Thursday, March 1, 2012

Our new house!!

Finally, life has settled down enough to post about our new house! What a roller coaster of a ride! Our story is a long one, but such a learning experience. I'm going to tell the story to have it down, but feel free to skip over it to get to the pictures!!

Back in August we saw an ad in the paper for an open house. The house had 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and was going for $189,000. It sounded almost too good to be true!! We couldn't go to the open house so we called the realtor and set up an appointment. After walking through the house, we were in love with it. With no intention of moving, we prayed and prayed. We got the answer that we needed to buy the house and that is where we needed to be.

We were not going to buy until we sold the other house. I was comfortable where we were at. The boys were both doing very well in school and I loved our ward and our neighbors. It was a really hard decision, but I knew we had an answer to our prayers.

Then comes December. The owners of the house were going to accept another offer. After more praying and fasting, we decided to go ahead and close on the house without selling our other one. This put me into a lot of stress! I hated the idea of making 2 house payments, 2 utility payments, and having to worry about 2 houses! I hate jumping into things without having a plan. One night, I couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned. I knew what the answer was to our prayers, but I didn't know why it was going to be so hard. I went out into the living room and prayed. I was sobbing and just wanted to stop worrying. All at once, I felt such a calm peaceful feeling. I stopped crying. This scripture kept entering my mind:

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."

In knew this was the answer to my prayers and I just had to trust. I took a big leap of faith and we went ahead and closed and moved in before we sold the other house. I had to remind myself of that scripture MANY times during the whole process! The Lord does have a plan for us. We ended up selling our other house and just closed on it this week. I cute young couple bought it. I hope they will enjoy it as much as we have these past 10 years!

So....without much adieu, here are some pics. This house has a story! The lady had almost everything faux painted and painted in murals. We had a lot of painting to do, but we are getting around to it! We love this house and it fits us so well. We still haven't done all of the rooms, but those will come. Zach is in heaven with all the boys his age in our neighborhood. We are enjoying our ward and enjoying getting to know new people. There will always be a place in our hearts for our old home and our old neighbors, but we aren't too far away!