Friends, friends, friends, do I have amazing news to share… I GOT MY HOUSE!!!!!!!!! Remember the story I shared on this post? Well, the other buyers ended up backing out of the deal and I got my second chance to buy it. We are scheduled to close on April 27th but we’ve made it through all the “hurtles” (home inspection, qualifying, etc…) and we look clear to close! So, today, I am sharing my “Stand and see the GREAT things the Lord will do!” printable – because this is nothing short of miraculous in my life. I’d love to share a few more details with you about how it all came together, if you’re curious:
As you read in that last post about the property, I was pretty devastated when it didn’t go through, but I purposed to keep my hope in God – even though it was a challenge sometimes because I felt so sad. I truly “saw” my daughter and I living in that home, it just felt like “home” plus, it fulfilled so, so many of my hopes and dreams for a home – and it was in my price range. It just seemed perfect. So, even though we had lost it, I kept praying that God would do something. My parents and I kept looking online for other properties but nothing – and I do mean nothing – was out there that even came close to comparing to this sweet little farm. One day my mom and I were talking and I told her that I felt we should go to the farm and walk around on it and pray. Even though it was under contract to someone else, it was still “on the market” and I knew it was “legal” for us to go over there. She immediately agreed and we jumped in the car and drove over.
When we had first looked at the property plants hadn’t quite yet started to spring up, but that day when we got there, we got out of the car and looked and there were several plants popping up in a raised garden bed near the parking circle. — Quick side story –> When my parents moved out of the house that I grew up in many years ago, there was one plant I very much wanted to dig up and take with me, it was my great-grandmothers Peony plant. I had wanted something of hers and this was my choice of items. Unfortunately I was not able to take it and I felt a bit heartsick over that. <– OK, back to now. When we looked at the planting beds, mom grabs my arm and says “look! Peonies!” (She knows what they mean to me) and sure enough there were four peony bushes growing in this planting bed. 🙂 Mom and I begin walking around the perimeter of the property (like the walls of Jericho), praying and thanking God for His goodness, but also asking Him, if He would, to please bring this back around to me. We felt so peaceful and at home there again. As we got around to the back of the house, we stopped in our tracks. All around the perimeter of the quite big stone patio were probably 100 peony plants! Seriously, I have never seen so many peony plants before in my life! I stood in awe and amazement and cried out to the Lord. We finished praying and headed on our way. That night we got a call (!!) that the other deal was starting to fall apart and our realtor wanted us to be ready just in case… Mom and I were absolutely squealing with delight!! And the next day, sure enough we found out that buyers had signed a release from the contract and it was “our turn.” Supposedly the buyers had found problems at the house and wanted the price to go down but the sellers wouldn’t budge. But strangely, the buyers wouldn’t produce any “reports” to support their claims of problems at the house. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I stepped into the home inspection phase of this – and why I didn’t write about it sooner here on the blog, in case it all fell apart. But when inspection day came, the house passed with positively flying colors! I spent FIVE HOURS at the house with the inspector going over every nook and cranny and we found hardly any issues and all that we did find were more of the routine maintenance variety and no big ticket items – HALLELUJAH!
The sellers are in the 90’s and have moved to Texas so they wanted to close soon, so we settled on closing at the end of April which has made this a very busy/stressful/exciting month! Suddenly, I have my dream house, but am packing up my current house (with its seemingly endless amount of items) we’re up to 20+ boxes of china/dishes and counting…. but it is truly exhilarating! We will officially move on Sunday, May 1st but I’ll be going over to the the house a couple of nights after we close/but before we move in to begin painting some rooms. I’d like to at least have mine and Emma’s painted before we put the furniture in. I will be painting every room of the house at some point, but most of them I’ll do after we move in. Needless to say, I can’t wait to share photos and about a zillion projects, dreams, and ideas with you once we close. Until then, I honestly cannot thank you all enough for your incredible prayers and support! We’re moving!!!!!! Hooray!!!!! Stay tuned for more, more, more… and in the meantime, please pray for packing mercies – it’s definitely the least fun part of getting a new home.
Happy, happy celebrating!