Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Feels like the home stretch...
Though I'm body weary from a long, full day....I'm also excited in so many ways.
So much has happened and so much is resting on the horizon, ready to peak around the corner at us. It's a tad mindboggling, really.
I don't mean to be cryptic, but I almost don't know where to start.
I'll just reiterate what you already know, this has been a long journey...though not as long as some have taken.....and it seems we may be nearing the finish line.
To that I say Woo Hoo!
We started off this journey 4 months ago, not knowing WHERE the Lord wanted to take us, only that He was ready to 'move' us. So we obeyed, and soon we had wonderful tenants living in our very first home, and we were moving our things into my parent's home. We went on to view dozens of homes, make numerous offers and be turned down more times than we could imagine. Now, mind you...we are still NOT SURE where exactly the Lord was calling us....either in location or in service. We just knew we needed to press on. If the doors continued to open up for us to buy a second home, then so be it...otherwise, maybe we were meant to rent another home and pay off debt before we entered the market again. Our second step was a bit hazy......and at times the road has caused us to wonder WHERE to go next.
But we never doubted there would be somewhere else to go. It was just not time for us see HOW to get there. In the meantime, we met with wise counselors, financial gurus, and other trusted advisors, all seemingly heaven sent to give us wisdom.
We've never felt unprepared for the 'next' step.
So when we walked into the sales office and toured a newly constructed home, I wasn't totally surprised at how perfect the situation was for us.
The size of the home, the design and upgrades on this finished house, the lot, everything seemed just right.
So we jumped on board and waited to see if we qualified.
If we could get a brand new house for the same mortgage as buying an existing home that was NOT move-in ready....well why wouldn't we?
That was almost a month ago now and we've been in constant communication with the sales office and financial gurus for this company.
We've been told 'maybe' more times than we can count.
Jumped through paperwork hoops like some eager gymnasts.
Our hardest thing to accept was the lack of a solid answer....yes or no.
So we waited, and explored all our options, and waited some more.
The entire time being told that this one home, which had already been built, was still being held for us.
Still, we lacked confirmation whether this deal was even possible.
In the meantime, we took a quick roadtrip to Oregon, and didn't talk about this house for over 5 days.
We came back with a solid peace and a few final decisions to make before we gave up altogether and started exploring nearby rental properties.
In the back of my head I wondered where and if I should begin school with the kids if we might be moving in a matter of weeks.
Still we pressed on.
Then yesterday we were given the call we had been waiting for....The hundred-thousand dollar question...
would you accept this rate....you have 4 hours to decide.
We fell on our faces praying for wisdom.
Actually, we were on the phone with each other praying....me while pounding a flank steak into submission, and he while driving home from work.
We were confident that this was the deal with which we should move forward.
Then today we signed the contracts to get the ball rolling.
We are now looking at a mid-fall, move-in date.
It all seems surreal.....practically anti-climactic.
But the finish line is in sight.....and THEN the real fun begins, right?
Setting up house just before the holidays, and mid-school year.
Sigh* I never was one for a slow paced life!
Thank you for following alongside us....and for the prayers which have sustained our family.
I owe my sanity to our God who knew how long this would take....f.rom the beginning.....and He still loves us so...no matter how hard we fumble around along the way.