So we got to be in our new house for a couple of hours on Tuesday while inspections were done. We took measurements and lots of pictures. And we continue to dream about what we will do to make this house our home. Paint? Check! New carpet? Check!
Here are some photos of the house (sorry they are not all great quality). Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of the yard because it was raining/snowing at the time. But there is definitely "scope for imagination." I daresay there are "magical" elements and corners. We will definitely be repairing the the old tree house. This is the sun room that looks out to the yard.
You can tell the owners took good care and pride in their home. They raised their family here. But, it definitely needs updating and we are more than willing and excited to do that kind of work. Think "classic farmhouse." I've been tearing out ideas out of home magazines all week.
We really want to try and update the kitchen before we move in. We are trying to figure out the costs to see if we can swing it. We want to open up the space so this overhead cabinet and bar area will probably "go."
Formal dining room...to the left of the kitchen and opens up to the front living room.
Matt says these corner units have to "go." But I LOVE them so think I may try to put them in the girl's room or relocat them to another room.
This is the huge living room (view from dining room). We LOVE this room.
Children are contentedly watching a movie while we measure and snap pictures...Beth (not pictured) is alseep in her car seat in the corner.
This might bemy new "quiet time" corner....
Harold (our Christmas tree) will stand proudly in this window for years to come...
Small 1/2 bath downstairs...
Technically a downstairs bedroom, but it may be our office/library. I have always wanted a "library" with comfy chairs for the kids to sit and read at while I work at my desk.
Upstairs...four bedrooms and two baths. Except for the master, the other three bedrooms are all about the same size. I'm having trouble trying to figure out who will go where...the placement of windows, closets and furniture all figure into the equation.
Master bedroom (there is also a bathroom connected)
Call me crazy, but I actually like this window covering thing...not really sure what it's called. But I am on the search for some fabulous fabric to cover it.
And the best part of the master bedroom....the waterfront view!
Love the solid wood doors and old door knobs.
And now the story of the house....
When our old house went under contact in August, we went to look at houses with our realtor. We wanted to stay in our area, close to work and school. We wanted a big yard, etc. We looked at this house on that first day. It was the only house that "felt like home" and really the only one that I was remotely interested in. But it was out of our price range, especially given the updates that needed to be done.
So we waited. Housing prices often drop in Colorado in the fall/winter months. We we were hoping, at least! The other thing that happens is that not many new houses go on the market so pickings can get pretty slim. At the closing of my old house, I told our realtor, "I am praying for the Vivian house." (It's on Vivian St.)
Fast forward to October....we scheduled to go look at houses with our realtor. The Vivian house was at the top of the list (the price has dropped). Matt and I had separately and secretly been driving by it all this time, praying and dreaming about how we could transform it into "our home." The realtor came in and said, "The Vivian house went under contract yesterday."
Disappointment. But I knew that God had a great house for us so I was holding onto that. But we were further discouraged after we looked at the other house options on that day. Nothing felt right, nothing was really what we wanted, in our price range, etc.
I kept praying that if we were supposed to have the Vivian house that it would happen. Matt and I talked and we said, "If that contract falls through, we need to jump on it and make an offer."
A couple of weeks passed. When Matt would call me during the day, I kept thinking he was going to say, "the Vivian house is back on the market." But he didn't.
Two Sundays ago, on the way to church, I asked Matt, "Is the realtor keeping an eye on the Vivian house just in case it goes back on the market?"
He answered, "I'm sure he is but, it's never going to fall through."
He was probably right. I mean we saw what else was available in our area and there is nothing like this house within that price range.
This same weekend, I also came to terms with the fact that we may have to rent for longer than expected. I think I assumed that God would provide another house for us right away since he had sold our other house so quickly (2 weeks). There was some crying involved and some relinquishing of power/control/planning to the Lord.
We prayed with our small group that Sunday morning that God would just provide the right house for us in his timing.
At 8 a.m. the next morning, Matt called me. "The Vivian house is back on the market. We can go and look at it at 11 a.m."
God is good! So good.
Our realtor canceled other obligations to come and show it to us. He told me how he explained it to his office. "I told them, 'I have to go and show this house to this couple. I know this woman has been praying for this house and it's back on the market!'"
I share this not to say that I had anything to do with getting this house. But because it's a testimony to the Lord hearing us, and his provision and blessing. How he wants to give us the desires of our heart. It's just that it's not always in our time and how we think things will play out.
Back to the story....
I knew that the people who lived in the home were Christians. I could tell by the things in their home. They lived their faith. Have you ever gotten that sense in a home? Anyway, all this time, I'd also been praying for them.
When we went to look at the house this last Tuesday, I left some homemade cinnamon rolls with a note. I wrote to them letting them know that we consider it a blessing to be able to buy their home, that we can tell they took pride in their home and we will continue that care, that we are excited to raise our family in this home, etc. I also said that we were praying for them that they would settle into their new location and that the transition would be smooth.
Well, apparently, we were an answer to THEIR prayers. They called their realtor that night very excited and said that they had been praying that a Christian couple would buy their home. God is so good. I can't wait to meet this lovely older couple and hear their story about this house and how their family used this home. And I plan to promise that we, too, will continue to use this home for God's glory, His people and His ministry.
Whew! That was a super long post. Thanks for reading.