My friend AnNicole at Our Suburban Cottage is having a party today that I thought I would join. Today I am going to tell you “How I Met My House.” My husband, my son and I had just moved from Washington state to Indiana for my husband to pursue a dream of working with his best friend from college.
Danny and Tim Indianapolis Mini Marathon May 2008 We had designed and built a house in Washington and I loved every bit of it. Just to give you a glimpse…picture apple trees in our backyard, acreage, wild blackberries, horses across the street, coyote noises at night, crickets chirping and a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood from our back porch. Moment of silence for my last house….
It took a whopping 6 months to sell, which seemed like an eternity. In that time period we started the Financial Peace University course by financial guru, Dave Ramsey. His thoughts on money had us reeling and we knew we had to honor God with our finances and make a tough decision about our future home…ahem…and the price we would pay.
Also being the fact that my husband is a pastor we have VERY limited interaction with people outside the walls of church since our life is pretty much consumed with the ups and downs of being in full-time ministry. As much as we loved living in the middle of nowhere with no neighbors and a lot of land we felt a tug on our hearts to move to a subdivision with real people, real problems, real drama all REAL close to our home.
Long story short we found a ginormous brick house (3900 sq feet) in a cul-de-sac with a third car garage. It had 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a huge loft and it was $100,000 under our price range. It was a bank foreclosure and it was at the end of the year and they wanted it off their books before the fiscal year ended. It was way undervalued and besides the fact that everything was builder basic it was a great house. Plus we were able to take out a 15 year mortgage (which we will pay off in 10 years instead).
Meet my home back in 2007…
I truly felt God’s hand in purchasing this house and I can tell you it was definitely His plan for us to move here. We have been able to be a “light” in our subdivision and have witnessed first hand God at work around us. It has been a huge blessing to call this house my home.
So…how did you meet your home? I would love to hear your story.