We got it, y’all.
Mounds of paperwork have been accumulated.
Credit history has been checked. And rechecked.
Savings has been drained.
But we are set.
I had prayed before I went house-hunting – without my husband, oh my! – that I would have the sense to choose the best house for our family. That God would direct my path.
And He did. In fact, when we saw this house – Asher, my mom and my niece accompanied me – we all loved it. It felt like home. So much so that my mom and I prayed, right there in the driveway, that God would make this house our new home.
But there were some hurdles to jump.
I came home from the trip and we poured over all the information, pictures and video I brought home from the 17 houses we saw. And still, this was the only house we wanted.
So we prayed, looked at our finances, researched, and prayed some more. And then we made an offer. A looowwwww offer, almost 10% off the asking price that had previously been reduced.
And just a few hours later we heard back. The owner counter-offered… just $5000 more.
And here we are.
The house is perfect for us. 4500 square feet of living space, y’all. I won’t even know what to do with myself — that’s 1 1/2 times bigger than our house now. And way bigger than any house we’ve ever had.
It has six bedrooms. S.I.X. Upstairs has three bedroom and a bath – the girls’ floor! Main level has the master – hello, privacy! And the lower level has a man-cave and two bedrooms – boys’ paradise.
Crown molding and 9′ ceilings. Hardwoods. And a heckuva view.
The big kitchen opens up to a porch that overlooks the back of the property.
All 13 acres of it.
Seriously. My stomach flips when I think that we will actually get to live in this house. On this land. I waited and waited, praying daily that God would direct our path. Because, as much as we wanted this place, we wanted His plan more.
Last night we finally exhaled. The long-awaited appraisal came in for more than we’re paying.
And it felt like a hug from the best Father in the world.
So today we’re celebrating. As sad as we are to leave our beloved plantation home, we are so, so excited to see all that God has for us in Alabama.
We’re thinking it’s going to be good.
P.S. Did y’all see that amazing out building we’ll have out back? It’s 40×50 and ah-mazing. What will we do with it? Homeschool? Photography? It overlooks the creek. And I can just imagine evenings sitting on that porch and watching the kids – and the ponies – play.