This past Wednesday our realtor called and said, “There’s a house, not listed yet, going to be for sale, that I think you should see it. Today.” So I went to see it about an hour later. I texted Ed, “This house is perfect.”
He was on his way home from work, so he came straight over. Sarah was with me and she was completely smitten with the house. The next night we took my parents to see it, and with their approval made an offer on Friday and yesterday came to a verbal agreement with those sellers. We hope to sign paperwork tomorrow and are cautiously optimistic and reservedly excited. We are still in need of one large miracle and that is the stamp of approval from the USDA on our buyers’ loan. Without that, we will not sell our house and will not be able to buy this one (or any house, for that matter). According to the USDA website, they are processing loans from 2/4/13 and ours was submitted 1/30/13, which means it has likely been processed. It’s supposed to take about a week for “fulfillment” of the approved loans, so we expect to hear this week. However, given the many times we have been told similar things (granted, we were told that from a bank and not from the USDA), we are skeptical, which is to be expected. We covet your prayers for that stamp of approval!!
Now, the house! It is by no means perfect…but it’s the closest thing to perfect we have seen since the house we lost. It is about as big as what we have now…but with a 4th bedroom instead of an office and an upstairs bonus room instead of a formal living room. More useable space for our lives for the foreseeable future. It also has an extra half bath and it is only 2 years old. It’s beautiful, the layout is good, and it’s in a great neighborhood that backs up to the local KOA, so the backyard is very private…fully fenced with tall trees between the yard and the “permanent camper” area of the KOA. It comes with a washer/dryer (which is great because we had to include ours in the deal on our current house). I LOVE the master bathroom…not too big, but with a separate toilet/shower area. The master bedroom is on the main floor and is quite big, so Ed will put his computer desk in there. The other bedrooms are all upstairs with the bonus room, which is a great layout for us right now. It needs some storage added, but my dad has some good ideas and we hope to get a shed built in the large backyard this summer. I love the style and design of the house and even most of the wall colors. Only the master will need to be painted soon. It will be a good fit for our family and I am so thankful to have found something that will work and that we can live in and enjoy for many years. I also especially love that we can move in and just LIVE and not have to do a bunch of fixing up. Our lives are plenty full without that. Will I do decorating and organizing projects? Certainly. But there will be no moving of walls or gutting kitchens or bringing plumbing to a basement (all things we had considered when looking at other houses) and so our time and money can be invested into US instead of into a building.
So, we will continue to move forward in faith, trusting that God will continue to provide.