Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's time...

I realized that at some point I have to stop saying "we just moved here". We have been in our "new" town for almost a year now. 10 1/2 months to be exact. At church on Sunday we met a couple who had their grand-kids visiting from Edmond! I'm pretty sure I said "cool we just moved here from there!".

I do love it here in our "new" town. I love our new house and our new neighbors. However, I can't help but still miss the way things were. I feel left out when I hear the news of a friend being pregnant, even though I am finding out with everyone else, for some reason being far away makes me feel left out. 

I feel far away and I can tell that my friendships are slipping away. Not in a we aren't friends kind of way, but in a we live far away so we don't see each other kind of way. It is a natural part of moving, I know. It is also one of the harder parts of moving. 

I am thankful for things like email, texting and Facebook, as it helps us stay connected more than if we didn't have those things. However, I sometimes wonder if not having those things would make it easier to part. You know because you wouldn't know about the things that are going on so you wouldn't miss it as much. Maybe not. 

Okay, I better get out of this slump. I have plenty to be thankful for and I need to think on those things.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Here's the story...

Wow, so much has been going on in the life our our little family! God is so good and I am so glad to be his child.

As most of you know, in December of 2012 God moved our family to a new place.  This was not all together unexpected, as my husband had been applying for new jobs for a while. Part of me was thrilled with the news of moving! I was so happy for my husband and so proud of him for getting this job. The other part of me was not that excited. I was going to be leaving my friends and my family and the town that I knew and loved.

From day one of my husband applying for jobs, God had this under his control. If he would have gotten this job when he first started applying I would never have met my friend Lindsey. Lindsey in turn introduced me to several other people and invited us to go to church, where we now call our church home. You see three years ago she was over seas doing mission work.

Moving on though to the most recent of God stories. Several months ago Lindsey messaged me that her parents were going to be selling the house her grandparents use to live in. They wanted to know if we would be interested in buying it. I was very excited, because not only was it in the school district we wanted to be in, but it was super close to Justin's work! So we decided we would take a look at it.

Now I should mention that we had been renting a duplex and had a 12 month lease agreement signed.  In order to leave in good standing we had to wait till 75% of our lease was up before breaking the lease. 

Okay, to continue with the story...

So Justin and I took a look at the house. It was really cute, but in the end we decided it was a little too small for us. We were kind of bummed because we would have loved to live so close to Justin's work and next door to our friends! During this time I really felt like God was telling us to wait till August to do anything about a house. At the time I thought August would have been the 75% mark, but really September was. 

So August 1st came around and I was back on zillow and realtor.com looking for houses. We got a realtor and set up times to go look at houses. I was SO excited. I was really ready to move into our forever home. 

One day in the midst of all of this we had to take our car into the shop to have the breaks replaced. So on that day I took Justin to work. I decided to drive through the neighborhood behind his work (the neighborhood that our friends house was) to get back home. That is when I saw it. This amazingly cute house. I knew that as soon as I got home I would have to look it up. 

And that is what I did, however the sign must have just been put up because there was no evidence of it online. All afternoon I would continue to look, then about 2 pm it finally appeared! I was in love! But the price was over the price we had told our realtor we wanted to spend. I decided I would show Justin anyway and see what he thought. 

To make a long story longer we decided to take a look at it in person. I fell in love even more. Thankfully I have a husband who is smart and thinks things through, because I would have put an offer on it right then and there. But we didn't. We went home, worked out a budget to make sure we could afford it and then after a week we put an offer down. 

They accepted!!! I was SO excited. I truly believe this is the house God had in mind for us when he told me to wait till August, when he had us get our breaks worked on so I had to take Justin to work and drive by it, when he had us turn down the house our friends were selling.  He knew we would end up being in the school district we wanted, be close to Justin's work and have those same friends as neighbors!

I can't wait to see how God is going to use this house to further his kingdom. We are excited to get the process started to become foster parents, we want to be able to host get togethers for church and birthday parties for the boys and host those who need a place to stay! I am just really excited (can you tell?)!!!!

So there you go. That is the story of the House That God Built. God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!! Praise and glory to him forever and ever amen!!