"That they (the older women) admonish the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:4-5

Monday, January 31, 2011

Gratituesday: A New House!

Well, our first house, actually. I'm totally excited and thrilled that we're finally going to get a house! Our house hunting began almost 4 years ago, before our oldest daughter was born. We were hoping to buying my Grandma's house because she passed away, but we had a crazy experience with our appraiser and loan stuff. We tried and tried to find another house and things were again not working out. :(

Things weren't working out, but looking back, I'm glad we waited. Our financial situation became rocky because my husband was working construction and with the recession, work was more scarce. Plus, I got some great opportunities to learn contentment.

My husband and I made a goal to save up a lot of money for a down payment and we figured we'd be able to purchase a house in a few years. For some reason, a switch suddenly flipped and we realized that we were paying more in rent than we would be for a house. So my husband suddenly decided we should get a house. We set a maximum price and looked.

We instantly found a few houses, but for some reason, one house stuck out in particular. After being stood up by the realtor twice (!!!) we finally saw it and knew it was perfect. Our 3rd very reasonable bid. It is a foreclosure, but is still a very nice house. I've seen some really bad foreclosures, but this one is great. It'll need work, but since my husband was a carpenter, we plan on doing the repairs ourselves little by little as we save for it.

We'll be using tax refund money for a down payment and our house payments will be lower than what we're paying in rent now. Yes, we also have an emergency fund, so I think this was a good move for our situation.

We're so excited! From the time we started looking (this time around) to the time our bid was accepted was just a few weeks. It feels like there were all open doors and God's blessing has been upon it this time, especially compared with 4 years ago! We're so thankful that things are working out and we can't wait to get into our new house and get to work making it our home!!

What are you grateful for? Head over to Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday for inspiration!
LoL. If you're interested, my husband took a video of the house to show family and friends and one thing led to another and we ended up putting it on YouTube. Don't laugh at me too much, I didn't know I'd end up on the internet in a video. At least the girls are cute! It's kinda long, but if you're curious, here's our new house! :)



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