Saturday, February 5, 2011

In Living Color

Right now my man is making cream soda pancakes from the leftover case of pop that my brother left at my house last night, and listening to Eye of the Tiger loudly in the kitchen.  He makes me laugh.  That's one of the traditions we have in this house.  Saturday morning pancakes... and laughing.  I bet we'll continue it in our new house. 
 And speaking of our new house...Interesting story.  We began this house hunting expedition last spring, looking for a house that would greatly downsize our monthly mortgage.  (By now y'all know the reasons, but if you don't, read this.) That was the public criteria.  Of course, the Sasha criteria, was "...and please God, let it be old... you know the good kind of old, not the icky kind of old... and let it have white cabinets in the kitchen because I don't want to paint them... and let it have hardwood flooring... and a fenced backyard... and maybe a tree or something for my kids to do in the backyard... and ummm... perhaps a fire pit."  I kid you not... I wanted a fire pit.  You know how much I love s'mores, so does this surprise you?
 It was a hot summer afternoon when we walked into a tiny little red house that had been built during Woodrow Wilson's presidency.  We fell in love.  The yard was fenced, the cabinets were white, it had original hardwoods, a fire pit, and an old canning shed in the back that would make a perfect playhouse with a little renovation.  It was 960 square feet of sweetness itself, and had only one bathroom and two bedrooms.  Being the visionaries we are, we pictured a staircase, and two tiny kid rooms in the attic space, along with a dormer and second bathroom.  We got our contractor out to tramp around and measure things or something, and the estimate was exactly what we had been hoping for.  Consequently, we paid our earnest money and signed up for not one, but two extended contingent offers.  They were 120 days of silence.  (Silence freaks me out by the way.)  We were sure that God had closed the door on it.  I gave up, deleted the photos from my web albums, and walked away. Mostly.  We hunted, and hunted, viewing many other houses, even crushing on several of them enough to seriously consider each and every one.  Four days ago, I sat in a noisy cafeteria while my kids had Science class, and talked to my man about our predicament.  "Honey," I said.  "I don't want to rent if we can help it... is that red house completely out for us?"  He sighed and said, "Well, here's the thing.  In order to make that house work, we're going to have to have some movement on their price, since we had to lower ours and I'm going to need to look at the numbers to make sure it's going to lower our mortgage to the amount that we need... I just don't think it's going to happen.  They weren't able to move at all during our contingencies."  Well, just bummer, I thought.
Two nights ago, we went online to just check it again.  It was gone.  The listing had expired last week.  Adrain, never one to quit, decided to give our realtor a call and see what was what.  Long story short... they were still willing to sell, they were willing to move on the price just enough, and we are signing our offer today. Today!!!!!!
Now, I know it's not a done deal, and anything could happen.  But for now, it's looking like we might have sold our home, and found a darling new (old) one! 

30 comments:

  1. We'll need pictures ASAP! :) I hope it all works out for you.

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  2. the way you described that house has made me fall in love with it!

    congratulations sasha! it sure sounds like god really had a plan for your family and now you are just marveling in what he has had in store for you!

    ~tiff

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  3. Yes, pictures...please!! Congrats!!!

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  4. Praying God gives you guys JUST what you need!!!!

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  5. G-friend - could this story of yours possibly get any Betta???? AMAzing!

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  6. Exciting!! This reminds me of a friend of mine's story with buying her house. I think you'll be really encouraged by what God did! It's here: http://laurakrokos.weebly.com/1/post/2010/06/heart-changer-home-changer.html

    Can't wait to see pictures!

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  7. Now that is some exciting news... congratulations!!! Can't wait to see some pictures. :)

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  8. I hope it all works out - funny how you think a door is closed but then God opens it again! I love the sound of your cozy dream home! Lowering your mortgage to be more available for service is just faith in shoe leather! Wonderful!

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  9. Congrats! I just love how God is working everything out. Thanks so much for sharing it all!

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  10. This is awesome! Will love to see the pictures when you get them up. I am so encouraged by the way God is writing your story! He has led you so faithfully.

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  11. So happy for you, Sasha! Praying that it all works out for you, and you know it will - one way or another. It took us 18 months to get our house sold and find another, but we're here it's where we were meant to be. I'm happy you're not in waiting mode any longer and can move forward!! Look forward to reading more about your journey.

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  12. Hope it all works out for you. Can't wait to see pics - it can't be any cuter than the one you are in now. I LOVE your pics - awesome. Be blessed :)

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  13. oh how fabulous!! i love old houses. we bought an old one 4 years ago and looked at about 25 of them before we found one we liked...i hear your pain!

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  14. Love how God shows up just when you need him! The pancakes sound wonderful, will you post the recipe?

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  15. YAY! I really hope that this works out for you. Just know, that if it doesn't, for any reason, God has something even BETTER for you. But here's hoping, and praying and wishing and hoping you get your beautiful little red house, and that Becky decides to paint you a picture of it :-)

    Dan x

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  16. I couldn't be any happier for you...this is amazing! I am feeling the kind of happy you feel for a sister when something really great happens in her life. I mean it, smiles...ear to ear! I really hope it works out, I can't wait to see pictures of your red house...I LOVE red, and I love that you are living in color...Great place to be! Still praying for you!

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  17. Pictures will all help up prayer more efficiently you know... ; )

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  18. i love love love to hear stories of God's amazing timing! thanks for sharing about His faithfulness & i'll be praying it all works out!

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  19. I am so happy for you...I don't always leave comments but I try to always check in with you....

    thankful that your house has sold and hoping with you that you've found a new one..or a new old one! :)

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  20. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's all I can say. OH and YIPPEE!!!!!!!

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  21. Hey, welcome to the neighborhood!!!! ????/

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  22. Oh LMM, that is teriffic. And so encouraging. It looks like He held this house for you and maybe, maybe just maybe held you out of it (for a time) for lots of great reasons (I don't know, like character growth, a lower price, God's glory, the newly acknowledged need for a certain school district, God's glory, show you how faithful He is to your heart, God's glory). This last year is a beautiful chapter in your story, "Sasha & God Live a Grand Life." And an exciting one, complete with cliffhangers, seemingly dashed hopes, quiet plateaus and finally a daring and beautifully detailed rescue. Difficult to live, but poignant to remember and powerful to share.

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  23. Well it sounds like its meant to be. Can't wait to see this little red house. But honey you could make a shack look great!

    Fingers and toes crossed and saying a prayer that this is in the plans!

    Megan

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  24. Ohhh I love that little red house!! So cute. So excited for you, Sasha! Keep us updated :)

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  25. Fingers crossed and prayers being said! Such excitement.

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  26. What great news!!! I love that you can look at the new to you home and envision yourselves there. His timing is wonderful.

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  27. Isn't it amazing when God blesses you with exactly what you want....fire pit and all! I imagine that sometimes he chuckles at me when i want things "just so" ....congratulations!

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  28. I love love old houses too... the kind with white cabinets... wood flooring... and built ins... and the kind with a cute fenced yard is a bonus! and the kind with square rooms... and the kind with updated plumbing and electrical would be grand!! that is my one day dream home... an old renovated home (my man is not a fixer kinda guy!) ...

    anyway... Yay!! I hope it works out.. I actually came back to your blog to tell you my favorite packing tip!! and noticed this post on your twitter feed... =) Packing trick: Go and Buy a few Costco packs of paper towels... and pack all your glass in them... b/c when you go to unpack your dishes, glasses, etc. You will Have LOTS of paper towels for wiping down all the counters and cabinets when you move into your new/old space!! and to clean your new/old windows... and stuff like that!! and... your dishes come out of the boxes clean!! no newspaper print on them... =) Happy Packing!!

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