In 2004 I purchased a house for my three children and I when I was a single mother. I was thrilled to purchase this home in a pretty standard neighborhood in the suburbs. It had four bedrooms, which was perfect…or so I thought. (I later came to the realization that room sharing is a positive thing for our children to experience.)
Anyhow, eventually I remarried the best guy in the world and our family grew. Our convictions also grew! The Lord was so gracious, and opened my eyes to the fact that I really didn’t want my family to grow up in a neighborhood if at all possible. I dreamed of my kids playing on acres of land and having an ounce of privacy!
(Psst…these are photos from our home listing. There is no way I could keep our house this immaculate on a regular basis!)
So, we put our house on the market…several times. Looking back, I can see that we were trying to rush ahead of God’s timing. We tried to sell by owner, and we also used an agent. The timing was all wrong, and the housing bubble popped. I figured we were going to be stuck in our home forever!
We decided to refinance our mortgage to a fifteen year term. At least we would pay our home off quicker, right? After doing this I tried my best to be content as the loan amount began to dwindle faster. Finding that contentment was tough at times! Our neighbors across the street turned out to be drug dealers, and one evening we were startled from the couch at the sound of smoke bombs being set off inside of their home and a swat team in our front yard. No joke!
I began to pray that if God willed, He would allow us to somehow move before our oldest turned thirteen. I really wanted for our kids to grow up in a different environment, and I hoped that all of our children would have childhood memories in our new home.
I also craved simplicity. (Not that life in a family of soon to be ten is ever simple!)
When December of 2012 rolled around, a home which was close to my dream home went up on the market, and it was a spectacular price! We went to look at it and found a huge catch…the previous owner redrew his property lines when he realized that he was about to lose it, and it only came with one acre. The driveway was shared with a pool house behind the home that was not included. I still loved it, but my husband won out and we didn’t move forward with it.
However, we loved the agent which was representing the home, and she thought we had paid our home down enough for it to be sold without being a short sale. I purchased the home in 2004 for $150,000, and we currently owed right over $100,000. Looking at the market, we agreed to list it for $120,000. I was very excited and hopeful this time around, even though half of our neighborhood stood vacant.
By God’s grace, we received a full-price offer within two weeks! We began looking long and hard for our new home, and found it in a 1992 built farm house on 12.2 acres. It is set in the Appalachian foothills, and the kids were automatically in love with it. We have one large girls and boys bedroom, and each are equipped with a full bath.
(Our new home in the country!)
The whole buying and selling process seemed so incredibly long. Our current home only appraised for $115,000, and we were forced to lower the purchase price accordingly. We were disappointed, but rolled with it.
I cannot even tell you how thankful I was to finally step into our new home for the first time! It is built very solidly, and had a basement which was so important to me. I wanted to have a good storm shelter. The most exciting thing about it was that we moved in one month before my oldest turned thirteen. God heard my plea, and this time answered with a yes!
I’m not sure if we will live here forever…I really do love it, but who knows what The Lord has planned for our future? We have started making upgrades, but still have a long way to go. The interior had lots of floral wallpaper, ha!
Thank you so much for stopping by!