To Move or Not to Move

Straw hats

In the midst of this COVID pandemic, my husband and I felt like it was time for our family to move. We were blessed to buy our first home six years ago. We had talked about moving at some point, but given the opportunity for great interest rates and recent renovations we had made, it seemed as though God had positioned us, for such a time as this. My husband and myself prayed and put into motion our house hunt for our family. The first home we put an offer on did not pan out, because the seller would not budge on fixing items from the home inspection. The second home we put an offer on, we loved more than the first, but the sellers had received over twenty offers and ours was not the one they chose. At this point we thought maybe we should cancel our plans to move.

We had left one stone unturned, a little country craftsman. We had done a virtual tour earlier in our house hunt, but I thought we needed a home with a basement for the kids and so we had moved on. I suggested to my husband that we go and look at the same house in person, no one had put an offer on it as of yet. When we went to check out the home, I was in love and my husband was sold too. We immediately put in an offer and it was accepted!

We had accepted an offer on our current home and my family and I thought we were all set. Our boxes were packed and only one more day til closing on our dream home. That afternoon, around 6pm I got a call from our realtor. “Brace yourself,” she said “I have bad news.” Apparently, something had went awry with our home buyer’s loan and he would not be approved. I was terribly dissapointed, but what could we do? The bigger issue was how to crack the news to my husband, he was just as emotionally vested in this as I was. What was I going to say?? So, I prayed a silent prayer and proceeded across the hall into our bedroom where he was resting. He took the news relatively well, and we decided to take the upcoming weekend to take our mind off of things. We prayed and together, again, …we gave our home buying process to God.

How was I going to live for another month in this house with soo many of our belongings already packed? I set my mind to hunker down for another month, maybe longer by God’s grace. This whole process assured me of the importance of relying on God’s sovereignty. Sometimes there are big inconveniences or circumstances in life and well there is simply no answer as to why God allows them. But God is always in control. In all honesty, I didn’t want to learn this lesson in this moment, but that’s often how life goes.

We prepared to put our home back on the market for a second time. After the first showing we secured a new buyer. This time the buyer was a single mom, with three little children. Our process began again, waiting for the appraisal, inspections, and underwriting…

I did not expect to feel soo on edge, from week to week. What if this buyer fell thru as well? I was more nervous this time around. Knowing exactly how we were soo close before and everything fell apart. But even so I prayed and ask God to help me to trust Him each day. I recite Proverbs 3:5-6 all the time to my kiddos and have the words intentionally placed on my kitchen wall. But this favorite scripture of mine, became even more encouraging to me over the next several weeks.

On the Sunday before we were set to close on both homes, we drove up to our new home for our final walk through. When we arrived our realtor prepared us by saying she had some bad news. As we walked into our dream home we saw a gaping hole in the ceiling and water damage that had come through from the second level down into the first floor hallway. Much to our dismay this would cause a delay in closing on this home until everything was repaired. But in the midst we were thankful that God allowed problems with the HVAC to come to light so it could be addressed prior to our moving in.

On July 31, 2020 we were able to close on our current home, and hand over the keys to bless another family. For now we will be staying with relatives in hopes that we can close on our dream home in approximately two weeks or so. It has been an interesting ride thus far, but as always our hope is in Christ who does all things well. Stay tuned…

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