Hello everyone, wanted to give you a little update to what has been going on in our little corner of the mountains.
It has been a wonderful summer. A rainy summer, but still a hot one. We have enjoyed many days at the lake swimming to let the children burn off some pent up energy. I feel like it was in comparison to the winter months back in Michigan where we would be stuck in the house all day long. Even though I enjoy the hot weather, the cooler nights and early mornings of fall are starting to creep up on us and it feels good. It is nice to sit out on your deck during the day time and not feel like you want to jump in the kiddie pool. (I did many of times–smile)
This summer we decided to get our financial papers in order to get the home buying process underway. We really had no intentions of buying right now. The housing market is moving quickly here. Houses go within a week or two of being put up and they are so expensive!!! I love this area, but had my doubts whether we would be able to afford anything. We were looking at late winter next year when the market would slow a bit….but God had other plans.
Two years ago, when we were set to buy a home in Michigan and that was going along and then we got the call to move here, God orchestrated it so perfectly we couldn’t of doubted it wasn’t His plan. We could have stayed and done what we “thought” was the responsible thing to do. We probably could have lived there the whole rest of our lives in the mediocre home that we were planning on buying. We would have just lived life out “being” because God allows us to do our own wills in life. But it wouldn’t have been His will.
After moving here and seeing the cost of living and how ridiculously expensive it was, I didn’t know how we could afford it. Why would God put us in this community that we have grown to love so much if He wanted us to move to a “cheaper” town? It didn’t make sense. Then you listen to others and they say, “well He had to get you here, now you can move somewhere else. ” It just didn’t resonate with my spirit well. He isn’t a God of putting that desire within you and then taking it away.
Long story short…….our realtor called and said, I had a friend who knew a guy who lived in our little town and I asked if he knew of any prospects for homes in the area because she wasn’t able to find any that would work for our family. He said that there was one down the street from him for sale by owner. She called and told me and my initial reaction was to just go and tell her everything that I didn’t like about the home to give her a better understanding of what we liked because in my mind the home was way out of our budget. I hadn’t even met her face to face yet. We only talked briefly through email a couple of times in the past weeks so I figured it would be good to help her find us a home that would work.
We pulled up and went into the home and I was like, “This is it!” I honestly could not find a single thing wrong about the house. I loved it immensely, but still had reservations because of the cost. We left and she contacted me the next day and asked if we wanted to put an offer on it. I said let me text our financial lady. I had sent in all of our paperwork to her but had never gotten any figures back of what we could qualify for, etc. I sent her a text and she gave me the figures and I was blown away. Two years ago the price of the home that we could afford (our income has stayed about the same) was extremely lower and the payment was still going to be high. The way the market is now, we get WAY more of a home for even less of a monthly payment, crazy.
I was blown away! We went and looked at it Thursday, did a verbal offer on Saturday night and signed our contract on Monday of this week. I am still in wonderment and awe. How much better it is to let God take control of our lives and give us the desires of our hearts. We could have stayed in Michigan and lived out “comfortably” our future, but we didn’t. We were willing to leave and come here. Now for the doubters who think that you can move on your own without God, yes you can. But trying to make it work is another story. We could have tried to afford a home, forced it to happen and been struggling the whole time. How much better to give you far more than you could ever imagine just by being willing to do as He says.
We will move at the end of this month. I will still be posting stuff regularly as I have many posts built up. I am sure I will have some sort of large family moving posts again—this time we only have to go 7 minutes instead of 700 miles!!! It will be great!
School will be starting next week for us and it will make for a busy month of packing and getting it all together. The great thing is that I won’t stress. God made it work so seamlessly well last time, I have no doubt in my mind that it is not going to be stressful this time around.
If you are struggling with something in your own life, hand it over to God. Let Him take control of the situation and start seeing him work miracles in your life. I have always known what I want out of life. How I want to live, what I want to be doing, but in reality I had no idea how I was going to achieve those goals in my current situation. By being a willing follower of Jesus it is amazing what He can do!!!
Smile for your babies and your husband. Let the peace of God flow through your heart and comfort any weariness you have inside of you. Trust Him. I’m amazed at how he has completely turned my life around from where I was 15 years ago, even 2 years ago, to today, its good. He is good!!! Be blessed today!