Why yes, I did just buy a house!
Can I tell you, our excitement is not so much about the house, though that is exciting, but the fact that it is just one step closer to having my family back together under one roof. My husband got news of his deployment mid-September of last year, started training every other week in October, and left in November, returning home for just a few quick days before heading out in December. Yeah - so much for 365. I stopped counting how many days he has REALLY been gone, it is just too hard.
But before this year is up, this past year will hopefully be a distant memory and we will be settling in as a family of 6 again. In a new house and new town.
It is funny, I went house hunting with four kids (that is not the funny part, trust me) and certain expectations. The kid part went exceptionally well. The expectation part, not so much.
Three or four houses turned out not to be houses- just land in a not-yet-developed neighborhood. Like roads not even made. How is that a house!? That is sneaky advertising if you ask me. Three houses were right in the middle of construction and since we may only be there two years, I just couldn't stomach waking up to hammers for most of that time, despite the lovely brand new sparkling homes with the floor plans I loved. One house we saw was amazing but just not in the right location and another was a really great location but needed more work than I was willing to commit my poor husband to. One house was great and in a great location, but pretty high over what we wanted to spend.
See how well this was going? That was all on day one.
That night I had two choices- one that needed a lot of work and one that could break the bank. My expectations went in the trash and I went to bed praying that God would show up big the next day.
On day two we saw one house! It had just been put on the market, was a little older, and I thought it would be too small. Clarke asked me to go look anyway. I am a good wife! ;)
Nice neighborhood. check
Five bedrooms. check
Nice yard. check
Double oven. check
Gas stove. check
Walkout basement. check.
Good price. check
Close to work. check
See where this is going? Oh, and did I mention it is currently owned by a homeschooling family with a dedicated school area complete with built in desk for two and storage cabinets?
We put in an offer and we close in November.
Yes, God showed up big!
Doesn't He always?
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