Hello, hello dear friends. I apologize for my “radio silence” over the last two weeks, it’s been a roller coaster… The briefest explanation I can give you is that I found my honest to goodness “dream home” and it seemed that all the stars aligned for me to buy it – it was in my price range, my finances are all in place, I had an interested buyer in my current home, and it seemed my very long (more than 2 years) wait had finally come to an end. It all seemed to be there, and then we found out there was a competing offer on the house I wanted to buy. Here’s where it gets sad & frustrating. Apparently the other offer was already in before I placed mine (although the deal was not yet signed), and even though my offer was for more money and a “cleaner” deal with only one contingency (a home inspection) the sellers (who are an older couple) decided to go with the first offer.
Honestly, I’m heartbroken. This home seriously had everything on my dream list and things I had barely even dreamt I could ever have. Land, a craft studio, the house was partially made of stone, and the pièce de résistance, my parent’s were going to be able to build on the land too. It was around the corner from one of my dear friends, and a mile from my daughter’s other grandparents. Even the other realtor was shocked we didn’t get it.
Now, knowing God as I do, I know that He is in the middle of this, and is doing something. But, I can’t pretend to know what at this moment. I am trying my hardest to keep a good attitude, to praise Him despite the bewilderment and deep sadness I feel to have found a home that seemed so perfect, and then to suddenly lose it at the last minute. I have been searching and praying for more than two years for a tiny farm like this, and I had even looked at this exact house a year ago when it was on the market before but it was not in my price range then. I know that God has a good plan, and that something will eventually come together, but with my particular budget as a single mom, and my wish list for an older home with charm (but still a fixer upper) it is not exactly easy to find.
Anyway, this is all my long winded way of saying I just haven’t had the heart to blog about entertaining. But, Easter is upon us, and it is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about HOPE. And I am moment by moment choosing to HOPE in the Lord. I don’t know if He will bring this particular house back around to me (oh how I wish He would!) or something else, but I know He will do something, and I want to do my best to keep a good attitude and remain thankful for all of my blessings so that I pass this test and glorify His name.
On Easter morning we will be singing “Oh Happy Day” – one of my favorite Easter celebration songs. And in the spirit of that I wanted to share a sweet printable with you. I love these whimsical bunnies and flowers – they are by artist Lisa Glanz and can be found at Creative Market (affiliate link).
I hope that no matter what you are going through, you are encouraged by the unstoppable HOPE that is found in Jesus Christ our Lord. We all face challenges and disappointments and while it doesn’t usually make sense when we’re in the middle of it, we must not lose faith and give up. We’re only in the middle of the chapter, we must keep pressing forward to attain the victory. Imagine if Jesus had given up – praise God He didn’t, and I don’t want to either.
Thank you for bearing with me through all of this. Also my schedule changed a little bit at work but now that the time has changed I have more sunlight for photos so I’m hoping that will all even out.
I have a fun review to share so I’m planning to be back soon. ’til then…