Buying a new home was and wasn’t easy for us. This was a year long process that starts and ends with our dream home… sort of.
Here is Ryan and I on the day we did our final walk through for the home we purchased recently.
We put our previous home on the market over a year and a half ago. Then we set out to find the perfect house for our family. When we found what we believed to be it we put a payment down, they broke ground, and we watched it being built as we struggled to sell our home. It didn’t sell.
After so many months we lost money on the house we were building and had to give it up. Someone else purchased the house I picked out, with my colors, my hand scraped maple floors, with my french doors…I was devastated. This is the home we were building.
The house we were purchasing isn’t the house we are currently living in. In an amazing God turn of events, in May of this year God spoke to Ryan and I individually and we knew we should put our house back on the market. One day while I was out shopping Ryan stuck a “for sale by owner” sign in the yard and less than 24 hours later we had an offer from a wonderful lady. I adore her. I prayed that someone to buy that house who would love it and care for it like we did. She does.
Once we found a buyer for our home (which happened real fast) we had to find a home to live in. I spent two days looking at houses and though I really liked some of them, subconsciously I was comparing them all to the house we lost. The few houses we saw and really liked weren’t an option for us because –and I kid you not– contracts on those houses were literally being signed while we were viewing them. Houses were going fast.
On what would be our last day of looking, my realtor and I went back to my house to find more listings since we’d exhausted all of the ones we had found previously. During our search we had to consider new development. This was something we didn’t want because that meant we’d have to rent until it was built. But, since nothing else worked for us we knew this was our only option.
“Hi, This is Liz Herman and I’m working with some of my favorite clients (I’m paraphrasing, ;)) and they are looking for a 4 bedroom home….”
Through the course of that conversation we learned that the developer had so many contracts to build houses that it would be months and months before they could start on one for us. Oh, but the girl who answered the phone had just listed her 4 bedroom house for sale by owner.
As Liz wrote down the address I swear I heard angels sing. I knew that address. I ran to my bedroom and came back with a flyer. A flyer that was given to my husband at church just a few days before. The couple selling this house were friends of friends and the house they were selling… a less expensive, more custom, better location of the model that we had wanted a year before.
Yep. He loves us that way. To top it all off we saw rainbows over the house when we went to see it. We needed those rainbows to remind us of God’s promises. The next 30 days would prove to be nothing like the smooth process of finding the house. I had every opportunity to come unglued: buyer’s bank setting up closing dates and missing them 3 times, our belongings held up in a moving truck, spider infestation in the new house, sick kids in the midst of it.
In the end God worked it out. I had realized that even though we can know God wants to give us something it may not be given to us the way we think it will. He just might deliver it a year later, better than the original, at a lower cost, and with obstacles.
We love our new home. Spider infestation and all. Yeah, that is a post for another day. You can see what it looked like when we bought it by visiting this post: I Debated Over and Over About Writing This. To see what we’ve done to it and what it is looking like now you’ll have to stay tuned to my blog. We’ve given the old girl some charm and character. I can’t wait to show you.
But, I have other news for you. My friend, Lysa TerKeurst, just released her new book, Unglued. I wish I’d had this book three months ago. It would have helped me through my home buying experience. Maybe I wouldn’t have lost it time after time. Hmmm… or maybe I still would have but after reading Lysa’s book I know there is hope and that I am not alone in my struggles.
Giveaway is over. Winners are being notified. Thanks for entering and stay tuned for more giveaways!
Giveaway 1: I’m giving away 2 copies of Unglued. To enter you need only comment and tell me about your latest unglued experience. The giveaway will end Wednesday, August 22nd, at noon CST.
Giveaway 2: BUT… that isn’t all. I’m also giving away one Unglued: Bible Study Bundle. It includes the teaching DVD, participant’s guide, and the book. To enter to win that go take the 7 question assessment test at the Unglued site and come back here and tell me what you thought of your findings. That’s it.
For even more chances to win, visit Lysa’s blog today where she is hosting the Unglued blog tour.
God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.