The glow of soft Christmas lights.
Quietness all throughout the house.
A sense of peace and joy.
As I look about this home that the Lord has given us, I am prompted to tell you more of the story. More about another home that came to find a place in our hearts. Let me tell you how.
You see almost three years ago we discovered this other house.
Our landlord was considering the possibility of selling, and so we began toying around with the idea of owning a place of our own. And this house…. oh let me tell you about this house.
A big porch to sit and relax on a beautiful spring day. Two stories and beautiful. We liked the way that it looked, but when we went to see it, we fell in love. This house just felt like ours. And then we heard the story.
The city bought the house and cleaned it up.
And by cleaning it up, I mean they completely re-did EVERYTHING. A one hundred + year old house, and it was brand new. You see Travis and I love seeing potential in people, in things. We love looking at the broken down, the “ugly” things, and spotting the beautiful. This house, we found out, started out as one of those ugly things.
We weren’t really in a place at the time to start pursuing this house, but one day my parents were in town, so we decided to drive by and show them the house… you know, just peer in the windows. But when we got there, the door just so happened to be unlocked. We called our realtor and asked him if he would let us take a peak.
He trusted us, and gave us permission to go in. My parents loved it- my dad (who remodels for a living) gave it an outstanding stamp of approval.
My heart leapt.
I fell in love and began to dream…
of what life in this house would look like. We stood outside talking a bit when all of a sudden, I hear my name being called. I look up to see a boy from my old neighborhood that my husband and I see so much potential in. A boy that I have prayed for for many years. Aannd… he lived on the same street.
Wow. One of the reasons the city bought this particular house was because they wanted to see this particular neighborhood change. Oh how my husband and I would love to be a part of community change.
But we still weren’t in a position to buy the house.
Fast forward some time later…
Now we had Zariah, several things had changed. I don’t remember the exact circumstances or the exact time, but my parents decided that they might be able to help us get into the house. So we went for a visit. And during that visit, the person in charge of the house just so happened to be in the neighborhood and stopped by. He talked with my husband and dad, giving us even more confidence in the house. He also gave us details we wouldn’t have otherwise known.
But, long story short, we still didn’t move forward with the house.
More time passed… a winter came and a winter left.
And we still loved this house. My husband consistently updated our realtor, let him know what our situation was, and told him we were still interested in the house.
Through that constant communication, we found out that the pipes burst over the winter causing even more to be completely redone. And they decided to go ahead and supply all new appliances. Woah. Had we bought the house when my parents were looking to help us, we would have been put in quite a pickle.
Yet we still weren’t ready to pursue the house.
I drove by the house every once and a while. Well, let’s be honest, at first, I drove by it a lot. I prayed for the house. I prayed for the neighborhood. One summer a group of women from my church went on a prayer walk. We prayed over that house.
Part of the reason I kept driving by was because there wasn’t an active listing on the websites I checked. I wanted to see if it was still for sale. The sign remained planted in the yard, and my heart remained hopeful…
Maybe just maybe the Lord was preserving this house for us.
And then one day recently I saw it…2 and a half + years after we fell in love…
It was relisted… and for about $30,000 less than before. My heart raced. I picked up the phone and called Travis…
Be looking out for Part 3! Until then, enjoy the warmth of your own home.
Did you miss part one? Here is the link.