This post has been in the making and I struggled with sharing what I felt was “premature” since the house is far from put together…but then I’d be missing out on sharing the joy and excitement I feel. I definitely don’t want to do that, and the house won’t be perfect or finished any time soon.
I didn’t think we were going to find a home within the time frame we had hoped for (before the end of our lease). So as we looked I didn’t have high expectations as to finding the home, though my heart really wanted to have that moment where you just know that this is THE HOUSE! I shared before about the first home we had put an offer on, and the second home we considered was completely out of our price range. The deal didn’t feel right and as much as I wanted to compromise, I knew that I was asking for a miracle – but being okay with settling for second best. Needless to say that house didn’t work out, and we had to say no. At that point I threw my hands up, and felt so frustrated and doubting that we could find a home and really achieve what we had worked for the last 2.5 years. I remember my mom telling me that when you finally give up is when it happens…and as usual mothers have a way of being right (amen…and amen).
A week or so later Mike and Kai went to see this home and he called me that Friday saying that I had to come and see it as well after work. His exact words were “It’s a little crazy with the colors, but the house is beautiful and I think we could really do this.” I prayed. I was excited and reluctant, because sometimes Mike says something is great and then I think it’s horrible or vice versa ha! In my heart I wanted to meet the owner of the home and asked God if I did then that was my sign. So that night I went through the home and the wife was there cleaning the walls of the room I’m sitting in as I type this. She was so kind and sweet, apologizing that the house wasn’t ready and some personal things had come up which prevented them from prepping it as they had planned. She kept referring to it as my home (I’m not joking) and somehow we connected and I shared my heart. I told her our story and what Mike and I prayed for in a home. The house looked like Joseph’s technicolor coat or a really bad acid trip in terms of a color story… but it was gorgeous and felt like I could live here for years to come.
We got the house (I know it seems like I’m skipping quite a bit, and I am). We prayed for closing costs to be paid and at first they counter offered, then called back and said that we needed to own the home… miracle. Everything we prayed for in a home I’m looking at. From space, to the yard, to the location…it’s all here. It hasn’t fully hit me yet. It will take a few more blog posts to convey all that I feel, but this is a start. Of course many more posts in terms of what I’m doing and all the fun d.i.y.’s that I’ve been planning and executing on little to no sleep (adrenaline is amazing).
Here are a few snapshots of our nest. As we continue to change and paint and grow there will be more and I’m sure a series of our nest posts… I still can’t believe it. Note: I’m still learning the lighting in the house so please forgive some of the photos…
Kai insisted on having a photo taken as well. I hope that you caught a glimpse of our new home, I can’t wait to share much more with you. The natural light is phenomenal in the house, I just need to be home to capture it better! Have a wonderful weekend, it’s my birthday on Sunday and I’m already feeling pretty awesome!