, or else this blog will never be updated. I am going to write about some thoughts we have voiced during this past week.

Owning a home is so important in our culture that it’s referred to as an integral part of The American Dream. And it’s a nice dream, don’t get me wrong. We have enjoyed the past 9 plus years in our home. And it was great to own it, not just rent it because we changed the flooring and the wall colors and got rid of the hideous baby blue toilet. And we brought our three children home from the hospital to this house. It’s ours. (Or is it really? We are paying a mortgage on it, so technically, I suppose, we own only a small part of this house. )

And of course, we were investing, or so they say. The traditionalists will tell you that owning a home is a wise decision financially because you are not throwing your money away on rent. We are very blessed to be a family who will actually walk away from our house sale with some profit. But in the scheme of things, it wasn’t really a great investment. Besides our mortgage payments and the money that we spent updating our home, we have to consider all the money we spent on home repairs. If you add it all up, I’m sure we lost money on the deal. If we had rented, we wouldn’t have gotten to choose our favorite wall colors, but we would have had much more expendable income.

And when we were ready to chase a dream, even if we were mid-lease, we could have given one month’s notice and been on our way. The big downside to owning a home is being tied to it. We will have spent almost a full year (by our upcoming closing date) waiting for this home (which has been a blessing in so many ways) to sell. We know that God had a purpose for us to be here. We know that we learned from our experience. But. . .what if?

When we move to Colorado, we’ll be renting for at least a year while we get Brett’s business up and running. But maybe we’ll really like renting and the freedom it affords us. Maybe we’ll choose renting as a way of life from this point forward. The flexibility certainly appeals to us as does the fixed out-of-pocket cost. We won’t be paying for new appliances or new heaters or for a plumber when we rent.

So, for now, we are trading the typical American dream for a better American dream: a life of flexibility and possibility that costs less to maintain. We’re trading in the perceived security of having a place of our own for the real security of knowing that God is right with us wherever we are.


  • great thoughts! i agree.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:50 PM  

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