If you follow this blog regularly, and perhaps my instagram account too, you may have noticed some cryptic comments here and there about some stressful times for our family as of late. While I can’t go in to all of the details because they involve other people, I wanted to share just a bit of happy news: our family is moving… and we bought a house! (EEEKK!!!)
The last few months have been incredibly hard for many reasons, and the biggest was housing/neighbour issue that has caused us to ultimately decide to move. We had spent weeks poring over legal mumbo-jumbo to ascertain our rights and then ultimately decided that the stress just wasn’t worth it. Our home’s peacefulness was stripped away, and it was no longer the type of environment we desired for our family.
In the midst of this stuff all happening in April, I also clocked in a week of solo parenting (including a trip to the ER for the toddler to get stitches – without numbing – and with tears from him and me), a broken laptop that needed replaced, and three kids with a simultaneous stomach bug. When the housing stress started ramping up last month, I began frequenting the rental listings, and sometimes hitting up the real estate sites for the starry-eyed dreamer heck of it, as I’ve done a million times before.
Oddly enough, I stumbled on an area that had a few listings that seemed decent enough, with a monthly mortgage payment of half of what we’re paying in rent. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. We had always dreamed of buying a house, but due to the direction we had been headed (overseas full-time missions), we thought it would never happen. Overseas missions is now off the table for our family (a long story for another day), and so we began to sprout some different dreams.
To make a verrrrrrrry long story slightly shorter, I’ll just tell you this: last Monday, we put in an offer on a semi-detached home with a fantastic backyard in a great neighbourhood. With much HGTV-esque drama (according to Megan, who helped hold my hand through the sordid behind-the-scenes details), it was finally accepted at around 9:30pm that evening.
We had been waiting in our car outside the house for 1.5 hours while they went over the offer (on our agent’s recommendation) and went back and forth with our agent a bit. When they finally texted that they agreed, we went in to immediately sign the offer papers.
(By the way – it was actually our fourth offer on this house, and so the anxiety levels were at nuclear meltdown levels. We had put an offer in the week before (increased twice), but it had been rejected. We thought it was gone. But when Monday came, we put in another offer… and it was ours. There is so much more to this whole crazy process that I could tell you about – it was quite the roller-coaster.)
In that moment, I felt totally numb. Did we really, seriously just do that? Did we actually just BUY a freakin’ HOUSE?!
Yeah we did.
YEAH WE DID.
(Us, about half an hour after finding out that we really, seriously got it.)
We will get the keys on July 30. The roller-coaster’s not quite over yet, as we’re likely going to move out of here early and place our stuff in storage for a month, and lay our heads in a variety of places until we get the house. That comes with a whole different stress, of course, but it’s better than staying here longer. (By the way, if any local friends have a cottage or trailer they’d be willing to loan or rent to us for cheap for about a week in July, we’d love to hear from you. For real. We’re gonna be wandering pilgrims for a month, trusting God to provide!)
We are super excited to be dreaming about the various renovations and decor ideas. Pinterest has become my BFF for a while, and we are still slightly in shock at this next step in our journey.
I haven’t had my head in a solid creative space for a few months now, but I do hope to get back into the game soon, and once we move into our new house we are looking forward to a good long exhale, as we settle in and start putting down a few tentative roots.
It’s a good life, wherever I’m with my people. My hubs + kiddos and I are gonna transform that cute little fixer-upper semi into a home, and I’m so looking forward to the years to come.
Thanks for celebrating with us.
Beth (Red) + Chris (Honey)