Friday, July 16, 2010

Patience Pays

It seems that when you are patient, good things often happen...or at least the right thing ;-) Dan and I have been house hunting for about a year now. We started looking in one location with a certain price range, size in mind. As time went on, the Lord gently directed us to a new location and a different price range and caused us to have willing hearts for a different size home. We had OUR ideals...but God had BETTER ones :-)

In the end, we have a home in a location that is farther away, smaller and...just right for us!

This year has been hard and I have fluctuated from being content, hopeful, discouraged and depressed. But I was learning much and I am still learning that even when I am scared, discouraged, uncertain...God is ever faithful and knows exactly what we need.

Above, you see the front of our future home! Barring any major issues found in the inspection(and we are hopeful there will not be anything horrid) we will close on this lovely August 20th!

God has truly blessed us. This home was built in 1963 and it has a lot of those fun little things that you can often find in older homes. It also has brand new paint and carpet. The kitchen(which you can see a little in the above picture) has sweet little details that I will share later. The refrigerator space is tiny and so I am doing a search to locate an appropriately sized one before we need to be there. Also..the oven is TINY! But I love it :-)

And what is more...the price was awesome! And in California that is hard to come by. The only real downside is my husband's commute. But at least he works hours that it shouldn't be as bad as we had expected.

The crowning glory of this home though...a lovely backyard. Having lived in a tiny apartment for almost 6 years with no backyard and 4 active children has been, shall we say...NUTS! But this backyard is going to be awesome! It is very big, has a lovely shed, and several trees..two which are good sized and provide splendid shade in the heat. There is a lovely pomegranate tree as well. There is also a covered patio...great for eating on and a nice spot for the dog to lay on in the heat of the day. Oh, yes, we are already planning for dogs...oh, my yes!

Here is a picture of the children on the edge of the shade provided by the largest tree. As you can see, it is much more than what we've been used to :-) The kids are very excited. I look forward to getting it green again and working on a garden of some sort.

Really, God has graciously kept us from bad choices that were too expensive. We have slowly been shown what was right for us and in being made to wait we have been blessed. I know that something could go awry in the process. But I am very much full of confidence in what God is doing and have faith that all will continue smoothly. Things have fallen into place with this house that are for certain the working of God.

As we get closer to moving in and after we have gotten into the house, I will share more pics of the home. There are cute little bits that I want to share with my friends. Thanks to all of you that have been praying for us on this journey. I would have never gotten through it without you :-)

Lots of love to you all,


K-tribe said...

Sommer- So glad to hear you have found, Lord willing , a new home. Yes, God used our house hunting time to grow and stretch us like never before. A time that I would not want to go through again, but a time God blessed us with more than we thought was possible. He truly uses everything for His Glory even when we don't know or may not see right away. Hang in there!
The yard is so pretty with those trees!

Keri said...

Congratulations, Sommer! I can't wait to see what you will do with your new home! I'm glad your patience paid off! :D

Simply Heart And Home said...


I am so excited for you and your family. I will be praying for your inspection, packing, and moving! God will work out every detail!



Sarah Jane said...

Oh Sommer, the Lord is so good!!! I haven't checked your blog for a few days but have been anxious for news of it since I heard on Facebook that you have found a lovely home.

. . .and it does look perfect. It is beautiful! I love the view of your kitchen and the backyard!! Oh my! What potential! What room for the children to play! And I am so excited about the future dog. What happy memories you all shall make in this dear home of your own.

I know you must be busy getting ready to move and such. . .but know I will be praying for you as you go through this time of transition. I trust God will continue to work everything out smoothly until you are settled in the home He has provided! I am SOOOOO excited for you!!

fairmaiden said...

I am so happy for you! It is so good to wait on God. It all belongs to Him and He provides the place for our families to dwell, if we let Him. The prices are crazy in California, even in these Economic hardships. Our home is only worth half of what we paid four years ago. They say now is the time to buy. The home looks spacious and you really can't beat a large yard! It will truly be wonderful for your you will be able to incorporate gardening in your homeschooling.

~ Shannon said...

Sommer, I am so happy for you and your family! How wonderful that God has led you to the place He has for you -- I pray that the rest of the process will go smoothly, and that you will soon be in your new home!


Islandsparrow said...

Hi there Sommer,

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

What a lovely new home - especially your wonderful backyard. Truly a blessing for you and your family. Praying that all goes well as you move.

Many blessings,

Kate said...

Sommer, I'm so glad you found a new house! It is probably a blessing that you're house is a little older. When we moved it was from a 1960's house to a brand new one and since day one we've have no end of problems! Houses aren't build as well as they used to be. = )

PatinTenn said...

Praise the Lord ! I know it has been a long time with the searching but yes, when we wait on the Lord, He gives us the best.

I have been here with you from when you only had 2 sweet little girls and now look how your family has grown !

I can not wait to go through this part of your life with you and Dan also.

Praying for you in this matter as well as all things concerning your family.

Love you all,