October 28, 2005
Just wanted to say how AWESOME our God is. Thanks for the prayers. I looked at five houses yesterday (or earlier today if you count the fact that I'm posting this at midnight), and was disappointed that the only one I really liked (by number 4) was WAY out of town and my husband really didn't want to drive that far to work each day. So, we swung by to pick him up after he got off of work, and we all went (my mom, the kids, Kevin and I) to see the fifth house together. I was pretty deflated and not expecting much. I had already filled out the apartment application, and was resigned to do a six month "tour of duty" under the freeway bridge ten minutes from down-town in my little 2-bed cracker-box...
But, God had an "Ace in the Hole". We drove about seven minutes SW into a nice woody forest area and found a lovely neighborhood with older homes (probably built in the 1970's and 1980's... so they weren't THAT old). This house didn't look like much on the outside (ugly brown trim that needed painting and the landscaping was a bit neglected), but it had a lot to offer inside... including a formal dining room that we plan to convert to a school room (like we did in our last house). My realtor is wonderful. I'm excited to make an offer on the house tomorrow once my mortgage lady calls me with the details about closing costs and such.
I have to share what happened when I went in this house.... one of the first things I saw (besides the lovely red walls in the living room) was a beautiful white cross on the kitchen cabinet. On the wall was a pretty plaque with a Christian saying. In the living room on a bookshelf, there were at least 30 books and all of the titles I saw were Christian in nature. The family's photos were so happy, and although their children are grown now, they had photos of them in all stages of their life... they looked like such wonderfully well-adjusted people. They had a boy and a girl, like us, and they were about the same age difference as our kids. The son is who the realtor said lives there now (on occasion)... and he had index cards in the bathroom with verses from Corinthians on the bathroom counter behind the sink. I think they were memory verses. The floor plan reminded me of my husband's mom's house, only a bit smaller. They just recently lowered the price ten thousand dollars, also, so I am hopeful that they are wanting to move out quick! My mother and Kevin both said they loved the house and felt peace there... I was in tears once I left, because I felt like it was a HUG from God. I had prayed pretty hard last night about Him giving us direction and helping us figure out what to do.
I pray that we can get into this house with a really low payment and a seamless and brief closing! Thanks for keeping us in your prayers. Hopefully we'll be "Home Sweet Home" soon! I can't wait for "Thanksgiving Break" to be over and school to resume. I have already begun to find tons of interesting field trip ideas in this new state! It is a surprising adventure to be somewhere completely new.... but we still miss the familiar faces and places of Texas (and it will always be "deep in our hearts" until we can return). I better get some sleep... tomorrow is library day, contract day, meeting another local homeschool-mom day, and hopefully I'll have some GOOD news tomorrow night for my blog!