God provides Rest and Shelter (an update on our home buying journey)

Can you believe it’s already May??

Well, I honestly can’t wait until the end of May! As time flies and the end draws near, I’m getting more and more anxious and excited.

Unlike the others, it seems like our third home under contract is going to work out. I believe God had it waiting for us and was trying to catch our attention. But I was very stubborn. I didn’t even want to go look at this house when I first saw it listed. Sure, it had the land I wanted but it was nowhere near the square footage I wanted. The pictures made it look very much unlike what I was wanting.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. We were at our wit’s end. We were tired of going and seeing houses. We were tired of worrying about not having a home at all. We were ready to settle.

As disappointed as I was, I decided to take a leap of faith and go see this house that was bound to be a waste of time. It had been on the market for a long time, then sold, then back on the market. That could only mean one thing- something was really wrong with that house, right?

We scheduled the appointment to go see it. I had already mentally prepared myself to hate it. It wasn’t big enough. It wasn’t fancy enough. I didn’t like the paint colors in the picture. I didn’t like the layout according to the pictures.

We pulled in the driveway and though I was looking, I wasn’t actually seeing. I told David then “don’t get your hopes up, I’m not going to like it. I’m not settling just because it has the land we want. I have to love the house and I’m not going to.”

Wow. I was harsh. I was feeling hopeless. The house search was not as easy as I thought it would be. I was tired. The kids were whining about having to look at yet another house. I fussed at them but inside I felt the same. I didn’t want to look anymore.

As we got out and began to walk the property and look around, I was in love with the scenery. I could immediately see me planting a flower garden by the walkway, I could see us taking the boys for nature walks in the woods, I could hear a four wheeler riding through the woods, I could see youth bonfires, and hear my brother and uncle and I playing our guitars and singing around a fire. I knew which tree my hammock swing would go in and which one would have a swing for the boys. I could see my boys going out and eating fruit from the apple tree and peach tree and blueberry bush that’s already there. I could see our handmade bench that my uncle worked so hard on sitting on the front porch aside a rocking chair or two with us on it watching the sun set. I loved it. But I wasn’t going to admit it. Not yet anyway.

Then it was time to walk in. This was the ultimate test. This is what would make or break the deal for me. Like the dramatic entrance you would see on a soap opera, I took a deep breath and felt a small spark of hope take over me.

We walked in and immediately looked at each other with a smile. We knew then that this was the house for us. It was beautiful. The pictures had not done it justice. I didn’t even need to look around, I knew I wanted it.

The oak hardwood floors throughout and the rough textured paint for the country look is exactly what I wanted. The cute built-in shelves are the exact charm that makes it different from other homes that I wanted. The saloon doors that open to the toilet in the master bathroom were too different to not be cool. Every detail is unique.

It’s not quite the square footage I was hoping for but it is bigger than what we had. We will finally have a second bathroom!! I will finally have a pantry!! Apart from the minor changes we plan to make, it is absolutely beautiful! After a few days of negotiations we finally agreed on a price, closing date, and terms.

Guess what!!?! We are all set to close on the 31st of this month!! We couldn’t be more excited. We’ve bought a new living room suit. I have new pots and pans and all new decor for my kitchen that I had gotten at Christmas and never got to open or use! The boys are so excited!

It took a lot of patience, but we are almost there. The wait paid off. We got more land than we thought we were going to be able to find. We got a house that fits both of our taste. Everything has went smoothly in the buying process of this one. We are super excited for this new chapter.

There’s a lot of potential with this new house. We have a lot of future plans. We have a lot of dreams.

God is so good. He’s worked all of this out for us. Please continue to pray with us that all continues to go smoothly and that all of these new adventures we are planning work out for us and according to His will!

Thank you for all the love and support through our journey thus far. Here’s to the next chapter of our lives….



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