One step closer....we got our new paperwork (purchase agreement, etc.) tonight. I call it 'new' because we had gotten to this step last September before the deal derailed because of the septic situation. We'll close on or before April 29th!
K has given his notice at work, we've found an apartment a half mile from the house to lease until we can get the house habitable, we changed cell phone carriers (due to lack of coverage at the house) and packing is in full swing! We're planning to drive away from the west coast in about 7 weeks.
This dream that we've been nurturing for years is finally happening. It's better than we could have hoped for.