Sorry it’s taking me so long to get this story told. Just when I think I’m caught up enough to sit down and blog again, another “importantly urgent” task crops up.
Okay, back to that house we couldn’t seem to get off our minds.
The moment the owners greeted us at the front door, I knew this house was as special and right as our minds had built it up to be. Pride of ownership shone in every detail. Yes, there were aspects that definitely did NOT fit my “must have” list (in fact, a few areas were on my “absolutely unacceptable” list). But when we weighed the negatives against everything else this house had to offer, most of them didn’t seem nearly as important anymore.
Besides, I felt absolute assurance that this was meant to be our house. (See Chapter 1: “A Moving Premonition.”)
So we asked their price and then went with our Realtor to a coffee shop to hammer out a contract offer. After only a little back-and-forth with the owners, we came to very acceptable terms for the selling price, but the sticking point would be date of possession. The owners, taken by surprise as they were when the house hadn’t even been on the market for several months, didn’t think they could be moved out by the time we wanted to move in (remember that baby due in early April?).
To make a long story short(er), we agreed to let them rent the house back from us for three months, and in the meantime, we would find a small apartment that we could move into in time to be here for our granddaughter’s birth.
On the final day of our trip, our daughter took us around to see apartments. It truly seemed as if God was giving us favor, because the second place we visited not only allowed pets (an absolute requirement with our two big, lovable mutts!) but had exactly one two-bedroom unit that met our requirements coming available the weekend we needed to move in.
With a wonderful new house under contract, an apartment lease in hand, and less than six weeks to pack for moving, we headed back to Oklahoma and wondered if we’d lost our minds. But we’d passed the point of no return and could only trust in God to walk us through the rest of this moving journey.
Especially since we still had not a single offer to purchase our current home!
Coming up in the next installment: Chapter 7, “Timing is Everything”