Yesterday my heart sunk for a moment when I went with my realtor friend, Bryn, to look at a couple of houses. The one house was a potential rental property mom and I had talked about, but it was quickly overshadowed when I saw the second house! On 2.5 acres, the house is roughly the same size as mine, but has the original character and is a craftsman style space (my absolute favorite). It has a big porch and a large old school barn and 2 other outbuildings plus a garage. And let’s not even talk about the big old trees or how Cohen ran around on the property like he was at an amusement park… A move-in ready house on the edge of town with enough room for me to fake like I am a hobby farmer for the same price as my house that has needed everything re-done?
I wanted to cry.
Cohen and I went on to Menards to pick out flooring for our house after we left Bryn and the house. I felt sick to my stomach. Then I caught myself being ungrateful. One time my wise mother told me all sin begins with ungratefulness. I thought about that and then got myself in check. I put aside all of my crazy thoughts about finishing my house with overtime work from everyone I know so that I could sell it and by this other house. I had to put the thoughts aside a few times because they were pretty tempting. But I could feel the stress rising in my body as I contemplated how to make all of the stars align just right so I could get what I wanted. And Lord knows, stress is something I don’t need.
So we picked out flooring and I started to recount how God gave me my little needy house on that overgrown half acre of land. It was the very first house I looked at. And I loved it. Bryn called while I was at the zoo with Co to tell me we’d been badly outbid on the house. I had offered $58k and the winning bid was in the $72k. So months past and I found another house I loved and bid on it ($64k) and had the highest bid, only for the bank to back out a week later for no identified reason. That time when Bryn called I was driving home from work and I hung up and burst into tears, accusing God of never giving me a break like He had other people in my family. Yep, I did that. It was a pathetic little pity party.
But then a week or so later, Bryn called me. The first house was back on the market and the bank just wanted to sell it. I ended up getting it for $42k and that includes closing costs! So I got the house I first loved for $16k less than my original, badly beaten offer. The second house? It was on a slightly bigger lot but in a lot less desirable neighborhood and a lot smaller. And I was going to pay $22k more for it than God was making a way for me to pay for the bigger house in the nicer neighborhood.
Sure, there’s been a lot to do and its taken longer than I wanted. But at the end of the process, I will have a completely brand new house in a beautiful neighborhood on a beautiful tree filled lot. And I have gotten to customize every room and pick everything in it.
And… drywall is going to start soon, which means it is very possible we will be celebrating Co’s 3rd birthday in that cute little cottage house I am so THANKFUL for! I cannot wait to post all of the before and after photos. You are going to love it!
So, thank you Jesus for providing more for me than I could have asked. (And feel free to swiftly remind me when I start wishing for something else!) And you know what else I am thankful for? SPRING. It is almost here!
Is anyone else excited about the beginning of spring (in part) because of gardening? This past year I didn’t have a yard of my own, so I didn’t have a flower or vegetable garden. I couldn’t believe I’d have to wait a whole year to garden again thanks to these Ohio winters, but amazingly the time has flown by. I guess that’s one of the advantages of age… time just moves faster!
I picked up a book about square foot gardening that has me all jazzed up for the season to begin. I have never done this type of gardening, but after reading the book, I am going to give it a shot. If any of you have down square foot gardening before, I’d love to hear from you about how it turned out!
In addition to lots of vegetable gardening and generally cleaning up my half acre yard (and it needs a lot of cleaning), I am planning to learn how to can and freeze food. I drool over the canning supplies at the local amish market, but I think I am going to have to look for some used sets. My goal is to freeze and can enough food for Cohen and I through at least next winter. With grocery costs continuing to go up and up, gardening can be a real budget booster. Plus, it is good exercise!
Alright, well the sun is shining and Cohen and I have some playing to do… have a blessed weekend, friends!